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Financing social innovation – join today!

//Financing social innovation – join today!

The Social entrepreneurship in the Baltic states platform calendar provides a consolidated listing of different events globally related to the social entrepreneurship issues. By promoting seminars, conferences and different events and other activities, the calendar encourages communication and strengthens community of social entrepreneurs, provides more comprehensive information about external world, and helps serve educational and support missions.

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This public event is a collaboration between the European Social Innovation Alliance (ESIA), SIX, SEND, CSI and BMW Foundation.

About this event

We are facing immense societal challenges globally, which cannot be solved through technological innovations alone. We need sustainable and socially oriented solutions, that is innovations with and for society. Such social innovations need adequate financial support.

Over the last decade, there have been various approaches to financing and supporting social innovations, from accelerator grants to social impact bonds, community budgets and blended non-market/market finances. An enabling policy environment for social innovations is vital to shape financial architecture.

In this event, we will share the results from a recently published Germany study “Financing social innovation – international evidence”. We will also bring together panelists from a wide variety of economic and welfare systems and experiences across Europe and beyond. The contributors will share their insights and learnings from their unique perspectives as practitioners, policymakers and researchers in the social innovation field.

We hope to inspire various countries and regions in Europe that are taking important steps towards establishing social innovation as a policy priority.


16:00: Welcome from SIX and SEND

16:05: Introductory remarks from Markus Hipp, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt

16:15: Short presentation from Dr. Gorgi Krlev, CSI Heidelberg

16:30: Panel discussion, moderated by Louise Pulford, SIX

  • Allyson Hewitt – MaRS Discovery District (Canada)
  • Filipe Almeida, Portugal Social Innovation (Portugal)
  • Geoff Mulgan, UCL (UK)
  • Suzanne Wisse-Huiskes – Euclid Network
  • Sven Giegold – German Ministry of Economics and Climate (Germany)

17:10: Q&A

17:30: Close



SIX is a global organisation that believes collaboration and exchange can generate better solutions to the complex challenges facing the global community today. We harness the power of diverse insight and social innovation by uniting the best global innovators and examples to address local challenges in ways that optimise, rather than duplicate, effort. SIX facilitates collaboration and valuable exchange between organisations, sectors, communities and nations to both increase the pace at which organisations can respond, and build capabilities for more effective responses.



The Social Entrepreneurship Netzwerk Deutschland (SEND) is connecting social enterprises across Germany, to strengthen them and give them a common voice. SEND is building important bridges of the sector to politics, civil society, the welfare economy and commercial economy to drive positive change and to improve the framework for social innovations. With a (constantly) grow-ing network of currently over 800 members, SEND is working towards a society in which all people benefit from progress.


CSI – University of Heidelberg

The Centre for Social Investment (CSI) is a research centre at the Max-Weber-Institute for Sociology in the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of Heidelberg University. It is an interdisciplinary centre in research, education and training as well as a transdisciplinary partner for the third sector.