The Spark Project is a collaboration between organisations from England, Belgium, the Netherlands and France. These partners are working together to innovate and achieve the highest quality outcomes in meeting the project aims.
The Platform in the UK, (Lead Partner) are a social enterprise with the aim of creating a thriving social economy in Brighton, Hove and beyond. It achieves this through running its own social businesses, supporting people to achieve their potential through learning and skills, and supporting other social enterprises in the city to set up and grow.
University of Brighton Business School is ranked 4th out of 128 universities for research impact in The Research Excellence Framework (2014). The Centre for Research Innovation Management has collaborated on SME innovation research, social impact measurement and peer to peer support and social enterprise mapping. They are also experienced in delivering a social enterprise learning network and social enterprise degree modules.
West Sussex County Council in the UK is a local authority on the south coast of England. It leads the West Sussex Social Enterprise Network; WSCC has been involved in providing support in the form of advice, workshops, finance, networking opportunities, lobbying and social impact measurement. As a council, it aims to ensure that the procurement spend contributes to building the social enterprise sector.
The Social Innovation Factory in Belgium is an accelerator working with researchers and government organisations. It has a large network of social entrepreneurs and runs a national learning network that provides training for social entrepreneurs, mainly at their early stage. The services enables the support of 150 social innovators per year.
De Punt in Belgium is a business center for start-ups in the region of East Flanders, distinguishing itself by focusing on social business innovation and social employment. De Punt supports social entrepreneurs and businesses in a variety of ways and has built tools, created services, set up projects, developed spin-offs, organised events and established a social investment fund.
Seinwezen in the Netherlands run a centre for social innovation in Haarlem and work to develop social innovation and entrepreneurship at neighbourhood, national and international levels. They have created a platform to match companies and organisations to solve societal problems. Experts in connecting people, they have an extensive network in the social and environmental field.
Kennisland in the Netherlands (Observer Partner) has the mission to make society smarter and to empower people. Kennisland seeks out radical innovators, people or organisations who, on their own initiative, find solutions to problems in society and then implement these with courage, vision and creativity. The Radical Innovators program is composed of a competition, an online platform and a ‘School for Radical Innovators’.
The Nord-Pas de Calais Regional Council in France, (Observer Partner) is responsible for leading economic development within the region through multi-level and multi-partner action plans, including providing subsidies to many of the main organisations in the field. They have an ambitious plan in favour of the social economy, which includes comprehensive support for social enterprises at every stage of their life cycle.