Fondazione CRT has launched the 5th edition of its Entrepreneurs for Social Change (E4SC) project in partnership with the United Nations International Development Organisation.

E4SC is a one-year program that has been developed to promote social entrepreneurship as a driver to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It seeks to elevate the role of social entrepreneurship in today’s world and its capacity to empower youth to realise their innovative and economic potential to address pressing social and economic challenges, including environmental degradation, food security, waste management, as well as the root causes of migration and connected social tensions and challenges.

“Social entrepreneurship must be a shared commitment: sustainable energy, workers’ rights and climate protection are central issues for civil society, and it is crucial that they be on the agenda of philanthropic institutions, international organisations such as the United Nations and above all companies said Massimo Lapucci, Secretary General of Fondazione CRT. “It is our duty to empower a new generation of entrepreneurs able to interconnect with colleagues all over the world, looking at the Sustainable Development Goals as a compass that traces the path to follow for the future towards concrete social change”.

Young social entrepreneurs aged between 18 and 35 from the Euro-Mediterranean area who have an established social enterprise, or are planning to establish one soon, should apply. The call for applications will run until 31st July 2018, after which applicants will go through a competitive three-stage selection process.

Successful applicants will take part in a 10-day intensive training in Turin, Italy, providing a unique learning experience, rooted in the values of intercultural connectivity, peer-to-peer exchange and community building. The training is then complemented by a 12-month process of executive mentoring to support the social enterprises in realising their full economic potential while generating measurable positive impact in their communities.

After the mentoring period, the social entrepreneurs become part of the E4SC Alumni community.

More information and application details can be found on the program’s website: www.e4sc.org