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Social Innovation Tournament

Fecha: 24 Septiembre 2015
Lugar: Milán (Italy)

The Social Innovation Tournament is the flagship initiative of the Institute’s Social Programme. It is organised every year in a different country to reward and sponsor European entrepreneurs whose primary purpose is to generate a social, ethical or environmental impact.

Three prizes are awarded by a Jury, composed of specialists from the academic and business world: General Category 1st and 2nd Prizes of EUR 25 000 and EUR 10 000 respectively and a Special Category Prize of EUR 25 000. In 2015, the Special Category Prize will go to projects addressing equal opportunities issues with a special emphasis on people with disabilities.

Projects are typically 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.

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 to provide them with the necessary guidance for the finalisation of their proposals.

In the Final Event, all the finalists have to present and defend their project to a Jury composed of social innovation specialists.

In 2014, the final event of the Tournament took place in Madrid in cooperation with the Instituto de Empresa Business School. The winners were:

Adie (France, First Prize), an initiative that aims to launch social micro franchise networks designed to offer turnkey business models to low-income entrepreneurs
School4All (Hungary, Second Prize) organises and creates opportunities for the inclusion of physically or mentally disabled children in public schools
Blue Badge Style (UK, Special Environment Prize), a style website and app for disabled people that allows users to explore travel options, restaurants, theatres and retailers
In 2015, the Final Event will be held in Milan, Italy, on 24 September.

Submission of proposals

The call for projects for the 2015 edition will run from 1 February to 21 March 2015. Please click here to submit your proposal. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.

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