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Skills for Tomorrow – Shaping a green and digital future: European Social Innovation Competition 2021

On the 8th of April the European Social Innovation Competition 2021 has been launched and will be open until May 12th.

The European Social Innovation Competition is a Competition run by the European Commission, with the support from the EIC across all EU Member States and Horizon Europe associated countries. Each year, three €50,000 prizes are awarded by the European Commission for the best socially innovative projects designed to change the world for the better.

The Competition acts as a beacon for social innovators across Europe, employing a proven methodology for supporting early-stage ideas and facilitating a network of radical innovators shaping our society for the better.

Each year the Competition addresses a different issue facing Europe. The theme for the 2021 edition is: SKILLS FOR TOMORROW – Shaping a green and digital future. This 2021 Competition aims to incentivise, support and reward social innovations that will help people and organisations to identify, develop and strengthen the skills they will need to adapt and thrive in a changing world.

The Competition is looking for scalable social innovations that will contribute to job creation, growth and European competitiveness by helping people, businesses and industries identify, develop and strengthen the skills that will power the European economy’s green and digital future. The competition is open to early stage ideas that tackle challenges relating to the transition to identifying and mapping skills gaps and approaches to development and training that will support people to reskill or upskill. All solutions must work towards sustainability, taking into consideration their own environmental impact.


To enter the competition, click here.


Timeline of the competition:

  • Launch of the competition: 8 April 2021
  • Deadline to submit an entry: 12 May 2021 12.00 CEST
  • Announcement of the 30 semi-finalists: 14 July 2021
  • Social innovation academy for semi-finalists: September 2021
  • Submission of detailed plans by semi-finalists: 24 September 2021
  • Announcement of the finalists: October  2021
  • Awards ceremony: November/December 2021