The Background

The European Social Innovation Competition is a challenge prize run by the European Commission across all European countries, now in its fourth year. Organised since 2012 in memory of Diogo Vasconcelos, the Competition calls all Europeans to come up with solutions to the problems affecting our society.

Diogo Vasconcelos was a Portuguese leader who focused his role on fostering innovation to address some of the great societal challenges of our time. During his career he worked closely with the European Commission and others on issues such as globalisation, sustainability and climate change, urbanisation, democratic participation, public services and healthcare.

Diogo was chairman of the Social Innovation Exchange and also launched the Entrepreneurs Academy among other accomplishments. He passed away in July 2011 at the age of 43.

Previous Competitions

The first European Social Innovation Competition 2013

The second European Social Innovation Competition 2014

The third European Social Innovation Competition 2015