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Social Innovation Academy II – London, 23-24 June 2014

The 30 semi-finalists had the opportunity to meet again in London to develop their idea further – regardless of their final ranking in the Competition. The Academy included some thematic discussions like on social investment or communication, some visits in London of organisations working in a similar field and finally an investment panel interview with each project (see agenda). The Academy also gave the opportunity to get an update on progress made by each team since the first Social Innovation Academy in Bilbao, in March 2014.

Social Innovation Academy II – London, 23-24 June 2014

Awards Ceremony – Brussels, 20 May 2014

The three winners of the 2nd edition of the Competition were announced and awarded a prize of €30,000 each by Commissioner Michel Barnier – see who are the winners.

The Ceremony took place at Arsenal, a former military headquarters turned into a conference facility. It marked the culmination of the Competition and provided a unique occasion to meet not only the finalists and winners, but all 30 semi-finalists of the Competition (see programme).

Watch the best-of video and see pictures of the ceremony!

The ten finalists with Michel Barnier, Member of the European Commission in charge of Internal Market and Services and Industry and Entrepreneurship (pro term)

Social Innovation Academy – Bilbao, 3-5 March 2014

Group photo of the participants

The semi-finalists attended the "Social Innovation Academy" in Bilbao at the Bizkaia Aretoa from from 3 to 5 March 2014. More picture here.

The Academy was offered as a reward to semi-finalists and as an opportunity to develop ideas' full potential. It consisted of a mixture of inspiring talks, information about the Competition, face-to-face working sessions with mentors and lots of interactive and peer-to-peer sessions. The semi-finalists heard about the "detailed plans" (see guidance) which they have to submit within the second phase of the Competition. For more insights, read through the agenda pdf - 414 KB [414 KB] .

The programme included a visit on day 2 to Innobasque, the Basque Innovation Agency, where semi-finalists had the opportunity to see at first hand the kind of interesting projects which are developed there.

The Social Innovation Academy was designed and run by Nesta, Euclid, Agirre Lehendakaria Center for Social and Political Studies and Kennisland, with additional contributors – including some of the Competition judges. The whole Basque Social Innovation Community joined forces to welcome and coach the semi-finalists in an exceptional manner!

Launch event – Milan, 11 October 2013

 Panel discussion "What difference can social innovation make for jobs?"

The second edition of the Competition was launched in Milan on 11 October 2013 in a very inspiring venue, l'Umanitaria, with the support of UniCredit Foundation.

Below you can find the agenda of the day. All pictures of the day are made available here.

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The launch event gave the opportunity to present Competition features pdf - 657 KB [657 KB]  and to showcase examples of successful social innovation contributing to work insertion or job creation at EU level and in Italy (see background presentation by Nesta pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]  which may be used as a source of inspiration for the Competition).

Event of the first edition

You can also visualise the first edition milestones to get a better grasp of the Competition process (launch event in Lisbon, October 2012; Social Innovation Academy in Amsterdam, March 2013; Award Ceremony in Brussels, May 2013).


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