International Social Enterprise Day and the informative campaign #WhoKnew already from 2016 has been informing about the social entrepreneurship and has spread interesting and useful facts about this form of business worldwide. The goal of the campaign is to inform and educate about how social businesses work and what kind of challenges they are trying to solve by using a common hashtag #WhoKnew.
In the framework of the Global Entrepreneurship week Social Entrepreneurship Association of Latvia with the support of the British Council in Latvia was promoting the International Social Enterprise Day by organizing a storytelling event “World stories in Latvia” where everyone was able to hear about such topics as what is social entrepreneurship, what are the most successful social businesses in Latvia, Europe, and the world. Social entrepreneurs and field specialists shared their thoughts and experiences with building the social entrepreneurship ecosystem in Latvia. The event took place in the social enterprise “M Cafe” in Riga on 21 November.
During this storytelling evening founder of the social enterprise “M Cafe” Ulla Milbreta shared her experience with launching the social business after returning home from Singapore. The goal of her enterprise is to remind people about giving things a second chance and re-using them in order to reach more sustainability.
Moreover, Dace Indriksone, ambassador of social entrepreneurship in Latvia, this year was chosen to participate in the “International Visitors leadership program” in the U.S. and gave participants a very valuable insight into how social entrepreneurship is seen across the ocean.
Regita Zeila from the Social Entrepreneurship Association of Latvia shared the best ideas from the Social Innovation Tournament which took place in Dublin – initiatives and social entrepreneurship ideas from such countries as Belgium, the United Kingdom, Portugal and other European countries serve as a valuable source of inspiration also for the Latvian entrepreneurs.