Our initiative is part of the Horizon Europe Program.
Consolid8, an international initiative co-funded by the European Union, 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.
Empower social innovators and entrepreneurs in your home region and raise funds to maximize your impact!
The Consolid8 Social Innovation Ecosystem Accelerator will launch in April 2024. It is run by DEEP Ecosystems and the Consolid8 project partners.
The program consists of a six-week online accelerator program that helps participants formulate an impactful and sustainable business model for the creation or growth of an ecosystem hub.
It is followed by a two-year implementation partnership: Participating ecosystem hubs are empowered to develop world-class innovation support offerings and to raise funds for their activities via public funding applications and the development of own business models. Your benefits:
Building an ecosystem means not only running an event or a startup support program with a narrow focus. The most successful ecosystem builders in the world are consciously or instinctively planning and implementing transformative interventions to:
DEEPSEA alumni submit at least 10 public funding applications per year, which should result in winning at least one. While many calls and tenders are very local or industry specific and require your own ongoing monitoring and contact nurturing, we will present you with practical support to monitor funding opportunities and elaborate winning proposals. You should be ready to win calls from programs and sponsors like:
8 April to 17 May 2024
Who should apply
What to expect
Consolid8 supports the creation of ecosystem hubs and initiatives in collaboration with different project partners. We intend to enrich ecosystems, connect ecosystem builders, and create collaboration projects that raise funds, e.g. via grants or sponsoring, to enable their execution. The methodology of the program is based on the DEEP Startup Ecosystem Accelerator.
We will collaborate with the participants of the Consolid8 Social Innovation Ecosystem Accelerator program on the development of a specific project proposed and led by the participant.
Consolid8 will actively foster the development of the project by providing:
After the end of the 6-week program, DEEP Ecosystems will continuously support the project’s success by providing access to a community of ecosystem builders, organizing networking, and facilitating fundraising opportunities for the course of 2 years.
Additional support and mentoring are provided by the Consolid8 partner organizations.
The combined value of DEEP’s contribution to the process is valued at 60,000 € (in-kind, not a cash contribution), which is seen as an upfront investment in the project.
We sign a participation agreement with successful applicants before they are admitted.
This includes a success fee sharing of 15% of the total funding sum before taxes covering all funds or investments that are raised for the project within 2 years. The success fee can be waived if the participating organizations agree to a 40,000 € (excl. VAT) waiver fee.
You can review the draft participation agreement here.
European Union Funding
The Consolid8 Social Innovation Ecosystem Accelerator receives financial support from the European Union, as part of the Horizon Europe project titled 'Consolidating deep & inclusive social innovation ecosystems' (ID 101096781- link).
Successful applicants engage in a two-year commercial implementation partnership, outlined in a participation agreement. This agreement not only fosters sustainable growth but also facilitates success fee sharing. By participating, individuals gain access to a range of benefits that extend beyond the initial scope of the EU-funded project, encouraging long-term engagement and development.