Project summary

Project summary

Scaling Social Innovation

A social innovation can be defined as a new idea, product, service or model that simultaneously meets social needs and creates new social relationships or collaborations. Social innovations are not only important for the new specific solutions to societal needs, but they can furthermore impact on society's capacity to innovate. BENISI is a trans-European consortium that aims at identifying and highlighting 300 of the most promising, impacting and employment-generating of these social innovations that are often only developed locally – in the public, private, third, social enterprise and cooperative sectors. They are therefore yet to be scaled either significantly within their originating country or internationally. BENISI has established a wide network of competent partners throughout Europe, in order to provide the tools and create the conditions for the social innovations to be transferred and adopted in other European localities. This will expand their reach and impact, and simultaneously generate positive cascading effects across Europe on many key social and environmental challenges the European Union is facing today. Most importantly, BENISI expects the transfer and scaling of many innovative social enterprises to address one of Europe’s most pressing needs: to enhance economic growth and create new and meaningful jobs for a new generation of young people, who are in need of employment.