WHO WE ARE?
Social Entrepreneurship Association of Latvia (SEAL) is a member organization for organizations, enterprises and individuals who want to promote social entrepreneurship in Latvia.
SEAL was founded in November 2015 by five organizations and enterprises: foundation DOTS (former Soros Foundation in Latvia), research center PROVIDUS, charity shop chain “Otra Elpa” (one of the oldest and most successful social enterprises in Latvia), The Samaritan Association of Latvia, and social entrepreneurship accelerator New Door.
At the moment SEAL unites more than 50 members – NGOs, foundations, social enterprises, activists and experts. SEAL network of contacts reaches well beyond our members, including mayor stakeholders, experts, foundations, businesses, media and more, including international organizations and experts. Our full list of members can be found here - together with short descriptions in English and links for further information.
WHAT WE DO?
At the moment SEAL is active in three mayor fields:
1. Advocacy work on a local, regional and national level. At the moment SEAL is part of a working group in the National Parliament which is working on a social entrepreneurship law draft. At the same time, we work closely with local municipalities and the Ministry of Welfare towards creating a support system for social enterprises (financial support, training, mentoring etc.) on a local and national level.
2. Creating a social entrepreneurship “eco-system” by providing a platform for cooperation and learning, as well as looking for ways how to respond to the needs of our members and social entrepreneurship industry in Latvia. Practically that means connecting social enterprises with those who can help them (experts, mentors, service providers etc), organizing events for sharing skills and knowledge, bringing in experts from abroad, working with media and information, as well as providing expertise and consultancy in particular areas (e.g. legal help, finances, grant writing, media and communications etc)
3. Raising awereness in a wider society by organizing public events, going to schools and universities, working with media and doing many other things in order to attract attention to all the amazing things our social enterprises do, and education the society about the value of their products and services.
IDEAS FOR COOPERATION?
We are happy to work together on all the topics mentioned above, as well as providing insight and research about social entrepreneurship industry in Latvia, organizing sight visits and meetings with respective stakeholders.
Also we are keen to join projects about social entrepreneurship development and potential in particular fields and industries and providing case studies about social entrepreneurship best experiences in Latvia.
Ms Madara Ūlande, Director