Partners

Partners

Consortium brings together 13 organisations from 7 countries and is led by i-propeller.  The consortium members are already active in scaling social innovations today. Consortium members were carefully selected for their ability to implement the necessary knowledge management and coordination support to identify social innovations and support in their scale-up, not only through the resources extant within their member networks, but through identification and exploitation of opportunities to work in a coordinated manner between networks.  Please find below a description of each of the partners.


i-propeller is a research and development and consultant group for social and open innovation based in Brussels, spin off from KU Leuven. i-propeller is active in the field of sustainability, energy efficiency, diversity and inclusion, health and poverty. i-propeller has developed a network of more than 1,500 social enterprises in Europe. I-propeller has developed a unique eco-system with several dedicated organisations such as Innovation & Action Lab, SI² Fund, and Social Innovation Acceleratior where each organisation has a dedicated role in scaling a social innovators and social entrepreneurship in Belgium and abroad.  www.i-propeller.com


The Impact Hub is a global network of centres for social innovation and social entrepreneurship. It first appeared in London in 2005, and it has since spread to 34 locations around the world, with a significant presence in Europe. It is now present in cities across most EU countries, including in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.. Altogether, the Impact Hub network has over 5000 members, half of these within the EU, and its membership is growing at a 40% rate annually. http://www.impacthub.net/


DIESIS was founded in 1997 as a limited liability cooperative with social aim. Its mission is to support the development of the social economy and, in particular, of cooperatives and social enterprises in Europe and in the world through the implementation of knowledge-based activities, such as research, studies, training, project design, consulting and advisory services, technical assistance and research.   DIESIS members are 18 organisations from 7 countries. DIESIS members represent very important organisations in the co-operative and the Social economy movement all across Europe as they represent more than 60.000 enterprises, advisory & development structures and organisations specialised in the transfer of know-how recognised as being part of the social economy in Europe and in the world.   www.diesis.coop


EURADA created in 1991 in Brussels - has since then managed a network of about 130 regional development agencies from across the European Union. Agencies from almost all the Member States of the EU are EURADA members. EURADA has a large experience of bringing together and disseminating good practice in economic development and organizing events related to EU policies. It runs conferences and seminars and has an extensive publications programme. It keeps its members up to date with EU policy developments and provides briefing on critical issues such as state aid rules.   www.eurada.org


Opened in May 2010 in the presence of Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus, the Impact Hub  Vienna offers  space, support and inspiration to a multitude of activities: Individuals and teams work on initiatives to alleviate poverty: energy solutions from recycled products, design approaches to sustainability or fashion labels with sociocultural mission. Moreover, the HUB Vienna currently offers multiple programs to support selected talents and social ventures to move from idea to action to scale. These programs include awards for students to realize enterprising ideas, a fellowship program for young social entrepreneurs to sustain their living costs in the early phase of their start-up and an accelerator program for seasoned social ventures to support them becoming investment-ready. http://vienna.impacthub.net/


Founded in 2008, the Impact Hub King’s Cross was the 2nd Impact Hub in London. Designed to broaden the community of innovators and entrepreuers in the network, it now hosts a community of over 300 members -  social innovators, social enterprises, environmental companies and much more. Impact Hub King’s Cross is leading a group of 3 London Impact Hubs with aspirations to grow across the UK.  HUB Westminster provides access to investment, space, programming and a global peer network hosted to foster collaborative practices and learning opportunities. Founded in 2011, it is the largest HUB in space terms in the global network and houses over 450 social innovators and entrepreneurs. HUB Islington is where it all began. Located in a converted warehouse, an inspiring space with beautiful views across London, the HUB Islington is home to over 200 change-makers.  Established in 2005 it continues to be the perfect environment to kick-start your project or business. http://kingscross.impacthub.net/


