Social UP

Social UP, Design Thinking for Sustainability of Social Enterprises project aims to improve the social impact, sustainability and scalability of social enterprises to help them achieve their societal missions in a financially viable manner. This is done by cultivating a Design Thinking culture, adapted to the needs of these organisations. Social UP develops Design Thinking training material, the Design Thinking Field Guide tor Social Enterprises, and provides this material to social enterprises, developers of social enterprises, design thinking facilitators, experts and practitioners, VET trainers, and experts and researchers. It seeks to help social enterprises grow, scale-up and prosper. The material is provided in electronic form. The project also aims to identify and collect good practices related to social enterprises.

The project is funded by the EU’s Erasmus+, Strategic Partnership Programme.


Social UP project consortium:

  • DesignThinkers Limited (UK), coordinator


  • R&DO LIMITED (Cyprus)

  • Social Enterprise Mark CIC (UK)

  • Vaasa University of Applied Sciences

  • Knowl Social Enterprise for Education and Lifelong Learning (Greece)

  • Innovation Training Center, S.L. (Spain)


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Project name: Social UP – Design Thinking for sustainability of social enterprises

Acronym: Social UP

Project duration: 1 September 2016 – 31 August 2018

Call: EU, Erasmus+, Strategic partnership

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VAMK: Tanja Oraviita  | +358 40 163 2940 | tanja.oraviita(at)



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