for social entrepreneurship

BENISI: discover the results of an action-driven research programme on social innovation incubation.

Research

BENISI: discover the results of an action-driven research programme on social innovation incubation.

Social innovation can be defined as a new product, service or model that responds to a societal need and that creates new social relations or forms of collaboration. Social innovations are not just important for specific new solutions for societal needs, but also have an impact on society’s capacity to innovate. The BENISI research consortium can now present you their results.

The three-year BENISI programme, supported by the European Commission, was instrumental in enlarging an inadequate pool of knowledge for this highly specialised sector that serves local, national and international interests. The benefit of incubators (and networks thereof) in scaling social innovations was noticeable, and BENISI thus created a network of specialised support to accelerate the growth of over 300 social innovations. The resultant data told an interesting story:

303 social innovators across Europe were assisted scaling their ideas | The majority of social innovations in BENISI were led by micro-initiatives, as the median size of team was three FTE and median annual revenue was 86,000 Euros | The ‘double’ positive change for 45 percent of all innovations, meant an increase in FTE and revenue | 67 percent of social innovations in BENISI (203) actually experienced a growth in revenue as a result of support | 25 percent of the social innovators (75) participating in the programme scaled internationally | Three top sectors in which social enterprises flourished were health & well-being, education & training and public participation

Download the final report below!

For further information please visit

www.benisi.eu
http://guide.benisi.eu

The author: