Nordic studios make Social Innovation Tournament final round
Sixteen finalists have been selected for the 2015 Social Innovation Tournament and they include two Swedish studios and another from Denmark. The contest which is being hosted by the EIB Institute has been created to act as a catalyst for existing social, art and education activities.
The 16 finalists were selected by EIB experts from 342 candidates in 29 countries with the finalists expected to present their proposals at the final event, to be held in Milano, Italy on 24 September. This year the three Nordic representatives are Peppy Pals (Sweden), Snailday (Sweden) and Fit for Kids (Denmark).
The Social Innovation Tournament is the flagship initiative of the Institute’s Social Programme. It is organised every year in a different country to reward and sponsor European entrepreneurs whose primary purpose is to generate a social, ethical or environmental impact.
Three prizes are awarded by a Jury, composed of specialists from the academic and business world: General Category 1st and 2nd Prizes of EUR 25 000 and EUR 10 000 respectively and a Special Category Prize of EUR 25 000. In 2015, the Special Category Prize will go to projects addressing equal opportunities issues with a special emphasis on people with disabilities.
Projects are typically related to fighting unemployment, marginalisation of disadvantaged communities and promoting access to education in a wide range of fields, from education and health care to natural or urban environment, through new technologies, new systems, and new processes.
Over two days in July, the 16 finalists will participate in a mentoring bootcamp in Madrid, organised in cooperation with Instituto de Empresa where experts on business and social entrepreneurship will offer practical advice to improve all aspects of each project.
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