Building a European Network of Incubators for Social Innovation (BENISI) 

Impact Hub Amsterdam joins a cluster of Impact Hubs to support social innovators to meet Europe’s challenges.  To build a Europe-wide network of incubators capable of identifying the most impactful social innovations – new solutions to Europe’s most pressing social and environmental needs – and to deliver those support services that are necessary to help them scale successfully across the continent.

The aim of this trans-European consortium is to identify and highlight three-hundred of the most promising, impactful and employment-generating local social innovations – in the public, private, third, social enterprise and cooperative sectors – that are yet to be scaled either significantly within their originating country or internationally. The consortium will create the conditions for these solutions to be strengthened locally and transferred to other European localities.

“Europe is not facing a crisis of opportunity. On the ground in our Impact Hubs, we witness every day citizens responding to the times through prototyping entrepreneurial initiatives that make their communities a better place.” says Alberto Masetti-Zannini, founder of Impact Hub Milan and BENISI project coordinator on behalf of the network of Impact Hubs.


1. Must be structurally aimed at meeting a social need or challenge in the domains of:  
Demography (elderly, migration, single households);
Health and well-being;
Community (diversity, cohesion, new IT fields);
Ecological (sustainability);
Ethical supply chains (Fair trade)

2. Must involve a new or significantly improved product (good and/or service), process, marketing method, and/or organiSational model.
The innovation can be radical in the sense of being new-to-market or new-to-society (locally, regionally, nationally, etc.) or even disruptive in that it helps to create new markets.The innovation may also be of a more incremental nature.


The project will involve six Impact Hubs: Amsterdam, Bucharest, London-Kings Cross, Milan, Stockholm, and Vienna as pivot points within five different geographic clusters of EU and neighbouring countries. These Hubs will collaborate within the Impact Hub network and with partners to encourage social entrepreneurs to scale-up their ventures for positive impact in Europe.

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