Why are we doing this?
2018 Theme ‘RE:THINK LOCAL’
Young people are the future. They should have the opportunity to fully participate in the economy, by acquiring the right skills, having a well-paid, rewarding job and creating value for themselves and their community.
At the same time, our economy is changing. New technologies, ways of working and migration are just some of the factors that are having an impact on places and communities.
We are looking for ‘place-based’ approaches to turn local challenges and local advantages into opportunities for young people in the economy.
‘Place-based’ approaches take place in a precise location and respond to specific local conditions, challenges and opportunities. Solutions developed from these local characteristics are more likely to be successful within that community.
What are we doing?
The European Commission is looking for ideas from social innovators, entrepreneurs, students, designers, tech enthusiasts, educators, doers and makers, movers and shakers, and people who want to change the world. Ideas that are led by young people themselves are particularly encouraged. The competition is open to applicants from EU member states and countries associated to Horizon 2020.
Ideas could include, but are not limited to:
- Initiatives that use new technologies and ways of working to provide job opportunities for youth based on local specificities and needs
- Ideas that promote and enable youth entrepreneurship and innovation using local assets, particularly among young people who wouldn’t otherwise have become innovators
- Ideas responding to current or future requirements in the local community for skills and experience or ideas developed from locally available skills and experiences
- Solutions to improve the quality of life and financial or social security of young people in irregular work
- Innovations that provide information, advice and guidance to young people so they can navigate their options in the new economy
Applications closed on Friday 27 April 2018, 12:00 (noon) Brussels time.
Our judging panel will choose 30 of the most promising applications as semi-finalists. These entries will be provided with business development support, matched with a mentor and invited to a three day academy in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in July 2018 to progress their ideas.
With the help of their mentors, the 30 semi-finalists will submit a final detailed business plan to the judges by the end of August 2018. Ten finalists will be selected to pitch their projects at the awards in Brussels in November 2018.
Three winners will each be awarded prizes of €50,000 to develop their ideas.
This is the sixth year in which Nesta has led the consortium delivering the European Social Innovation Competition. Organised since 2012 in memory of Diogo Vasconcelos, the competition calls all Europeans to come up with solutions to the problems affecting our society. The competition is run by the European Commission’s DG GROW with the support of a consortium of partners: Nesta, Kennisland, European Network of Living Labs, Ashoka and Scholz & Friends.
The European Social Innovation Competition 2017: Equality Rebooted
The European Social Innovation Competition 2016: Integrated Futures
The European Social Innovation Competition 2015: New Ways to Grow
The second European Social Innovation Competition 2013-2014
The first European Social Innovation Competition 2012-201
For more information about the competition, visit the European Commission website