On February 16, 2017 RESPOND partners and Pact staff participated in the international conference “Social Innovations: New Ways to Solve Old Problems” held by Ukrainian Philanthropists Forum. The Conference aimed to explore international trends and best innovating practices in Ukraine that CSOs, business and local communities applied to address social challenges.
RESPOND hosted a session to present social enterprises developed by HIV-service NGOs and presented its business model validation curriculum “From social idea to successful business model.”
RESPOND partners presented several stories on setting up start-ups on soap production and family center services. The discussion was built around success factors that contribute to growing business models out of non-profits. The participants stated the need to combine a well-defined social mission with business approaches and develop partnerships based on shared values. They also stressed the need to have access to trainings to validate their business ideas and learn tools to help them start up their businesses.