Social Innovation Ecosystem

The better many different partners work together to solve social and ecological challenges, the more ideas can be turned into feasible business models and companies that contribute to positive social change, so-called “impact ventures”. We are committed to creating a supportive network and ecosystem in which social businesses can grow and develop at their best.

Social Innovation Ecosystems – National and International Cooperations

Together with our partners, we are committed to establishing a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship that values social, environmental profit equally or higher than monetary profit. We consult public institutions and companies, create training programs, build networks and facilitate uncommon alliances between a wide variety of partners. Thus, we develop the power to bring about social change.

Our projects

SBCS as Coordinator

REgional SOcial business iNcubaATors nEtwork

The 24 month RESONATE project aims to connect Regional Social business iNcubaATors from Austria, Spain and Italy in a nEtwork to exchange knowledge on their current practices in relation to providing training, mentoring, coaching activities to social entrepreneurs in their regions (surroundings of Graz, Milan and Barcelona). 

Short-term joint staff training session are planned in order to share and discuss good practices and develop competences of 12 trainers, coaches, mentors of the participating organizations. Different methods will be shared in order to improve capacities within the three social business incubators to provide higher quality, more modern training activities, coaching, mentoring to social entrepreneurs. The project will directly result in a small transnational network of regional players in the field of social entrepreneurship with a potential to grow at European level. By developing the key competences of social entrepreneurs, we help them better start up or scale up their businesses and be able to reach higher impact within their operating field, being that either helping people with fewer opportunities, tackling environmental challenges or contributing to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations.

Project duration:
1 Oktober 2020 – 30 September 2022

Project partners:

  • Social Business Club Steiermark (Coordinator)
  • Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini S.r.l.
  • DE FACTO Cooperativa

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SBCS as partner

SWUP – Switch Start-up

The SWUP project aims at organising events to improve connectedness and market reach among participating start-ups.

Targeted and moderated communication and networking will result in possible internationalisation, opening of new market possibilities and business expansion. Work with mentors influence the entrepreneurial know how of the participating start-ups and develop their competencies and competitiveness at the same time.  

Project duration:
1 January 2022 – 30 June 2022

Associated partner:

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SBCS as associated/cooperating partner or expert


The European Latin American Network in Support of Social Entrepreneurs (ELANET) has the ambition to become a leading platform in support of social entrepreneurs (SEs). 

This project will lead partner universities to implement an IT-based platform that consolidates already existing tools, resources, and coaching material for SEs. The project provide opportunities for an exchange of best practices for the support of SEs. It will make an inventory of available materials and tools and intensify the (inter)national collaboration among SEs, and between SEs, HEIs and network partners to attract resources (funding, coaching, volunteers).

Project duration:
15 January 2021 – 14 January 2024

Associated partner:

  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Coordinator)
  • Universität Graz (Project partner)
  • Social Business Club Styria (Associated partner)

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The 3-month Sustainable Impact Academy program was developed within the Interreg Central Europe TASKFORCOME project. It provides free of charge online workshops, hands-on work, mentoring, and a social business model competition on the topic of sustainable impact entrepreneurship.

Based on the business idea of the participants, wit the help of mentors from the social entrepreneurship community, the Sustainable Impact Academy offers opportunity to create a social business. The courses develop social entrepreneurial knowledge and skills on social business modelling, financing, legal aspects, impact measurement, intercultural approach. Access to relevant networks and presentation to the public at the end is an important element.

Project duration:
1 March 2019 – 31 August 2021

Associated partner:

  • Cracow University of Economics (Coordinator)
  • SENA (Project partner)
  • Social Business Club Styria (Expert)

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BEST – Boosting Entrepreneurial Skills as Tool of Integration of migrants to labour market

The BEST project, funded by the EU AMIF programme, it is a joint endeavour of 8 partners from Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Italy that have the common motivation to improve the effective integration of third country nationals (TCN) into the labour market through cooperation between public and private institutions. 

SBCS is cooperating with gain&sustain:europe, the coordinator of the project and organise a common business brunch aiming to reach out migrant entrepreneurs and integrate them into the social entrepreneurship eco-system of Styria. SBCS also contributed with a lecture and coaching to the pilot social entrepreneurship courses held by FH Joanneum.

Project duration:
1 February 2019 – 31 July 2021

Cooperating partners:

  • Gain & Sustain: Europa (Coordinator)
  • FH Joanneum (Project partner)
  • Social Business Club Styria (Cooperating partner)

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