The "Youth Social Entrepreneurs Potential" project aims to enable young people to develop their social entrepreneurship skills, critical thinking, civic and social skills and to acquire the skills needed to identify and value the resources of their local cultural and natural heritage in order to transform their business ideas into concrete actions while taking care of environmental sustainability and their compromise with the community.
The project's target groups are young people aged 18 to 29 who want to develop their business ideas while generating a positive "return to society". Needs were identified based on existing knowledge gained by some of the project partners from previous projects. Some of the challenges and obstacles identified are the lack of capacity to identify opportunities and resources within their local heritage, insufficient confidence in the transition to self-employment, lack of knowledge on how to balance for-profit objectives and ensure a positive impact on society (social, cultural, environmental, etc.), lack of support for social entrepreneurship in the region and lack and/or not up-to-date ICT skills. On the other hand, other young people may have knowledge of forms of self-employment, but do not have the information that it is possible to achieve economic growth.