Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova

International Conference on Social Entrepreneurship #SocialBusinessInUA

Kyiv, 18/02/2019 - 10:18, UNIQUE ID: 190218_4
Invitations for the press

On Thursday, February 21, 2019, the EU project "Social Entrepreneurship: Achieving Social Change from the Bottom Up" will hold the #SocialBusinessInUA International Conference in Kyiv. It is the largest event of the year in the field of social entrepreneurship with the participation of three hundred social entrepreneurs, experts, representatives of the government and local self-government from seven countries: Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Sweden, Poland, Belarus and Austria.

The participants will share their experiences and discuss whether social entrepreneurship can be profitable and change communities; whether implementation of social order and social investment in Ukraine can be widespread. Legal situation and prospects for social business will also be covered as well as numerous practical cases on starting up, building finance models, marketing and estimating social impact. During the Pitch Night graduates of the 12-week acceleration programme SELab (part of the ‘Social Entrepreneurship’ project) will present social enterprise projects to potential investors.

Media representatives are warmly invited to attend


The International Conference #SocialBusinessInUA


February 21, 2019

9:15 to 9:30 − Ambassador Hugues Mingarelli’s briefing

9:30 − opening

19:30 to 21:30 − Pitch Night


Mercure Congress Center, Kyiv, 6 Hetmana St, block B, entrance through the Butterfly Cinema, 5th floor


  • Ambassador Hugues Mingarelli, Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine
  • Oleksandr Babiy, Advisor Programming, Implementation & Coordination with Donors, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Office, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine
  • Leonid Ostaltsev, founder of social enterprise ‘Veterano Pizza’
  • Andris Bērziņš, head of the most successful social enterprise in Latvia with 800 employees.

Please see the full event programme:

Working languages are English and Ukrainian. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

Media accreditation is required: contact Lesya Yaroshenko via or at +38 066 737 83 18.

Background information: The EU-funded project "Social Entrepreneurship: Achieving Social Change from the Bottom Up" develops  professional potential of social entrepreneur,  forms public opinion on social entrepreneurship as an innovative mechanism for solving economic social problems at the same time, builds an ecosystem for the development of social business (education, consulting), promotes legislative changes favorable for social entrepreneurship. It is implemented by an international consortium of seven organizations from Ukraine, Lithuania and Latvia headed by the Ukrainian Philanthropists Forum with the financial support of the European Union. Duration: March 2018 – August 2020.

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