SEMPRE Accelerators for Service Co-Creation

SEMPRE Accelerators is about social innovation in rural areas. The project promotes service co-creation and empowerment in the field of social services. SEMPRE Accelerators builds upon and further develops results of the predecessor project SEMPRE.

With nine partner organisations from seven countries of the Baltic Sea Region, SEMPRE Accelerators promotes quality of life and adequate social service provision in disadvantaged rural regions. SEMPRE Accelerators works with eight user-driven social initiatives throughout the Baltic Sea Region – micro projects as they are called in the project – and supports them on the way to become self-sustaining enterprises with mature organisational setups. This includes, for example, developing managerial and entrepreneurial skills as well as measures for the financial sustainability of the micro projects. While this might sound easy at first glance, keep in mind that we’re talking about initiatives that are developed and managed to a large extent by users themselves – which makes this undertaking a challenging process that empowers the initiatives to learn, to build capacity and to grow into social start-ups.

SEMPRE Accelerators (2019-2021) is a spin-off from the SEMPRE project (2016-2019) and “accelerates” the most promising local initiatives developed in the previous project. This includes, for example, a social coffee shop in Latvia, a refugee newspaper in Northern Germany or a social platform for single parents in Lithuania.

REM Consult developed the project together with the Lead Partner, the Diaconie of Schleswig-Holstein, and is in charge of project management, financial management and public relations. SEMPRE Accelerators is funded by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme as so-called “Extension Stage Project”.