Social Innovation

Social Innovation

Social innovations are new ideas that meet social needs, create social relationships and form new collaborations. These innovations can be products, services or models addressing unmet needs more effectively. The European Commission's objective is to encourage market uptake of innovative solutions and stimulate employment.


The Commission’s actions on social innovation stem from the Innovation Union initiative (2010). They facilitate the market uptake of social innovation solutions and job creation. The main objectives are:

  • stimulating social innovation as a source of growth and jobs
  • promoting and sharing information about social innovation in Europe
  • supporting social innovation projects through the Social Innovation Competition.

What the Commission does on social innovation

Our projects on social innovation

Supporting documents

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