Think Social. Act Business.
Monday 02 December 2013 to Tuesday 03 December 2013

Recorded sessions

Watch video recordings of all the conference sessions.


As part of our EUNIC Greece programme Think Social. Act Business., policy influencers, social organisations and social entrepreneurs will come together in Athens for a one-day policy dialogue to share and learn from their experience of the social enterprise sector in Europe.

The conference aims to:

  • enhance policymakers’ understanding of the work of social enterprises and the challenges they face
  • contribute to the dialogue between policymakers, social entrepreneurs and the private sector
  • facilitate knowledge sharing and analysis of existing best practice for social enterprises in Europe.

Discussions will be organised around three key themes:

  • Delivering support structures: social finance/social investment & the legal and institutional framework
    How can we develop policies that enable social enterprises to deliver effective and innovative public services at local, regional and national level? Financial tools for social entrepreneurship, microfinance, social investment funds and structural funds
  • Evidencing social impact
    Since social entrepreneurs do not simply measure success in terms of profit and loss, social entrepreneurs need to be able to effectively measure the social or environmental impact of their work.
  • Social entrepreneurship research and capacity building within universities
When 2 December 2013, 09.00–16.00
Where Instituto Cervantes de Atenas
23 Mitropoleos Street
105 57 Athens

Simultaneous interpretation from/into English/Greek will be provided and admission is free.


The workshops aim to:

  • develop and implement knowledge based on European and local experience of social enterprise development (impact analysis/measurement, business models, business strategy, engagement of stakeholders, sustainability)
  • foster research into the social economy (collaborative environments, trends, social/sustainable banks, emerging markets)
  • create opportunities for international and partnering social enterprises, government institutions and communities in Europe with their counterparts in Greece to develop and share new approaches to address social, economic and environmental problems through social enterprise.
When 3 December 2013, 10.30–20.00
Where British Council
17 Kolonaki Square
106 73 Athens

Simultaneous interpretation from/into English/Greek will be provided and admission is free.


For further information, please contact Anastasia Andritsou:

Telephone +30 210 369 2334

The conference is supported by the Austrian Embassy in Athens, the British Council, the Goethe-Institut, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Instituto Cervantes, Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung, the Polish Embassy in Athens, the Anna Lindh Foundation, 180°, the Municipality of Athens – Athens Development and Destination Management Agency, and the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation.