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.