March 2, 2020

How the European Social Innovation Competition set us up for success

A fashion social enterprise journey from entering the European Social Innovation Competition to scaling up – by Valeria Valotto of Progetto Quid, Winner of the 2014 European Social Innovation Competition Fashion not only transforms us: concealing our flaws, making us feel pretty, sexy or professional, it also transforms, for better and for worse: cities, politics, […]

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February 27, 2020

Reimagining Fashion – a roundup of our webinar series

Throughout the course of February, a series of four webinars took place to provide support and inspiration to potential applicants to this year’s Competition by exploring different topic areas related to the sustainable fashion industry.

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February 14, 2020

Reimagine Fashion launch celebrated in Valencia

On 12th February we were in Valencia to celebrate the launch of the 2020 European Social Innovation Competition with a very special event at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia. Photos from the event can be found here. The event brought together key stakeholders in the fields of fashion, sustainability and social innovation, as […]

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January 20, 2020

Reimagine Fashion: How the 2020 European Social Innovation Competition aims to change the European fashion industry for the better

An interview with Slawomir Tokarski, Director of Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing, DG GROW Since its launch in 2012, the European Social Innovation Competition has served as a beacon for social innovators. Each year the competition takes on a different challenge facing Europe, employing a proven methodology for supporting early-stage ideas, while facilitating a network of […]

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November 4, 2019

MTOP: 2019 Impact Prize Winner

Lisa-Maria Sommer is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the 2019 European Social Innovation Competition Impact Prize Winner, MTOP. Speaking at this year’s Awards Ceremony, she explained how the 2018 Competition has helped her company to double the output of its training programmes for refugees. A bit more than 3 and a half years ago, Nina […]

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October 21, 2019

Plastic waste, silk, and tiny larva partners

Italy’s ‘RecilaGaMe’ talks about turning plastic waste into silk, their innovative idea and their tiny larva business partners. Can you imagine transforming a plastic bag into an elegant silk tie? Or into a silk-shirt? Though it seems strange or even impossible, this is the concept of RecilaGaMe, our innovative plastic waste disposal idea. Our idea […]

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Return to sender…

Giuseppe Fasano, designer and co-founder at LUFT PARCEL, talks us though his inspiration, project and process through his participation in The European Social Innovation Completion.  My background is in design and I have been involved in packaging design for several years. Through my work, I noticed that the demand for sustainable packaging was increasing and […]

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‘Polyhydroxyalkanoates’ (Wanna know what that is?)

VEnvirotec Biotechnology‘s Patricia Ayma, co-founder and CTO, talks to NESTA about their inspiration and process and the experience of having participated in The European Social Innovation Award. How were you inspired to challenge plastic waste? ‘I got inspired to challenge plastic waste while studying the Environmental Engineering Master. At first, I discovered plastic pollution at […]

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A solution based on a circular economy, smart technology and reusable containers rotating in a closed loop.

MIWA’s account manager Nikola Stiskalkova, talks to NESTA about their inspiration and participation in The European Social Innovation Award. How were you inspired to challenge plastic waste? ‘In MIWA, we all share the vision of a simple, straight-forward, packaging free shopping experience. For a long time, we have all been trying to figure out a […]

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Plastic positive…

Norway’s Wilhelm Myrer shares how he met his business partner, their idea for Empower, and how they are taking Norway’s already successful recycling system and merging it with competitive technology, and making it available around the world… I was working with a startup, developing blockchain technology to disrupt the banks, when I coincidentally met my […]

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