ABOUT BENISI

Building a European Network of Incubators for Social Innovation
The BENISI partners seek to build a Europe-wide network of networks of incubators for social innovation. This network will proactively identify at least 300 social innovations that are identified with high potential for scaling successfully, and ensure the delivery of necessary support services to those social innovations. Networks are already structured in a collaborative mode; they are more able to spread knowledge and practice horizontally and they are the perfect ally when trying to develop a Europe-wide programme that needs to balance local action with continent-wide strategy and vision.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

We are a group of 12 organisations from 7 countries constantly in search for new ideas that can make a social impact. Feel free to learn more about us and come and visit our offices. There are numerous ways YOU can help us with BENISI by:
  • Identifying a Social Innovation
  • Being or testing if your idea or organisation can be qualified as a social innovation
  • Mentoring or coaching dedicated organisations / change makers
  • Spreading a word around and help great ideas find financial support or investment
Below you can find some more ideas how YOU can be involved….   

WANT TO BE SCALED-UP?

Get in touch to see how BENISI can help you to reach customers beyond your locality and internationalise your enterprise. Contact us if you want to be scaled-up.
 

BE A SCALER

A scaler is someone who is willing to lead the introduction of an existing social innovation in a new market. If you like a social innovation idea, initiative or concept, you can also be its enabler in your country, region or a city!  Let us know if you are interested applying any of the initiatives identified under BENISI.  Fill in this form if you want to be a scaler.  

WANT TO MENTOR?

A mentor is a person who can help a social innovator to build their own capabilities, supporting them in reaching their scaling ambitions.  We're looking for experienced practicioners who are willing to contribute by bringing their valuable experience to our network and becoming a mentor. We are pleased to have already started collaborating with some of the experienced professionals. Even if you do not have large professional experience - you can still bring an added vlaue to social innovations that need you! Please check out our cases and see if there is a particular social innovation that is of interest to you.   Fill in this form if you want to be a mentor.  

WANT TO INVEST?

Contact us to gain access to potential social innovators' business plans. Contact us if you want to invest.    

UK Cohort

BridgeGlobal

BridgeGlobal helps young people into work by providing them international work experience.

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Campaign Bootcamp

Campaign Bootcamp gives campaigners the skills, confidence and network they need to run progressive campaigns that build a fa…

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CrowdSkills (Aha Creative Ltd)

Aha Creative aims to tackle youth unemployment connecting job seekers to paid freelance projects.

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Farm:shop

Integrating aquaponic fish farming, hydroponics, poultry and mushrooms – all growing in high yield, environmentally friendl…

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Filisia Interfaces

Filisia uses interactive technology, music and games to motivate people with disabilities in their rehabilitation process.

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ForCommonCause.org

ForCommonCause.org allows donors and volunteers to communicate directly with people who are economically disadvantaged to he…

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Give Me Tap

Give Me Tap: clean drinking water for africa subsidised by UK tap water business & campaign.

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GrowUp Urban Farms Ltd

GrowUp is an urban farming business that produces fresh salads, herbs and fish using a combination of aquaponics and vertical…

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Insane Logic

Insane Logic creates mobile tools to aid and support language acquisition and people with speech and language difficulties to…

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Inspire Foundation

Inspire Foundation's aim is to equip young adults with essential life skills – resulting in employment and a voluntary…

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Karisma Kidz Ltd

Karisma Kidz is a multi-award-winning brand that helps young children (aged 3-9) develop emotional intelligence.

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Much Better Foundation

Marketplace for local business provide holidays package for tourist, money go direct to the local communities.

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On Purpose

Developing leaders for social enterprise.

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Open Cinema

Open Cinema is a film studio for excluded communities.

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Patient Opinion

The UK's independent non-profit feedback platform for health and social care. Share your story - help make our services …

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Practivate Ltd

Practivate Ltd designs, develops and delivers social impact programming through social enterprise career building and entrepr…

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RubyMoon

RubyMoon is a social enterprise that benefits women entrepreneurs in developing nations.

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See What I Mean

The See What I Mean App is an innovative solution to communication problems for people living with dementia.

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SpeakSet

SpeakSet connects older people to their support network through simplified video calling on the TV.

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Stand Alone Charity

Stand Alone Charity runs groups that connect adults that are estranged from their families in their localities.

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Stickyboard

Stickyboard aims to be the world’s local web developer. We build sites and platforms for local organisations and reinvest h…

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Stour Space

Stour Space is a socially minded organisation offering exhibition, performance and studio space for the development of creati…

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Sumak

Responsible tour operator and social enterprise specialised in community-based eco-tourism.

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Trading Times

Trading Times is an online skills-matching service – connecting the skills, experience & availability of over-50s with …

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Two Fingers Brewing Co

Two Fingers Brewing Co. is the only beer brand that gives back to the men that drink it, by giving all profits to prostate ca…

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visbuzz

Visbuzz

Visbuzz makes video calling very simple for those who don’t use computers or who can’t use computers. It is designed to i…

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we walk the line

We Walk the Line

We Walk the Line empowers tomorrow’s entrepreneurs with business and barista skills. We are a not-for-profit social enterpr…

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bikeworks

Bikeworks

Bikeworks is a London based not for profit social enterprise that uses cycling as a tool to tackle social and environmental c…

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