About the Social(i)Makers project

Social innovation initiatives can create products, services and models that answer to structural transformations of civic communities – but they are still fragile and unevenly diffused in central Europe. The Social(i)Makers project aims to improve social innovation capacities by working with financiers, entrepreneurs, policy makers and citizens on how to  generate new lively ecosystems as a bottom-up result of their interactions. The project will establish a transnational educational programme to train and connect Social(i)makers through a central Europe-wide learning and innovation community. The unique educational package developed by the project will involve partner regions as well as other central European regions facing social challenges. The project will train various actors to design and launch effective and sustainable social innovation initiatives. Moreover, the project will implement activities where they can put acquired skills into practice by planning own initiatives that answer to actual transnational or local social challenges. The project aims to provide a complex concept and programme for social innovation actors to replace diffuse change-making initiatives currently available in this sector.



As part of the "Social(i)Makers" project we're carrying out a survey on social innovation strengths and weaknesses in Central Europe.Therefore, we ask you to complete the surveys below. Surveys are addressed to:
      1. Policymakers:

2.Social innovation projects:

3. Financial providers:

4. Academies:

The surveys are completely anonymous. 
Any questions please send to e-mail:


PP1 Democenter-Sipe Foundation

Democenter Foundation’s main mission is to enhance the entrepreneurship development supporting the interaction between “novelty producers” and institutions. Democenter is member of the High Technology Network of the Emilia-Romagna Region. The economic activities performing on the market by Democenter are technological research and technological scouting, technology transfer, fundraising support to enterprises, support to the process management for institutional innovation and support, mentoring to start-ups and enterprises, support and organization of training activities.

Role in the S(i)M Project: Democenter is project Leader Partner, responsible for manage & coordinate the overall project during its entire implementation.


PP2 Union of Municipalities of the Ceramic District

The Unione dei Comuni del Distretto Ceramico is an institutional authority formed by the 8 municipalities of Fiorano Modenese, Formigine, Frassinoro, Maranello, Montefiorino, Palagano, Prignano and Sassuolo, located in the province of Modena in the Emilia-Romagna region. It has been established to gain more efficient public services for the citizens. The Unione dei Comuni del Distretto Ceramico focuses in supplying a series of public social services for its citizens: minors, elderlies, disabled people, needy families. 

Role in the S(i)M Project: UCDC will actively supports the project development

UCDC website:

PP3 Roots of Impact GmbH

RoI is dedicated to design, pioneer and advise on effective solutions for impact finance. Our mission is to leverage finance to maximize the positive impact created by entrepreneurial ideas. To achieve this goal, we work with pioneering impact investors, public funders and strategic philanthropists globally in designing and implementing innovative funding mechanisms for high-impact organizations. As a market builder, we deeply care about education and incubate the Social Finance Academy – a one-stop-shop for practical and effective knowledge & tools on impact investing as well as social enterprise and blended finance."

Role in the S(i)M Project: Roots of Impact is responsible for the Implementation of the Transnational Social(i)Makers Launchpad: Phase 1.

RoI website:

PP4 Social Impact gGmbh

For over 20 years, Social Impact has developed products and services that contribute towards securing future viability and social equity. One of its current priorities is to develop infrastructure to promote social innovation.  

Role in the S(i)M Project: SI will contribute to the definition of the Module 1, 2 and 6 of the Transnational Social(i)Makers Launchpad concerning Impact Investing, Social Business and Social Impact; SI will also be in charge of the implementation of the transnational MOOC of the Module 2 on Social Business and will co-organise the local face-to face training courses and the communication activities in Germany.  

SI website:

PP5 ZSI GmbH - Centre for Social Innovation

ZSI is a scientific institute, which works in science and praxis, linking research systematically with application. By deployment of innovative research, education, advisory services and co-ordination of networks, we create new knowledge, reflect and configure existing knowledge, evaluate measures, develop concepts and forward their implementation. As independent and globally acting scientific institution, we are engaged in the development of theories, methodologies, instruments and measures as well as in the dissemination of a systemically conceptualised broad innovation approach.

