The draft law on social entrepreneurship is to go through first reading in the State Duma in March. Alongside, we are preparing a draft government resolution where we are to define both the criteria of social entrepreneurship and categories of social practices. Passing these documents will legally define social entrepreneurship as a phenomenon, as a new essential practice — Vadim Zhivulin, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.
A year ago, we considered the law ‘On Social Entrepreneurship’, argued that it would pass in a month or two. A year went by, the President made a point of still missing the law. Social entrepreneurship develops through the support institutions that work despite all the difficulties, and we see the fruits of our labour — Natalia Pochinok, Rector, Russian State Social University.
Legislative formalization of the social entrepreneur status shall allow such operators to take advantage of a full set of business tools available today. Furthermore, it shall initiate the development of a special line of opportunities for social entrepreneurs — Natalia Larionova, Member of the Management Board, State Secretary, and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, SME Corporation.
We see the most promising areas of social entrepreneurship in women’s entrepreneurship, including mother entrepreneur. We see a great unmet demand for social entrepreneurship in the sport. Another interesting segment is people over 45 years old, for whom we create special credit products — Dmitry Golovanov, Chairman of the Board, SME Bank.
The law on social entrepreneurship should stipulate for additional incentives for the regions, when regions, outside of the federal framework, can support, develop and establish other, additional support measures. On one hand, regions should have a clear federal core, and on the other, independently define regional specifics — Natalia Pochinok, Rector, Russian State Social University.
Now we are actively engaged in promoting social entrepreneurship in single-industry towns. Today we have 319 of them. The main task is to make social entrepreneurship profitable, to teach entrepreneurs how to add economic value to their business — Irina Makieva, Deputy Chair, State Development Corporation "VEB.RF".
There are many forms of business support today. Here we should enhance the role of the Centre for Social Innovation so that social entrepreneurs can receive the appropriate support here and now. They also need to navigate the forms of support that already exist and are emerging — Yuliya Zhigulina, Managing Director, Our Future Foundation for Regional Social Programmes.
Social entrepreneurship is based on founders solving some kind of social problem, and the entrepreneurship comes secondary. The accelerators make such projects commercially effective. The principal result here is that 90% of projects forego financing because they learn how to be financially independent — Evgenia Shokhina, Director, Social Project Support Fund.