Highlights

“Out of ten start-ups, just one will succeed”, claims Marcellien Breedveld, a coach and independent consultant on lean start-ups, customer validation and business pitching. She came to Minsk from the Netherlands to take part in a training seminar within the framework of “Biz4all”, a social entrepreneurship program organized by ODB Brussels (Belgium) in partnership with the youth NGO "New Faces", helping prospective Belarusian social entrepreneurs increase their chances of success.


Cases and trends from crowdfunding platforms in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus

On January 28, 2017, within the framework of the Social Innovation Forum in Minsk, experts from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus shared successful case studies of crowdfunding technologies, latest trends and examples of the developments in social entrepreneurship and innovation that happened with the help of crowdfunding. Discussions and exchange of experiences took place during a round table “Crowd technologies in Belarus and Eastern Europe: trends, approaches and indicators”. The Forum was initiated by  SOIN Social Innovation School in Eastern Europe, with support from the  Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany and IBB Dortmund in cooperation with ODB Brussels.


On January 28 (Saturday) from 15:00 to 22:00, Minsk will host a Social Innovation Forum. The Forum is initiated by  SOIN Social Innovation School in Eastern Europe in cooperation with Impact Hub network, planeta.ru crowdfunding platform (Russia) and ODB Brussels (Belgium), with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany and IBB Dortmund. The event will include two round tables on development of crowd technologies in Belarus and Eastern Europe, as well as social entrepreneurship as one of the factors of sustainable development.


On December 16, Minsk School for Orphans with Special Developmental Needs No.7 received a visit from a large group of volunteers who wished to organize an interactive New Year’s celebration for children. When the volunteers were finalizing the preparations, the children assembled at the entrance to the assembly hall, eagerly waiting for the call to go in. The event was organized by the Katsiaryna Kaurova Family Centre, a public organization "Healthy Choice", project "Heta Belarus, Dzietka!" (It's Belarus, baby!) and ODB Brussels.


On November 17, 2016, Minsk hosted a round table to discuss global migration trends and international experience of diaspora representatives participating in the development of their own home countries. Participants of the discussion - representatives of CSOs, business, education, international organizations – analyzed the "waves" of Belarusian migration and prospects of the national diaspora participating in economic and cultural development of Belarus, as well as modern approaches to promoting “Belarusian identity” in various countries of the world.


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