Since 2013, the competition has been a beacon for social innovators across Europe, employing a proven methodology for supporting early-stage ideas and facilitating a network of radical innovators shaping our society for the better.
The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Entrepreneurship & SMEs runs the European Social Innovation Competition (EUSIC) across all EU countries and Horizon Europe associated countries, with the support of the European Innovation Council (EIC). The competition was launched in memory of social innovation pioneer Diogo Vasconcelos.
Each year the competition addresses a different issue facing Europe. Three €50.000 prizes are awarded for the best socially innovative projects designed to change our society for the better.
See the EUSIC website for more information.
The European economy is changing. The coming years will see a shift towards a green and digital future. These twin transitions present individuals, businesses and industries with exciting opportunities. Understanding the skills that will be needed and how best to develop them will be key to unlocking these opportunities for individuals and organisations alike.
The ‘Skills for tomorrow’ 2021 edition of the competition is looking for scalable social innovations that will contribute to job creation, growth and European competitiveness by helping people, businesses and industries identify, develop and strengthen the skills that will power the European economy’s green and digital future. The competition is open to early-stage ideas that tackle challenges relating to the transition to either or both futures. These include but are not limited to identifying and mapping skills gaps as well as approaches to development and training that will support people to reskill or upskill.
All solutions must work towards sustainability, taking into consideration their own environmental impact.
Applications for the 2021 European Social Innovation Competition are now open.
The deadline for submissions is 12.00 CEST Wednesday 12 May 2021.
All applications must be submitted directly through the official website. See more information on how to enter the competition.
This annual competition is open to individuals, groups and organisations (as a legal entity) across the European Union and in countries participating in the Horizon Europe programme.
The competition is governed by the rules of contest below, specified in the FAQs.
You may submit your proposal independently of its degree of maturity, including concept or early-stage ideas, as well as those that in the prototyping stage.
Ideas and proposals from all sources, sectors and all types of organisations including for-profit, non-for-profit, or private companies are welcome.
Three prizes will be awarded to the applicants who, in the opinion of the jury, best address cumulative criteria regarding
We also reward one semi-finalist of the 2020 ‘Reimagine Fashion’ competition with an impact prize of €50.000. In the coming months, we will contact the 2020 semi-finalists directly with more information on the steps to take.
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