Diogo Vasconcelos was a Portuguese leader who focused on fostering innovation to address some of the great societal challenges of our time.
During his career he worked closely with the European Commission and others on issues such as globalisation, sustainability and climate change, urbanisation, democratic participation, public services and healthcare.
To keep Diogo’s ambitions alive, the European Commission established the European Social Innovation Competition to inspire entrepreneurs across the continent to continue developing ideas that tackle the challenges our society faces.
Now in its 8th year, the Competition acts as a beacon for social innovators in Europe, employing a proven methodology for supporting early-stage ideas and facilitating a network of radical innovators shaping our society for the better. Each year the Competition is based around a different issue facing Europe.
Previous editions (click & scroll to the right)
Challenging Plastic Waste
The 7th European Social Innovation Competition focused on ideas that reduce plastic waste and littering through changing and improving existing processes or through introducing brand-new products and initiatives.
The 6th European Social Innovation Competition focused on place-based approaches to empowering young people in a changing economy.
The 5th European Social Innovation Competition focused on ideas to ensure everyone in Europe benefits from the opportunities created by technological changes.
The 4th European Social Innovation Competition focused on projects to support the reception and integration of refugees and migrants in Europe.
New Ways to Grow
The 3rd European Social Innovation Competition focused on sustainable approaches to increasing financial growth and social progress.
More Jobs for Europe
The 2nd European Social Innovation Competition focused on initiatives that create new or better jobs in Europe.
Jobs for the Economically Deprived
The 1st European Social Innovation Competition focused on developing solutions for creating new opportunities for work, and for better work.