The European Social
Innovation Competition

The European Social Innovation Competition is run by the European Commission with the support of a consortium of organisations. The consortium is led by Nesta Challenges and includes Kennisland, Ashoka Spain, the European Network of Living Labs, and Scholz & Friends.

Other partners

Nesta Challenges

Nesta Challenges exists to design challenge prizes that help solve problems that lack solutions. We are independent supporters of change to help communities thrive and inspire the best placed, most diverse groups of people around the world to take action.


Kennisland researches and designs social progress, by improving society’s capacity to learn and innovate. They strive for a world where social systems support people, rather than hold them back, where everyone can benefit, rather than just the happy few. They design new concepts, strategies, methods and learning communities that help society progress.

Ashoka Spain

Ashoka builds and cultivates a community of change leaders who see that the world now requires everyone to be a change-maker. Together, they collaborate to transform institutions and cultures worldwide so they support change-making for the good of society.


The European Network of Living Labs is the international federation of bench-marked Living Labs. Putting people in the driving seat of innovation, the network provides co-creation, user engagement methodologies and test and experimentation facilities in various domains.

Scholz & Friends

Scholz & Friends is one of Europe’s largest advertising agencies, working for the European Commission and other international institutions, associations and organisations. Winner of numerous awards for campaign efficiency, the Scholz & Friends “Orchestra of Ideas” model unites all communication instruments under one roof and provides full service communications support.

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