Finalists announced for the 2019 European Social Innovation Competition

The European Social Innovation Competition promotes and supports social innovation in Europe. On September 23rd, the European Commission announced the Finalists for the seventh edition of the competition, which has the theme 'Challenging Plastic Waste'. The three winners, each receiving 50,000 euros in prize money, will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on October 24th in Brussels.


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Some of the announced EUSIC finalists

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Some of the announced EUSIC finalists
23 september 2019

On September 23rd, the European Commission announced the Finalists for the 2019 European Social Innovation Competition, a challenge prize run by the European Commission across all EU member states and Horizon 2020 associated countries, now in its 7th year.++KennislandKennisland is one of the driving organisations of the Competition since 2013. Read more about the Social Innovation Competition. This year the focus is: Challenging Plastic Waste. The three winners of this year’s competition will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on October 24th in Brussels, each receiving 50,000 euros in prize money. At the same event, the Impact Prize winner will also be announced. Read more about the ten finalists in this article.

Apaga (Armenia)
A recycling reward programme based on a digital platform to foster community, education and commitment.

Empower (Norway)
A digital plastic waste collection system, through which plastic waste can be deposited for a financial reward.

LAM’ON (Bulgaria)
A 100% biodegradable laminating film made from renewable resources to seal and preserve printed materials.

Luft parcel (United Kingdom)
A returnable parcel enabling online retailers to eliminate single use plastic and other packaging materials for postal deliveries to customers.

MIWA (Czech Republic)
An innovative, financially sustainable circular distribution and sale system for food and non-food products with reusable packaging.

ReciclaGaMe (Italy)
A bio-conversion, self-sufficient system that converts plastic into a sustainable silk material.

ReFeel Good (Portugal)
A delivery refill system for laundry & home care products.

RIS (Slovenia)
Water-soluble shampoo marbles made with natural ingredients.

SpraySafe (Portugal)
An edible spray used on the surface of foods to preserve them, reducing the need for plastic wrapping and containers.

VEnvirotech (Spain)
A biotechnological start-up that transforms organic waste into biodegradable polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) bioplastics using bacteria.

Meet the winners at the Awards Ceremony

The Awards Ceremony will take place on 24 October 2019 at the Albert Hall Complex in Brussels.The Awards Ceremony will take place on 24 October 2019 at the Albert Hall Complex in Brussels. Registrations are now open for an afternoon dedicated to celebrating great social innovation projects that challenge plastic waste, alongside the Competition’s finalists and experts across Europe. If you are interested in attending, you can register here.

The European Social Innovation Competition

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 addresses a different issue facing Europe. This year the focus is: Challenging Plastic Waste

The 2019 Finalists were selected by an expert Judging Panel from a group of 30 Semi-Finalists who, in turn, had been chosen from a total of 543 applicants from across Europe.The 2019 Finalists were selected by an expert Judging Panel from a group of 30 Semi-Finalists who, in turn, had been chosen from a total of 543 applicants from across Europe. All Semi-Finalists participated in the European Social Innovation Competition Academy++The AcademyDuring the Academy, organised by KL, the 30 Semi-Finalists received lectures, workshops and showcases from experts from all over Europe. Together they worked on improving the quality of their projects and connected with peers to share learning, ideas and find opportunities for collaboration. Read more. over the summer; an intensive training and coaching programme designed to develop their initiatives. 

The Competition is organised by the European Commission with support from Nesta, Kennisland, Ashoka Spain, the European Network of Living Labs, and Scholz & Friends.

For information on earlier editions and winning projects, visit: www.eusic.challenges.org  

Questions about the Competition can be sent to: info@socialinnovationprize.eu

Follow the Competition on Twitter: @EUSocialInnov #diogochallenge

Subscribe to the Competition newsletter here: https://eusic.challenges.org/subscribe/

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