Back in July, 30 busy teams of promising entrepreneurs from across Europe met in Turin for three days of workshops and networking, as part of the 2019 European Social Innovation Competition: Challenging Plastic Waste. Developers of alternative materials, education and consumer behaviour specialists, recycling experts and others determined to use social innovation to challenge plastic waste came together to take part in lectures, workshops and showcases from experts from all over Europe. Together they worked on improving the quality of their projects and connected with peers to share learning, ideas and find opportunities for collaboration.
The European Social Innovation Competition, launched in memory of Diogo Vasconcelos, is a competition run by the European Commission, now in its seventh year. The competition is open to applicants from EU member states and countries associated to Horizon 2020. The competition is delivered by a consortium of partners including Nesta, Kennisland, Ashoka, ENoLL and Scholz & Friends.