The goal is to accelerate an eco-systemic change by providing social and under-represented entrepreneurs with advanced business support services, incubation programmes and networks that allows these entrepreneurs to develop novel & sustainable businesses.
LIAISE is funded by the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) under the initiative of the Impact Hub network, The European Business and Innovation Centre Network (EBN) and the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA). Together with these project partners, we aim to create the Better Incubation Toolkit, a versatile kit for further dissemination of the capacity building process within the sector.
With a desire to increase collaboration and knowledge sharing in the area of inclusive entrepreneurship, LIAISE applies a mutual learning approach. This approach will be stimulated through international Communities of Practice (CoP) that will research best practices and co-design new practices through three approaches:
01. As a research centre to collect best practices
02. As an observatory to monitor inclusive entrepreneurship programmes
03. As a thinking lab to explore the policy dimension.
The LIAISE project works with a thematic CoP targeting to establish the needs for 5 distinct groups: Women, migrants/refugees, people with disabilities, youth (age 18-29) & seniors (age 65+).
Impact Hub Amsterdam is involved in the Women CoP, incorporating best practices and activities within incubation programmes to deliver a gender inclusive entrepreneur support programme and increase the overall visibility, credibility, and representation of women entrepreneurs. We are additionally working on increasing the visibility of female entrepreneurs through a series of interviews on social platforms.