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European Social Innovation Competition 2021

Call Call for proposals

The European Social Innovation Competition is a Competition run by the European Commission, with support from the EIC across all EU Member States and Horizon Europe associated countries. Each year, three €50,000 prizes are awarded to the best socially innovative projects designed to change the world for the better.

The 2021 Competition

The European economy is changing. The coming years will see a shift towards a green and digital future. Understanding the skills that will be needed and how best to develop them will be key to unlocking these opportunities for individuals and organisations alike.

This 2021 Competition aims to incentivise, support and reward social innovations that will help people and organisations to identify, develop and strengthen the skills they will need to adapt and thrive in a changing world. The Competition is looking for scalable social innovations that will contribute to job creation, growth and European competitiveness by helping people, businesses and industries identify, develop and strengthen the skills that will power the European economy’s green and digital future. The Competition is open to early stage ideas that tackle challenges relating to the transition to either, or both, futures including but not limited to identifying and mapping skills gaps as well as approaches to development and training that will support people to reskill or upskill. All solutions must work towards sustainability, taking into consideration their own environmental impact.