Social Innovation

Social Innovation

Social innovation is a collective term for contemporary initiatives by people and organizations aimed at achieving innovative solutions to problems in society.


It starts with people and organizations who identify a social problem and who come up with a plan to do something about it. This can develop into a broader initiative involving various different players, including citizens, entrepreneurs and academics. Examples include local and regional activities or complex collaborative alliances at national or international level.
Tilburg University places great emphasis on social innovation as the logical conclusion of existing projects, initiatives and plans developed by its schools, institutes or departments.

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  • Funding for research on Smart Urban Intermediaries in ‘living labs’ 12 Jan 2017News Funding for research on Smart Urban Intermediaries in ‘living labs’
    An international consortium led by Merlijn van Hulst (Tilburg School of Governance) will receive funding from Urban Europe (ERA-NET, funded by the European Commission) to research Smart Urban Intermediaries. The research grant amounts to 1.1 million euros. The research will start in the spring of 2017 and last until October 2019.

  • "I get to send in my business plan" 19 Dec 2016Background "I get to send in my business plan"
    Could you mention some things that strike you as typically Dutch? It takes a while this morning before the first few answers come, but pretty soon the list on the board begins to grow rapidly: quiet streets in the evening – people that are very curious – prosperity – bureaucracy – appointment books – the ‘g’-sound you cannot pronounce – individualism. It is quite clear from the start that the class that professor of entrepreneurship development Josette Dijkhuizen is teaching today consists of interested and highly educated people.

  • Data Analytics for a Better World 05 Dec 2016Background Data Analytics for a Better World
    Algorithms that make the World Food Program more effective. Flood protection for the Netherlands using ‘business analytics’. Tilburg University wants to use data analytics to achieve a better and safer world. The Data Science Center Tilburg (DSC/t) participates in the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS) in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, which was recently opened by Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands.

  • European Social Innovation Week 19-23 September 2016 12 Sep 2016News European Social Innovation Week 19-23 September 2016
    The European Social Innovation Week is a week full of inspiring sessions and meetings around Social Innovation. Citizens, entrepreneurs, business people, stakeholders in government, educational institutions and scientists will work together through new collaborations.

  • Social robot helps teaching toddlers a second language 04 Jul 2016Press release Social robot helps teaching toddlers a second language
    - press release July 4th 2016 - In cooperation with a consortium of European universities and companies, researchers at the Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC) at Tilburg University are developing a social robot that is designed to interact naturally with young children to help them learn English or Dutch. The experiment that was launched in Tilburg is the first in the world in which a social robot offers a language program for toddlers from various cultural and language backgrounds. The ultimate aim of the project is to develop a series of language programs in various domains, for instance, numbers and spatial concepts.

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