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Awards Ceremony – Brussels, 20 May 2014

If you want to join us to celebrate the 3 winners of the Second European Social Innovation Competition, register your attendance request by clicking HERE.

The Ceremony will take place at Arsenal, a former military headquarters turned into a conference facility (Chaussée de Wavre 950, 1040 Brussels). The venue is easily accessible by metro (Station Pétillon, Line 5) and by car (five-minute drive from the European district). The event is expected to start at 14.30 and close at 18.30, with lunch before and cocktail afterwards - consult the programme.

The Ceremony will mark the culmination of the Competition. From the 1,254 entries received to tackle the Job Challenge, the European Commission will award the 3 best ideas with a prize of €30,000 each from the 10 finalists which have been selected. Last year prizes were awarded by President Barroso. This year they will presented by Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Enterprise and Industry.

The winners of the first Social Innovation Competition with President Barroso

The event will provide a unique occasion to meet not only the finalists and winners, but all 30 semi-finalists of the Competition, to learn about their ideas, to advise on the problems they face and - why not? - to offer your support.

The Ceremony will conclude 2 days dedicated to social innovation in Brussels. On 19 May and 20 May (morning) the Commission is organising a Social Policy Innovation Conference to present the new Employment and Social Innovation programme and to explore ways to translate social innovation into systemic change.

This is the spirit of the Declaration on social entrepreneurship adopted this year in Strasbourg and this was the goal of Diogo Vasconcelos, to whom this Competition pays tribute.

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" 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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