Leveraging Finance 4 Positive Social Change: Impact investors, social entrepreneurs and experts joined to enhance the social impact investment ecosystem in the Danube region

Program: INTERREG Danube Transnational Cooperation Programme

Support: European union through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance II (IPA II) and the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI); Government of the Republic of Croatia; private financing (15%)

Lead partner: IFKA Public Benefit Non-profit Ltd. for the Development of Industry

Partners: IFKA Public Benefit Non Profit Ltd. for the Development of the Industry; ZSI Centre for Social Innovation; Financing Agency for Social Entrepreneurship; Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding; BSC, Business support Centre L.t.d., Kranj; Steinbeis 2i GmbH; Sofia Development Association; Union of Slovak Clusters; ASHOKA Austria; University of Heidelberg / Centre for Social Investment; ACT Group; CCIS Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia; Organization for Small and Medium Enterprise Sector Development; Institute of Market Problems and Economic-Ecological Researches of NAS Ukraine; Central European Initiative Executive Secretariat; UnLtd, The Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs – GSEN Global Social Entrepreneurship Network; EURADA European Association of Regional Development Agencies; Ministry of Economy, Moldova; NESsT Foundation Romania

Total project value: € 2.013.975,00

ERDF co-financing: € 1.490.432,50

IPA co-financing: € 100.321,25

ENI co-financing: € 121.125,00

Duration: 01.07.2018 – 30.06.2021

Main results: “Social Impact Investment Strategy for the Danube region”, “Social Impact Investment Transnational Design Academy”, “Business Plan Competition” and “Social Impact Investment Community Council” – promoting more social innovations and impact investment ready social enterprises


Smart Farming Innovation Brokers

Smart Farming Innovation Brokers

Fostering the Digital Innovation Hubs Approach to Increase Modern Farming Potential

Program: KA2 – Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices

Support: European union through Program Erasmus+

Lead partner: CIA di Padova

Partners: ACT Grupa; LAG Međimurski doli i bregi, Universita degli Studi di Padova, ITC Murska Sobota, KGZS- Ketijsko gozdarski zavod Murska Sobota, Biosense Institute, Landwirtschaftskammer Österreich

Erasmus+ cofinancing: 446.842,00 €

Duration: 01.09.2018. – 31.08.2021.

Main result: Explore the gap between application of smart technologies in farming compared to application in other industrial sectors. Development of a new approach to learning about digital innovations in agriculture trough implementing the model of „innovation broker“ in combination with EU initiative for development od Digital innovation hubs. Provide the new, innovative, digital solutions to farmers by applying the newly developed methods.

Youth Empowerment

Youth Empowerment and Entrepreneurial Revolution

Development of innovative tailor-made curriculum and training modules for entrepreneurship of young people from NEET’s group.

Program: KA205 – Strategic Partnerships for youth

Cofinanced: European union – Erasmus+

Lead partner: SOS Children’s Villages Serbia

Partners: ACT Group, ITC Murska Sobota

Erasmus+ cofinancing: 40.880,00 €

Duration: 01.10.2018. – 31.05.2019.

Main result: innovative tailor-made curriculum and training modules for entrepreneurship of young people from NEET’s group.

For the community - volunteer intervention teams

For the community - volunteer intervention teams

Establishing, training and equipping of functional volunteer teams to act in crisis situations.

Program: Efficient Human Resources 2014-2020

Support:European union through European Social Fund; Government of Croatia – Office for cooperation with NGOs

Lead partner: ACT Group

Partners: The Red Cross Society of Čakovec, Čakovec High School

Total budget and ESF cofinancing: 928.292,92 Kn

Duration: 01.08.2017. – 31.01.2019.

Main result:trained and equipped intervention volunteer teams

Women Forward

Women Forward

Launching a platform that, in an accessible, understandable and fast way, brings all relevant information about (women) entrepreneurship in Croatia.

Support: Embassy of the United States of America in Croatia

Lead partner: Impact Hub Zagreb

Partners: ACT Group, SEE Regional Advisors Ltd

Budget: $ 32.444,00

US Embassy cofinancing: $ 19.989,00

Trajanje: 01.08.2017. – 31.03.2018.