Role in the S(i)M Project: Thanks to its participation in SI-DRIVE and SIC EU projects and European School of SI, ZSI is in a key position to integrate the Social(i)Makers project into the wider EU SI communities. Given its sound expertise in community-building and engagement activities, ZSI will play an active role in the implementation of the contents of the Module 7 of the Educational Programme (Stakeholder Engagement) in cooperation with FFW. As an independent and globally acting scientific institution, ZSI will lead the WPT4’s development fostering the transnational consolidation of a territory-based 'Social(i)Makers' CE Community.


PP6 Pontis Foundation

Pontis is of the largest grant-awarding foundations in Slovakia. We support corporate and individual philanthropy, corporate volunteering, and corporate social responsibility promotion. We also assist companies in devising and implementation of their philanthropic strategies, and we manage their endowment funds. Furthermore, we develop corporate volunteering and pro bono assistance by organizing “Our City” – the biggest corporate volunteering event of Central Europe in Bratislava, and the Pro Bono Marathon. In addition, we administer the Business Leaders Forum, which is an association of responsible companies, and organize the Via Bona Slovakia Awards that are given to companies for their philanthropic activities and corporate social responsibility policies. Currently, our projects are being implemented worldwide in countries such as Kenya, Georgia, Moldova, Macedonia, and Kosovo.

Role in the S(i)M Project: Pontis Foundaton is responsible for implementation of the Transnational Social(i)Makers Launchpad: Phase 2.


PP7 Cooperation Fund Foundation

Cooperation Fund Foundation is one of the first and biggest non-governmental organizations established in Poland to support the democratic and economic development of Poland and its integration with the EU.

It was founded in 1990 and since that time CFF has been engaged in such areas as: local development, civil society and self-governance, local community and initiatives, equal opportunities and diversity, vocational education, entrepreneurship, social economy, financial audits. Fulfilling its mission CFF has implemented a lot of projects financed by EU programmes: EC tenders and twinning, EQUAL, Erasmus+, Eastern Partnership, European Social Fund (regional & national). From the beginning CFF has managed capital totaling over PLN 4.5 billion (EUR 1.10 billion) which has been effectively spent supporting different areas of its engagement. The foundation employs 80 people and dozens of co-working experts.

Role in the S(i)M Project: CFF is responsible for developing the on-line Social Innovation Skyrocket Platform, drafting training course syllabus for modules 3, 4, 7 and implementation of all modules (+MOOC), local communication activities i.e.: S(i)M festival, world cafe, conference, hackathon.

FWW website:

PP8 Wielkopolska Region/Regional Centre of Social Policy in Poznan

ROPS in Poznan is a regional self-governing organization directly accountable to the Wielkopolska region Management Board. ROPS carries out regional self-government tasks in the field of social policy, particularly in social care. The main mission and idea of ROPS work is cooperation, participation and partnership. The ROPS activities base on the assumption that "The people change reality". ROPS is very involved in determining directions for the development of social economy in the region. It included the social economy into the Wielkopolska region development strategy, in such areas as: labour market, social integration, entrepreneurship and innovation. It also aims to improve cooperation between regional stakeholders, including the social economy, local government and the local community.

Role in the S(i)M Project: ROPS is leading the project communication and is responsible for implement (logistics) the regional events. The main role Of ROPS is to disseminate the project’s results to the relevant stakeholders engaged. In addition, ROPS is the contact person for the JS concerning the communication strategy and activities.

ROPS website:

PP9 IFKA Public Benefit Non-Profit Ltd. for the Development of the Industry

IFKA is the auxiliary organization (government agency) for the Ministry for National Economy (Hungary, Managing Authority of EDIOP Economic Development and Innovation Operational Programme). Over 25 years, IFKA became a widely acknowledged organization by partaking in and executing successful projects such as building an extensive network of connections, which promotes liaison between the supply and demand sides of the economy in the fields of education, improving job opportunities and supporting research and innovation. In the latter field, IFKA focuses on supporting and accelerating RDI projects related to industrial modernization, cutting edge technologies, logistics urban economy and waste management as well as education and job related fields. IFKA is strategic partner to the Hungarian Enterprise Europe Network.

