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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  • Opening Conference Tilburg University Impact Program 26 Jun 2017Event Opening Conference Tilburg University Impact Program
    On June 26th, 2017 the opening conference of the Tilburg University Impact Program will take place. The aim of the Impact Program is to increase both the scientific and societal impact of Tilburg University and to create a clearer research profile to the outside world. All academic staff are invited to share their expertise and ideas on what issues could be addressed.

  • Digital Society: the Netherlands as a testing ground 06 Jun 2017News Digital Society: the Netherlands as a testing ground
    All Dutch universities wish to give the Netherlands a new and appealing international profile: that of a leading nation in the field of digital technology oriented towards people and societies.

  • Opening conference Tilburg University Impact Program 02 Jun 2017News Opening conference Tilburg University Impact Program
    On June 26th, 2017 the opening conference of the Tilburg University Impact Program will take place. The aim of the Impact Program is to increase both the scientific and societal impact of Tilburg University and to create a clearer research profile to the outside world.

  • 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.

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