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 2014, the final event of the Tournament took place in Madrid in cooperation with the Instituto de Empresa Business School. The winners were:

  • Adie (France, First Prize), an initiative that aims to launch social micro franchise networks designed to offer turnkey business models to low-income entrepreneurs
  • School4All (Hungary, Second Prize) organises and creates opportunities for the inclusion of physically or mentally disabled children in public schools
  • Blue Badge Style (UK, Special Environment Prize), a style website and app for disabled people that allows users to explore travel options, restaurants, theatres and retailers

In 2015, the Final Event will be held in Milan, Italy, on 24 September.



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

Rules for Applicants

Key Evaluation Criteria

Key Dates & Deadlines

Frequently Asked Questions

Jury Members


Results from previous editions:

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