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01/03/2017 Competitions

Social Innovation Tournament


The Social Innovation Tournament is the flagship initiative of the Institute’s Social Programme. The aim of the Tournament is to promote and support innovative ideas and opportunities that generate a social impact (targeting social, ethical or environmental goals) and create and sustain social value in relation to the fight against social exclusion. Entries may be related to fighting 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.
This year’s Special Category Prize will award projects focusing on ageing.

The Tournament runs in two rounds. A Selection Committee comprised mainly of EIB Group experts in innovation, the environment, and other relevant disciplines selects up to 15 projects.
The finalists are invited to a mentoring boot camp (27-28 June 2017) to provide them with the necessary guidance for the finalisation of their proposals.
In the Final Event, to be held in Riga, Latvia, on 20-21 September 2017, where all the finalists have to present and defend their project to a Jury composed of social innovation specialists.

All projects will compete for the General Category 1st and 2nd Prizes of EUR 50 000 and EUR 20 000 respectively. Projects falling under the Special Category (in 2017, projects focused on ageing) will also compete for the Special Category 1st and 2nd Prizes of EUR 50 000 and EUR 20 000 respectively. No winner may be awarded more than one prize.

Eligible applicants
The Tournament is open 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. Any single applicant can submit as many proposals as they want.

The Tournament aims to attract both non-for-profit and for-profit organisations, in particularly young entrepreneurs and social enterprises, NGOs, corporate responsibility departments of private sector companies of any size, government or local government entities and university communities. Entries from high school teams will also be welcome.

Applications need to be submitted only electronically here.
Projects can be submitted in French or English. Presentations at the Final Event will be in English.

Deadline: 1 March 2017, 23:59 CET.

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