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INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL INNOVATIONS (USI)

Na Návsi 218,
664 51 Kobylnice
Office: Divadelní 4, 602 00 Brno
Phone +420 739 511 306
info@socialni-inovace.cz
www.socialni-inovace.cz

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USI HAS EXPERIENCE IN WORKING WITH THE SMES AND WITH INCLUDING INVOLVEMENT OF LOCAL, REGIONAL AND OTHER DIFFERENT STAKEHOLDERS INTO THE PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION

The Institute of Social Innovations, p.b.o. (USI) is a private institution from Kobylnice, Czech Republic. Since its establishment in 2002, it has actively participated in the acquisition of experience mainly in the following three areas:
Human resources development – provides training, seminars, retraining programs and infrastructure for education;
Socio-economic cohesion of the region – supports the activities of enterprises (especially SMEs) and their cooperation with non-profit and public sector;
Promoting international cooperation of public institutions – seeking foreign partners, building cooperation with them and handles foreign experience and education (with the implementation of technical projects abroad).

USI has experience in working with the SMEs and with including involvement of local, regional and other different stakeholders into the project implementation (e.g. local and regional public authorities, SMEs, NGOs oriented on the sector of renewable energies and other stakeholders).
The objective of this approach will be involved all relevant bodies into the development of this area in the long term and to positively influence further development in the regional and national context. The second field of organization expertise is sustainable development issues. Institute of Social Innovations provides consultation services and training for preparation of local social economic development projects with respect of sustainability principles, employment, human potential development and environment.

USI has implemented projects oriented to strengthen the employability, sustainability and the SMEs creation in the rural areas of Southern Moravia region supported from the Operational Programme Human Resources and Employment, measure 2.1 Active employment policies. The organization has experience with transnational projects mainly financed by the European Social Fund as the “Innovative measures financed under Article 6 of ESF regulation. It has also been actively involved within the Operational Programme Human Resources and Employment, priority 5 Transnational Cooperation.

The Institute of Social Innovations cooperates on the implementation of the CEEM project with Mendel University in Brno. The cooperation is based on the specialized guarantee through the experts as well as consultancy in the field of energy management. The experts assist to the SMEs with the questionnaires, evaluation of benchmark reports as well as they suggest to the companies the actions to improve eco-energy efficiency.

Mendel University is the Czech oldest independent university in its field. Basic characteristic of the research at Mendel University in Brno is joint application of the findings from biological, technical and social sciences. It concerns the level of basic research however mainly applied research. Inseparable part of the Mendel University is the Institute of Lifelong Learning (Unit of Special Engineering) and has a statute of university institute.