Social Innovation Accelerators Network

The Social Innovation Accelerators Network (SIAN) aims to identify, promote and scale up social innovation initiatives, by joining skills, resources and capabilities of its members and of the whole BENISI consortium. Coordinated by the BENISI partners, this network unites organisations specifically interested in social innovation from a variety of sectors and with a wide geographical spread.

Social Innovation Accelerators can be leading organisations or accomplished individuals able to have an impact on society and who can act as catalysers of the BENISI project’s scaling activities, by putting at the disposal of the consortium their ability to access to finance, skills and connections.

A yearly award will highlight the most interesting examples of social innovations across Europe and provide them necessary publicity and hopefully through the Network – access to finance.

The SIAN will promote constant collaboration between its members on a regular basis. The members of the network will:

  • Meet annually at one of the project locations (total of 3 meetings over the duration of the project);
  • Have an opportunity to develop spin off projects that contribute to achieving the goals of the project, in partnership with Consortium members and other SIAN members;
  • Help identify and connect with social innovation examples locally;
  • Help scale-up the identified social innovations locally in cooperation with the cluster leader  (the Impact Hub network) whenever possible;
  • Promote the objectives of the BENISI project through dissemination of information, further policy research and other activities that have the potential to increase the impact of the project.



Name of Organization  Website  Country
European Foundation Center Belgium
European Venture Philantory Association (EVPA) Belgium
REVES - European Network of Cities and Regions for Social Economy Belgium
LAMA Development Cooperation Italy
SIZ - Social Innovation Zone Greece
Le Comptoir de l'Innovation France
Fondazione CRT Italy
Center for Social Economy Denmark
ARoTT Romanian Association for Technology Transfer and Innovation Romania
CONFESAL Confederación Empresarial de Sociedades Laborales de España Spain
FNUCM - Federation Nationale d'Union de Classes Moyennes Belgium
Impact HUB Zagreb Croatia
BARDA - The Bulgarian Association of Regional Development Agencies Bulgaria
Impact HUB Tel Aviv Israel
Foundation INNOVES Spain
Region Zealand Denmark
SI² Fund | Social Impact Fund Belgium
IMI Instituut Maatschapelijke Innovatie  Netherlands
MaRS Discovery District Toronto  Extra-Europe (Canada)
Forum for Social Innovation Sweden Sweden
Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Ireland
Social Entrepreneur and Innovator   Extra-Europe (Chile)
Erste Foundation Austria
TechSoup Poland Poland
SIX Social Innovation Exchange UK
SKOLL Foundation UK
Bertelsmann Foundation Germany
JP Morgan Foundation UK
Fundacio La Caixa Spain
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Greece
SHIPYARD    CE Europe (Poland)
Rozbehnisa! Slovakia
Fair Capital Consulting  Slovenia
European Forum Alpbach Europe-wide
Reach for Change Foundation Sweden
Social Innovation Park Shanghai – (Nest) | NPI China 
German Children and Youth Foundation Germany 
Impact HUB Athens Greece
EMES Belgium
SEN Social Entrepreneurship Network Poland
CGM Italy 
ACI Sociali Italy
Kainuun Etu Oy Finland
ScaleChanger France
Autonomius University of Barcelona (UAB) Spain
City of Milan Italy
ICSF International Centre for Social Franchising UK
Moving Worlds - The Global Experteering Network Netherlands 
EUCLID Foundation    UK
Business in the Community - ARC Program UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation UK
DLA Piper Belgium 
Toniic Europe Austria
ASHOKA  Europe France 
Caritas - Austria Austria
ALTER'INCUB Languedoc-Roussillon France
Ananda Social Venture Fund UK
Expert Impact UK
Generazinoni Legacoop Italy
Imagination for People France (Worldwide/Europe)
Legacoopsociali-National Association of Social Cooperatives Italy
Ogunte CIC UK
Social Enterprise NL The Netherlands
Social Good Lab France
Social Impact GmbH Germany
UnLtd: the foundation for social entrepreneurs in the UK UK
NewForesight The Netherlands
Sociale Innovatiefabriek (Social Innovation Factory) Belgium
Trividend cvb Belgium
ERVET SpA- Emilia Romagna Valorizzazione Economica Territorio Italy (Europe/Worldwide)