Competition to highlight and support the best social innovation solutions based on a theme. A new theme is chosen each year.
Three winning projects will be awarded €50,000 each.
The Competition is organised by the European Commission (DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs) with the support of Nesta, Euclid Network and of the consortium Ascent Communications.
The aim of the competition is to raise awareness of the potential of social innovation to foster growth, entrepreneurship and to provide solutions to current challenges.
The competition includes a strong mentoring and networking component which is intended to benefit all the successful contestants, not just the winners. Ultimately, the aim is to turn the best ideas into tangible and sustainable projects.
Members and staff of the Commission and of its offices/agencies, staff of the Contractors and individuals working on the Competition are not eligible to submit an entry.
Contestants will be excluded from the Competition if they are in any of the following situations:
- They are bankrupt or being wound up, are having their affairs administered by the courts, have entered into an arrangement with creditors, have suspended business activities, are the subject of proceedings concerning those matters, or are in any analogous situation arising from a similar procedure provided for in national legislation or regulations.
- They or persons having powers of representation, decision making or control over them have been convicted of an offence concerning their professional conduct by a judgment of a competent authority of a Member State which has the force of res judicata.
- They have been guilty of grave professional misconduct proven by any means which the contracting authority can justify including by decisions of the European Investment Bank and international organisations.
- They are not in compliance with their obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions or the payment of taxes in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which they are established or with those of the country of the Responsible Authorising Officer or those of the country where the action is to be performed.
- They or persons having powers of representation, decision making or control over them have been the subject of a judgment which has the force of res judicata for fraud, corruption, involvement in a criminal organisation, money laundering or any other illegal activity, where such an illegal activity is detrimental to the Union's financial interests.
- They are currently subject to an administrative penalty referred to in Article 109(1) of the Financial Regulations.
The competition is open to individuals, groups and organisations across the European Union and in countries participating in the European Horizon 2020 programme
Applications are made via an online application form.
After the submission deadline, a jury assesses the entries against the set eligibility and judging criteria, and selects projects to go forward to the semi-finals.
A mentoring academy is held for semi-finalists. Entries are then resubmitted and the jury selects the finalists.