Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa presents SIKE to the Portuguese community of social innovators

The Portuguese partner of SIKE, Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa, released the SIKE project at the networking event «Aldeia da Inovação Social»

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Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa participated in the first edition of Aldeia da Inovação Social, a 2-day journey of sharing Portuguese social innovation projects from all the country. This event happened in July 2018 at Cerdeira, a typical small village from Serra da Lousã, Portugal. The Cerdeira Village was chosen with the purpose of invigorate low density territories in the interior of Portugal, especially those hit by the terrible summer fires, with new ideas and social impact solutions.

The event was designed to create an informal network environment and to promote the sharing of social innovation projects that have been supported by the government initiative «Portugal Inovação Social». The results achieved by this projects were presented and discussed between partners and visitants, during meetings and workshops.

Portugal Inovação Social it’s a pioneer public initiative that aims to promote social innovation and social entrepreneurship throughout the Portuguese territory as well as for the creation of investment practices that bring new actors (public and private) and a larger scale to the financing of social innovation, stimulating impact philanthropy. This is the first program in a Member State to use the European Structural and Investment Funds to boost social innovation and is responsible for mobilizing approximately EUR 150 million by 2020. For this purpose, it manages four different financial tools that complement each other and are applied depending on the stage of development of each project: Training for Social Investment, Partnerships for Impact, Social Impact Bonds and a Social Innovation Fund.

Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa participated in this event with Casa do Impacto, its new recent initiative to support the creation of social entrepreneurship and social innovation projects. In its own stand, SIKE team shared the purpose, goals and future events of the project.

The disclosure of SIKE in this innovative event was well received and has aroused interest of participants for future collaborations and participation in the project activities.

Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa presents SIKE to the Portuguese community of social innovators

Conference: Open Innovation by Henry Chesbrough

Deusto Business School, in collaboration with Deusto Business Alumni, has organized the Biscay Startup Bay, an entrepreneurship hub promoted by the Provincial Council of Bizkaia. At the meeting, which took place on January 18th, 2019, participated the Professor Henry Chesbrough, director of the faculty of Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation at the Haas Business School of the University of California and founder of the Open Innovation concept.

Chesbrough claims that Open Innovation is playing a role in public agencies and in non-profit organizations as Open Social Innovation (OSI), a concept that refers to “the application of either inbound or outbound open innovation strategies, along with innovations in the associated business model of the organization, to social challenges”.

Conference: the missing link of innovation – Dan Balter

The University of Deusto in collaboration with the Embassy of Israel, organized on December 12th, 2018, a conference on innovation and entrepreneurship with Dan Balter, co-founder and Global Chief Executive Officer of the international company Duco.

Dan Balter considers that the key to Basque Country’s entrepreneurial ecosystem’s success is to observe both the social and the public needs of the environment in which the community is stablished, taking advantage of the strategic location of the region.

SIKE presentation event in Lisbon

SIKE event in Lisbon debates the resources and needs of Portuguese social innovation ecosystem with local stakeholders.

The event was organized by Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa and took place at  Casa do Impacto, a recent hub for social innovation created by this secular wide-ranging Portuguese charity.

More than 500 years after its foundation, Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa pursues its original mission to improve the quality of life of the individuals and communities, particularly those underprivileged and vulnerable, and continues to seek new and more appropriate solutions to current social needs and challenges.

Gathering all the major Portuguese stakeholders of the social innovation field, Casa do Impacto aims to support the generation and grown of startups and entrepreneurship projects with social impact, therefore contributing to a greater promotion and visibility of the social innovation ecosystem.

The event took place in the October 2018 and host several local stakeholders such as researchers, academics, entrepreneurs, public entities, corporations and non-profit organizations.

In the first part of the event, the SIKE partners, Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa and Universidade de Aveiro, explained the goals and methodology applied in the SIKE project. The Refood movement was also presented as a best practice identified by the Portuguese partners. It is an independent non-profit organization born in Lisbon that presents a new response to long standing challenges – an innovative tool to eliminate food waste and hunger in local communities while steadily strengthening social bonds. It strives to provide good rescued food to those in need and prevent food waste in local communities by inspiring and mobilizing the community itself.

The second part of the event started out with an overview about the state of art of the social innovation ecosystems presented by the SIKE team of Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa. The extended miss concepts and the diversity of conceptual meanings about social innovation were pointed out, as taking matter in the evaluation of the impact and scale of initiatives and projects. A debate took place in the final part of the event, revealing the variety of knowledges and experiences of the local stakeholders concerning the resources and needs required for the development of social innovation and social entrepreneurship initiatives.

The demand for a better conceptual accuracy in the development of scientific knowledge was pointed out, which premises a need to increase the involvement of the academics in the social innovation process. In the other way, more than the insufficiency of resources, there’s a need to better articulate the resources and instruments already operating in the field in order to create synergies that allow the recognition and consolidation of the social innovation ecosystem.

Deusto Entrepreneurship Week

Since 2000, the University of Deusto adhered to the Global Entrepreneurship Week promoted by the entrepreneurial Kauffman foundation. Since then, the University of Deusto has celebrated during one whole week in the both campuses from Bilbao and San Sebastian several activities related to promote social innovation and entrepreneurship. In 2018, Deusto Entrepreneurship Week was held between 12th and 16th October.