On March 10-11, participants of Biz4all social entrepreneurship training programme gathered in a large conference hall of the “U Fontana” hotel to learn how to create a minimum viable product. “U Fontana” is a social enterprise, where more than 50% of employees are visually impaired. As per tradition, the training kicked off with analysis of home assignments and a number of project pitches.

Karina Sitnik, participant of the Biz4all social entrepreneurship training programme and creator of "Walk to Folk" commercial project, invited ODB Brussels on a bread baking trip in order to show how the project works and to give them a chance to spend time together in the warm atmosphere of a Belarusian agricultural estate. A pleasant bonus is the new skill of baking home-made bread using leaven with a century-long history.

When trying to set up one’s own business, it can be very beneficial to study other people’s experience. That is why organizers of the Biz4all-2 programme often invite practicing social entrepreneurs to share their inspiring stories about the challenges they overcame when they were building their businesses. Many participants of the social entrepreneurship training programme note how useful it is to be among like-minded people: listen about other people’s problems and solutions to then take a different look at their situation and possibly see new areas to develop their projects.

Educational Club for Women "Miriya”  is one of the projects that went to the grand final of the first Biz4all programme (watch video from the final). Founders of the course are candidates of psychology sciences, practical specialists with a lot of experience and work history — Yelena Aliakhnovich and Tatiana Nedvetskaya. According to the creators, they were always enthusiastic and willing to organize therapy groups but lacked business skills. Who needs these courses, what is taught there and where their social focus is —"Miriya" creators spoke about all this to ODB Brussels.

Civil society activists often provide help to stray animals, but can this socially beneficial activity have a business edge to it? Creators of the “Mops Shmops” project, who are taking part in the Biz4all social entrepreneurship school, are convinced that it can. Natalia Bublei and Vitaly Paulahradsky offer home made high-quality healthy dog treats. All the ingredients are certified for human consumption and have a vet’s seal of approval. Natalia and Vitaly plan to send 10% of the profits to support animal rights organizations. When they need to expand their work, the couple will employ people with disabilities.

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