The European Social Innovation Competition is a challenge prize run by the European Commission across all Horizon 2020 associated countries. Organised in memory of Diogo Vasconcelos, the Competition calls all Europeans to come up with solutions to the problems affecting our society. This year's competition was launched with an event in Paris on 20 March 2018.
In recent years, the economy has been changing rapidly – there are many new ways to do business, use technology or work. In some regions and local communities, these changes have brought prosperity, in others, people are struggling to adapt and those who can are moving to seek jobs elsewhere. Yet, new technologies and ways of working have the potential to revitalise regions. Innovative solutions can build resilience within communities, address their specific needs and generate sustainable economic activity and employment opportunities. Young people must be involved, engaged and empowered to make the most of new opportunities and supported to develop the skills and capabilities to shape and lead the new economy.
The 2018 European Social Innovation Competition is looking for ideas including, but not limited to:
Ideas that are led by young people themselves are particularly encouraged.
The competition has 3 phases:
Phase 1: Out of the total of eligible entries received by the deadline, 30 semi-finalists will be selected to receive mentoring support and further progress their ideas. They are invited to take part in a Social Innovation Academy in Romania and to network with other European organisations and potential partners in their field.
Phase 2: Out of the 30 semi-finalists, 10 finalists will be invited to the awards ceremony where the 3 final winners received a prize of €50,000 each.
Phase 3: in 2019, the competition amongst the 30 semi-finalists will be re-opened and award the 2018 project having achieved the most significant results with an impact prize of €50,000.
To select the best entries throughout the competition, the European Commission is supported by an external jury.
Launch of the competition: 20 March, Paris
The competition is now closed for entries. It was open to individuals, groups and organisations across the European Union and in countries participating in the European Horizon 2020 programme (see list).
The competition is governed by the rules of contest below, these are specified in the FAQs. All documents are still available for information purposes only.
The timeline for the re-opening of the Competition for the impact prize will be announced in early 2019.
The European Social Innovation Competition has been organised since 2012 in memory of Diogo Vasconcelos. Take a look at the previous competitions:
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For questions about the competition, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.