What is the Impact Prize?

Impact is at the heart of the European Social Innovation Competition. It is one of our four criteria that we use to evaluate entries and we even have an additional dedicated Impact Prize.

We approach impact in two key ways...

We focus on supporting ideas, that have the potential to enable real social impact.

We take these projects through a package of support including social innovation approaches and tools, workshops and webinars on thematic content, expert coaching and, of course, impact methodology. By providing all participating projects with this support, their capacity and ability to further develop and implement their ideas is strengthened. This in turn leads to an increase in the quantity and quality of solutions addressing pressing social issues across Europe.

We also look at impact post-prize.

We go beyond our fundamental support package – in addition to the three prizes awarded every year, we also award an Impact Prize worth €50,000. Open to all Semi-Finalists, Finalists, and Winners from the previous year, the Impact Prize recognises the project that has achieved the most significant impact over the preceding 12 months.  The aim of the Impact Prize is to provide an incentive for ventures to focus on the implementation and ongoing development of their projects, ultimately producing more viable initiatives that are better likely to scale their social impact across Europe.

The 2020 Impact Prize

The 2020 Impact Prize will be awarded to the 2019 Semi-Finalist, Finalist or Winner that can evidence the greatest impact since the submission of their Development Plan in August 2019. The 2020 Impact Prize opened for entries on 1st July 2020

The 2019 Competition: Challenging Plastic Waste, looked for ideas and projects that reduce plastic waste and littering through changing and improving existing processes or through introducing brand-new products and initiatives. These innovations needed to reduce the amount of plastic waste created or encourage and enable the greater re-use and recycling of plastic waste. Solutions should have been scalable and target change at the systemic level: either locally, nationally or Europe wide.

The 2019 Judging Panel returns to evaluate the entries

Carolien Kernkamp

Carolien is Founder and Director of Finest Ventures Holding and Just Strategies Consultancy. With a background in Sustainable Development, Crisis Management and Strategy Consulting, Carolien works on issues such as social inclusion, fair trade and ecosystem restoration.

Esra Tat

Esra leads the Zero Waste Cities programme that brings together civil society organisations, local authorities and businesses for a transition towards Zero Waste. Previously, with a background on project management and environment, Esra co-funded and co-directed a social enterprise promoting energy efficiency and co-housing programmes in France.

Fabrizio Barbiero

Fabrizio Barbiero has a law degree, a Master Degree in General Management, and is attending a Master in Public Procurement of Innovation. He has been working for the last 15  years at the City of Torino, holding positions such as  Manager of social innovation policy and Designer of Torino Center of Open Innovation. 

Johannes Kisser

Johannes Kisser holds a Degree in Chemical Engineering – dissertation on recovery of metals from plants. He holds three lectureships on “Sustainable Product Design”, “Supply chain management” and “CSR management” at two Austrian Universities of Applied Science. He has worked at alchemia-nova since 2002, advancing as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.

Ladeja Godina Košir

MSc Ladeja Godina Košir is the Founder and Executive Director of Circular Change. She was the finalist of The Circular Leadership Award 2018 (Davos WEF), recognised as the regional “engine of circular economy transition”. She is also the co-author of the first Roadmap towards the Circular Economy in Slovenia. 

Luis Amado

Proud father of 4  and a sustainable dreamer willing to contribute for a better world. Luis Amado is B Lab Portugal Executive director and Founder & Managing Parter at Less, Lda (efficiency – support companies to do more with less resources). He has more than 12 years experience in managing start-up projects in Energy and Life Sciences.

Milena Glimbovski

Milena Glimbovski is founder and owner of Original Unverpackt. She studied at the Berlin University of the Arts and worked in communications before deciding to revolutionise sustainable food retail. Wanting to find a new solution to the old problem of packaging waste, a new idea was born – a supermarket free from disposable packaging – Original Unverpackt.

Mircea Ilie

Since 2012 Mircea has been working as a Sustainability Leader at IKEA Romania, with responsibilities in energy and resource efficiency, waste management and prevention and development of partnerships with social entrepreneurs and their insertion as suppliers in the value chain. In 2006 he co-founded ViitorPlus (FuturePlus) – Association for Sustainable Development. 

Sarah Miller

Sarah is an environmental scientist and experienced social enterprise development manager.  She holds a PhD in Waste Management, a Masters in Business Administration and an Honours Degree in Biotechnology. With over 20 years professional experience, she has worked with both business and social start-ups, ranging from large plants to community projects. 

Previous Impact Prize winners

2019: MTOP goes digital (Austria)

MTOP goes digital, a social micro-enterprise that helps to prepare young qualified refugees to enter the Austrian labour market using smart offline and online solutions. It also helps to maintain long term working relationships by providing post-placement support.

2018: Mouse4All (Spain)

The world is becoming mobile, but millions of people are being left out of this technological revolution. Mouse4all has created a product to enable users to access Android tablets and smartphones with alternative input devices: switches, adapted mice, trackballs and joysticks. It is boosting the independence and autonomy of people by increasing accessibility to their Android device.

2017: Bike Project (UK)

The Bike Project refurbishes second hand bikes to donate to refugees and asylum-seekers, tackling the issue of lack of mobility, contributing to the users’ independence and access to services. The project has donated 1000 bikes to refugees in the space of a year. A proportion of the bikes received are sold through its trading arm The Bike Shop to generate funds for the project and ensure long-term sustainability.

2016: Love Your Waste (France)

Love Your Waste is a social enterprise fighting food waste. It works with canteens in companies, schools, and hospitals, collecting biowaste which is transformed into renewable energy. Since April 2015 they have recycled over 137 tonnes of food waste as well as carrying out extensive education programmes to help people understand and prevent waste.

If you have a question about the Impact Prize, please contact us on info@socialinnovationprize.eu.