The 2016 European Social Innovation Competition, aiming to support the reception and integration of refugees and migrants in Europe, has today been launched in Amsterdam.
This year, they’re looking for creative approaches that realise the potential of refugees and migrants, enabling them to contribute to the social, economic, cultural and political life of their host countries. Themed, ‘Integrated Futures’, the Competition aims to find innovations in products, technologies, services and models, including but not limited to, ideas around:
- Education and skills development
- Employment and entrepreneurship
- Access to appropriate housing and health services
- Safety and human rights
- Community cohesion and cultural diversity
The Competition is open to individuals, groups and organisations across the European Union and in countries participating in the European Horizon 2020 programme. Applications that are led by or have been co-created with refugees and migrants are particularly encouraged.
The competition will help the most innovative ideas turn into real projects and achieve sustainable impact. Thirty of the most promising applications will be chosen as semi-finalists and will be invited to a social innovation mentoring academy in Berlin in July to progress their ideas.
The three best solutions will each be awarded a prize of €50,000 at the awards ceremony to take place in Brussels in October 2016.
The Competition is looking for inspiring ideas, big and small from people all around Europe! Applications are open until Friday 8 April 2016 at 12.00 noon CET.