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Apply for Social Innovation Tournament! ©EIB

You have until 1 March 2017 to apply for the Social Innovation Tournament 2017. Organised by the EIB Institute, this initiative recognises and supports the best European social entrepreneurs.

Four prizes will be awarded by a jury composed of specialists from the academic and business world: a first prize of EUR 50 000 and a second prize of EUR 20 000, in two different categories - general and special. This year, the special category prizes will go to projects focusing on ageing.

Eligible projects are typically related to combating unemployment and marginalisation of disadvantaged communities, as well as to promoting access to education through new technologies, systems and processes. We will consider projects from a wide range of fields, from education and healthcare to natural or urban environment.

The tournament runs in two rounds:

  • In the first round, a selection committee comprised mainly of EIB Group experts in innovation, environment and other relevant disciplines, will select 15 finalists. The finalists will be invited to a mentoring bootcamp to provide them with the necessary guidance for the finalisation of their proposals
  • In the final event, all the finalists will present and defend their projects to a jury composed of social innovation specialists
The final event will take place in Riga, Latvia, on 21 September 2017. Besides the four prizes, the 15 selected projects will have a chance to win several mentoring vouchers.