SEFORÏS Newsletter - January 2016
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SEFORÏS is a multi-disciplinary research programme that investigates the potential of social enterprises to enhance the inclusiveness of societies. 
We are very proud to announce an important research milestone for SEFORÏS: We just finished surveying over a 1.000 directors of social enterprises in China, Russia and the EU. 2016, therefore, looks hugely promising. I very much look forward to working with all of you, to help ensure that we make a big, positive impact on the research frontiers, as well as on actual social entrepreneurship and the ecosystems social enterprises rely on.
Very best wishes,
Marieke Huysentruyt

Principal Investigator and member of the SEFORÏS Academic Advisory Board
Co-founder of Oksigen Lab

Video Updates:

Finalizing data collection, moving forward with the research

Professor Ute Stephan (Aston Business School), principal investigator and member of the Academic Advisory Board of SEFORÏS, kindly summarised the present status of our survey and research in a video. See it here
SEFORÏS-researcher Georgiana Nitulescu shared insights after our consortium meeting at Aston Business School. Georgiana (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) played a major role in interviewing social entrepreneurs in Spain. See it here

Current events: climate change

Discover 17 social enterprises from Germany, Russia, Sweden and UK that pave the way for a sustainable transformation.

As the dust from the Climate Conference in Paris (COP21) settles - nearly 200 countries and 40.000 negotiators attended the meeting – we wondered about what social enterprises are doing to mitigate or counter climate change. Below you will find 17 social enterprises from Germany, Sweden, Russia and the United Kingdom that each in their own particular way wish to make a contribution to the sustainable transformation of our societies. Read more

Social enterprises in the spotlight

Cucula, a refugees company for crafts and design

CUCULA is a pilot project based in Berlin that empowers refugees to build their future by building furniture and receiving training.

Polarstern changes the world with energy

Polarstern works on the intersections between agribusiness, green energy, micro-financing and international collaboration.

Research news

KU Leuven finished collecting data for the Community Innovation Survey 2015

KU Leuven is responsible for collecting the data of the biennial Flemish Community Innovation Survey which is part of the pan-European Community Innovation Survey (CIS). This year, ECOOM joined forces with members of the SEFORÏS project to develop a module on social innovation for the CIS2014. This social innovation module asks respondents whether any of the product, process, organizational or marketing innovations developed in the period 2012-2014 had a social impact. Read More
The conference will offer highly relevant presentations and panel discussions on social enterprise in the UK, other European countries and beyond. The conference will be the first event where results from the unique SEFORIS survey of 1000 social entrepreneurs will be presented. More information on the programme and how to participate will follow closer to the date of the event.


Academic partners and research institutions
Social entrepreneur support and financing organisations
SEFORÏS is a flagship multi-disciplinary, multi-method international research project on social enterprises funded by the European Commission. For more information, visit our website  
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