Help us build the social finance ecosystem in Romania

SOFIA is an integrated program seeking to act as a catalyser for the development of the social finance ecosystem in Romania

SOFIA Romania

SOFIA is an integrated program seeking to act as a catalyser for the development of the social finance ecosystem in Romania. SOFIA provides tools and support for both the demand side and the supply side of social finance: 20 social enterprises will go through an investment readiness program with guidance from international and national mentors.  At the same time, private and public investors active in Romania will participate in social impact trainings.

This integrated approach aims to create a community that will contribute to the creation of a social impact financial instrument in Romania.

Unlock the potential of social entrepreneurs in the Romanian entrepreneurial ecosystem by mentoring for investment readiness

Why participate?

Learn by doing

Our active learning model facilitates the role of the mentor by providing a clear structure and resources explained in a simple and practical way.

Connect with innovative people

You will have the opportunity to connect, meet and then choose the different projects of the selected entrepreneurs.

Join a global community

Expand your network by connecting with founders and mentors from around the world.

Continuous learning

As a mentor in our program you will develop and practice skills such as active listening and effective communication.

Whenever and wherever you are

Support your project from anywhere in the world, at a time that suits you. Our program is 100% online.

Be part of the change and lead the future

Connect with courageous people who are working on some of the biggest challenges and opportunities for impact in Romania.

Who we are looking for

Program starts in

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And now… What?

May 30th
May 30th

Apply to the program

Tell us more about you and your experience by applying below. Our team will assess your selection into the program.

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Early June. 2021
Early June. 2021

Attend the onboarding session

If selected, you will be invited to an onboarding session on how to prepare for Organic Matching, how to use the incubation platform, its methodology and much more. 

June 7th - October 17th
June 7th - October 17th

Online Incubation Program

Start the structured online incubation with weekly activities and mentorship sessions.

The best mentoring platform

The Bridge for Billions methodology is based on the development of a business plan from scratch while the mentee is surrounded by a community of support; mentors, fellow entrepreneurs and our incubation team.

Our online platform allows entrepreneurs to experiment, research, and document their ideas step by step so that at the end of the program they can download their own business plan in PDF.

Ready to start?

Questions about the program?

During the duration of the program, you will have to meet once a week with your entrepreneur for mentoring meetings for 1 hour. In addition to that, we recommend always dedicating at least 30 extra minutes to review progress on the platform, and go to the meetings prepared. Also, as the mentee completes each of the tools, you and/or your co-mentor should carefully review each section of the tool to validate the mentee’s work, this takes at least 1 extra hour. 

You should be able to use a laptop or desktop computer (not a tablet or mobile phone) and preferably one of these browsers: Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox. We expect you to have a strong and reliable internet connection both for your online work on the platform and to participate in the calls with your mentee via videoconference.

To facilitate the matching process between mentors and mentees, we have created the process of “organic matching”. 
This way, you will have the opportunity to meet the different participating projects, invite them to a “Virtual Coffee” to get to know the ideas in detail and then both parties can decide if they want to work together or not. This way we make sure that we create solid and lasting mentoring relationships.

SOFIA Romania is an EU Commission initiative seeking to support and prepare entrepreneurs for funding stage in Romania. 20 Entrepreneurs have been selected to participate as part of this program. All of their projects have a social impact mission and have been selected by our partner Ashoka. 

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