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, took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 20 October, where the fifteen selected projects competed for the 4 prizes and several mentoring vouchers. Click here for the complete results.

Aprendices Visuales (Visual Learners), from France/Spain, BioCarbon Engineering, and Silent Secret, both from the UK, and FitforKids, from Denmark, are the winners of the Social Innovation Tournament 2016 which took place on 20 October in Ljubljana, Slovenia (click here for the booklet). All project winners received a trophy designed especially for this edition of the SIT by Sara Kuret, a young Slovenian artist from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana. Also this year, and for the first time in the history of the SIT, Admir Hadzic from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana, “translated” the finalists’ pitches into innovative drawings  summarising the projects’ key messages and features.

Aprendices Visuales from Spain and BioCarbon Engineering from the UK won the First Prize and Second Prize in the general category in the fifth edition of the Social Innovation Tournament held in Ljubljana (Slovenia) on 20 October 2016 and organised in cooperation with the Faculty of Economics and the Social Entrepreneurship Centre of the University of Ljubljana, and the Slovenian Ministry of Economic Development and Technology (click here for the press release).

Aprendices Visuales received EUR 50 000 and a half-day business-plan fine-tuning offered by EY Transaction Advisory Services in Belgium. Aprendices Visuales aims at facilitating children with autism to access the tools they need in order to develop their full potential, through research, creation of tools and social awareness.

BioCarbon Engineering, that wants to counter industrial scale deforestation using drones, received EUR 20 000.

The First and Second Prizes of EUR 50 000 and EUR 20 000 in the Special Category on health with a special emphasis on childhood obesity went to Silent Secret and FitforKids respectively.

Silent Secret developed an application for teenagers (11 to 19 year olds) to share secrets, thoughts, news and their lifestyle anonymously, thus creating a social community. FitforKids is a programme specifically designed for obese children and their families promoting healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle.

Four projects – Edukit (UK), Freebird Club (Ireland), Lazzus (Spain) and Rés do Chão (Portugal) – received a voucher entitling them to mentoring services from practitioners in the field.

For the first time, two projects, Aprendices Visuales (Spain) and Ithaca (Greece), were selected to attend the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship programme, thanks to a new partnership between the EIB Institute and INSEAD Business School.

Fifteen finalists from ten countries had initially been selected for the Tournament from 282 candidates in 30 countries. Over two days in July, the finalists participated in a mentoring bootcamp in Cascais (Portugal), organised in cooperation with the IES-Social Business School, where experts offered practical advice aimed at improving all aspects of each project.

During the Final Event, the finalists defended their project before a Jury composed of five social innovation specialists, chaired by Sophie Robin (Stone Soup Consulting) and also including Elena Casolari (Opes Impact Fund), José Tomás Frade (former EIB staff member), Alenca Slavek (Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana) and Hans Wahl  (INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Initiative).

The next Social Innovation Tournament will take place in Riga, Latvia, with the call for projects scheduled to be launched in February 2017.