consolid8

Deep & inclusive social innovation ecosystems

About the project

Consolidating deep & inclusive social innovation ecosystems (Consolid8) is an international initiative co-funded by the European Union that is paving the way for the integration of social innovation actors in innovation networks in 15 European ecosystems.

Objectives

Enhance connectivity to innovation ecosystems of social innovation actors from 15 ecosystems with different innovation performance

Widen access to alternative means of financing for social innovators in 5 ecosystems

Test 12 social innovation models with potential of scaling up and replicability

Activities

The project will develop 5 capacity building programs programs to enhance the capacity of social innovators. The lessons learned from the implementation of these programs will be leveraged through the development of a European accelerator, within which another 10 social innovation ecosystems will be supported using a methodology already created and validated by DEEP Ecosystems. The results of the 5 pilot programs will be presented at a European social innovation festival held in Brasov, aiming to interconnect stakeholders from the social innovation ecosystem with those from traditional innovation ecosystems.

The project also encompasses the development of 3 crowdfunding campaigns for social innovators, conducting 1 research on an alternative funding program for social innovation aimed at local public authorities, and testing and presenting 12 social innovation models with the potential for expansion and replication.

Results

Until now, we have implemented capacity-building programs in all countries, with some still ongoing, and organized consolid8 Festival. Currently, we are in the early stages of preparing the accelerator.

Capacity building programs

Romania

Currently, in Romania, work is underway on three crowdfunding campaigns, with one of them already live on the consolid8 Crowdfunding page. For detailed information about this campaign, click here.

Also, UEFISCDI is conducting a research on the comprehensive alternative financing program for social innovation aimed at local public authorities.

Italy

Ireland

Ireland initiated a mission to enhance entrepreneurial skills by hosting 7 workshops at Techstars Startup Weekend Social Innovation Dublin. Additionally, they produced 7 podcast episodes on scaling social innovation, featuring interviews with social entrepreneurs and other stakeholders. You can listen to the podcast by clicking here or here.

Also, two Irish teams were part of the Consolid8 hackathon held in Brașov.

Greece

Slovenia

Slovenia hosted a conference on Social Impact and Social Innovation, featuring a co-creation workshop where CN presented social innovation concepts from the SEED project. The focus was on bridging traditional innovation stakeholders with social impact organizations. A panel and co-creation activity addressed wider access to financing social innovations, introducing crowdfunding as an alternative.

An eBook and video has been created, detailing a list of successfully scaled social innovation initiatives and social enterprises in Slovenia (current video in Slovene language – English version is being prepared and will be online in February 2024).

consolid8 Festival

Between September 22 and 24, 2023, consolid8 Festival took place, bringing together keynote speeches, panels, satellite events, interactive activations, workshops, and exhibitions.

Highlights of the consolid8 Festival Experience

consolid8 Talks: This two-day event on September 23 and 24, 2023 showcased the latest trends in green technologies. Participants had the opportunity to connect with sustainability experts and visionaries. Renowned international figures in green technologies, such as Neil Harbisson and Daan Roosegaarde, were among the invited speakers.

The "Talks" series also featured discussions with Romanian entrepreneurial and business figures, addressing critical topics like social innovation, renewable energies, energy efficiency, natural resource management, sustainable construction solutions, entrepreneurship, and know-how in the world of green businesses and funding sources in the digital transition.

On the second day of "Talks," the team from fonduri-structurale.ro facilitated two sessions focused on funding opportunities:

  • Money for Good: Funding the Impactful – This session explored ways to secure funding for projects or initiatives with a positive impact on the community or the environment.
  • Masterclass: Unlock EU Funding for Your Business – Participants were informed about available funding sources within the European Union.

In addition to the Talks area, the festival featured educational workshops for children on topics like circular economy, passive houses, and robotics, a Hackathon dedicated to social innovation and green technologies, satellite events covering Product Development, Web design, and Front-end Development, as well as an interactive activation zone where visitors could experience the latest trends in green solutions.

consolid8 Hackathon: This energetic event brought together over 100 individuals with brilliant minds and captivating ideas. After three intense days, the results were so impressive that four winning teams were selected:

  • The Solar Network received the top prize of 1000 euros for developing a groundbreaking solar panel system enhanced with IoT technology.
  • Diaspatch Bay secured the second prize with their automated trucking management software.
  • Osowa, creators of an innovative solution in the travel industry, claimed the third place.
  • Anima Mundi won the special prize from Eviden Romania. They tackled the challenging issue of increasing urban wildlife and deforestation, developing a comprehensive solution. Because our partners were so impressed by the team’s skills, they were recruited on the spot and will benefit from mentorship and an internship opportunity.

consolid8 Festival 2023 was a vibrant celebration of innovation, sustainability, and the remarkable strength of community. For more information about the festival, you can visit the facebook page.

Ecosystem Accelerator 

The Consolid8 Social Innovation Ecosystem Accelerator will launch in April 2024. 

Consolid8 offers a full 2-year ecosystem accelerator for social innovation ecosystem builders. The program offers the full benefits of DEEP Ecosystem´s DEEP Startup Ecosystem Accelerator plus access to the international consolid8 network. 

The Social Innovation Ecosystem Accelerator provides strategic support and mentorship to 10-12 ecosystem-building initiatives, empowering them to develop impactful and commercially viable business models that establish themselves as ecosystem hubs within their respective ecosystems.  

Ecosystem hubs actively engage stakeholders and foster collaborations that transform them into strategic partners who share a common vision. Through these partnerships, stakeholders can access cutting-edge services and processes offered by the accelerator alumni, who will serve as local ecosystem leaders. These efforts will be enriched and complemented by the collective capabilities of the DEEP Ecosystems and Consolid8 communities. 

The registrations are open until February 26th. For more details regarding the accelerator, click here.