Social Entrepreneurship: A Pillar of Healthy Communities.
The social entrepreneurship branch of Eretz-Ir supports local entrepreneurs in bringing about the change they wish to see in their cities by providing them with the necessary mentoring, networking, tools, and infrastructure. Social entrepreneurship generates public involvement and civil activism, and mobilizes the creation of innovative solutions to community needs.
Social entrepreneurs are individuals using business tools and strategies to further a social purpose – such as a cafe that employs at-risk youth or a brew shop that opens in a run-down part of the city in order to create a community and renewal in the area. These social businesses have “double bottom-lines”: creating both profit and social impact.
We believe that it is important to create a supportive infrastructure in which developing entrepreneurs can thrive. Such initiatives create jobs and stimulate the economy, as well as promote the wellbeing of the communities by providing bottom-up solutions to local problems. Accordingly, Eretz-Ir mentors and guides entrepreneurs – providing them with the skills and support needed to make their ideas a reality. We engage municipalities, young adult centers, local businesses, and investors to partner in our efforts.
To date, Eretz-Ir has provided individually-tailored guidance to 150 social business initiatives, which have created an estimated 600 jobs. 8 country-wide accelerator programs for social business initiatives and two Negev-wide entrepreneurship programs have created a buzz around innovation and development and contributed to changing perceptions about cities in the periphery.
Eretz-Ir builds individually-tailored mentoring plans for each entrepreneur, and can therefore answer their needs at various stages – from the ideation phase, through initial stages of development, to a working business. Services Include:
We believe in ongoing guidance, and continue to assist these social businesses through their challenges and personal needs after a specific program has ended. We create lasting relationships that support our social entrepreneurs as they create positive change in their communities.