Heidelberg, Trier, Oslo and Bilbao are the four European cities that will host the new European Executive Education Programme on Social Innovation (SIED) and the third sector under Erasmus +. The project, which will come to Bilbao through Agirre Lehendakaria Center at the end of this year (from 30 November to 4 December), gives the young people participating an opportunity to learn about the different framework conditions of the European welfare system and its importance for new social solutions, as well as generating an influence network or developing collaborative business projects within its scope.

The teaching programme combines different approaches such as classic seminars, getting to know about innovations in practice, the development of in-house approaches to solve problems and a business plan to be implementation in a laboratory phase, together with the dissemination and sustainability of the social innovations created. Different approaches are developed, tested, implemented and evaluated in the four cities to obtain a personalized teaching programme that is effective and sustainable in terms of the promotion of social innovation.


Participants will visit the four cities mentioned above. In each one, they will examine a particular aspect, depending on the associated research work and organizational practices already carried out, taking into account regional differences regarding the contexts of the welfare structure.


  • At Heidelberg University, the participants will examine the traditions of the welfare state and social innovations there
  • In Agirre Lehendakaria Center (UPV-EHU) in Bilbao, they will focus on the Social Innovation Curriculum in regional innovation, based on the experience of the Basque transformation
  • The module at Trier University will examine the creation of prototypes and the generation of business models
  • Finally, Oslo University (VID) will teach how to implement and disseminate social innovations (considering aspects of organizational development).


The registration period for this Programme is open until 1 March 2020. More information is available at http://socialinnovationedu.eu