ONE-PAGER: Zavod KNOF – social company and community (Slovenia)


Zavod KNOF is a social entrepreneurial community which believes in entrepreneurship with environmental, social or healthy impact, local self-sufficiency and inclusion of people with fever opportunities.
Our mission is to co-create a self-sufficient, green and healthy region of Posavje, with supporting and encouraging new green jobs, also for vulnerable groups like handicapped and aged over 50, young without work skills.


We are reaching towards our mission with offering an innovative supportive environment for business development, networking and promotion.

Our business supportive programs are:
-    Social business incubator – mentorship in development of a business idea
-    KNOF fund – community fund which offers administrative, accounting support and a common co-working space
-    Advising and trainings on social entrepreneurship
-    Coworking and networking
-    Promotion and branding


Our begginings reach from the youth sector roots, so we are still quite close to creativity, dynamic and innovative thinking and active citizenship. We have been cooperating internationally firstly through the Youth in action program, since the year 2007, when we partnered in several international youth exchanges in Turkey, Poland, Armenia, we also hosted 5 European voluntary service volunteers and are accredited to host EVS.
We also took part in a project “Prometheus” 2014-1-BG01-KA204-001560, which has been funded under European Commision, where we presented our social business incubator model.

We are very active in the national Association Social economy Slovenia that connects all social companies in Slovenia and is also building a regional network Social economy Sout east Europe. More about the association at www.socialnaekonomija.si


Our users say...

»I came to KNOF because i didn't believe in what i was doing at my job.« Milena

»What attracted me was their creativity, faith in the good in a different world.« Ksenija

»KNOF is a circle of development of individuals through their sustainable projects. KNOF is not a project, KNOF is a community.« Petra

Our achievements:
- Acquisition of the status "social enterprise", third social enterprise registered in Slovenia (2012)
- We employed more than 60 people so far
- More than 2500 people participated in our lectures and workshops about urban gardening, healthy life, social entrepreneurship, sales, computers from the year 2013
- More than 300 people came for help in the social business incubator from 2013

Regarding the opportunities for cooperation, please contact:

Name: Zavod KNOF – social company
Adress: Ob gozdu 11, 8290 Sevnica, Slovenia
Webpage: http://www.knof.si

Erasmus+ PIC code: 946573143

Acredited for hosting EVS volunteers: Volunteering organisation information


Contact person:
Mojca Ž. Metelko, director
TEL: 00386 (0)51 309 063
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Facebook: KNOF Sevnica
Twitter: @zavod_knof
Skype: metelkova

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