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SocialTech4EU - SocialTech for Europe for Resilient and Responsible Ecosystems

SocialTech4EU - SocialTech for Europe for Resilient and Responsible Ecosystems

Project news and opportunities: SocialTech4EU

Financing agreement: 101074518 — SocialTech4EU — SMP-COSME-2021-CLUSTER

Financed by: European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency

Total value: 3.995.887 Euro

Period: 01.09.2022 - 31.08.2024

Lead partner: Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini SRL SB representing Torino Social Impact, IT

Partners:
Fundatia Alaturi De Voi Romania, RO
Coompanion Örebro, SE
Silicon Vilstal gemeinnützige UG (haftungsbeschränkt), DE
Asociacion Investigacion, Desarrollo E Innovacion En Aragon, ES
European Network of Social Integration Enterprises, BE

About the project:

This project aims at strengthening the resilience and innovation capacity, competitiveness, and sustainability, of social economy ecosystems and of start-ups and SMEs of the social economy, with a special focus on technology social ventures. The project will do this through providing them with support in the form of grants, vouchers and professional services. New digital and green business model enabled by new technologies are at the core of this project, as well as clusters’ support to agile forms of public-private partnerships and new forms of cooperation between private and public sectors within and across different value chains and territories, to accelerate the delivery of innovative impact solutions that would not be achieved otherwise.

This project is one of the 14 Industrial Ecosystems – linked to the EU industrial Strategy and is part of the Proximity and Social Economy Industrial Ecosystem. In September 2022, 30 Euroclusters have been launched to implement the EU Industrial Strategy. Euroclusters are cross-sectoral, interdisciplinary and trans-European strategic initiatives of industry clusters and other economic actors such as research organisations, companies, etc. Learn more and access the European Cluster Collaboration Platform here.

Activities:

Work Package 1 will focus on the project management and coordination

Work Package 2 will focus on auditing and mapping. In this WP, the needs and challenges will be identified that are preventing SEs twin transitions and resilience and the social impact generated by the sector will be monitored. New collaboration models between European cluster organisations and other key actors will be built and the knowledge in the public sector and of public officials of social enterprises’ needs and characteristics is aimed to be improved, with the eye on more tailored policy design and policy making.

Work Package 3 has a focus on inspiring, up-skilling and re-skilling. The aim is to create awareness among SEs on how new technological solutions could be used to increase effectiveness and efficiency of their service and business models, as well as for increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of their operating model for better inclusiveness. Moreover, up- and re-skilling will be fostered and the aim is to raise the skills and capacity of EU SE cluster managers.

Work Package 4 will connect to innovate. Promising SEs will be identified and selected, both for innovation support in WP4 and acceleration after WP4. The selected social enterprises will exchange with other parties, resulting in new-to-firm products or services in the focused ecosystem. In this WP, internationalization actions will be supported.

Work Package 5 will support the social enterprises in the uptaking and upscaling of innovation and will bring their innovative solutions to the market, will support social enterprises accessing new financing opportunities and will facilitate cooperation with international business partners (corporates, investors, procurers, etc).

Work Package 6 focusses on communication & dissemination and will ensure synergies with other Eurocluster activities.

Primary Target group:

1) Social tech ventures and would-be tech ventures (startups and SEs being them Foundations, Associations, Cooperatives, Mutual aid associations, limited companies with restricted dividends, ect) interested to turn to science and technology (technology social ventures) in order to devise solutions to the social challenges they want to address. They will benefit of a) training services for their staff to build the basic tech and operational capacity both via our online library of MOOCs and via our voucher scheme b) grants for feasibility studies related to the development/customization of new technological solutions in cooperation with international providers c)support services (acceleration program) for the full uptaking and exploitation of the new technological solutions (new business models, new operational procedures, access to market and finance, ect) on both local and international markets.

2) Cluster organizations and cluster networks of the social and hi-tech economy. They will benefit of a) training services to raise their capacity for building, orchestrating, and managing conducive inter-linked innovation ecosystems for SEs. b) increased network and capacity to operate cross-border at EU and international level.

Secondary target group:

1) EU and national policy makers designing and implementing legal, fiscal and regulatory frameworks

2) Institutions promoting education and VET for the SEs

3) Innovation intermediaries (HEIs and their TTOs, research centres) supporting social innovation and twin transitions

4) business support organizations (i.e. Incubators and accelerators) for SEs

5) Financial intermediaries (social impact and philanthropic investors, crowdfunding platforms, etc.).

They will benefit of networking and training opportunities to  connect with EU SEs value chain and learn how to cooperate with SEs via an open innovation, project-based approach.

For news,events and open calls within the project visit the cluster webpage: SocialTech4EU.

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