Development of an innovation audit for social innovation (DepoSIt)

Social innovations and solutions to societal challenges are becoming more and more important in today's world. The DepoSIt project therefore developed an improved innovation support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that includes both economic and particularly social aspects. In a pilot phase, this newly developed innovation audit tool for social innovation has been tested in a randomized control study on more than 90 SMEs from six EU countries and subsequently validated. The results of the study have been incorporated into a transnational strategy with policy recommendations to sustainably promote the social innovation potential of companies.

Steinbeis Europa Zentrum managed the project as project coordinator: the project management, setting up the project management structure; identification and analysis of; existing innovation support instruments; development of a new innovation support instrument with economic and social criteria (innovation audit for social innovation); design and implementation of a European comparative study on the effectiveness of the newly developed instrument.

Further information:

  • Project name acronym: DepoSIt
  • Funding: European Commission, Horizon 2020, INNOSUP-6
  • Funding budget for all partners: 499,600 EUR
  • Participating countries: Croatia, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain
  • Project duration: 09/2019 – 02/2022

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