The Spark Project enables social enterprises to develop and deliver more sustainable and high impact innovations leading to increased growth.
The project is a cross-border collaboration between partners in England, Belgium, Holland and France as part of the Interreg 2 Seas programme 2014-2020 co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
Social enterprises are businesses which:
Visit the Spark Social Enterprise website for more information.
The Spark Social Enterprise Project has received funding from the Interreg 2 Seas Programme 2014-2020 co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund under subsidy contract No 2S01-043
This four-year research project commenced in 1 January 2016 and will end in 31 December 2019.
The Spark Project enables social enterprises to develop and deliver more sustainable and high impact innovations leading to increased growth. We are refining the framework conditions that influence their development and creating more effective models and tools for social enterprise support.
Our researchers are leading on investigating the blocks and drivers for social enterprise innovation and growth by engaging with 45 key social enterprise stakeholders, 90 social enterprises and 30 social enterprise support organisations across the four regions.
Once completed, this research will help create a cross-border social enterprise innovation strategy and action plan, a new model for social enterprise innovation, an innovation accelerator network including cross-border ‘Social Entrepreneur’ safaris, and an online tool for start-up social enterprises.
The research project is ongoing; output, findings and impact will be updated in due course.
Dr George TsekourasJudith Badger Dr Nick MarshallGavin Gunter Professor Aidan BerryProfessor Howard RushRosie MulgrueViki Faulkner
The Platform – (the Lead Partner)
West Sussex County Council
Sociale Innovatie Fabriek, Belgium
De Punt, Belgium