06 Oct Breakout Session- #sochange.EU
Playhouse, Derry-Londonderry October 19th- 15:00-16:30
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, October 20th- 15:00:16:30
Transforming social and environmental challenges into new business opportunities: untap the social innovation potential of European innovators and entrepreneurs
The session will present a new flagship programme funded by the European Commission, DG GROW, the Social Challenges Innovation Platform. The European market place for social innovation: an online ecosystem where social challenges can find the best innovative entrepreneurial solutions addressing their needs. An ecosystem made of social innovation players from different sectors (public, private and third sector), different thematic areas (inclusion, employment, environment, health, mobility, education), and different geographical contexts.
SocialChallenges.eu aims to support ecosystems finding the best answers to their needs, receive mentoring services through local partners, and get funds to co-develop and test proposed solutions. The programme will grant a total of 2.430.000 to 81 entrepreneurs in Europe (€30.000 each).
EBN and BDF will “walk” you through the social innovation places now active on the platform (with open challenges looking for solutions) and will share with participants their experiences in supporting and promoting social and inclusive innovation in Europe, speaking from a business perspective.
We’ll then hear from a “challenge owner” and their reason in using the platform as a tool for connecting with social innovators and scouting innovative solutions. We’ll close the session by engaging the audience in a brainstorming exercise to help us identifying best practices that could be transferred and scaled up to solve social and environmental challenges across Europe.
Chiara Davalli, European BIC Network
Chiara is project manager at EBN. She manages several EU funded projects supporting innovative entrepreneurship in different fields, defining better tools, methodologies and policies to support innovation in Europe and beyond. Chiara works closely with European and non-European incubators, accelerators and clusters to define better innovation support mechanisms at regional, national, European and international level. She is a mentor for early stage startups in the field of smart mobility. Chiara works on bilat projects with India and Brazil, and is passionate about social and responsible innovation. She managed the Transnational Network for Social Innovation Incubators and she is in charge of the Social Innovation Special Interest Group in EBN. She currently manages the Social Challenges Innovation Platform on behalf of EBN.
Lennard Drogendjik, Business Development Friesland
Lennard is Managing Director and initiator of Business Development Friesland. He has set up Inqubator Leeuwarden. Lennard works with start-up entrepreneurs and also assists and mentors unemployed people on request of the city of Leeuwarden as they learn how to be entrepreneurs. As Business Development Friesland is a partner in the Social Challenges Innovation Platform, Lennard activated his network to find challenges (and found 5). Lennard has worked on many European projects and is a former Vice President of the EBN network organisation.
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