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In a nutshell, Social UP is an EU funded project (2016-2018) under the Erasmus+ programme with the aim to cultivate design thinking in social enterprises for improving their social impact, sustainability and scalability in a targeted and financially viable manner. The project is based on and applies the 3 consecutive phases of Design Thinking - INSPIRATION I IDEATION I IMPLEMENTATION - to deliver a DT Field Guide for Social Enterprises!
The project, in cooperation with design thinking experts, social entrepreneurs and business advisers, co-designs, co-develops and co-implements a design thinking-based training material in the form of a “DT Field Guide for Social Enterprises", providing the necessary knowledge and tools to support and motivate design thinking within social enterprises in order for them to grow, scale–up and prosper. The Field Guide acts as a toolkit for social entrepreneurs that wish to act as intrapreneurs and design thinking facilitators as well as for design thinking experts and practitioners, VET trainers and social business advisers to motivate innovation and design thinking to social enterprises, expanding and better targeting their existing services.
The Social UP project brings together a transnational consortium involving 7 experts in different fields from 5 EU countries (UK, Greece, Finland, Spain and Cyprus). The team has complementary experience and expertise in the fields of design thinking process and training, business education and training, entrepreneurial education and guidance, business consulting and social entrepreneurship, technical development of support tools, combining research with market and technical knowledge. Partners are meeting regularly in different cities, hosted at the premises of the different partners (Kick-off meeting in Birmingham, project meetings in Vaasa, Palma de Mallorca, London).
The Social UP project and European partners are open to collaboration and synergies with interested stakeholders across Europe and beyond! Contact us to explore channels of cooperation.