Ushering new social impact models in Eastern Europe

SOIN platform offers educational programs for social entrepreneurship and innovation, sustainable development and international cooperation in Germany, Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. The program strives to provide coaching and network expansion opportunities for the young and enthusiastic future leaders of social entrepreneurship, fostering change and innovation in Eastern Europe

Due to the lack of resources and slow change, the governmental institutions are not always able to react to modern social problems in timely and efficient manner. Social entrepreneurship becomes an important player to step up to this role, develop new solutions and approaches, and innovate where fresh solutions are needed the most: the problems of social disengagement, unemployment, and fragile environment.

SOIN was founded in 2015, comprising of an Social Innovation Journey in Berlin and two seminar series in Odessa and Minsk . From July to October 2016, seminars on social entrepreneurship and innovation took place in thirteen cities across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. Upon completion of the seminars, those with the strongest entrepreneurship proposals participants had an opportunity to further their study at the Berlin Fall School in November. Finally, 10 most promising changemakers took part in the mentor-based accelerator program and presented their social startups at the Social Innovation Forum on January, 28, 2017 in Minsk. In June, 2017, the first Summer School for Russian Innovators took place in Berlin. Three participants won pitches and received micro-grants for project implementation in Russia. In Fall 2017, the third SOIN School took place in Dortmund and Berlin in 2017. The program included a short-term acceleration for young social entreprises and innovative non-profit projects. Three projects from Kaliningrad, Lviv and Minsk received grand prices for branding.

In 2018, SOIN launched a new program - Sustainable Development Lab. It includes seminars on social business models for sustainable development in Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine and the SDG Accelerator.