Depopulation of rural areas may further aggravate the economic decline already faced by these regions and thus widen the gap between rich and poor regions in Europe. The European Commission has therefore identified depopulation as a priority.
To combat this depopulation, the ruraLAB project focuses on equipping young people in rural areas with tools and skills in social entrepreneurship, thus preventing them from leaving for urban areas and preventing these areas, which are rich in tourist and ecological resources and have economic potential, from becoming empty.
The main objective is to provide young people in rural environments with tools that enable them to start their own social businesses, favouring the exchange of ideas and perspectives with social enterprises and other social entrepreneurs through the ruraLAB platform.
In addition, the employability of the participants will also be increased, given that training on social entrepreneurship will be developed with contents on social entrepreneurship, marketing, economic management, generation of ideas, etc.
The innovation and differentiation of this project comes from the ruraLAB platform, that creates a network of entrepreneurs and a channel to allow micro-investments.
This described objective will be achieved through the collaboration of 7 partners from 6 different countries. For this purpose, 6 partners have been selected whose countries are facing this problem, and one (The Netherlands) which is an example of good practice in social entrepreneurship in urban areas.
Through the 4 Transnational Project Meetings, 5 Multiplier Events, 1 European Seminar and 4 Intellectual Outputs, we will be able to develop a series of tools and results that focus and direct towards the essential objectives of the ruraLAB project.