Winners of EU Social Innovation competition announced

12. Nov. 2018

Klaus Schuch, Scientific Director of ZSI, is member of the jury of the EU Social Innovation Competition 2018

With the help of an independent jury consisting of social innovation experts (among them Klaus Schuch, Scientific Director of ZSI), the Commission selected three projects as winners of the 2018 European Social Innovation Competition, who will each receive a prize worth €50,000. The competition awards outstanding projects that foster and showcase social innovations and entrepreneurial ideas across Europe. Under the theme RE:THINK LOCAL, this year's edition of the competition recognises projects that turn local challenges emerging from the changing economy into opportunities for younger generations.

The winning projects are

  • a digital travel platform for deaf people (Ulisse),
  • an incubation programme for young people who want to set up a business (HeritageLab), and
  • a career orientation venture for young people from small urban and rural areas (Career Bus).

The winners will use the award money to further develop and implement their ideas. They received a trophy designed and produced by Paris-based artist William Amor with recycled materials. Every year the jury also selects a semi-finalist from the previous year who showed the most impact with their project over the last 12 months. The 2018 Impact Prize of €50,000 was awarded to Mouse4All, a project that enables people with severe physical disabilities to access a tablet or smartphone with Android operating system without touching the screen. More information is available on the website of the competition.


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