25 Oct 2019
Winners of 2019 European Social Innovation Competition announced
On 24 October 2019, the European Commission announced the winners of the 2019 European Social Innovation Competition. Under this year's theme, “Challenging Plastic Waste”, three private sector projects out of 543 applicants won a €50,000 grant for creating innovative solutions to promote plastic re-use, recycling, plastic waste reduction and drive behaviour changes.
The awards went to MIWA (Czechia), a circular distribution and sale system for food and non-food products with reusable packaging; SpraySafe (Portugal), an edible spray to preserve food items that reduces the need for plastic packaging; and VEnvirotech (Spain), a biotech start-up that transforms organic waste into biodegradable plastics using bacteria.
The Commission also awarded the 2019 Impact Prize to MTOP Goes Digital (Austria), a learning programme that helps young, highly qualified migrants enter local labour markets. The Impact Prize is given out to one of the semi-finalists from the previous year's European Social Innovation Competition, in recognition of the positive social impact the project has had in the time since the last competition.