The E-learning Platfrom provides access to all educational content include the handbook, Research Material and Four E-Modules

Course Curriculum:

Module 1: Design your Business Model Canvas for Change

  • The realities of social entrepreneurship, 
  • Blue Growth Economy and Migration issues 
  • Business Model Canvas with Impact, guide participants to build their own for their live ventures

Module 2: Economics for Blue Growth Entrepreneurs

  • Business planning 
  • Financial performance and impact measurement
  • Complete their Business Model Canvas with Impact 
  • Managing Accountability
  • Profit margins and basic budgeting
  • Fundraising 

Module 3: Social Innovation and Sustainability 

(The Nest) How to start-up your sustainable enterprise and gain competitive advantages

  • Social Innovation Model 
  • Beneficiary Profile, 
  • Mapping of the Ecosystem,
  • Engage beneficiaries and Mobilise them through transformational engagement
  • Mobilise other resources 
  • Collaborative leadership and Relational enterprises, Co-founding agreements 
  • Managing Volunteers
  • Managing Advocacy for change

Module 4 – Partnering with Style

    • Networking for Social entrepreneurs. 
      • Types of networks and how to formulate them
      • Interfirm alliances
    • Promotional Activities and Marketing Mix (7Ps); Effective storytelling
    • New Technology Skills – Online and offline tools

Blue Social Growth training programme 1st cycle began on the 15th of December 2019 having a duration of six months. Graduated participants are entitled to the Blue Social Growth Certification.

The program is offered for free 

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The blue growth economy is owned by shipping, coastal and maritime tourism, fisheries, transport, energy, biotechnology, natural water resources. 

Blue Growth Economy sector includes shipping, coastal and maritime tourism, aquaculture and fishing, transport, energy, biotechnology, mineral resources

The main factors threatening the Blue Growth Economy include pollution, climate change and overfishing.


According to the recordings the main problems faced by small island inhabitants are:

  1. Transport

Due to their size it is difficult to move and many times accurate and small frequency. It is also necessary to supply goods by ship from other islands.

  1. Unemployment 

Usually the economy in the small islands is seasonal and fragile. This results in the winter that there are many unemployed in the islands. Tourism, fisheries and agriculture employ a few months of the year in the working people. Because small islands do not have access to learning you notice the phenomenon of having a shortage of skills in islands especially in specialized fields (information technology, etc.)

  1. Environment

The environment in the islands, especially the sea and land is vulnerable to pollution. So waste and wastewater management and garbage is very important. The efficient management of recycling is of great value to the inhabitants themselves and their economy.

The drought also creates problems and the lack of it even makes drinking water difficult. Renewable energies, the circular economy, the blue economy and the environment help life on the islands.

  1. Limited economic activity

Limited entrepreneurship creates a restriction on economic activity. The main revenues come from tourism. The areas of technology research, information, are limited. While the economy from fishing, agriculture natural wealth and energy is limited.

  1. Inadequate staffing of public services

The chronic economic crisis has created major shortcomings in public services, particularly in the areas of health, financial services and facilities for the development of a business.

  1. Agricultural production

Agricultural production in the small islands faces intense problems such as: 

Pre-production possibilities

Great dependence on mainland areas

Distance isolation 

Climatic factors

Lack of manpower and technology

  1. Demographic problems

The demographic problem is constantly growing. Limited opportunities for work, especially for young people, makes it difficult to stay in the islands


Most important are:

  1. Environmental and waste management (recycling, circular economy, creation of compost, recycled materials, etc.)
  2. Development of an agri-food (agri-culture) sector. Increase production from land and sea
  3. Innovative telematic applications in all life activities (tourism, services, etc.)
  4. Development of sea tourism (diving parks, under water activities, etc.), include marine tourism.

The growth of the maritime and shipping sectors is dependent on the innovation created by the small enterprises that we want to unveil. 

The new Blue Growth Entrepreneur Innovates:

  1. Providing answers and solutions to the critical issues of the sector
  2. Creating new products and new technologies
  3. Exploits marine resources, creates new job positions and value for the local communities


For those new Blue Growth Entrepreneurs to grow they need access to:

  1. Education, coaching and mentoring
  2. Seeding capital and global investment markets
  3. Specialised business support centres n infrastructures 
  1. A friendly environment to grow that can provide access to networks and partnerships
  2. They need empowerment and stimuli to start-up with open access to specialised and competitive support structures
  3. They need the support of the Big Responsible Organizations and the national n European Institutions through specialised tools

Do you want to read more?

Find here the results of the research we have performed in the blue growth small islands ecosystem in Greece, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom through an industry analyses and a case study analyses of 40 best practices blue growth enterprises. 

The program is offered for free 

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Funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union


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