Enabling the Flourishing and Evolution of Social Entrepreneurship for Innovative and Inclusive Societies

Funder: European Commission
Yunus Centre Staff: Simone Baglioni, Stephen Sinclair, Michael Roy, Micaela Mazzei, 

Project Website: http://www.fp7-efeseiis.eu

The EFESEIIS (Enabling the Flourishing and Evolution of Social Entrepreneurship for Innovative and Inclusive Societies) project is one of the last projects funded by the FP7 (the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration).  Geographically, the project covers ten countries: Albania, Austria, UK (England and Scotland), France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Serbia and Sweden. 

Responding to the challenges identified in Europe 2020 Strategy for Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth and HORIZON 2020 - in particular to societal challenges to create inclusive, innovative and secure societies - the EFESEIIS projects aims to fully understand the conditions under which social entrepreneurship starts, develops and can contribute effectively and efficiently to solve societal challenges in a sustainable way

The four main objectives of this project include:

  1. To develop an evolutionary theory of social entrepreneurship explaining the different ways in which social entrepreneurship has developed across Europe. 
  2. To identify the features of an “enabling eco-system for social entrepreneurship” that is the conditions under which social enterprise can effectively contribute to building an inclusive society.
  3. To identify the “new generation” of social entrepreneurs particularly those that have set up an organisations in the last three years, characterised by austerity, recession but also an unprecedented interest in social enterprise. 
  4. To provide advice to stakeholders (i.e. policy makers, organisations support social entrepreneurship and social enterprises) by understanding different perspectives on social entrepreneurship and how they facilitate its development and proposing a model for optimisation of the impact of European/national policy initiatives on local social enterprise growth and sustainability. 

Contact Simone Baglioni - simone.baglioni@gcu.ac.uk