Joint forces

The European Social Innovation Alliance (ESIA) is a European network of 26 partner organisations from Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Poland and the United Kingdom supporting and learning from each other in establishing national competence centres and working towards a European-wide social innovation infrastructure on all levels – locally, regionally, nationally, and transnationally. Funded in part through the European Social Fund (ESF) and the EU programme for Employment and Social Innvation (EaSI), 148 organisations in 25 countries are at work to enhance the conditions for the development of Social Innovation.

Our vision

We work towards a cooperative and sustainable society with future-facing organisations focused on solving social challenges.

our mission

In joint efforts we want to advance and strengthen the development and stabilization of the social innovation ecosystem in Europe.

Powered by the EU

We are one of six consortia assigned and funded by the European Commission. You can download our fact sheet below


Our goals

Joint strategy And action

We support each other in developing strategies and action plans for advocating and promoting social innovation in each partner country.

Capacity Building

We provide capacity building to stakeholders based on their needs and advise them to make good use of available EU funding, e.g. ESF+.

Transnational Exchange

We connect stakeholders in order to find synergies, initiate collaboration and share expertise. Via regular knowledge and experience exchange we enable mutual learning and transfer of best practices within ESIA and beyond.

The European Social Innovation Alliance is a joint project of Centre for Social Investment, Danish Design Centre, Danish Social Innovation Academy, Diakonie Schleswig-Holstein, FASE GmbH, Foundation for Civil Society, Glasgow Caledonian University, Institute for Work and Technology, Phineo gAG, Social Entrepreneurship Netzwerk Deutschland e.V., Shipyard Foundation, Social Enterprise Estonia, Social Innovation Exchange, Tallinn University, Technical University Dortmund, Võru County Development Agency with the lead partner Social Impact gGmbH and is funded by the European Commission via the European Social Fund and the European Programme for Employment and Social Innovation.