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The Second European Social Innovation Competition is closed since 11 December 2013. It is no longer possible to apply. Take a look at the winners. You can also find detailed information about the Competition in the final report submitted by the contractors having assisted the Commission in the organisation and management of the first two editions.

The information below is kept available only for information purposes. It summarizes the Terms and Conditions pdf - 336 KB [336 KB]  which served as the master document for this Competition. Additional guidance could be found in the template of the entry form pdf - 278 KB [278 KB] and in the questions & answers pdf - 513 KB [513 KB]  document.

Questions on the Competition can still be emailed to

Be aware that a new edition should be launched in early 2015. Stay tuned by following us on Twitter (@EUSocialInnov & #diogochallenge).

Competition stages and timetable

Stage 1: Open call for entries
12.00.00 (noon, Central European Time) on 11 December 2013 – Deadline for entries

Stage 2: Up to 30 semi-finalists selected
January-February 2014

Stage 3: Mentoring for semi-finalists
Semi-finalists invited to attend the Social Innovation Academy over several days for the development of their ideas – from 3 to 5 March 2014 in Bilbao.

Stage 4: Call for detailed plans from semi-finalists
12.00.00 (noon, Central European Time) on 21 March 2014 – Deadline for detailed plans

Stage 5: Up to 10 finalists invited at the award ceremony and 3 winners offered a prize of €30,000
20 May 2014 in Brussels

Stage 6: Follow-up mentoring
23-24 June 2014 – More support at Social Innovation Academy 2 in London

Eligibility criteria

The Competition was open to everyone legally established or resident in the EU Member States – or in those countries that established an agreement to participate in the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (see list) – including individuals, organisations or unconstituted groups.

Ideas from all sources and sectors and all types of organisations were welcome – including for-profit, non-for-profit, or private companies. Eligibility conditions were spelled out in the Terms and Conditions pdf - 336 KB [336 KB] . 

Judging criteria

Successful entries were the ones that best met the 3 criteria below:

  • degree of innovation assessed as the innovativeness in a given context of the proposed idea; of the approach and solution to a socio-economic or environmental issue; of the proposed product, service, process, technology implied by this solution; or of the business, implementation, organisation or marketing models underpinning this solution – innovations can be understood as genuinely new ideas as much as new or improved ways to implement, combine, or adapt to a different context or target group existing solutions;
  • potential impact assessed as the potential of the idea to help people move towards work or create new types of work;
  • potential for sustainability and scale assessed as the likeliness that projects can be sustained and have significant, long-lasting and increasing impact and as their capacity to be inspirational for others in Europe – e.g. to be applied/transferred/adapted to another area of the same country, to another or more EU Member State(s), to another issue and to another population category.

For the first phase of the Competition (i.e. for the selection of semi-finalists based on initial entries), the following weights applied to the judging criteria:

  • degree of innovation – 50%;
  • potential impact – 30%;
  • potential for sustainability and scale – 20%.

For the second phase of the Competition (i.e. to select finalists/winners amongst semi-finalists, on the basis of ‘detailed plans’), the three judging criteria had equal weight (one third each).


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