Twelve social entrepreneurs, chosen among the 65 previous finalists of the Institute’s Social Innovation Tournament and the EU Commission Social Innovation Competition, came to Luxembourg on 3 December to pitch their projects to investors at an “Investor’s Fair unlike any other”.

These entrepreneurs from nine different countries “are using the power of entrepreneurship to tackle societal issues,” said Hedda Pahlson-Moller, CEO of Omsint/Tiime who moderated the event. Each of the selected candidates passionately pitched their projects in one to three minutes with an immediate counter-pitch by investors (Candace Johnson, EBAN, Markus Freiburg, FASE, and Dominik Dominik, Sea Akademie) underlining the strengths and weaknesses of their presentation.

After the presentations, entrepreneurs and investors had time to meet privately and discuss the specifics of each project.

The event was organised in cooperation with the European Commission and held as part of a two-day conference on “Boosting Social Enterprises In Europe” on 3 and 4 December, which was hosted by the Luxembourg Ministry of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy.







Fiona Jarvis, Blue Badge Style






Laura Silva, Ufeed






Valentina Bedogni, Progetto Quid






Hedda Pahlson-Moller, Omsint and Tiime






Stephania Xydia, Politeia 2.0







Riccarda Zezza, Piano C







Emanuela Saporito, Ortialti







Nicolas Buck, Nyuko and 1,2,3 Go Social







Ernest Radal, Mobilearn







Hannah Pettersson, Mattecentrum







Gabriela Sonnleitner, Magdas Hotel







Tamás Haidegger, Hand-in-Scan







Markus Freiburg, FASE






Georgios Papadakis, Filisia






Dominik Domnik, SEAkademie






Candace Johnson, EBAN






Marie Degrand-Guillaud, Adie