BETTER INCUBATION

Innovation Ecosystems for Social Change

Impact Hub joined key European organisations specialized in supporting under-represented and vulnerable groups, as well as international, national, regional and local policymakers to foster a more inclusive and impact-driven approach to innovative entrepreneurship in the region. Through Better Incubation, we are working together for a better social and inclusive entrepreneurship support system.

Better Incubation aims to trigger “eco-systemic” change by mobilizing and empowering Business Support Organisations to grow their capacities and expand their outreach to inclusive and social entrepreneurship. The goal is to equip them to better assist social entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs from Under-Represented Groups (URG) to access available tools and increase their businesses’ resilience and growth – in this way, they have the necessary support to seize opportunities and fully participate in the economy.

Better Incubation is a two-years programme (2021-2023) powered by the Linking Incubation Actors for Inclusive and Social Entrepreneurship (LIAISE), which has received financial support from the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation.

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Better Incubation aims to reach:

1. Incubators and Business Support Organisations

2. Social and Under-Represented Entrepreneurs

3. Policymakers, social actors, funders

How?

Capacity building for BSOs

Capacity building for BSOs

Better Incubation provides BSOs with the knowledge and tools to run incubation programmes for social and inclusive entrepreneurs through experiential learning approaches

Cultural paradigm shift

Cultural paradigm shift

Better Incubation aims to enhance the inclusiveness of BSOs by stimulating a wider cultural change in the incubation ecosystem, therefore involving regional and EU stakeholders (investors, policymakers, social actors, BSOs) that can contribute to this paradigm shift

Monitoring, Assessment, Learning

Monitoring, Assessment, Learning

Better Incubation is developing and testing a shared assessment framework to measure and assess the impact and inclusiveness of incubation programmes

New Alliances

New Alliances

Better Incubation is establishing long-term collaborations among the main actors involved in the different aspects of social and inclusive entrepreneurship support to ensure continuous improvements of the practices and support provided by mainstream incubators and other BSOs

Capacity building for BSOs

Better Incubation provides BSOs with the knowledge and tools to run incubation programmes for social and inclusive entrepreneurs through experiential learning approaches

Cultural paradigm shift

Better Incubation aims to enhance the inclusiveness of BSOs by stimulating a wider cultural change in the incubation ecosystem, therefore involving regional and EU stakeholders (investors, policymakers, social actors, BSOs) that can contribute to this paradigm shift

Monitoring, Assessment, Learning

Better Incubation is developing and testing a shared assessment framework to measure and assess the impact and inclusiveness of incubation programmes

New Alliances

Better Incubation is establishing long-term collaborations among the main actors involved in the different aspects of social and inclusive entrepreneurship support to ensure continuous improvements of the practices and support provided by mainstream incubators and other BSOs

TOWARDS A MORE INCLUSIVE AND IMPACT DRIVEN APPROACH TO INNOVATIVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN EUROPE.

As part of the programme, Impact Hub is leading in building Communities of Practice (CoPs) where participants share their knowledge and experience on how to best approach and support entrepreneurs from under-represented groups. We developed 5 thematic CoPs targeting 5 vulnerable groups: women, migrants/refugees, people with disabilities, youth and seniors. 

Taking inspiration from the work carried out by the Better Incubation Communities of Practice and the collected best practices, tools and resources for each of the target groups, we selected 10 case studies and compiled practical insights that showcase different programmatic approaches towards supporting vulnerable entrepreneurs. To learn more about the CoPs and discover some inspiring actions, read our publication “Better Incubation: Collection of Best Practices in Inclusive Entrepreneurs Support Programmes”.

context + more info on the content developed through the capacity building pillars on social and inclusive entrepreneurship

Foundational Training Course on Social Enterprise 2021

 

MODULE 1 – INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

 

MODULE 2 -PROGRAM DESIGN AND DELIVERY

 

MODULE 3 – IMPACT MEASUREMENT AND MANAGEMENT

 

MODULE 4 – COMMUNICATING IMPACT

 

MODULE 5 – FUNDING INSTRUMENTS

A little bit of a context for the videos – space for the upcoming videos that will be developed as case studies about the pilots.

Better Incubation Stories of Impact

Read our latest inspiring stories and interviews from the Better Incubation initiative.