As part of the EVPA annual conference and the Better Incubation project, this event took place in Brussels at the beginning of the month. It started with an EU Policy Workshop aimed at sharing and validating Better Incubation policy recommendations with policymakers, researchers, BSOs, investors for impact, regional development agencies, national agencies for social innovation and pan-European networks. On behalf of EMES, Simone Poledrini, a member of the EMES Board of directors, participated in the discussion on the entrepreneurial ecosystem(s) in Europe and the need to boost European social and inclusive entrepreneurship.
The partners of the project, directors and managers representing EVPA, IHUB and EBN shared some insights on the relevance of the Better Incubation programme for their communities, agreeing that the project offered a unique opportunity to grow knowledge, tools and methodologies for BSOs and investors. Moreover, Better Incubation enabled the networks such as EMES to involve their members and let them cooperate directly, leading to new partnerships, opportunities and wider impact.
According to Chiara Davalli, Senior Project Leader & Project Manager of Better Incubation, EBN:
Better Incubation, a network of networks, achieved so many important results over a relatively short period of 2 years, where more than 133 entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs from URGs received incubation programmes from 21 organisations in 14 European countries. EBN, IHUB and EVPA, with the support and advice of Caritas Europa, ENSIE, EMES, Cooperatives Europe, managed to mobilise the European entrepreneurial ecosystem thanks to the active engagement of their members (EU|BICs, Impact Hubs and invesotrs for impact) who took this opportunity to rethink their programmes, their organisations and their ecosystems in a more inclusive and impact-driven way.
Interested to check out the final event? You can see the recording of the event below: