Social Empowerment Podcast

Check the Social Empowerment Podcast and get to know people from different countries in the Baltic Sea Region who didn’t have the easiest path in life - we would say that they belong to marginalised or vulnerable groups – but who took matters into their own hands, got involved in some very interesting co-creation projects in the field of social services and now tell us about their experiences. And you’ll get to know people who work for various types of organisations in social services who helped these initiatives get off the ground and cope with the challenges of becoming entrepreneurs or setting up new organisations. Read More.


In the predecessor project of SEMPRE Accelerators (SEMPRE, 2016-2019), several publications were developed, such as a handbook on user involvement in service design or a guidebook for empowerment training. These documents represent the knowledge foundation for our current activities in SEMPRE Accelerators. For some of these documents, revised versions were published in 2021 - reflecting additional insights from the follow-up project SEMPRE Accelerators. Please find these publications below. Moreover, we compiled further downloads such as a project flyer and several reports and outputs here.

"Recommendations for an Inclusive Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem"

SEMPRE Accelerators calls for inclusive social entrepreneurship ecosystems. This paper is based on our practical experience of empowering marginalised groups to get involved in co-creation of social services and consequently supporting the initiation of social start-ups in the Baltic Sea Region. We provide recommendations for policy and decision-makers to design policies that strengthen the inclusivity and the social dimension of entrepreneurship ecosystems.

The main publication in English language publication is available here (PDF). The Recommendations for an Inclusive Entrepreneurship Ecosystem have also been translated into the following languages: Danish, Estonian, German, Latvian, Lithuanian, Russian and Swedish.

"Empowerment - Making it Happen. A handbook on user involvement in social service design and delivery"

The Empowerment Handbook is made for staff of social service providers and everyone who works within social services. It presents empowerment tools that were tested in SEMPRE, examples of their application in the Baltic Sea Region and tips for success when involving users in social service design.

"Practicing User Involvement - An Organisational Roadmap For Social Service Providers"

The Organisational Roadmap is directed at the leadership level of social service providers. It informs them how to start and implement a process leading to more user involvement in organisational practice and social service delivery. There is a "pocket" version and a full-length version available.

  • The Second Edition (2021, PDF) is now available in English and Russian.
  • The First Edition (2019, PDF) comes as a full version and as a pocket version. Download the full version (in English, German or Latvian). Download the pocket version (in English, German or Latvian).

"The SEMPRE Guidebook for Empowerment Training"

The SEMPRE partners have piloted training modules that are meant for building the empowerment capacity and knowledge of current and future social workers.

  • Second Edition (2021, PDF): The SEMPRE Guidebook for Empowerment Training is available in English and Russian. Additionnally, you may download the "Action Learning Methodology": our internal, project-specific Terms of References for Action Learning in SEMPRE Accelerators.
  • First Edition (2019, PDF): The first edition is available in English and Russian.

"Towards Innovative Social Service Provision in the Baltic Sea Region - Policy Recommendations"

Led by Nordregio, the Research Institute of the Nordic Council of Ministers, we compiled recommendations for policy and decision makers in the fields of social affairs, regional development and innovation. The recommendations aim at a reliable, affordable, and accessible service infrastucture in rural areas.

The Policy Recommendations (PDF) are available in English, Estonian, German, Latvian and Lithuanian.


Online Seminars

A series of online seminars helps our social start-ups to identify and work on shared challenges. Please find recordings and other materials of the seminars below. Throughout the project, new materials will be added.

SEMPRE Accelerators Online Seminar on Team Building and Leadership
SEMPRE Accelerators Online Seminar on Crowdfunding (also available as PDF)
SEMPRE Accelerators Online Seminar on Marketing for Social Start-Ups
SEMPRE Accelerators Online Seminar on Communication Plan and Strategy Development for Social Start-Ups

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Four new outputs on Empowerment, Action Learning And User Involvement in Social Service Development

Published: 2021-06-30
We are happy to introduce you to four new publications: [...]

SEMPRE Accelerators at the European Social Economy Summit 2021

Published: 2021-05-30
On 26 May 2021, SEMPRE Accelerators joined [...]