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1 European Commission Enterprise and Industry Social innovation: How innovation policy can empower people, entrepreneurs and society Henriette van Eijl, European Commission, DG Enterprise

2 European Commission Enterprise and Industry « The Europe I believe in » The financial and economic crisis makes creativity and innovation in general, and social innovation in particular even more important to foster sustainable growth, secure jobs and boost competitiveness. President Barroso at the BEPA Workshop on Europe and Social Innovation, 20 January 2009

3 European Commission Enterprise and Industry Social innovation produces innovations that meet a social need by: Workplace innovation: empowering people Connect social economy, social entrepreneurs, business, charities, public sector Strong link to public sector innovation Street-corner, local, regional, national to EU levels

4 European Commission Enterprise and Industry From the 2010 SIX social innovation study commissioned by the EC Social innovation comes in many forms:

5 European Commission Enterprise and Industry Social innovation What are businesses doing here?

6 European Commission Enterprise and Industry Social innovation in EU companies: In the period : 50% of European companies innovated 50% used training as a source of innovation 46% of EU enterprises collect ideas for innovation from their employees Innobarometer 2009 study

7 European Commission Enterprise and Industry Companies see opportunities in social innovation: 1.Increased demand for sustainable or energy- efficient products and services: 32% 2.New services and products for older consumers: 15% 3.Education, social- or health services: 12% Innobarometer 2009 study

8 European Commission Enterprise and Industry We propose a broader sense of innovation: from business to social innovation. Business Panel Future EU Innovation Policy, October 2009 EU Business Panel:

9 European Commission Enterprise and Industry Many actions support social innovation in the EU already: Innovation Teams and Units: MindLab, Denmark, The 27 e Region, France Innovation brokers and intermediaries: Innovation Exchange, UK, Social Innovation Park, Spain, Flanders Synergy (BE) Social Innovation Funds: Estonian Development Fund, Social Enterprise Investment Fund, UK Innovation Agencies: TEKES and SITRA (Finland), VINNOVA (Sweden) European Funds: European Social Fund: LV, PL, DE, NL, MT, FI, SI, BE Other Structural Funds: ERDF Research Framework Programmes

10 European Commission Enterprise and Industry Growth of social innovation in EU is hampered by: Insufficient knowledge of user needs: social entrepreneurs, grass roots organisations, public sector, citizens Fragmentation of efforts and resources Poor diffusion and little scale-up of good practices Poor evaluation of actions and policise

11 European Commission Enterprise and Industry 11 SmartGrowth developing an economy based on knowledge and innovation Sustainable Growth promoting a more efficient, greener and more competitive economyInclusiveGrowth fostering a high- employment economy delivering social and territorial cohesion Social innovation & Europe 2020 Innovation Union Flagship: adopted 6 October New actions on social innovation Other Flagships to come!

12 European Commission Enterprise and Industry Actions announced in Innovation Union: European Social Innovation pilot Spring 2011 kick-off: expertise and a networked 'virtual hub' for social entrepreneurs and the public and third sectors across EU Support experimentation: : EC support pilots, capacity building and learning networks in Member States (ESF and PROGRESS) From 2013: Mainstream social innovation in ESF Support research and evaluation: From 2011: EU FP7 research programme on social innovation and public sector From 2011: pilot European Public Sector Innovation Scoreboard Integrate social innovation in Innovation Partnerships

13 European Commission Enterprise and Industry Thank you for your attention and looking forward cooperating with you!


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