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Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Social Innovation

Social innovations are new ideas that meet social needs, create social relationships and form new collaborations. These innovations can be products, services or models addressing unmet needs more effectively. The European Commission's objective is to encourage market uptake of innovative solutions and stimulate employment.


The Commission’s actions on social innovation stem from the Innovation Union initiative (2010) and of the Social Investment Package (2013). These actions facilitate the inducement, uptake and scaling-up of social innovation solutions. The main objectives are

  • promoting social innovation as a source of growth and jobs
  • sharing information about social innovation in Europe
  • supporting innovative entrepreneurs and mobilising investors and public organisations.

What the Commission does on social innovation

Our projects on social innovation

Supporting documents

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