One of the traditional functions of clusters is to help to promote start-ups and accelerators. The emphasis on the scaling-up of Social Economy and mainstream their presence and activities in the Internal Market is an important EU policy ambition. In that sense, business cooperation is undeniably important for Social Economy, within sectors, cross-sectoral, across borders and also with traditional enterprises. Therefore, clusters could be considered as a way to promote integrative cooperation between different enterprise models.
The "Social Economy Clusters Mission" will bring together a county accompanied by social economy stakeholders experienced in the field on one side and those counties accompanied by social economy stakeholders interested in the topic. The Mission will enable presentation and interrogation of the success story in more details, to identify challenges and to understand existing practices and challenges in other partner counties. It will provide a platform for exchange of views on more developed future collaboration in the field.
The overall objective of this call is to support a network of EU regional and local authorities with similar priorities and experts in the field and via inter-regional collaboration contribute to gradual setting up of a permanent community of practice in the field of social economy as the key component of a sustainable European economic system.
The Social Economy Missions call for proposal will support social economy consortia to pursue inter-regional collaboration through a set of social economy missions: the call foresees to create opportunities and incentives to engage in strategic inter-regional collaboration and develop collaborative projects between regional/local authorities and social economy stakeholders.
The specific objectives to be achieved through this call for proposals are the following:
The social economy missions will bring together regional and local authorities with similar social economy priorities and accompanied by a representative number of regional and local social economy stakeholders (social enterprises, SMEs, etc.).