European Social Innovation Competition

The European Social Innovation Competition is a challenge prize run by the European Commission across all EU countries and Horizon Europe associated countries, calling for all Europeans to come up with solutions to the problems affecting our society. 

Launched in memory of social innovation pioneer Diogo Vasconcelos, a Portuguese leader who focused on fostering social innovation to address some of the great societal challenges of our time.  Each year, three €50,000 prizes are awarded by the European Commission for the best socially innovative projects designed to change the world for the better.

The Competition launched in 2013 and acts as a beacon for social innovation across Europe. The Competition supports the development of early-stage ideas with mentoring, coaching, and the facilitation of a network of social innovators shaping our society for the better. Each year the Competition addresses a different issue facing Europe and our societies.


30 semi-finalists from 14 countries have been selected for the European Commission’s 2020 European Social Innovation Competition. They all challenge the way in which clothes are produced, sold, used and recycled. Their business ideas aim to reimagine fashion. In this podcast they discuss sustainable materials, processes and solutions. For further information visit: