Social innovation EcosystEm Development

The SEED project (Social innovation EcosystEm Development), funded by the EU programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI), has the goal to create four Competence Centers for Social Innovation in each partner Country (Italy, Greece, Slovenia, Romania). The role of such Centers would be to support the European Social Fund national managing authorities in integrating an approach aimed at favoring social innovation in the public sector and in implementing the ESF+ operational programs.

The four Competence Centers have the ambition to work in a network, together with the sister organizations born in other EU Member States, to share methodologies, approaches, best practices, know-how. Every Center – by analyzing needs and national challenges – then focuses, through pilot projects, on national priorities including innovation in the public sector in the Italian case, strengthening the links among stakeholders in Greece, promoting the culture of digital and technological innovation in Slovenia, supporting local communities in Romania.

This project has received financial support from the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) (2014-2020) and the European Social Fund under Grant Agreement VS/2021/0191.

European partners

City of Torino (IT – lead partner); Polytechnic University of Milan (IT); University of Bologna (IT); Polytechnic University of Torino (IT); Fondazione Brodolini (IT); EURICSE (IT); Fondazione Italia Sociale (IT); Ministry of Economic Development and Technology (SI); Center Noordung (SI); Hashnet (SI); Soncna zadruga (SI); Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (GR); Development Agency of Karditsa (GR); Scify (GR); Kollectiva (GR); Grupul de Consultanță pentru Dezvoltare (RO).

The project in Torino

In the framework of SEED, the role of pioneer city in the field of social innovation practices and policies is once more recognized to Torino, also thanks to a rich local ecosystem represented, among others, by the Torino Social Impact initiative counting over 100 stakeholders.
The process leading to the creation of the Italian Competence Center for Social Innovation thus envisages a large involvement of players and organizations active at local and national level. The purpose is to take advantage of the existing and already recognized competences, but also to offer learning and educational tools, as well as growth and development perspectives.
In the long term, after the two years of SEED-related activities, Torino should thus host the operational headquarters of the Competence Center.

Pratical steps

The City of Torino, as project lead partner, guides the Italian partnership involving universities, foundations and research centers, in the process of creation of the Competence Center supporting the European Social Fund managing authorities.
In the Italian context, a Design Policy Lab based on innovative public-private partnership models will be created. It is meant to be an effective tool to provide public services and, specifically, to help ESF managing authorities co-design – with the whole ecosystem of stakeholders – the policies to be implemented in the coming operational programs. The City of Torino offers its expertise in designing and managing collaborative and co-design processes for innovation programs and policies, developed in the last years.
The project, at the Italian level, is supported by an Advisory Board involving ANPAL, the ONP Metro and the ONP Inclusion managing authorities. Its role would be to ensure a strategic guidance to the project, as well as the sustainability of the Competence Center after the project termination.


  • 4 Competence Centers for Social Innovation
  • 16 partners from 4 EU Countries
  • 38 associate organizations
  • € 900.000,00 project budget

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EU contribution to the City of Torino


Duration of the project