Main result:, online one-stop shop for Croatian female entrepreneurs; supporting community established


VolontirAJMO - strengthening the capacity of local communities for volunteering


Strengthening the capacity of  volunteer organizations for planing, creating and implementing quality and sustainable volunteer programs.

Program:Efficient Human Resources 2014 – 2020

Support: European union through European Social Fund; Government of Croatia – Office for cooperation with NGOs

Lead partner: Network of associations Zagor

Partners: ACT Group; Volunteer centar Zagreb; Association „Our Children“ Zabok; Krapina-Zagorj County; LAG Zagorje – Sutla; School for art, design, graphics and clothes Zabok; Janko Leskovar Elementary School

Total budget and ESF financing: 704.473,28 Kn

Duration: 01.06.2017. – 30.11.2018.

Main result: public campaign, empowered volunteer organizers


SURFACE - Smart Urban Reuse Flagship Alliances in Central Europe

Development of smart reuse-parks 


Support: European union through European Regional Development Fund; Government of Croatia – Office for cooperation with NGOs

Lead partner: Waste Management Association Mid-Tyrol

Partners: ACT Group; REUSE center; Province of Rimini; Insieme Social Enterprise; ZAK Wastemanagement GmbH; Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship; Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd. For Applied Research; Reuse and Recycling European Union Social Enterprises; IURS -Institute for Sustainable Development of Settlements

Total budget: 2.160.000,00 €

ERDF cofinancing: € 87.890,00

Government Office cofinancing: € 15.510,00

Duration: 01.07.2017. – 30.06.2020.

Main result: established multi-stakeholder based Smart Re-Use Parks and established harmonised and evidence-based decision making in the field of waste prevention and reuse



RISE - Realities in Social Enterprise

Mapping and researching failed socio-entrepreneurial ventures in EU to learn key lessons and transfer them to a new educational program for social enterprises.

Program: KA2 Strategic Partnership

Support: European union through Erasmus+ Program

Lead partner: PARTAS

Partners: ACT Group; Connect – association for promotion of active citizenship

Erasmus+ cofinancing: € 111.250,00

Duration: 01.10.2017. – 30.09.2019.

Main result: new educational curriculum for social enterprises based on practice experiences created and disseminated, training for trainers organized


PRESS - PRomoting European Social economy Strategies and social entrepreneurship  for inclusion of disadvantaged women in labour market

Strengthening the dialogue between state institutions and social economy organizations in order to contribute to the fight against poverty and social exclusion, especially Roma women.

Program: Erasmus + KA2 Strategic Partnership

Support: European union through Erasmus+ Program

Lead partner: Galileo Progetti Nonprofit Kft.

Partners: ENSIE – European Network of Social Integration Enterprises; FAEDEI; A3S – Associação para o Empreendedorismo Social e a Sustentabilidade do Terceiro ; ULISSE – Cooperativa Sociale – S.C. a R.L. ONLUS; RES – Réseau d’Entreprises Sociales; ACT Grupa (in close cooperation with Government Office for Human Righs and Rights of National Minorities) 

Erasmus+ cofinancing: € 704.956,00

Duration: 01.12.2016. – 31.05.2018.

Main result:800 people participated in five-day training, 6 study visits and various public events (debates, discussions, roundtables, conferences)

Pop-up rural social-innovative hubs

Pop-up rural social-innovative hubs

The project through the cooperation of higher education institutions, civil society organizations, students and local people in the specific rural communities of Međimurje and Split-Dalmatia County develops, tests and validates an inclusive and participative program of socially beneficial learning in the field of sustainable rural development.

Program: Efficient Human Resources 2014-2020

Support: European Union through European Social Fund; Government of Croatia – Office for cooperation with CSOs

Lead partner: LAG Međimurski bregi i doli

Partneri: ACT Group, LAG Škoji, VERN University, Križevci College of Agriculture, Faculty of Organization and Informatics

Budget: 1.194.848,89 Kn

ESF cofinancing: 1.015.621,56 Kn

Duration: 19.03.2018. – 19.03.2020.

Main result:developed and tested methodology and models of pop-up rural hubs for social innovation and (micro) entrepreneurship