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09 Nov 2018

Winners of EU Social Innovation competition announced

The Commission selected three projects as winners of the 2018 European Social Innovation Competition, who will each receive a prize worth €50,000. The competition awards outstanding projects that foster and showcase social innovations and entrepreneurial ideas across Europe. Under the theme RE:THINK LOCAL, this year's edition of the competition recognises projects that turn local challenges emerging from the changing economy into opportunities for younger generations.

The winning projects are

  • a digital travel platform for deaf people (Ulisse),
  • an incubation programme for young people who want to set up a business (HeritageLab), and
  • a career orientation venture for young people from small urban and rural areas (Career Bus).

The winners will use the award money to further develop and implement their ideas. They received a trophy designed and produced by Paris-based artist William Amor with recycled materials. Every year the jury also selects a semi-finalist from the previous year who showed the most impact with their project over the last 12 months. The 2018 Impact Prize of €50,000 was awarded to Mouse4All, a project that enables people with severe physical disabilities to access a tablet or smartphone with Android operating system without touching the screen. More information is available on the website of the competition.

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