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It’s all about social innovation and business models: TRANSITION workshop @EBN Annual Congress

27/06/2014 @ 11:00 - 13:00

In this 23rd edition EBN wants to highlight the efforts done by the BICs to accelerate young entrepreneurship. Under the theme of “Empower Youth | Accelerate Entrepreneurship | Transform Lives” we’ll discuss how youth unemployment can be tackled through an innovative entrepreneurial culture.

This includes social innovation as a key emerging area for developing and exploring new business models. “It’s all about SI and business models” aims at presenting SI incubation best practices from across Europe and even beyond, and particularly the role of SI in tackling youth unemployment.

Social Innovation Incubation is a major trends in our ecosystems, and a strategic subject for incubators, accelerators, entrepreneurs, and for the EC and EBN.

Concrete examples will be brought from several European regions and Egypt, and meaningful social innovations will be presented providing concrete and meaningful examples of social innovation incubation to incubators, accelerators, and the wider EBN community.

TRANSITION project will present initial results of its Social Innovation incubation programme.

The Social Innovation Journey and the Transnational Start Up Lab methodologies will be presented together with the tools and the activities TRANSITION scaling centres developed and proposed to the first cohort of social innovations scaled up between February and June 2014.In this occasion TRANSITION will present the future European Network of Social Innovation Incubators, ESIIN.

Few issues have as acute a need for social innovation as tackling unemployment. 27 million people are unemployed across European Member States, with many millions more under-employed, in unsustainable employment, and economically inactive. It is a major challenge – not least for the people who are searching for new jobs, but also for society as a whole.

This challenge is not about numbers and statistics; it is about human beings, their families, communities and futures. Europe is crying out for new ideas on how to unlock fresh talent, skills, experience and insights of people who have a great deal to offer to our economy and society. EC – DG Enterprise

 Social innovation is not only desirable, it is necessary!


Format and timing of session:

Moderator: Chiara Davalli (EBN)

11:00 – 11:05 Introduction > Why Social Innovation Incubation? TRANSITION project in a nutshell – Chiara Davalli

11:05 – 11:20 TRANSITION Social Innovation Journey – London  , Stuart Thomason, The Young Foundation, UK

11:20– 11:35 Stories from Milano, Marta Corubolo, DESIS/POLIMI

11:35 – 11:50 TRANSITION Transnational StartUp Lab & Stories from the Basque Country – Javier Riano, Denokinn

11:50 – 12:05 Good Incubation: The Craft of Supporting Early Stage Ventures – Jessica Stacy, NESTA

12:05 – 12:20 Stories from Egypt: GESR Incubation programme – Sally Metwaly, Misr El-Kheir Foundation

12:20 – 12:35 The EU and India Innovation Triangle – Cosima Blasi, ZSI

12:35 – 12:50 Towards a European Network of Social Innovation Incubators – Louise Pulford, Social Innovation eXchange

12:50 – 13:00 Q&A


11:00 - 13:00
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