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SOCIA Working Group

we are fascinated about how social innovation can be taught and learned online

Five experienced partners from Luxembourg, Greece, Poland, Slovenia and Spain come together to work on the SOCIA concept

SOCIA will be the first European, fully online VET training programme focusing exclusively on social innovation

We deliver training, consulting and technology-based solutions for improving the (social) innovation capabilities of companies, public and civic/non-profit organisations. hile we are a young company, our team has 15 years’ experience in (social) innovation management advisory and training. Moreover, we are experienced in digital educational methods and technologies as well as in change management to accompany the transition to online learning. We have already built a trusted network of partners and experts in social innovation research and education, software development as well as marketing & communication, who help us deliver the highest quality value to our clients. We have good access to social innovation practitioners in Europe and locally in Luxembourg. Our areas of specific expertise relevant for SOCIA include two strongly intertwining core domains: social innovation – societal megatrends analysis, innovation mission, vision, issue tree analyses, challenge briefs, values and charters, (social) innovation process design and management, innovation portfolio management, service and technology roadmapping, creativity and ideation, including open innovation methods and crowdsourcing, innovation culture, (social) innovation stakeholder management incl. strategic partnerships search and support, innovation impact indicators definition, operationalisation, monitoring and evaluation, social innovation scaling up strategies and impact assessment; digital technologies – digital innovation solutions and ICT-based tools for the following purposes: (social) innovation training, idea management, innovation projects portfolio management, innovation stage gate-process management, digital content development and publication, knowledge management incl. taxonomies, community management, online platforms and websites.

Found.ation is a top-notch, privately funded and operated technology hub located in Athens, Greece. Originally established in 2011 as one of the first co-working spaces in SE Europe. Found.ation’s mission is to develop and mature local aspiring startup companies and talent by creating nationwide acceleration programs and a market-oriented Startup Education program, alongside quality events and hackathons. It aims to create long-term relationships, intersectoral collaborations and projects that will, ultimately, change our everyday lives. The implementation of this project will help us enhance and support the creation of an environment of trust and shared values among the members of the Greek business community (entrepreneurs, startups, SME’s, policy makers, VET providers, educational institutes) active in social innovation and entrepreneurship, in order to successfully implement a strong ecosystem sharing a common goal; to continuously achieve positive social outcomes. We will continue inviting talented developers in Hackathons for social good and design tailor made acceleration programs for and on behalf corporations, startups and communities which will empower social innovation and long-term change. Found.ation has a wide range of facilities, from a co-working and incubator space, to training room and an exhibition space, with a broad array of support services.

ICAN Institute is the sole representative of Harvard Business Publishing Corporation in Poland. We offer publishing, consulting, training, diagnostic, conference and research services and implement partnership programmes. Since 2003 we have been publishing the Polish edition of Harvard Business Review, one of the most prestigious magazines on strategy, leadership and management. Subscribers of Harvard Business Review Polska include more than 6,000 leading managers and business owners and every issue of the magazine is read by more than 25,000 people.
Managers and executives are the key audience for ICAN Institute training services which are based on two pillars: the Harvard Business School case method and the blended learning concept driven by Harvard Business Publishing multimedia tools. In recent years, we have implemented several dozen of complex corporate academy projects in Poland, and for a decade we have been delivering open development programmes completed by more than 7,000 Polish managers and entrepreneurs.
Delivering conference and event services, ICAN Institute has staged several dozen events of various formats – from business breakfasts to speeches made by world-class international and national management leaders. All those events demonstrate high professional quality and are adapted to the specific profile of the Polish market, with the advantage of practical application.
In the area of innovation, ICAN Institute has developed a set of research tools for individual and organisational diagnostics. Based on this we are benchmarking innovative leaders on the Polish market. Innovation is one of key subjects of our open programmes, conferences, business lunches meeting. 

EOLAS S.L. specialises in education and learning domains and provides services and support to all enterprises, organisations and entities with demands in the field of the design and management of projects in different areas of expertise. The company accompanies the whole process, from the conceptual and design phase up to the management and closing of the project, always closely monitoring the quality and impact delivered to target audiences. EOLAS provides support to optimise all processes related to the design, preparation and management of education- and innovation-focused initiatives. The service offer relates to: – Design and implementation of strategic plans for innovative product and service development, and its related funding and investment; – Identification of needs and opportunities, as well as idea generation; – Design, preparation, implementation and management of innovation processes and projects; – Advice on international, European, national and regional programmes; – Project management training and coaching – Innovation and exploitation management – Business strategy development and internationalisation – Knowledge generation, sharing and transfer, including training. EOLAS S.L. is founded by a team of professionals with more than 15 years of experience in idea generation, identification of opportunities, preparation, partner search and management of international, European, national and regional projects. It combines the knowledge and experience in the field of innovation, economics and enterprise organisation with engineering, allowing the company to integrate both the technical coordination as well as the organisational aspects of project management. The team members have been involved in different projects, acting as project manager or expert in innovation, knowledge management and training in close to 120 projects from a large variety of different funding programmes. EOLAS has extensive experience in innovation and training activities and projects, as well as in the field of knowledge management and community building. EOLAS is currently partner of the CORRIE, SOFE, EDU-CODE nEBULA and IN2IN projects (Erasmus+ KA2), MOVIN (Erasmus+ KA1) and external project manager for MARLO (LDV TOI), L´AQUA (DG Enterprise); RSRC, EFF TOURISM and SPROUT (Erasmus+). It has been a partner and project manager for ee-Wise project (FP7); external project manager of ENTANGLE (Life Long Learning) and quality manager for ENTANGLE; K-START; SEE-GREEN and FORWARD (Life Long Learning), and is providing management and dissemination support as subcontractor in ECOTOUR (Life Long Learning); SMARTSPACES (CIP ICT-PSP) and CULTWAYS (EMMIA DG Enterprise).

We4YOU is a training and coaching NGO, helping its community by equipping it with “must have” entrepreneurial skills, web 2.0 tools, high performance strategies and proactive mind-set. Since 2003 it has become one of the leading players in Slovenian landscape, delivering trainings and coaching aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners, start-ups, individuals who are just starting their entrepreneurial path and also NGO’s which want to implement such principles into their daily operations. In particular we are addressing females, which is our field of expertise. Maja Novak, Msc, CEO of We4YOU and her team, is bringing her vision of empowered and equal society into reality by introducing the community with advanced concepts and practices from the field of communication and dissemination strategies, effective use of social media (including video) to spread knowledge, fundraising and sponsorship activities, IT programming, mobile apps development and from the field of project management. We also deliver trainings, both live (to groups from 5 of 100+ people) and within on-line environment, having enrolled almost 100 students from all EU countries. By successfully conducting its activities, We4YOU realises its main purpose: to raise awareness about the emerging global trends and opportunities deriving from them, as well as supporting individuals and organisations to make a bigger impact in their lives.

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