European Social Innovation Competition 2019

  • Constance Agyeman

    Constance Agyeman

    Head of International Development and Education & Skills team

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The 2019 Competition is titled Challenging Plastic Waste and seeks the most innovative projects, products, services, business models and collaborations that tackle plastic waste.

Launched in memory of social innovation pioneer Diogo Vasconcelos, the European Social Innovation Competition is a challenge prize run by the European Commission across all EU Member States and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries. Now in its 7th year, the Competition acts as a beacon for social innovators in Europe, employing a proven methodology for supporting early-stage ideas and facilitating a network of radical innovators shaping society for the better. Each year the Competition is based around a different issue facing Europe.This year, the focus is Challenging Plastic Waste and seeks the most innovative projects, products, services, business models and collaborations that tackle plastic waste. We’re looking for ideas from one or more of the following fields:

  • Reducing the consumption of single use plastic products
  • Recycling, reusing, and upcycling existing plastic waste
  • Dealing with accumulated plastic waste in landfills and the environment
  • Changing consumer behaviours, retail and wider business practices to reduce levels of plastic waste and/or increase recycling and re-use
  • Implementing alternative business models and optimising supply chains to reduce plastic waste and/or increase recycling and re-use
  • Introducing new materials fit for a circular economy or that offer sustainable alternatives to fossil-based plastics

Three €50,000 prizes awarded by the European Commission for the most innovative projects designed to reduce plastic waste. Semi-Finalists that participate in the Competition have access to a range of support from social innovation experts

  • 1-to-1 dedicated mentoring from locally-based coaches
  • Access to an online Pool of Experts from across Europe
  • A series of exclusive webinars covering topics about social innovation
  • A 3-day residential training Academy, including group workshops, discussion panels, guest speakers, and 1 to 1 support
  • Ongoing peer support and networking with fellow entrants  
  • Promotion on the Competition’s website, social media channels, newsletter and press releases as well as by the European Commission
  • Press support from Mediani [Judges]

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