On February 19, 2019, PLEDDG Project and Ukrainian open online course provider, EdEra, launched an online course «Social Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness», which is a part of «The School of Competitiveness of Small Business».

The abovementioned online course introduces students to social entrepreneurship, explains the main differences between social and traditional enterprises, deals with various social enterprise business models etc.

The online course is composed of 3 modules: “The notion and competitive advantages of social enterprise”, «Social entrepreneurship: how it works» and «How to start a social enterprise». Each course module contains short tutorial videos which deal with practical aspects of social entrepreneurship through studying the cases of Ukrainian and international social enterprises. The course modules have additional materials for reading, which are designed to help students get the gist of social entrepreneurship and its competitive advantages. Also, students will be provided with the templates of documents necessary to start up a social enterprise.

After completion of each module, students are encouraged to take the course tests.

Apart from theoretical material, the online course showcases successful Ukrainian social enterprises, such as a Kyiv pizzeria «Veterano Pizza» set up by an ATO veteran, a public restaurant «Urban Space 100» from PLEDDG partner city Ivano-Frankivsk, a charity organization «Regional Center for Social Adaptation» and a not-for-profit organization “Community of Mutual Aid Emaus-Oselya”.

The online course «Social Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness» is free of charge and available 24/7 on the EdEra platform at: