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Announcing the 2015 European Social Innovation Competition finalists!

Announcing the 2015 European Social Innovation Competition finalists!
Published on: 26/10/2015
The 10 finalists for the European Social Innovation Competition have been selected. The finalists have been named from a short-list of 30 and a total of over 1,400 applicants from 40 countries. They will compete for the three €50,000 prizes to be awarded on 25 November in Brussels.

This year’s competition looked specifically for ideas that would promote ‘New Ways to Grow’ across European society.

The idea behind the Social Innovation Competition is to create and enable new kinds of economic growth that can create systemic change and a positive impact on society.












The shortlisted ideas have the potential to bring value to individuals, communities, countries and entire regions, and reflect the issues and concerns at the heart of many Europeans’ lives. The innovations aim to create solutions and respond to concerns such as our ageing population, food waste, sustainable production, organic farming, and accessibility.

The finalists come from Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia and Poland, and their ideas reflect the creativity of a generation of Europeans who have lived through boom and bust and have a vision to innovate to create a more sustainable growth model:

Apiform - Sit-in beekeeping (beehives for people in wheelchairs)

Bosnia and Herzegovina

De Landgenoten (sustainable access to land for organic farmers)


LastMinuteSottoCasa (avoiding food waste and creating economic value)


Mela Wear (circular economy applied to organic and fair trade cotton)


Phee (dead leaves of sea grass turned into bio-composite)


Samaritan Mobile Care Complex (services to seniors in remote areas)


Smart Hearing Aid (help people with hearing problems interact better)


The Freebird Club (peer-to-peer home stays and vacations for seniors)


The Social Good Vending Machine (local, healthy and organic snacks)


Wheeliz (mobility finally accessible for every wheelchair user)


The 30 semi-finalists attended a mentoring academy in Vienna in September where they worked with experts in social innovation to refine their ideas and develop their business plan before pitching to the jury.

The jury is made up of successful social innovators from around Europe, who critically evaluate the strength of each organisation’s business plan and have selected the 10 strongest entries.

Jury member and Ashoka Country Director for Poland Agata Stafiej-Bartosik commented:

“I think I can speak for everyone involved when I say that selecting just 10 finalists was tough – we were inspired by the quality of the semi-finalists and by the drive and vision they demonstrated with their proposals.  It’s fantastic to see that people are innovating all around Europe, these projects have real potential to create sustainable growth and a positive future. Congratulations to all the finalists.”

Awards ceremony

The ten finalists will pitch for their chance to win one of three €50,000 prizes on at the awards ceremony on 25 November in Brussels.

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