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Online Event
Scaling Proven Innovations to Overcome Europe’s Challenges 

10.30 – 12.30 (CET) Monday 13 December 2021



Stefan Schäfers, Director, Europe Programme, International Development and Digital Transformation, King Baudouin Foundation 


Opening address

Signe Ratso, Deputy Director-General, European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation 

Overview of the European Social Catalyst Fund

Madeleine Clarke, Executive Director, Genio

Perspective from the European Commission's Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Risto Ravio, Senior Expert, European Social Fund+ 

Moderated Contributions from 7 innovations planning to scale

Moderator: Stephanie Häfele, Senior Manager to the Board of Management, Robert Bosch Foundation 

What have we learned?

John Healy, Deputy Executive Director, Genio


Moderated by Stefan Schäfers

About this webinar:

This webinar will give you a brief insight into how successful innovations can be scaled and what has been learned this year about the challenges of bringing innovations to larger populations who can benefit within countries and across borders. 

A lot has been invested in the development of solutions to solve the many social problems facing our countries. Some solutions have been developed and tested and are now shown to have the potential to either solve problems or significantly overcome challenges. But how can these solutions be scaled within and across our countries, where operational and cultural environments vary? To answer this question, the European Social Catalyst Fund (ESCF) was established and co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, Genio (Ireland), the Robert Bosch Stiftung (Germany) and the King Baudouin Foundation (Belgium).

This phase of the ESCF brings together the EU and philanthropy to provide financial and non-financial support for 7 proven innovations to plan how they can scale in a total of 16 countries. These innovations were selected from amongst 120 applications received from 22 countries. They can tackle complex problems cost-effectively such as supporting the elderly in their communities; combating energy poverty; ensuring that people who are particularly vulnerable to being unemployed get, and keep, jobs; providing social housing in challenging circumstances; enabling digital inclusion for all; and providing alternatives to detention for migrants.

You can view the scaling plans developed here.

You can view the ESCF Report Planning the Scaling of Successful Social Innovations here.

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