Meet the 10 finalists of the European Social Innovation Competition 2017

The ten Finalists in the 2017 European Social Innovation Competition have been announced by the European Commission. They were selected from a shortlist of 30 Semi-Finalists, out of almost 800 entries from more than 40 countries.


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21 september 2017

Today the ten Finalists in the 2017 European Social Innovation Competition++The competitionKennisland is one of the partners designing and implementing the competition. Read more. have been announced by the European Commission. They were selected from a shortlist of 30 Semi-Finalists, out of almost 800 entries from more than 40 countries.

The ten Finalists who will pitch to win one of three €50,000 prizes at our Awards Ceremony in Brussels are:

Following the Social Innovation Academy in Madrid this summer, all 30 Semi-Finalists have spent the last few months working with an individual coach to develop their project plans.Semi-Finalists have spent the last few months working with an individual coach to develop their project plans. The jury have critically evaluated each project plan and selected the 10 strongest entries.

Anna Sienicka, member of the 2017 jury and Vice President Europe Techsoup commented:

As a jury, we were excited by the diversity and scope of all the shortlisted projects this year. They prove that social innovation will help to make our world more equal and fit for the future. All 10 finalists are fantastic examples of the types of tools, services and models that enable people, regardless of their specific context and environment, to seize the opportunities of the digital revolution. I hope these projects will inspire others to put their own ideas into action, and also catalyse new ways of addressing inequality for governments and communities throughout Europe alike.

Join us in Brussels++Awards ceremonyInterested to join us in Brussels? Check out the invitation for more details and registration (free). on October 26th to see which three projects will walk away with a trophy and €50,000 to develop their ideas. All ten Finalists will pitch their ideas on stage that day. Registration is now open and there are still tickets left (the event is free of charge).

Follow the #diogochallenge journey on Twitter: @EUSocialInnov.