European Social Innovation Competition: New Ways to Grow

Deadline: 8 May 2015
Open to: individuals or legal entities (except public administrations) who are resident in EU Member States and countries participating in the Horizon 2020 programme
Award: €50 000 in prize money for the top three projects


Based around the theme ‘New Ways to Grow‘ the European Social Innovation competition aims to support individuals and organisations with entrepreneurial, game changing ideas for social innovation projects.

The EU requires growth that sustains not only financial value, but also social progress for citizens, government and enterprises alike. However, current models of growth are no longer deemed fit for a society where scarcity is the new reality and where too many people are left behind. New collaborations and alternative ways to grow are needed for sustainable value and an inclusive society, in Europe today.

The 2015 European Social Innovation Competition will support the next generation of European innovators – people who have the potential to change the landscape of growth across Europe. During the process of selection there will be one Mentoring academy for semi-finalists from 7 – 9 September 2015 in Vienna. The final selection and awarding ceremony will be at 25 November 2015 in Brussels.


The Competition is open to everyone (individuals or legal entities except public administrations) resident in EU Member States and countries participating in the Horizon 2020 programme.

Ideas are sought from all sources and sectors, and all types of organisations including for-profit, non-for-profit, or private companies. At the same time, newcomers and self-starters who want to explore social innovation are also invited to apply!


The amount of each of the 3 challenge prizes is 50 000 euros. There will be no ranking among the winners. Afterwards, the Competition will be re-opened for the semi-finalists in order to select the winner of the impact prize of 50,000 euros according to distinct judging criteria.

How to apply?

  1. Read the rules of contest ;
  2. Get familiar with the template entry form;
  3. Complete the online form by 12:00 noon, Brussels time, on 8th May 2015.

If you have any question about the Competition, send an email to [email protected].

For more information please visit the official webpage.

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