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European Social Innovation Competition 2012-2013

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This Competition was launched by the European Commission in memory of Diogo Vasconcelos. The aim was to find the best social innovation solutions to help people move towards work or into new types of work.

This Competition invited any European to come up with new solutions to create new opportunities for work, and for better work. Indeed not doing anything about unemployment and under-employment is not just cruel and wasteful; the corrosive effects of high unemployment will cast a shadow over the economy and our society for years to come.

The Competition, launched on 1 October 2012, included a strong mentoring component for shortlisted entries. The three best proposals – Community Catalysts (United Kingdom), Economy App (Germany) and MITWIN.NET (Spain) – were each awarded with a prize of 20,000 euros on 29 May 2013 (see the press release). The second round of the Competition was launched on the 11th of October 2013 in Milan. Follow us on Twitter @EUSocialInnov #diogochallenge! 

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