Social Entrepreneurship: Armenia-Turkey Exchange Project

For the first time, a delegation consisting of 7 social entrepreneurs and 1 media representative from Armenia will conduct a 4-day visit to Turkey within the period of November 25 - December 8 of this year, to study Turkey's growing experience in social entrepreneurship (SE), to take part in capacity building meetings, as well as to establish professional connections.

Public Journalism Club (PJC), together with its partner in Turkey, TEPAV (The Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey), and Mikado Consulting, is implementing an exchange project targeted at social entrepreneurs and enterprises in Armenia and Turkey within the Small Grants Program of the US Embassy in Armenia.

The objective of the project is to bridge social entrepreneurs in Armenia and Turkey through the creation of a network and knowledge sharing platform related to social entrepreneurship aimed at promoting the exchange of knowledge between the two countries and fostering the development of SE in the region.

Armenia-Turkey Exchange Project includes, in particular:

  1. Study visits to Turkey's successful social enterprises,
  2. Visits to Ashoka Turkey Foundation and Impact Hub,
  3. Reception for establishing business contacts,
  4. Capacity building training with the support of Mikado Consulting. The main focus areas are social innovation, social impact, and sustainability. The training will be conducted by the experts of Mikado Consulting and Ashoka Turkey.

The project will enable the participants to:

  • Obtain skills for measuring social impact and applying those measuring tools and mechanisms
  • Establish business and professional connections
  • Study and observe the achievements of social entrepreneurs from Turkey and Armenia
  • Exchange the experience of both countries in the field of social entrepreneurship, discuss challenges and the ways and methods to achieve success
  • Build a business network among social entrepreneurs in both countries to boost cooperation between the social entrepreneurship sectors of Armenia and Turkey.

To apply for the call to participate in “Social Entrepreneurship: Armenia-Turkey Exchange Project”, send your applications at the latest by November 5, 2017, 18:00.     


The Public Journalism Club (PJC) is a non-governmental organization, established in March 2011 in Armenia. PJC’s projects aim at the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, development of democratic environment and civil society, as well as building regional dialogue and peace through innovative ideas.

In realizing our mission and core values, we are guided by the principles of promotion of media literacy, freedom of expression, diversity and pluralism, raising awareness among the society in Armenia, as well as addressing social issues through trailblazing and ambitious projects.

We envision a more democratic, prosperous and sustainable Armenia, which encourages social activism and endorses a more cooperative, educated and competitive society.


The Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) is a non-partisan, non-profit think tank based in Ankara, Turkey.

TEPAV was established in 2004 as an independent research institute and is Turkey's largest economic policy think-tank employing highly talented researchers and experts. TEPAV's mission is to develop innovative policy strategies for public and private sector development within Turkey and the surrounding region.

TEPAV’s interdisciplinary approach focuses on fostering competitive business environment, improving regional development within Turkey and supporting international economic integration.


Established in September 2007, Mikado is a social enterprise committed to serve sustainable development and to yield social impact through crafting innovative models and solutions. Mikado believes in and strives to create partnerships among private sector, civil society, academic, public and international organisations for multi-dimensional development.

Social innovation, social impact and sustainability are main pillars of Mikado. Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms are developed for all the programs and social impact is measured. Mikado believes "what can be measured can be managed".

Many projects developed by Mikado in cooperation with companies, academic institutions and NGOs are found worthy of various awards.


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