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.

Nesta Challenges

Nesta Challenges  exists to design and run challenge prizes that help solve pressing problems that lack solutions. We shine a spotlight where it matters and incentivise people to solve these issues. 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. We support the boldest and bravest ideas to become real, and seed long term change to advance society and build a better future for everyone. We are part of the innovation foundation, Nesta.


Kennisland researches and designs social progress, by improving society’s capacity to learn and innovate. We strive for a world in which social systems support people, rather than holding them back, in which everyone can benefit, rather than just the happy few. We work to achieve a society that is inclusive and sustainable in all respects. We design new concepts, strategies, learning programmes, methods and learning communities that help society to progress – and not just on paper, but most of all in practice.

Ashoka Spain

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


The European Network of Living Labs is the international federation of benchmarked Living Labs. Putting the people in the driver seat of the innovation, the network provides co-creation, user engagement methodologies, 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 for 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.