Are you an impact maker? Apply for the 2019 Social Innovation Competition!


CC's Director Ladeja Godina Košir was appointed as one of the judges of the 2019 Social Innovation  Competition, which began with a launching event in Ljubljana on the 28th of February.

Launched in memory of social innovation pioneer Diogo Vasconcelos, the European Social Innovation Competition is a challenge prize run by the European Commission across all EU member states and Horizon 2020 associated countries. Now in its 7th year, the Competition acts as a beacon for social innovators in Europe, employing a proven methodology for supporting early-stage ideas and facilitating a network of radical innovators shaping society for the better.

Each year the Competition is based around a different issue. This year’s theme is: “Challenging Plastic Waste”.

The Competition is open to social innovators, entrepreneurs, students, designers, businesses and anyone else who wants to help tackle this year’s theme: Challenging Plastic Waste. All you need is an idea.


If selected, social innovators receive technical assistance in developing their projects. They will also have the opportunity to take part in the Social Innovation Academy, a three day residential event at which 30 Semi-Finalists receive coaching from experts and can network and exchange ideas with each other.

In total, 200,000 EUR will be awarded in prize money - three winners are each awarded 50,000 EUR in prize money. In addition one semi-finalist from the previous year who has showed the most impact with their project over the last 12 months will receive the Impact Prize of 50,000 EUR.

The deadline for applications is April 4th. To apply, visit


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