The 1st European Social Innovation Competition
Social innovation can create new products, services and businesses to strengthen Europe’s relative position in growing fields such as healthcare and environmental services. Social innovators design public services that are better tailored to citizens’ needs and greater value for money, and can unlock fresh talent and skills to address pressing unmet needs.
- Community Catalysts from the United Kingdom – This idea proposes connecting talents in business and communities to create jobs for social benefit by helping people to use their creativity to set up sustainable, small-scale social care and health services that people can afford.
- Economy App from Germany – This project aims to improve access to the job market for the economically deprived by making their skills widely visible.
- MITWIN.NET from Spain – Aims to reduce youth unemployment by job sharing among young and older employees.
The 2nd European Social Innovation Competition:
Initiatives that create new or better jobs in Europe
Social innovation can be a tool to create new or better jobs, while giving an answer to pressing challenges faced by Europe.
- ‘From waste to wow! QUID project’ from Italy – This project intends to recycle high quality waste into limited collections and thereby provide jobs to disadvantaged women. This is about creating highly marketable products and social value through recycling.
- ‘Urban Farm Lease’ from Belgium – The project aims at providing training, connection and consultancy so that unemployed people take advantage of the large surfaces available for agriculture in the city (e.g. 908 hectares of land or 394 hectares of suitable flat roofs).
- ‘Voidstarter’ from Ireland – Voidstarter will provide unemployed people with learning opportunities alongside skilled trades-persons in the refurbishing of the voids.