Introduction

A significant proportion of Europe’s economy is intended to make profits for people other than investors or owners. Known as the ‘social econ- omy’, it includes cooperatives, mutual socie- ties, non-profit associations, foundations and social enterprises. They operate a very broad number of commercial activities, provide a wide range of products and services across the European single market and generate millions of jobs. Social enterprises are also the engine for social innovation and an important vehicle for achieving inclusive growth . Promoting social business creation by un- der-represented and disadvantaged groups can further help create jobs and fight social and fi- nancial exclusion, while stimulating economic growth across the economy. However, while en- trepreneurship plays an important role in stim- ulating innovation and driving job creation, only a relatively small part of the population is involved in starting a business, and not all people have the same opportunities to create and run a business .

The objective of the EU project HERE is to pro- vide opportunities to start up and operate in business people at risk of exclusion in their own neighbourhood, by designing a business incu- bation methodology. The ultimate goal of the