Established Social Enterprises

We consider that established social enterprises are those organisations more than 3 years old.

In developing and tailoring the information and tools for established social enterprises, as part of the Spark project and using thorough research techniques, we identified the main challenges for them as:

  • moving from a ‘project to project’ scenario to a set up where products or services are sold continuously and fully as part of the organisation’s business model

  • scaling up operations, particularly, sustainably and long-term

In order to help tackle these important issues, we developed a two pronged approach, which involved first, the creation of a tool explaining a structured innovation process for social enterprises – the Innovation Roadmap and second, we developed and delivered an intensive programme of support – the Accelerator, to underpin the use of the Innovation Roadmap.

The Accelerator saw 75 social enterprises across the three partners regions (UK, Belgium and Netherlands), benefiting from activities such as peer to peer sessions, international knowledge exchange opportunities and one to one coaching sessions.


“Participating in the Spark project was a game changer for my organisation… As a small social enterprise, it’s easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day activity but SPARK provided the space for serious reflection and access to many truly inspiring enterprises in Europe” – Hilary

“There was so much to gain… especially in meeting up with like-minded individuals, strategising shared difficulties with our EU colleagues… We enjoyed how accessible and supportive the Spark sessions were and indeed how innovative the thinking was that led to such ongoing collaboration”  – Atif

Our resources

The Accelerator Programme

Click on the link below to learn more about our programme and to access the resources used by our accelerator social enterprises.

the Accelerator programme

Our Social Enterprise Innovation Accelerator Network (SEIAN) is for all social entrepreneurs, support organisations and stakeholders to discuss the issues raised in developing and delivering social enterpreneurship in the EU.  The ‘virtual’ group is hosted online within LinkedIn.

Other useful resources
Visit our Resource page for all resources produced and collated by the Spark Project


SPARK resources