Social Innovation Tournament

Deadline: 1 March 2017
Open to: individuals and organizations active in the field of social entrepreneurship
Prize: 1st and 2nd Prizes of EUR 50 000 and EUR 20 000


The Social Innovation Tournament recognises and supports the best European social entrepreneurs. It is organised every year in a different country to reward and sponsor European entrepreneurs whose primary purpose is to generate a social, ethical or environmental impact.

Projects are typically related to combating unemployment, marginalisation of disadvantaged communities and promoting access to education in a wide range of fields, from education and health care to natural or urban environment, through new technologies, new systems, and new processes.


The EIB Institute Tournament responds to the considerable need for greater emphasis on Social Innovation and aims to attract interest from both non-for-profit and for-profit organisations, mainly from young entrepreneurs and social enterprises, corporate responsibility departments of private-sector companies of any size, NGOs and government or local government entities and university communities. Entries from student teams are also welcome.

The Tournament is open to individuals or teams from (or residing in) the European Union Member States, Candidate and Potential Candidate countries, and EFTA countries that submit proposals to be implemented in one or more such countries.


Four prizes are awarded by a jury, composed of specialists from the academic and business world: General Category and Special Category 1st and 2nd Prizes of EUR 50 000 and EUR 20 000 respectively.  In 2017, the Special Category Prizes will go to projects focusing on ageing.

How to Apply?

Please fill in the application online.

For more information on how to fill in the application, check the guidelines.

More information on the official website.

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