The European Social Innovation Competition finalists 2018

The European Social Innovation Competition finalists 2018

The European Commission has announced the list of finals of the European Social Innovation Competition 2018.

The European Social Innovation Competition awards three €50000 prizes per year to the most innovative ideas designed to address societal issues across the EU member states and countries associated with Horizon 2020. The competition is held in memory of the Portuguese innovator Diogo Vasconcelos. The 2018 theme is called RE:THINK LOCAL, and it is aimed at transforming local challenges into opportunities for young people.

The ten finalists of the European Social Innovation Competition all represent different countries. They are Austria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Ukraine.

The innovations which have made the European Social Innovation Competition shortlist are:

Career Bus

Career Bus helps young people in rural areas by combing technology with face-to-face interaction. Career Bus will travel to remote places which will boost young residents’ opportunities for employment and their knowledge.


ConnecTech provides internships, modular coding courses, and tech mentoring from professionals to young people with physical impairments. The aim is to expand their employment opportunities and promote flexible working arrangements.

es im-perfect

es im-perfect has developed a network of hubs to save produce which would otherwise be wasted in processing settings. The fresh produce will be turned into products such as jams and patés. This will also provide employment opportunities for young people.


GoFundEd is a crowdfunding platform which allows students and teachers to develop new teaching and testing methods online, which will give young people the skill set to find meaningful employment or become successful entrepreneurs in their home country.

Heritage Lab

Heritage Lab teaches established innovation incubation methods to young people in small towns. This will support them to launch new businesses and services based on the market for appreciating local cultural heritage.


imagiCase gives teenage girls access to the tech field by providing them with a
platform to develop their programming skills. The platform allows them to complete fun practical projects such as customising mobile phone cases.

MTOP goes digital

MTOP goes digital helps to prepare young qualified refugees to enter the Austrian labour market using smart offline and online solutions. It also helps to maintain long term working relationships by providing post-placement support.

REvive Greece

REvive Greece uses traditional classroom methods along e-learning methods to teach young unemployed Greek people and refugees computer programming skills, which will help them tosecure internships as software develops by connecting them with IT companies.


ScOLARgeno supports secondary school students in acting against climate change by heloing them to establish cooperatives. The cooperatives will allow them to plan and operation their own school photovoltaic energy generating systems. This will prepare them to contribute to a more environmentally friendly economy in the future as adults.


Ulisse creates and markets local travel experiences and holiday packages designed by deaf people for deaf people. It is the first ever European digital platform of its kind. This simultaneously assists in international sign language education.

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