Spark Social Enterprise
Priority AxisTechnological and Social Innovation
Framework Conditions for Innovation
Care Co-operatives Limited
Project budget3 085 644 €
ERDF amount1 851 385 €
The common challenges tackled by the project are: “relatively low level of social innovation” and “development of social enterprises as SMEs”. Social Enterprises (SEs) are well placed to deliver social innovation in the 2 seas area. A 2012 SBS survey found 67% of UK SEs had introduced a new or significantly improved product or service in the previous 12 months compared to 43% of non-SE SMEs. Yet their dual missions of social purpose and business create complex needs which require specialized solutions in order to make social innovations commercially viable and sustainable.
The overall objective of this project is to improve the capacity of social enterprises to develop and deliver sustainable and high impact innovations. Currently there is no methodology for the consistent harnessing of sustainable social enterprise innovation and a lack of joint tools and services for their development. The expected change our project will make will be an improvement in the framework conditions for innovation through enhanced cross-border cooperation, increase in innovation partnerships and R&D, and new and more effective models and tools for delivery of social innovation.
- Formulation of a joint strategy and action plan to improve capacity of SEs to deliver sustainable and high impact innovation
- Establishment of a SE Innovation Accelerator network of quadruple helix partners in the 2 seas area
- Establishment of a joint framework methodology for SE sustainable innovation
- Development of actions to support established social entrepreneurs through a cross-border innovation accelerator programme linked to the framework
- Establishment of pilot actions linking capabilities of partners to develop an online training tool linked to the framework for SE Start Ups
Cross border approach
Working across borders, we will capitalise on smart specialisation to share knowledge and experience in this relatively new sector to inform successful implementation of sustainable innovation within SEs. Cross-border collaboration will enable smart specialisation and develop a market to transfer innovations from SE across the regions. We will further address the threat identified in the SWOT analysis “Social economy covers different realities in the four MS which may endanger the development of cooperation” by working collaboratively to build a platform for future cooperation.
West Sussex County Council
University of Brighton
Sociale Innovatie Fabriek
Region Nord-Pas de Calais