Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

2019 European Social Innovation Competition awards ceremony

2019 European Social Innovation Competition awards ceremony
Published on: 16/09/2019
Find out about Europe’s top social innovations challenging plastic waste at the European Social Innovation Competition awards ceremony.
Event date: 24/10/2019
Location: Albert Hall, Avenue Eudore Pirmez 9, 1040 Etterbeek


2019 European social innovation competition awards ceremony banner

The event will showcase the 10 finalists of the 2019 edition, as well as feature the announcement of this year’s 3 winners, who will each receive a €50,000 prize. 

The theme for the 2019 European Social Innovation Competition is 'challenging plastic waste'. It launched in February 2019 in Ljubljana, Slovenia with the aim of supporting ideas and projects that reduce plastic waste and littering through changing and improving existing processes, or through introducing brand new products and initiatives. 30 semi-finalists were selected for a 3-day training academy held in Turin, Italy where they received individual tailored coaching. 

The event will also feature the announcement of the 2019 'Impact Prize Winner', an award which goes to the semi-finalist from the 2018 edition of the competition that has achieved the most significant social impact over the past year. 

At the event, you will hear from each of the 10 finalists about their projects and from expert speakers on social innovation in Europe.

15:45 - 16:30 Event registration with refreshment
16:30 - 16:40


Matt Boardman, Master of Ceremonies

16:40 - 16:50

EUSIC in a nutshell

Slawomir Tokarski, Director, Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing

16:50 - 17:05

EUSIC 2019 Impact Prize Winner announcement

Introduction by Klaus Schuch Scientific Director and CEO, Austrian Centre for Social Innovation

17:05 - 17:35 Meet the Finalists - Pitches by the 10 finalists
17:35 - 18:30

Challenging plastic waste: the role of entrepreneurship

Annick Boyen, Vice-President Markets & Head of EU External Affairs at Unilever

Mircea Ilie, Sustainability Leader at IKEA Romania

Carolien Kernkamp, Founder and Director of Finest Ventures Holding and Just Strategies Consultancy

Johannes Kisser, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at Alchemia-nova

18:30 - 18:45 Comfort Break
18:45 - 19:05

Keynote speech

Timo Pesonen, Director General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

19:05 - 19:15 EUSIC 2019 Winners Announcement
19:15 - 19:20 Closing remarks
19:20 - 20:15 Networking and drinks




Launched by the European Commission in memory of social innovation pioneer Diogo Vasconcelos, the European Social Innovation Competition is a challenge prize run by the Commission across all EU countries and Horizon 2020 associated countries. Now in its 7th year, the competition acts as a beacon for social innovators in Europe, employing a proven methodology for supporting early-stage ideas and facilitating a network of radical innovators shaping society for the better. Each year the competition is based around a different issue facing Europe.