European Social Innovation Competition

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European Social Innovation Competition
The Competition is organised by the European Commission (DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs) with the support of Nesta, Euclid Network and of the consortium Ascent Communications.

The aim of the competition is to raise awareness of the potential of social innovation to foster growth, entrepreneurship and to provide solutions to current challenges.
The competition includes a strong mentoring and networking component which is intended to benefit all the successful contestants, not just the winners. Ultimately, the aim is to turn the best ideas into tangible and sustainable projects.

The theme for the 2016 competition is social innovation for refugees and migrants.
Submissions are invited for innovations in products, technologies, services and models that can support the integration of refugees and migrants. Innovations can relate to any aspect of the reception and integration process including, but not limited to, ideas around:
• Education and skills development.
• Employment and entrepreneurship.
• Access to appropriate housing and health services.
• Safety and human rights.
• Community cohesion and cultural diversity.
Applications that are led by or have been co-created with refugees and migrants are encouraged.

Social innovations are defined by the Commission as innovations that are social in both their ends and their means – new ideas (products, services and models) that simultaneously meet social needs and create new social relationships or collaborations. They are innovations that are not only good for society but also enhance society’s capacity to act.
Social innovation takes place across boundaries between the public sector, the private sector, the third sector and households.

Deadline: 08/04/2016

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