New Ways to Grow: discover the 30 semi-finalists of the EU Social Innovation Competition 2015

The European Commission has announced the 30 semi-finalists of the European Social Innovation Competition 2015:

After an impressive 1,408 entries from 40 European countries and much deliberation by our expert jury, we are excited to announce the 30 semi-finalists selected in this year’s European Social Innovation Competition.

We asked for ideas with the potential to create new models of growth through social innovation and that’s certainly what we got!

Amongst all the inventive entries we received, a flavour of what’s top of the agenda for many Europeans began to stand out. Europeans are innovating to ensure young people reach their potential and strengthen job prospects. Innovators are showing us they want to make sure we live in an inclusive society that cares for our ageing population. And certainly, the message is clear that creating economic growth with minimum waste and enhanced sustainability is vital.

Take a look at the full list of semi-finalists here.

All semi-finalists are invited to the social innovation mentoring academy  in Vienna 7-9 September to progress their ideas with tailored support and workshop sessions.

Following the academy, 10 finalists will be selected, 3 of which will each be awarded a €50,000 prize at the awards ceremony in Brussels in November 2015.

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This year’s theme ‘New Ways to Grow’ saw the judges select entries with the greatest potential to increase growth and sustain financial value, as well as ensure social progress for citizens, government and enterprises.

Applications from over 40 countries highlighted the social issues that are major concerns for many Europeans. At the top of the agenda were ideas to promote inclusion, education and youth, employment, health and ageing, climate change, food waste and the environment.

The semi-finalists comprise a wide range of ideas including the transformation of bio waste from canteens and restaurants into biogas which creates employment whilst benefiting the environment, and accessible beekeeping for wheelchair users or other less mobile individuals.

20% of the applications came from Italy, 9% from Spain, 8% from Romania, and 7% each from the United Kingdom and Poland.

Congratulations to all semi-finalists!

SOURCE: European Commission,