About EUSIC 2020

The European Social Innovation Competition, launched in memory of Diogo Vasconcelos, is a Competition run by the European Commission across all European countries and it is now in its eighth year. The 2020 Competition is titled Reimagine Fashion – changing behaviours for sustainable fashion. We are looking for ideas that seek to improve the environmental and social impact of the European fashion market through the development of new products, services and processes, and innovative business models.

We are looking for ideas from one or more of the fields listed below and we encourage solutions that address several of these areas through a systems perspective:

Solutions for sustainable
use and consumption

  • Change consumption patterns and behaviours regarding the linear use of ‘fast’ fashion
  • Extend the life cycle of fashion products
  • Reduce the use and consumption of fashion and textiles through innovative business models in favour of reuse, upcycling and sharing
  • Make sustainable and fair fashion more broadly accessible
  • Stimulate socially inclusive processes throughout the fashion value chain

Solutions for
sustainable production

  • Net zero waste and climate neutral fashion and textiles production 
  • Closed loop fashion and textiles systems 
  • Sourcing of alternative, sustainable feedstock 
  • Innovative techniques that build on traditional or local crafts for socially sustainable products 
  • Innovations that reduce the environmental footprint of the fashion market

Solutions for improving
the end of life stage

  • Environmentally and socially respectful ways of recycling textiles, while maintaining their value 
  • Reuse of textile by-products before they become waste

What the competition offers


dedicated mentoring by  locally-based coaches


to an online pool of experts from across Europe 

Exclusive webinars

covering topics about social innovation

A residential training academy

for three days, including group workshops, discussion panels, guest


peer support and networking with fellow entrants  

Online promotion

 on the competition’s website, social media channels, newsletter and press releases as well as by the European Commission

Press support

from Media and Communications experts, including a media asset kit

50,000 Euro cash prize

up for grabs for the winning idea

Ongoing recognition

as an Alumni of the competition and access to the Alumni Network

An opportunity to win

a further 50,000 Euro cash prize the following year as part of the 2020 Impact Prize

What you will learn (click & scroll to the right)


Achieving impact

  • Theory of Change
  • Social innovation as a movement


Launching your idea

  • Prototyping
  • Business models


Telling your story

  • Communications strategy
  • Elevator pitch