FOSO POCO - Fostering Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystems Post-Covid-19


 Cork City Council, Malta Enterprises and Tartu City Council have commenced a new year-long EU-funded project focused on social entrepreneurship in 2021. FOSO-POCO focuses on creating better understanding of the conditions for social entrepreneurship by directly involving relevant actors and stakeholders in efforts to identify and address existing gaps in the supports for social enterprises.

Co-funded by the COSME Programme of the EU

Objectives of FOSO-POCO

The project has 3 specific objectives:

  1. Creating better understanding of the state-of-play and potential of social entrepreneurship locally, by identifying and directly involving the relevant stakeholders and the use of best practices and expert involvement to address existing gaps in supports available;
  2. Assisting promising social enterprises to pilot, pitch and internationalise their product or services through the networks of the project partners;
  3. Establishing local supports to assist social enterprises in a post-Covid economy which hopefully results in furthering their viability and job creation prospects.

Our Partners and what we will be doing?

The partners in this project are Tartu City Council, Cork City Council and Malta Enterprise, who will act as lead partner.  Each partner will organise a number of stakeholder meetings where gaps in the support services available to social enterprises are mapped and analysed. A peer review of the situation in each of the 3 participating countries will be undertaken by the stakeholders. A survey of local stakeholders is also being conducted. The findings from these meetings will be presented and shared at 3 workshops organised by the partners from Ireland, Malta and Estonia and where local and national stakeholders can participate.

More information on the partner cities is offered in the boxes at the end of this page.

For information on the Survey, Workshops and Final Workshop and Report please select the correct drop down below:


As part of the project, we undertook a short online survey of organisations working in the field of social enterprise in Malta, Ireland and Estonia. The survey results were used in the preparation of the final report that will inform national and EU policies in this area and is of particular interest to policy makers because it is addressing the challenges facing social enterprises in the post COVID-19 period.

The online survey covered the following topics:

  • Social Entrepreneurship Culture

  • Institutional Framework

  • Legal & Regulatory Framework

  • Access to Finance

  • Access to Markets


  • July 21st , hosted by Cork City Council, Ireland - address the challenges faced by social enterprises in the post COVID-19 economy    

  • Aug 25th, hosted by Tartu City Council, Estonia - brought European perspective into play, focused on boosting learning between social economy stakeholders in the three regions and supporting the fostering of a wider inter-regional social economy community.

  • Sept 30th  - Organised by Malta Enterprises. The 3rd workshop of the project was to improve collaboration in each region between existing local networks and stakeholders and supporting the fostering of a local social economy community 

See Project member webpages for further details of the workshops.

Final Report and Workshop

The final workshop took place  on 18th January, 2022 .This was an opportunity for the stakeholders from Malta, Estonia and Ireland to share ideas and final thoughts - particularly with reference to the launch of the EU Social Action Programme in December, 2021.

The FOSO-POCO has allowed for better understanding of the state-of-play and potential of social entrepreneurship at local level in Tartu, Cork and Malta, where we shared good practices, as well as improved understanding of how to foster and grow social economy ecosystems.  

This final workshop has brought the FOSO POCO project to an end, and its partners aim to investigate other venues for future collaboration for Social Entrepreneurship. We look forward to working together. The final report is attached. Final-Report

Cork-Final-Workshop.pdf (size 1 MB)

EU-Funding-Social-Economy-2022---Final-Presntation.pdf (size 2 MB)

final-event_online---Tartu.pdf (size 1.5 MB)

Fostering-Social-Entrepreneurship-Ecosystems-post-Covi-20.pdf (size 1 MB)

Fostering-Social-Entrepreneurship-Ecosystems.pdf (size 1.8 MB)

Final-Report-Copy.pdf (size 1.1 MB)