INITIATE is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Individual Fellowship (IF). The project is under the call of Research and Innovation Horizon 2020, funded by the European Commission.

Why do we need INITIATE?

The challenge is to harness the power of big data, increase collective and individual awareness about societal problems, existing in multiple levels of society, and ultimately create the needed intelligence that will lead to innovative solutions for societal challenges, such as, frameworks for organizing workshops on entrepreneurship and innovation for immigrants (http://www.workinginnorway.no). This will empower the stakeholders that try to solve societal problems to follow data driven decision making process towards a sustainable society.

Social Innovation is a great way for understanding and producing social good and change. It may be defined as “A novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than existing solutions and for which the value created accrues primarily to society as a whole rather than private individuals”. Social Innovation is a priority in EU’s strategic framework and is promoted through the Innovation Union Flagship Initiative. Structures like the Social Innovation Europe (http://www.socialinnovationeurope.eu/) have been created to foster Social Innovation, and various EU funded projects are working on SI.

What is the purpose of INITIATE?

The purpose of INITIATE is to institutionalize INnovation through bIg daTa and socIal enTreprEneurship.  With INITIATE, we aim to identify how entrepreneurs and policy makers can benefit from Social Innovation, take advantage of the big data that are available, filter them and proceed to decisions that will help them innovate for social good. INITIATE will offer enhanced knowledge which can be beneficial for academia, industry, government, and society. New empirically supported and data driven practices will emerge from INITIATE including descriptors of how to stimulate innovation, co-creation and inclusive growth aimed at bridging societal changes.