Strengthening Social Economy for Innovative and Resilient Regions – SOCRATES and City of Zagreb

The city of Zagreb, as the economic center of Croatia and a socially sensitive environment, recognizes the importance of social entrepreneurship as a distinct form of entrepreneurship that enables the achievement of social, economic, and environmental goals.

In this context, the Measure “Support for the Development of Social Entrepreneurship” was established within the Program for the Promotion of Craft, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the City of Zagreb 2019-2023 (Official Gazette of the City of Zagreb 6/19). Its purpose is to promote and develop social entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurial initiatives to ensure social cohesion and the inclusion of marginalized, socially vulnerable groups in entrepreneurship and the labor market to prevent social exclusion.

In accordance with the aforementioned Program, the Regulation on Criteria and Methods of Granting Support for the Development of Social Entrepreneurship was enacted, which serves as the basis for announcing calls for support to social entrepreneurs (Official Gazette of the City of Zagreb 28/22).

So far, five calls for support for the development of social entrepreneurship have been announced, resulting in approved grants totaling HRK 8,166,146.30 or EUR 1,083,833.87 (fixed conversion rate of 7.53450) for 27 projects.

To accelerate the development of social entrepreneurship in the City of Zagreb and enhance the resilience and capacity improvement of public administration, small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as civil society in the field of social entrepreneurship and the social economy to overcome crises and difficulties, the City of Zagreb is implementing the EU project Strengthening Social Economy for Innovative and Resilient Regions – SOCRATES, within the framework of the Single Market Programme (SMP COSME). The project lasts until October 31, 2023, and by the end of the project, an action plan for the development of social entrepreneurship in the City of Zagreb is planned to be developed in collaboration with partners, stakeholders, and future beneficiaries. This plan aims to contribute to a more efficient development of social entrepreneurship and the social economy in the City of Zagreb.