And the winners are….

The Social Innovation Tournament recognises and supports the best European social entrepreneurs. It is organised in a different country every year to reward and sponsor European entrepreneurs whose primary purpose is to generate a social, ethical or environmental impact.

Four prizes are awarded by a jury of specialists from the academic and business world: general category and special category first and second place prizes of EUR 50 000 and EUR 20 000 respectively. In 2017, the special category prizes will go to projects focusing on ageing.

Projects are typically related to combating unemployment, marginalisation of disadvantaged communities and promoting access to education in a wide range of fields, from education and health care to the natural or urban environment, using 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 finalists. The finalists are invited to a mentoring bootcamp to provide them with the necessary guidance to finalise their proposals. At the final event, all the finalists have to present and defend their project to a jury of social innovation specialists.

In 2017, the final event took place in Riga, Latvia, on 21 September, where the 15 selected projects competed for the four prizes and several mentoring vouchers.

The next Social Innovation Tournament will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, with the call for projects starting in February 2018. In 2018, the Special Category Prizes will go to projects focusing on sustainable development with special emphasis on circular economy

Finalists from all SIT editions become members of the SIT Alumni Network, and can apply to attend a SIT Scaling Impact Bootcamp, a full-time executive training course focused on scaling, pitching and engagement with investors. Furthermore, to explore synergies and complementarities with the growing community of social entrepreneurs supported by the Institute through the SIT, the Institute is supporting the first social incubator in the North of Portugal (Amarante).

If you have any questions, please email

For more information about the SIT, please click on the links below.

Rules for applicants

Key dates & deadlines

Frequently Asked Questions

Results from the previous editions:

For details on the 2016 edition please click here.

For details on the 2015 edition please click here.

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