Can you turn your local challenges into opportunities for young people in the economy? Nesta is glad to announce the 2018 European Social Innovation Competition run by the European Commission’s DG GROW with the support of a consortium of partners.
The European Commission is looking for ideas from social innovators, entrepreneurs, students, designers, tech enthusiasts, educators, doers and makers, movers and shakers, and people who want to change the world. Ideas that are led by young people themselves are particularly encouraged.
This year’s edition of the competition will award to ideas that take a place-based approach to developing solutions that support young people to participate in the economy. The competition offers €50,000 prizes to the three best ideas to tackle a social problem faced by communities across Europe.
Who May Eligible:
To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:
- They want to hear from social innovators, entrepreneurs, students, designers, tech enthusiasts, educators, doers and makers, movers and shakers, and people who want to change the world.
- Any young people to develop skills for the world of work, to begin long-term pathways towards stable employment, to start their own entrepreneurial initiatives and to improve the quality of life and financial security of young people in irregular work.
- The competition is open to applicants from EU member states and countries associated to Horizon 2020.
How to Apply & Competitions Rules:
To participate, the applicants must submit an application online form through the given link: http://eusic.challenges.org/
2018 Theme ‘RE:THINK LOCAL’
- The challenge: How could this be used to design solutions that ensure young people can fully participate in the economy and society?
- All you need to enter the competition is an idea and the drive to take it further.
- The entry form is only seven questions and is designed to help us pick out the most innovative ideas.
- The competition is run by the European Commission’s DG GROW with the support of a consortium of partners: Nesta, Kennisland, European Network of Living Labs, Ashoka and Scholz & Friends.
- The competition will support selected entrants to develop their concepts and will provide €50,000 (Total €150,000) funding each to the three most promising projects to make their ideas a reality.
- 30 semi-finalists will be selected to receive business development support and attend a three-day mentoring academy in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
- With the support of an individual mentor, each semi-finalist will develop a detailed business plan to outline how they will test and implement their solution.
- Ten finalists will then be selected to pitch their idea at the awards ceremony in Brussels in November 2018, where the three prizes will be awarded.
- They were delighted to host this year’s launch event at Station F’s incredible startup campus in Paris.
Applications are open until Friday 27 April 2018, 12:00 (noon) Brussels time.