SE Innovation Lab

SE Innovation Lab is a 2-3 day long creative workshop for those of you who have an idea of a social innovation and need to put time and energy into it to make it grow. It’s all about going from Idea to Action!

Through SE Innovation Lab, SE Forum offers inspiration, networks and tools to people who carry ideas on how to improve society. During a couple of intensive days the participants are given the possibility to actively develop their ideas with the help of process leaders and experienced social entrepreneurs. They will also gain knowledge on how to transform the idea into a viable business.

SE Innovation Lab Structure

During an SE Innovation Lab, participants will learn more about what social entrepreneurship is and why it is important. They will develop and concretize their idea with the help of creative methods and create an action plan that will turn the idea into reality. A common theme throughout the Innovation Lab is the Business Model Canvas, a model for structuring your business idea in a creative and visual way. Click here to see a short clip about The Business Model Canvas. The innovation lab focuses on the questions of why, what and how:


  • Social Entrepreneurship in focus – why is it important?
  • Introduction and presentations
  • What is the problem you aim to solve – we take a closer look at the root of the problem


  • Your Business Idea in focus – most of the day is spent on ideation exercises in order to twist and turn, develop and concretize your idea
  • Change and Creativity – we take a closer look at these key concepts and get inspired by successful examples
  • Introduction to useful tools related to business concepts that will be of great help in future work


  • Your Strategy in focus – we take a closer look at what it takes for you to succeed when it comes to implementing the idea
  • Action plan – what do you need to do in one day, one month and three months for your idea to become reality?
  • Introduction to useful tools related to strategy that will be of great help in future work

Upcoming Innovation Labs

There are currently no more SE Innovation Labs scheduled. Please do keep on checking in for more information about our activities!


Register for an SE Innovation Lab

Sounds interesting? Please contact if you either:
  • Have an idea that you want to develop and are interested in participating in an Innovation Lab
  • Work for an organization, company or municipality and want to offer an Innovation Lab to your target group

Let’s go from idea to action together!

Past Innovation Labs

  • SE Innovation Lab, Umeå November 1-3

SE Innovation Lab, Umeå November 1-3

  • November 12th, 2013

Folkuniversitetet in Umeå hosted the fourth SE Innovation Lab, where 8 participants representing 6 social business innovations came together [...]