Social Innovation Tournament

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.

The Tournament runs in two rounds. A Selection Committee comprised mainly of EIB Group experts in innovation, the environment, and other relevant disciplines selects 15 projects. The finalists are invited to a mentoring boot camp to provide them with the necessary guidance for the finalisation of their proposals. In the Final Event, all the finalists have to present and defend their project to a jury composed of social innovation specialists.

In 2015, the Final Event, organized with the collaboration of the Fondazione Cariplo, will be held in Milan, Italy, on 24 September.

 If you have any questions, please email EIB.Institute@eib.org.

For more information about the SIT, please click on the links below.

Rules for applicants

Key dates & deadlines

Frequently Asked Questions

Results from the previous editions:

For details on the 2015 edition please click here.

For details on the 2014 edition please click here.

For details on the 2013 edition please click here.

For details on the 2012 edition please click here