Driving social innovation


Growing a Transnational Smart Community of Social Innovators for the Inclusive Development of Central Europe


The sustainability of Central Europe (CE) is challenged by the structural transformations of its civic communities as well as by the social implications of the changes affecting their context. The Social(i)Makers project aims at improving the skills and entrepreneurial competences for advancing economic and social innovation in the region. Thirteen partners from Austria, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia are part of the consortium.

The project is divided into two main phases:

Social Innovation Academy

(1) the “Social Innovation Academy”: the trainees will learn how to leverage impact investing, social business, social innovations policy and active citizenship, to exploit useful technology and impact assessment through a blended learning experience (online and on-site)

Social Innovation Skyrocket Lab

(2) the “Social Innovation Skyrocket Lab”: the participants will put the acquired skills into practice through and pilot local and transnational social initiatives for Central Europe.

Through these two phases, the project hopes to trigger the emergence of a transnational Social(i)Makers community in Central Europe which will be further developed by a long-term social innovations capacity-building strategy. The relevant platform can be found here: https://skyrocketplatform.eu


Scalerator: local pilot in Germany


Since June 2019, Roots of Impact and Social Impact, in collaboration with Impact Collective, launched a one-year scalerator program for a social enterprise at the pivotal juncture before scaling its operations. This highly tailored program will assist the social enterprise to sustainably scale through customized coaching and technical expertise.

The winner of the Scalerator program is Querfeld, whose mission is to fight food waste by delivering natural diversity to our supermarkets, kitchens and tables.


Latest news


About the Scalerator kickoff:

Deutsch: Skalierung für Sozialunternehmer: Bereitet Euch auf Start (und Landung) vor (von Christina Moehrle)

English: Scaling a Social Enterprise: Prepare for Take-off and Landing (by Christina Moehrle)

About social innovation:

English: So Why All This Buzz around Social Innovation? (by Ben West)

Deutsch: Was ist eigentlich soziale Innovation? (von Ben West)

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