The Impact Hub Stockholm is a collaborative working space for social entrepreneurs based in Stockholm. The membership base at Impact Hub Stockholm has grown to over 100 people, all working to drive the social economy in Sweden and beyond. Innovators and venture philanthropists call the Hub home, they use the space to meet, work and connect. The Impact Hub has a hosting team that works to foster an environment that allows members to dial in to a network of like-minded people and expertise, which in turn allows them to scale their business, gain access to resources and increase the impacts of their work. We actively develop events and professional network meetings that support our entrepreneurs and the wider social enterprise community, for example the monthly returning Stockholm Night of Social Entrepreneurship (SNSE), where everyone interested in social entrepreneurship comes to the Hub to work together on their projects and enterprises. http://stockholm.impacthub.net/


The Impact Hub Bucharest is a unique place in Romania for people with ideas for a better world to work, meet, learn and connect! The Impact Hub Bucharest opened its doors in 2012 and  offers a 600 sqm space with all the tools and trimmings needed to grow and develop innovative ventures for the world. But above all, offers a space for meaningful encounters, exchange and inspiration, full of diverse people doing amazing things.  Its local community grew to 120 members. Regularly  learning and capacity building events are taking place at its space focused on NGOs, social enterprises, voluntary organisations and private sector start-ups. http://bucharest.impacthub.net


The Impact Hub Amsterdam opened its doors in November 2008 as part of a reconverted schoolhouse in the heart of the Jordaan district. A team of Impact Hub hosts oversees the space and the community, catalysing strategic connections and enabling multi-disciplinary collaboration between members.   Since 2008 we have welcomed 984 members, hosted 1000+ events, received 10,000+ guests, created 100s of business opportunities, made innumerable connections for members and our wider network, and reduced the footprint of office space use by 75% through smart use of modular space and sustainable practices. In 2012, Impact Hub Amsterdam introduced HUBnet for its members to connect across Impact Hubs though a virtual collaboration platform and launched an Accelerator program which takes local social entrepreneurs through a 60 day challenge to boost their business. http://amsterdam.impacthub.net/


The Impact Hub Milano is the first centre dedicated to supporting social innovation and social entrepreneurship in Italy. It was founded in 2010 and now hosts some 300 committed individuals. Since opening its doors, Impact Hub Milano has hosted hundreds of social innovators and social entrepreneurs’ start-up, run and scale their social businesses. HUB Milan members work on a cross-section of issues, from healthcare to employment, environmental conservation to education, renewable energy to international development. HUB Milan provides regular advice to the Chamber of Commerce of Milan and the City of Milan (Innovation Unit) on its strategy to support social innovation in the city. It also works closely with other key players in the city, including FondazioneCariplo who is partner in this project. http://milan.impacthub.net/


FondazioneCariplo is a private foundation of banking origin and it was officially established in December 1991, following the privatization of Italian Savings Banks  as per the Amato-Carli Act. The Foundation is based in Milan and operates prevailingly as a grant making organisation within four main sectors: Arts and Culture, Environment, Social Welfare and Scientific Research. Since 1991 the Foundation has awarded grants totalling approximately €2 billion (an average of €190 million and over 1,000 projects annually).  FondazioneCariplo is a member of the European Foundation Centre, an international membership association of foundations and corporate funders based in Brussels. http://www.fondazionecariplo.it/en/the-foundation/index.html


PEFONDES is an international non-profit association established in Brussels since January 1999. The Network links numerous foundations keen to bring about a process of social transformation within the European Union. Its mission is to develop new cross-border synergy opportunities to promote social innovation, active citizenship and social entrepreneurship among young people in Europe as well as in the Euro-Mediterranean area.  Since its creation, PEFONDES has run numerous projects to ensure social integration of young people and immigrant yout, and has established a dedicated prize focused on Social Innovation.   http://www.pefondes.eu/index.php?&lang=en


The non-profit Oksigen Lab is an incubator and a research lab for social entrepreneurship. They deal with coaching and support for social entrepreneurs; while serving as a knowledge center for social entrepreneurship and social innovation. Oksigen Lab helps people and organisations that are working or wish to work to change society for the better such as aspiring social entrepreneurs and businesses, non-profits that want to become social profits and existing businesses aiming to increase their social impact.  http://www.oksigenlab.eu