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4iS - plataforma para a inovação social

National Network: 
Campus Universitário de Santiago, Edifício I
3810-193 Aveiro
Organisation Type: 
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment: 
General Information: 

4iS – plataforma para a inovação social (platform for social innovation) is a NGO, collaborative cross-sectoral platform that links organization, non-profit and for-profit, creators, artist and innovators. It has 30 collaborators and 10 executive board members. Our budget, around 100000€ per year comes from different national and international sources, such as, European commission, Local and Regional Portuguese governmental agencies and international foundations like Gulbenkian and Robert Bosch foundation.

Mission and Objectives: 

4iS – platform for social innovation aims to create a social value culture supported on social innovation practices through sharing of knowledge, services, projects and social enterprises. 4iS supports academic and non-academic communities by creating, developing and placing activities and cross-sectoral framework programs for social innovation, based on Sustainability, Active Citizenship, Culture, Creativity, Education, Employment, Social Entrepreneurship, Health and Wellbeing.

Main Projects / Activities: 

Promoter of the JUPT project in collaboration with University of Aveiro, Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission and UNESCO for promoting, inside Portuguese higher education institutions, the debate regarding citizenship and challenges of Portugal within the Lusophonic, Ibero-American and European communities. Co-coordination and execution of the Aveiro Entrepreneur Network ( – promoting programs and networks to support employability and entrepreneurship – and the EUniverCities ( and JOBTOWN ( projects within the URBACT network, promoted by the Municipality of Aveiro and the University of Aveiro. Promoter of the 2011 and 2012 editions of Ride for your Rights! ( Promoter of the VivaCidade. Dress Up the City Voids within the Actors of Urban Change Program – a cross-sectoral project focused on urban regeneration through culture and participation ( Partner of the ARTERIA Project which aims to work artistically with cultural agents of several cities in central Portugal, in order to create a regional dynamic with local social impact and a proposed change on the relationship between the region and the national and international territory.( Promoter and Coordinator of the 5th SALTA! - Aveiro Academic Theatre Festival in a partnership with the University of Aveiro Experimental Theatre Group (GrETUA).

Contact (1) Full Name: 
João Pedro Sousa Rosa
Job Title: 
Head of the organisation: 
João Pedro Sousa Rosa