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Social enterprises are precursors of innovation. They generate social and economic benefits whose impact is felt from small local communities to the whole of the European Union. The 21st of November is International Social Enterprise Day, and we want to celebrate this together with you. Join us for a day full of inspiration, networking and learning about programmes and tools to support and strengthen social enterprises.

Discover the work and the impact of social enterprises delivering innovation in Europe. Learn more about the results and tools of the European innovation project Spark Social Enterprise. Tell us what do you think we need to do next to grow this movement further.

Who is this event for?

  • Social enterprises working in Europe, both established and start-ups
  • European and local policy makers and governmental bodies
  • Network organisations, funders and other support agencies working with social entrepreneurs

What to expect

  • Hands-on workshops to share knowledge and tools that can help strengthen future social enterprise programmes and policies
  • New insights about high impact and sustainable innovation in social enterprises 
  • A good debate on conditions and actions to support gainful innovation for social enterprises 
  • Plenty of networking opportunities with social enterprises, policy makers and support organisations


Start: 21 November 2019
End: 21 November 2019
Spark Social Enterprise Project & Social Innovation Factory

Les Ateliers des Tanneurs, Huidevettersstraat, Brussel, België

Huidevettersstraat 60A
1000 Brussel Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest


Sociale InnovatieFabriek

University of Brighton

West Sussex County Council

Stichting Stadsgarage

Interreg 2 Seas


Spark Social Enterprise Day is organized by the Social Innovation Factory and Spark Social Enterprise. The Spark Project enables social enterprises to develop and deliver more sustainable and high impact innovation leading to increased growth. The project is a cross border collaboration between partners in England, Belgium and The Netherlands as part of the Interreg 2 Seas programme 2014-2020 co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. Working with partners across sectors we build on a wide range of knowledge, skills and resources to deliver an innovative project that makes real and impactful change happen… through innovation. During Spark Social Enterprise Day we’ll present the outcomes of the project. We also want to hear from you how we can support the movement of social entrepreneurs to grow and become more effective.