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The Erasmus+ project "HERE - Social Economy of Proximity" successfully launched

Ievietots: 18.02.2021


The Erasmus + project "HERE - Social Economy of Proximity" was successfully launched in november 2020. At the beginning of the project, the target group and neighborhoods of the project implementation have been identified: a total of 6 different regions, in 3 different countries. The selected neighborhoods vary in size, location (suburban or rural areas), and population. Different neighborhoods have been selected to assess the impact of the implementation of the project on underdeveloped areas in general and to understand - at the end of the project - the potential application of the knowledge gained as a result of the project in different regions: rural or suburban.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the project is being implemented remotely and the on-site seminar of “HERE - Social Economy of Proximity” in Spain has been cancelled.The next seminar of the project is scheduled for june 2021 in Belgium. Despite the impact of the pandemic, in the first quarter of the project, the work is successfully ongoing in the fields of identifying, researching and selecting  the underdeveloped regions for implementation of the project.

In the first phase of the project, a team of professionals has developed  interviews that will facilitate the work of exploring the region.Individuals, entrepreneurs, non-governmental organizations, municipalities and state institutions are being interviewed in the selected implementation regions of the project in order to find out the business potential of the selected regions and start working on the next steps of the project.The data obtained from the interviews will be collected and analyzed in order to identify the potential kind of business to be launched in the region.

By understanding the missing business potential in the region, industry specialists will select the best applicable business development methodology that meets the needs of the region and will start work on the next stage of the project - the establishment of a business incubator. The start of a business incubator is planned for November 2021. At this stage, finances will be raised to help persons who due to the lack of know-how have a hard time integrating into business environment. With the help of professionals and mentors - who are active in the business field or have a vast knowledge of it - these persons will be granted an opportunity to start and develop their business idea.


The project “HERE - SOCIAL ECONOMY OF PROXIMITY” is implemented by the organization "Shelter "Safe house"" and partners. Project is co-financed by the European Union. Grant agreement No. 020-1-LV01-KA204-077456