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Social Innovation Tournament

The Social Innovation Tournament recognises and supports the best European social entrepreneurs. 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.

Four prizes are awarded by a jury, composed of specialists from the academic and business world: General Category and Special Category 1st and 2nd Prizes of EUR 50 000 and EUR 20 000 respectively.  In 2016, the Special Category Prizes will go to projects focusing on health with a special emphasis on childhood obesity.

Projects are typically related to combating 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 2016, the Final Event, organised in collaboration with the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, and with the support from the Government of Slovenia, will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 20 October, where the fifteen selected projects will compete for the 4 prizes and several mentoring vouchers.

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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