Project name Social Innovation knowledge transfer in disadvantaged urban areas
Objective Objective 1.2
Priority Innovation and knowledge development
Aim Many citizens and many urban areas in central European cities are disadvantaged. What is more, the majority of these disadvantaged citizens live in disadvantaged urban areas.
Citizens with a migrant background, refugees, and early-school leavers as well as in many cases young females, the elderly, citizens with impairments and many more can be rightly called disadvantaged groups.
Run-down neighbourhoods, derelict streets and empty shops and buildings are common features of disadvantaged urban areas.
The project aims at transforming these existing disadvantages into new advantages using social innovation as leverage.
How? With a focus on social innovation, members of disadvantaged groups will be empowered through entrepreneurial skills and competence mentoring and training utilising existing regional innovation ecosystems and in an existing transnational network where available in designated Social Innovation Academies (SIAs).
After training at the SIAs, the knowledge gained by the graduates will be transferred personally to other members of their own peer-groups ‘on the streets’ (in situ) in disadvantaged urban areas through a process called ‘social innovation street knowledge’.
The social innovation knowledge transfer will take place in empty shops and buildings in disadvantaged urban areas, which will be initially rented and refurbished by the regional project partners with the long-term goal before the end of project lifetime to transfer them to the management of disadvantaged groups’ community ownership or into some other form of management. The knowledge transfer in the rented premises will create a social innovation ‘snowball effect’.
Where available this ‘street knowledge’ will be extended and compounded through an existing transnational network of innovation ecosystems through study visits to disadvantaged groups in other European regions.
By the end of project lifetime In situ will have changed the way migrants and other disadvantaged groups are integrated into society and the labour market in central Europe and how they can create positive social effects.
Results In situ will develop a smart strategy to integrate migrants and other disadvantaged groups into society and the labour market by training entrepreneurial competences for social entrepreneurship aiming to create positive social effects. This will be done by specialised trainings and mentoring a total of 140+ migrants and other disadvantaged groups at designated Social Innovation Academies (SIAs) in the PP regions using group-specific methodologies and training materials. After training, through pilot actions in the PP regions, the trained SIA graduates will transfer their social innovation knowledge to untrained disadvantaged groups in PP regions through ‘social innovation street knowledge’ through workshops, training modules, etc. in disadvantaged urban areas (e.g. in refurbished empty shops and buildings creating a ‘snowball effect’ to change the societal status quo.
Cost ca. 3 Mill. Euro
Duration 36 months: July 2018 – June 2021
Partners involved Vienna Board of Education, European Office (AT)
Vienna University of Economics and Business (AT)
Region of Veneto – Section for Labour (IT)
Stuttgart Media University (DE)
STEP RI Science and Technology Park of the University of Rijeka Ltd (HR)
Partners requested City governments (labour market, transport, housing, planning departments)
Labour market organizations
Universities (departments specializing in sustainability-driven entrepreneurship (social innovation)
Innovation In situ’s approach is innovative because it will utilize the social innovation entrepreneurship empowerment gained by members of migrant and other disadvantaged groups to in turn empower their own peer-groups ‘in situ’ through ‘social innovation street knowledge’ in order to create positive social change such as improved neighbourhood infrastructure in central European regions.
In situ’s approach is also innovative because it will develop and implement group-specific methodology and training schemes for the long-term of integration of migrant and disadvantaged groups into society and the labour market.
Follow up of CERIecon – CENTRAL EUROPE Regional Innovation Ecosystems Network
i.e.SMART – SMART Training Network for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Emerging Sustainable Economic Sectors

Stuart Simpson
Vienna Board of Education, European Office (AT)


Judit Makkos-Kaldi
Vienna Board of Education, European Office (AT)
Follow up fundings