Role in the S(i)M Project:  IFKA is responsible for design of the transnational education programme ‘Social(i)Makers Launchpad’.

IFKA website:

PP10 Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry

BCCI is a determining public body with regards the economic and social life of Budapest, holding the largest membership of ca. 4000 members covering the sectors of trade, industry, business services and handicraft industry. The Chamber aims to help its member organizations and the stakeholders of the business sector in Hungary with the development of business environment, economical studies and forecasts, management of the tasks and duties of vocational trainings and education, establishment of reliable business partnerships and consulting services on taxation, legal and other business management issues.

Role in the S(i)M Project: BCCI is responsible for the logistics of the local events, supports the implementation of local pilot SI initiative in Hungary and focuses on the developing of the local action plan within the framework of the Social(i)Makers Launchpad.


PP11 Economic Institute Maribor, Economic research and Entrepreneurship Ltd.

The Economic Institute Maribor is a development and consulting organisation which supports the development of the economy and the corporate sector with business infrastructure and promotes human resources development and employment. By delivering many national and transnational projects over the past 18 years, EIM has developed new approaches and tools contributing: to improving competences and competitiveness of individuals, companies; developing supportive environment for social entrepreneurship and social innovation; identifying key social needs and easing the change process by bringing together relevant stakeholders; promoting and supporting co-operation between profit, public and non-profit sectors; supporting the business plan’s design, assessment and follow-up 

Role in the S(i)M Project: EIM will benefit from participating in the Social(i)Makers project because it will contribute: to promote development policies for social innovation, development of instruments and tools for social companies and startups and for the main social innovation actors, innovative transfer of good practices, to raise awareness and improve skills of the relevant stakeholders. 

EIM website: 

PP 12 Association of Municipalities and Towns in Slovenia

Association of Municipalities and towns of Slovenia (SOS) is the biggest representative association of municipalities in Slovenia, established in 1992. Association has 178 member municipalities (out of 212 municipalities). Because of different needs of SOS members the association is organized into three sections: section of city municipalities, section with Administrative Unit headquarters and section of other communities. President of each section is also a vice-president and head of SOS based on a rotation system within a four-year period. SOS has also 19 commissions and 4 work groups (over 400 representatives of member communities are operating in these groups), in which they coordinate legal acts and regulation acts within working areas that are important for the communities.

Role in the S(i)M Project: SOS will act as a multiplier for developing and disseminating the project outputs and results among the relevant stakeholders and as a representative association address and influence relevant policy document.

SOS website:

PP13 arbeit plus – Social Integration Enterprises Austria

The independent Austrian „arbeit plus“ network consists of 200 non-profit, labour market orientated Social Integration Enterprises and was founded more than 30 years ago. The uniqueness of the Social Integration Enterprises that are part of “arbeit plus” is the combination of social, economic and ecological goals. The member organizations advise, supervise and employ people with difficulties accessing the labour market.

The Social Integration Enterprises receive public funding for their labour market integrating mandate. Their services address various groups such as long-term unemployed, girls and women, youth, the elderly, those struggling with addiction or ex-prisoners. In order to make the accomplishments of the social economy visible on the European level and to strengthen their cause „arbeit plus“ is a member of the European Network for Social Integration Enterprises (ENSIE).

Role in the S(i)M Project: arbeit plus is contributing to all aspects of the Social(i)Makers projects and in particular implements the Transnational Social(i)Makers launchpad in Austria. arbeit plus is developing and carrying out a local social innovation pilot in cooperation with the Austrian social innovation community and thus contributes to the Transnational Social Innovation Initiative. In close collaboration with the Austrian stakeholders and project partners, arbeit plus implements the local action plan to foster the social innovation capacities in Austria. 

arbeit plus website:


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