BENISI – scaling social innovation
The BENISI partners seek to build a Europe-wide network of networks of incubators for social innovation. This network will proactively identify at least 300 social innovations that are identified with high potential for scaling successfully, and ensure the delivery of necessary support services to those social innovations. Networks are already structured in a collaborative mode; they are more able to spread knowledge and practice horizontally and they are the perfect ally when trying to develop a Europe-wide programme that needs to balance local action with continent-wide strategy and vision.
The project launched in October 2013, and is undertaking the following core activities:
Creation of a network of networks to identify social innovations and develop new capabilities to better match resources with social innovations for scaling, and extend and amplify the impact of existing networks (WP3 & WP4)
Create and disseminate the information about the project among a variety of stakeholders (WP2)
Create a complementary network of diverse social innovation stakeholders to participate in the project and in the scale-up of the selected social innovations, and develop the necessary mechanisms for greater integration and collaboration across this network (WP3)
Ensure the delivery of support and develop rich data on the progress and impact of the social innovations and the scaling up efforts applied (WP5)