HKU is involved in the SuNSE-project to support social entrepreneurs in North-West European areas that experience economic decline. We are responsible for creating a compelling way to share insights and results.

SuNSE is an ambitious project funded by INTERREG North-West Europe, intended to support social enterprises and to help identify and then nurture potential future social entrepreneurs - both in urban and remote sub-regions. The project combines traditional models of support with innovative new ones, creating self-sustaining networks that add societal value and impact for many years to come.

HKU is responsible for designing the information packages to provide hands-on support for social entrepreneurs in the participating regions in North-West Europe. The HKU departments involved are the schools HKU Design and HKU Media and the Centre for Research, Innovation and Internationalisation.

The project coordinator is Highlands & Islands Enterprise in the UK.


Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) is a European Territorial Cooperation Programme funded by the European Commission with the ambition to make the North-West Europe area a key economic player and an attractive place to work and live, with high levels of innovation, sustainability and cohesion.

It invests 370 million euros from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in activities based on the cooperation of organisations from eight countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Project meeting in February 2019 Project meeting in February 2019


  • Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Merthyr Tudful (UK)
  • University of Greenwich (UK)
  • Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council (UK)
  • HKU (The Netherlands)
  • South East Business and Innovation Centre CLG (Ireland)
  • Ville de Louvigné du Désert (France)
  • Social Business Earth (Switzerland)
  • Municipality of Heerlen (The Netherlands)
  • ECO-TRANS-FAIRE (Luxembourg

More info

Official SuNSE web page

HKU contact person: David Crombie