All about the 2021 edition
of the Competition

Welcome to the 2021 edition of The European Social Innovation Competition

The European economy is changing. The coming years will see a shift towards a green and digital future. These twin transitions present individuals, businesses and industries with exciting opportunities. Understanding the skills that will be needed and how best to develop them will be key to unlocking these opportunities for individuals and organisations alike. 

This Competition aims to incentivise, support and reward social innovations that will help people and organisations to identify, develop and strengthen the skills they will need to adapt and thrive in a changing world. The Competition is looking for early stage ideas that tackle these needs in a range of different ways. From innovative solutions that identify skills needs and gaps to skills development approaches, including but not limited to training. 

2021 Challenge Statement

The 2021 edition of the competition, ‘Skills for tomorrow’ is looking for scalable social innovations that will contribute to job creation, growth and European competitiveness by helping people, businesses and industries identify, develop and strengthen the skills that will power the European economy’s green and digital future. The Competition is open to early stage ideas that tackle challenges relating to the transition to either, or both, futures including but not limited to identifying and mapping skills gaps as well as approaches to development and training that will support people to reskill or upskill. All solutions must work towards sustainability, taking into consideration their own environmental impact. 

The Competition is looking for social innovations that will help people and organisations to identify, develop and strengthen the skills they will need to adapt to a changing world and help power the European economy’s green and digital future.

The Competition is looking for early stage ideas that tackle these needs in a range of different ways – from innovative solutions that identify skills needs and gaps to innovative skills development approaches that will support people to reskill or upskill.

The Competition is looking for scalable social innovations that will contribute to job creation, growth and European competitiveness. All solutions must work towards sustainability, taking into consideration their own environmental impact.

2021 Challenge Prize Journey

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Entry Phase

(April – May 2021)

Once the entry deadline has passed and the entry period closes, all eligible entries submitted to the Competition will undergo an initial assessment process. Based on the combined scores and commentary provided by external assessors, entries are collated to identify the top 60 shortlisted entries for the Judges’ more in-depth review.

The 60 shortlisted entries are then shared with the Jury Panel, who will review and triple score all shortlisted entries and collectively decide which entries best meet the judging criteria, and make a recommendation to the European Commission on which
30 entries will go forward as Semi-FInalists.

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Semi-Finalist Phase

(July – September 2021)

Our Semi-Finalists receive a comprehensive package of support from experienced social innovators to further the development of their ideas. This includes our Social Innovation Academy, a multi-day training event that connects our Semi-Finalists to a wider community of European social innovators.

As a Semi-Finalist you will also be paired with a local
coach for one-to-one mentoring and gain access to an online pool of experts for tailored advice on specific aspects of launching a social venture.

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Finalist Phase

(October – November 2021)

Following the Social Innovation Academy, our Semi-Finalists will submit a “Detailed Development Plan” to showcase the development of their ideas when submitting their ‘Detailed Development Plan’ for Jury review and scoring. Based on the ‘Detailed Development Plan’ submissions, the Jury will select 10 Finalists and subsequently 3 Winners. will be selected.

Our Finalists receive
further training, including webinars from international experts and continued support from their coach.

At the Awards Ceremony all our Finalists will present their project ideas to a wide audience, before the
3 (equal) winners are publicly announced, each receiving EUR 50,000.