Three €50,000 prizes will be awarded by the European Commission for the best socially innovative projects designed to change the ways we produce, buy, use and recycle fashion, moving towards increased global sustainability and changing consumers’ behaviour.
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. The Competition is organised by the European Commission with support from Nesta, Kennisland, Ashoka Spain, the European Network of Living Labs, and Scholz & Friends.
Now in its 8th 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 addresses a different issue facing Europe.
In 2020 the focus was: Reimagine Fashion – changing behaviour for sustainable fashion
This year the competition was looking for ideas and ventures that aimed to improve the environmental and social impact of the European fashion market through the development of new products, services and processes, and innovative business models. The innovations aimed to reduce the overall environmental footprint and improve the societal impact of the fashion market, help make it more accessible and fair, and aspire to change behaviours in a sustainable way.
Solutions also aimed at delivering impact, pursuing sustainability, and being scalable or replicable post-competition – at the local, national or European levels.
You can see the 10 finalists teams competing to win here