Socially distant, but still socially innovative

  • Caecilie Hougaard Pedersen

    Caecilie Hougaard Pedersen

    Assistant Programme Manager

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The Semi-Finalist training Academy is often the highlight of the European Social Innovation Competition. Even the participants who go on to win the 50,000€ prize money tell us that the advice they received and networks they created during the event might actually be the most valuable elements of the Competition.

Since our annual Competition started back in 2013, the Academy has always been our opportunity to bring the Semi-Finalists together and in each edition we’ve visited a new European city for the event. This time however, for obvious reasons, we’re taking a different approach; socially distant, but still socially innovative.

The 2020 European Social Innovation Competition Digital Academy

We kick off our Digital Academy on Monday 6 July and, over 8 days (with a couple of rest days in between), leaders in a variety of fields including social innovation, business and fashion will host workshops and share ideas with our 2020 cohort of Semi-Finalists. To help the 30 projects get to know each other and form the networks that have proved so useful in the past, we have also organised a number of team activities, including wellness sessions and problem solving group exercises.

Visiting an old friend

What impact does winning the European Social Innovation Competition have on a social enterprise? We’ll find out as part of this year’s Academy when we visit Progetto Quid, Winner of the 2014 edition of the Competition. Progretto Quid Founder and 2020 European Social Innovation Competition Judge Anna Fiscale will live stream a visit, for our 2020 Semi-Finalists, to her ethical fashion business on day 5 of the Academy. We’ll be sharing this video – and several other highlights of the Academy, on our website, once we wrap up the event.

You can join us too!

Get the insights we’re sharing with our Semi-Finalists in our live public session. On Tuesday 7 July, Professor Sandy Black  from the London College of Fashion and Roshan Paul, founder and CEO of the Amani Institute will explore possible futures for the fashion industry by rethinking the role of entrepreneurship and accelerating impact through social innovation. How can entrepreneurs deal with the complexity of the current challenges in the fashion industry? Can we find a collaborative perspective on Reimagining Fashion?
Join us on Youtube or Facebook between 10:00 and 11:15 am CEST.

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