European Project Social Seeds
Exploiting Potentials of Social Enterprises through Standardized European Evaluation and Development System
Due to the recognition that social enterprises (SEs) can play an important role in overcoming current societal challenges, the interest in them has increased throughout Europe in recent years.
Social enterprises in the European Union generate 10 percent of the European economic output (GDP), create 11 million jobs (equivalent to approximately 4.5% of the working population in the EU) and represent 25% of all new start-ups in the EU; in Finland, France and Belgium even over 30%.
Motivated by the above facts, SOCIAL SEEDS brings together regional and national policymakers dedicated to social change in their regions and countries by improving policy instruments (in regional and national operational programs). The project also aims to provide policymakers with an evidence-based diagnostic tool that will increase the effectiveness of local and regional action to stimulate growth and employment (especially for marginalized social groups) in social enterprises, and improve their ecosystems in European cities and regions. Therefore, a public state measuring and labeling system will be developed specifically for social enterprises. Political decision makers can then use this system when choosing policy measures, effectively contributing to the development of the SE sector. In addition, all project partners of the SOCIAL SEEDS project will develop regional action plans to serve as a basis for further activities and to support policy tools for SEs.
SOCIAL SEEDS is funded by the Interreg Europe Programme (European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)) for five years. The consortium consists of nine European project partners from eight European countries. It is coordinated by IFKA (Public Benefit Non-Profit Ltd for the Development of the Industry).
Project duration: 04/2016 - 03/2021
Countries: Belgium, Estonia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia