Of the 1,408 ideas that were entered in the competition 10 finalists have been selected for the European Social Innovation Competition, this year in its third edition. The three best projects will be awarded a prize of EUR 50 000.
The European Social Innovation Competition invites people to come up with new solutions to social or societal issues and to create growth and jobs. Launched in memory of social innovator Diogo Vasconcelos, the competition helps participants bring their ideas to life and further develop them in the Social Innovation Academy. Two editions were already held. This event launches the third edition. The three best projects will be awarded a prize of EUR 50 000.
The Awards Ceremony of the 2015 European Social Innovation Competition will take place on 25 November at the Albert Hall in Brussels.
Of the 1,408 ideas that were entered in the competition 10 finalists have been selected for the European Social Innovation Competition. They have been named from a short-list of 30 and a total of over 1,400 applicants from 40 countries.
The selected 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. See the full list of finalists here .
The 10 finalists will pitch for their chance to win one of three €50,000 prizes at the awards ceremony on the 25th November in Brussels.The event features a great programme of events including hearing from European Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska, stories of success from previous Competition projects, and the announcement of the three 2015 winners.