The 2015 edition of the European Social Innovation Competition is now open!
The launch in Gdansk
2015’s edition of the European Social Innovation competition, ‘New Ways to Grow’ officially launched at the impressive European Solidarity Center by the European Commission on Monday 23rd March. Like the centre, the competition exists to inspire and discover new initiatives that can improve society. Like Gdansk’s motto “Neither rashly, nor timidly”, social innovation across Europe continues to grow steadily – however, there is of course room for development and disruption.
Nesta have provided expertise to the European Commission for the two previous editions of the competition, however this year we are thrilled to be leading the consortium, providing expertise in challenge prizes and social innovation to support the design and execution of the programme. The competition is also supported by Kennisland, Shipyard, Impact Hub and Matter&Co.
During the launch event, we heard from a range of social innovators, government and academics from across Europe, including previous contestants, Anna Fiscale (Progetto Quid) and Nicholas Tsurukawa (Urban Farm Lease) – a testament to the competition’s impact and legacy.
Peruse photos of the event!
The European Commission are looking for ordinary people to come up with extraordinary, innovative solutions to problems in society – you don’t have to be an established entrepreneur (yet) to take part, all you need is a great idea with the potential to help Europe grow!
Previous competition winners over the past two years include Urban Farm Lease in Belgium, which provides training, contacts and consultancy support to enable unemployed people to transform the large areas available for agriculture in the country’s cities into sustainable businesses.
Another of the previous winners is Progetto Quid – an Italian social venture that recycles the waste from big fashion houses to make brand new designs and collections. The project also provides specialist employment support to women from disadvantaged backgrounds.
This years’ competition, like previous editions, is made up of stages to spur on activity and increase impact.
Entry to the competition, pre-assessed by Nesta and partners.
Semi Finalist status and mentoring from a range of experts, facilitated by Kennisland in Vienna at the Magdas Hotel, a contestant of the first competition.
Finalist and Winner status, three lots of €50,000 prizes to the most impactful entrants.
As a recognition competition in 2016, it is expected to award 1 impact prize of 50,000 euros to the project which has achieved most results amongst the 2015 semi-finalists.
Enter the competition!
Check out the website, launch film and Twitter for more information about the competition.
The deadline for entries is Friday 8th May 2015, 12 noon (Brussels time). So get thinking! There are just less than 7 weeks to prepare your entries for a chance to win one of three €50,000 prizes!