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.

Social enterprises have the capacity to meet the challenges of our changing world, however their dual missions of social purpose and business goals create complex needs. Currently there is no clear methodology for the consistent harnessing of sustainable social enterprise innovation and a lack of joint tools and services for their development.

The Spark Project is drawing on the existing range of knowledge, tools, networks and methods that support innovation to refine the framework conditions that influence their development. This will be carried out through enhanced cross border cooperation, an increase in innovation partnerships and research and development, and creating more effective models and tools for social enterprise support.

The project will establish – 

  • A strategy and action to improve capacity of social enterprises to deliver sustainable and high impact innovations
  • A social enterprise Innovation Accelerator network
  • A new framework methodology for sustainable innovation within social enterprises
  • A cross-border innovation accelerator programme
  • An online tool for start-up social enterprises.

The partners working on the project are –

  • The Platform, UK (Lead Partner)
  • University of Brighton, UK
  • West Sussex County Council, UK
  • Social Innovation Factory, Belgium
  • DePunt, Belgium
  • Seinwezen, Netherlands
  • Kennisland, Netherlands (Observer Partner)
  • Nord Pas de Calais, France (Observer Partner)


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.