In order to succeed and become sustainable, rural chagemakers - much like business entrepreneurs - require support structures tailored to their needs. Leader Plus is building an infrastructure that supports the growth and expansion of the field of rural social innovation and entrepreneurship, including access to IPA/RD 2014-2020, VP and other financing and capital, bridges to the government, business and academic sectors, and strategic partnerships that deliver social and financial value.
Leader Plus has long recognized the importance of collaboration with other sectors, particularly business, whose models of competition and innovation provide critical lessons for citizen organizations. Our work in this area is helping close the historical gap between the government, business and civil society, creating important avenues for integration and synergy between all three sectors.
Adding one more tool in the rural social investment toolkit, Leader Plus launches the field of Venture Philanthropy (VP) support in Serbia. Venture Philanthropy works to build stronger social purpose organisations by providing them with both financial and non-financial support in order to increase their societal impact. Leader Plus provides bridges to these multi-sector partners across the Europe who increasingly look to support high-impact changemaking talents and new ideas to solve rural social problems.