Adie, School4All and Blue Badge Style win Social Innovation Tournament 2014
Adie, from France, School4All, from Hungary, and Blue Badge Style from the United Kingdom were the winners of the third edition of the Social Innovation Tournament organized in Madrid in cooperation with the IE Business School on 17 October.
Adie and School4All received the first and second prizes and Blue Badge Style won the Special Category Prize on urban environment.
Adie, an initiative that aims to launch social microfranchise networks designed to offer turnkey business models to low-income entrepreneurs, and Blue Badge Style, a style website and app for disabled people that allows users to explore travel options, restaurants, theatres, sporting arenas and retailers, received EUR 25 000.
School4All, which organises and creates opportunities for the inclusion of physically or mentally disabled children in public schools, received EUR 10 000.
Four projects – Career Moves (Austria), Filisia (Greece), Hello Mum (Hungary) and PinkLime Social Business (Romania) – received a voucher to benefit from subsequent mentoring services from practitioners in the field.
Fifteen finalists from nine countries had initially been selected for the Tournament from 171 proposals submitted by applicants from 26 countries. Over two days in July, the 15 finalists participated in a mentoring bootcamp in Budapest, organised in cooperation with the European Entrepreneurship Foundation and Demola-Budapest, at which experts offered practical advice aimed at improving all aspects of each project.
During the Tournament, the finalists defended their project before a Jury composed of seven social innovation specialists chaired by Sophie Robin (Stonegroup Consulting) and also including Paula Almansa (Impact HUB), Olivier de Guerre (PhiTrust), José Tomás Frade (Former EIB staff member), Rémy Jacob (First Dean of the EIB Institute), Meredith Niles (Impetus Trust) and Johannes Weber (Social Venture Fund).