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Better Incubation Webinar | “Social Economy Action Plan: Focus on Funding Instruments and Competence Centre for Social Innovation”

On December 13th, from 10 to 11 CET, join us online for the second webinar Better Incubation organises in collaboration with DG EMPL to better understand how BSOs can contribute tot he implmentation of the Social Economy Action Plan.

Webinar focus is on:

  • Funding instruments
  • Competence Centres for Social Innovation

About the funding instruments

Social economy and inclusive entrepreneurship are topics with transversal relevance for a variety of policy fields and economic sectors. Funding opportunities can therefore be found in most EU funding programmes. Some of these programmes include dedicated measures. Others can be tapped into by social economy and inclusive entrepreneurship actors, even if they do not target them explicitly. This webinar provides an overview of the most relevant EU funding programmes.

About the Competence Centres for Social Innovation

Funded in part through the 2014-2020 European Social Fund and the EU programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) a series of six consortia were selected to set up national competence centres and drive social innovation – locally, regionally, nationally and transnationally.  Covering 25 countries and mobilising 148 organisations, consortia aim to cultivate networks, build capacities and synergies, spotlight efficiencies and develop the tools and methods that will be essential to growing social innovation (SI) across the EU.

Social innovation is a rapidly-developing aspect of ESF+ funding. The competence centre initiative will be critical to ensuring all communities benefit from all available opportunities. The webinar will clarify their roles and the way BSOs can interact with these centres.


  • 10:00-10:10 introduction about the webinar and Better Incubation
  • 10:10-10:25 presentation about SEAP related funding instruments
  • 10:25-10:40  presentation about the Competence Centres for Social Innovation
  • 10:40-10:50 FUSE Competence Centre for Social Innovation – case study
  • 10:50-11:oo Q&A and conclusions

📍Registration link: 

Meet our speakers and do not miss the opportunity to make them questions durning the session:

  • Dana Verbal, Policy officer for Social entrepreneurship, Directorate General Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL), European Commission | Dana is part of a team focusing on social entrepreneurship at the DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission. She is working on measures that enable access to finance for social enterprises and the development of social finance markets in Europe, as well as on measures aiming at enhancing the visibility of social enterprises.
  • Risto Raivio, Senior Expert, Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL), European Commission | Risto Raivio is a senior expert in European Commission’s Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. He works in the ESF coordination unit and is in charge of ESF measures promoting social innovation.
  • Vera Egreja Barracho, Strategic Advisor & Regional Representative at Portugal Inovação Social | Vera Egreja Barracho has an advisory role and is responsible for special projects at Portugal Social Innovation Mission Unit, a government initiative aimed at promoting social innovation and stimulating the social investment market in Portugal that mobilizes around EUR 150 million from the European Social Fund.
  • Gráinne Smith, Researcher and Programme Manager at Genio | Gráinne Smith joined Genio in November 2019 as a Service Reform Researcher for the Addiction Programme. Gráinne has over 20 years’ experience working with statutory and non-statutory agencies, both nationally and internationally, focusing on designing, implementing and evaluating evidence-based programmes and services for children and families. She is skilled at progressing from development stages to implementation, aligning strategies with innovation and cost efficiency

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