When it comes to social innovation, sceptics and enthusiasts abound. The former point to the sheer impossibility of social innovation. The latter point to its absolute necessity to address pressing problems such as social inequality, youth unemployment or resource depletion.
At BENISI, we firmly believe in the power of social innovation. We do so because we have seen it happen for real. During the past three years, we have supported and tracked some 300 social innovations, all over Europe, in the most diverse applications.
While many of these innovations have been impactful, we have also witnessed that the innovators often struggle to scale up. Many find it challenging to reach people and have impact outside the local community where their innovation originated – and to do so fast.
We have been privileged to learn from their scaling experiences, and are pleased to bring you this guide with practical tips and tricks, real cases, and links to useful resources. It tells you how to go about the scaling journey, step by step.
The guide reaches out to social innovators, to people working at incubators and to the social innovation community at large. As it is meant to be a living document, we encourage you to share with us your enriching comments and insights.