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Wb Aurelie Mexandeau - A social innovation ecosystem in the Languedoc-Roussillon region


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Wb Aurelie Mexandeau - A social innovation ecosystem in the Languedoc-Roussillon region

  1. 1. REALIS A social innovation ecosystem in the Languedoc-Roussillon region 25th april 2014 1
  2. 2. The Languedoc-Roussillon region, key figures* 2 • Population : 2 686 054 people • GDP per person: 23 556 € • Unemployment rate is 13,9% of the workforce (4 points higher than the national average) • 98 % of the entreprises are micro or very small enterprises (less than 20 employees) • Market (45,4%) and non-market services (35,7%) sector represent 81,1 % of employment • Enterprise creation rate is 17% (2 points higher than the national average) • Failure rate is 5,7% (national average : 3%) • Social economy represents 12,5% of employment (associations, cooperatives, mutual societies, foundations) * Source : INSEE
  3. 3. Who are we ? The fruits of an alchemy  The Regional Union of cooperatives enterprises (URSCOP LR)  The Languedoc-Roussillon Regional Council (Languedoc-Roussillon Region )  The Regional Chamber of Social and Solidarity Economy (CRESS LR)  Avise, the French national body promoting social enterprises and innovation  Partnerships with research institutes (HSS) and technological innovation incubators 3 A team : « activists » in the social economy field Regional and national actors involved in the promotion of social economy
  4. 4. The challenge of social innovation on a territory  Developing (cooperative) economy by supporting social innovation  Developing potential for job creation  Thinking about tomorrow’s economy  Meeting unsatisfied needs  Building links between the research sector and collective interests of territories  Creating bridges between social and technological innovation 4 A shared willingness and converging interests Michel Barnier, European Commissioner and Christian Bourquin,Chair of the Regional Council at Réalis Pole’s opening ceremony
  5. 5. A luck factor…and time  2005 / 2006 : The Equal Programme  2007 : Creation of Alter’Incub, 1st regional incubator dedicated to social and innovative enterprises  2008 : • 1st edition of Coventis, the social economy business convention and • Launch of Coeptis, 1st school of cooperative management • Alter’Incub, 1st non-technological incubator eligible for Feder funds  2009-2010 : Experimental work about the opportunity to create a social innovation regional Pole (PRIS)  2011 : • Creation of a social innovation department in Transferts LR, the regional development and innovation agency • National working group to build a reference model of social innovation criterias (partnership with Avise) 5 International Conference on Social Innovation in Pole REALIS  Sept. 2013 : Opening of the Pole REALIS  Dec. 2013 : First International Conference on Social Innovation in Montpellier
  6. 6. The regional social innovation ecosystem 6 Multishareholder cooperative COEPTIS : the school of cooperative management Alter’Incub: Regional incubator of social innovation and collective interest entrepreneurship – URSCOP LR REALIS : Social economy entrepreneurship pole – Languedoc-Roussillon region COVENTIS : Social economy business convention – CRESS LR Social Innovation Regional Pole : support to the development of regional entreprises’ projects – Transferts LR Social innovation financing : trust fund (France Active), Innov’ESS – Airdie LR and soon the Social Innovation Fund (Bpifrance) Before creation During creation After creation 2008 2008 2009 2013 2013
  7. 7. REALIS, an active network for social innovation 7 Impacts Social innovation as:  A strategic factor of growth and competitivity for the territory (SRI)  The common thread of social economy politics  The construction of the willingness to work together: a multi-stakeholder dynamic  Creativity in territorial development  REALIS rewarded by the REVES* Excellence award 2013 * European network of cities and region for the Social and Solidarity Economy « Coup de Pousse » competition, rewarding young innovative entreprises in the Languedoc- Roussillon region
  8. 8. REALIS, an active network for social innovation 8 Prospects Stabilizing the facilities of the REALIS network (incubators, management school, business convention…) Keeping the lead in social innovation Spinning-off : Alter’Incub, Coventis, … Increasing our openness to european partners (as social innovation is included in the 2014-20 programmation) Pooling experience and good practices in social innovation Strengthening funding tools dedicated to social innovation (bpi fund…) and lobbying for social enterprises to benefit from the same financial support as technological ones
  9. 9. Assets to launch a social innovation ecosystem 9 A strong political will A long-run mobilisation of heterogeneous stakeholders at the local and national levels The choice for participative dynamics led by a key actor (role played by the URSCOP LR) An entrepreneurial approach without reducing social innovation to the social economy field A built partnership between researchers and ground actors The creation of specific programmes meant to stimulating, accompanying, training, financing. How to provide a framework to support social innovation ?
  10. 10. 10 Thank you for your attention ! Merci ! Aurélie Mexandeau :