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Euro­pean Social Inno­va­tion Competition


Under the theme Reimag­ine Fash­ion: Chang­ing behav­iours for sus­tain­able fash­ion, this year’s com­pe­ti­tion is look­ing for ear­ly stage projects and ideas that will change the ways we pro­duce, buy, use and recy­cle fash­ion, mov­ing towards increased glob­al sus­tain­abil­i­ty and chang­ing con­sumer behav­iour at local, nation­al and Euro­pean levels.

The 2020 Euro­pean Social Inno­va­tion Com­pe­ti­tion is look­ing to sup­port inno­v­a­tive ideas and projects that aim to reduce the over­all envi­ron­men­tal foot­print and improve the soci­etal impact of fash­ion, help make it more acces­si­ble and fair, and con­tribute to change behav­iours in a sus­tain­able way. Solu­tions should clear­ly aim at deliv­er­ing impact, pur­sue sus­tain­abil­i­ty, and be scal­able or replic­a­ble post-com­pe­ti­tion — at the local, nation­al or Euro­pean levels.

Com­pe­ti­tion Timeline

The com­pe­ti­tion is open to entrants from across the EU Mem­ber States and Hori­zon 2020 asso­ci­at­ed coun­tries until the appli­ca­tion dead­line at 12:00 CET on Wednes­day 4 March. Today’s launch will be fol­lowed by a launch event in Valen­cia, Spain on 12 Feb­ru­ary, and a series of post-launch webi­na­rs with experts from across Europe.

Thir­ty semi-final­ists will be invit­ed to a res­i­den­tial train­ing acad­e­my in July in Ams­ter­dam, The Nether­lands where they will receive men­tor­ing and sup­port to devel­op their ideas in prepa­ra­tion for the sec­ond round of judg­ing. The judges will then iden­ti­fy 10 final­ists and select the 3 win­ners. The win­ners will then be announced at an Awards Cer­e­mo­ny in the autumn, where they will each be award­ed €50,000.

To find out more, vis­it: https://​eusic​.chal​lenges​.org/ or go to https://​ec​.europa​.eu/​g​r​o​w​t​h​/​i​n​d​u​s​t​r​y​/​i​n​n​o​v​a​t​i​o​n​/​p​o​l​i​c​y​/​s​o​c​i​a​l​/​c​o​m​p​e​t​i​t​i​on_en