European Social Innovation Competition: Job Challenge

Deadline: 11 December 2013
Open to:  everyone legally established or resident in the EU Member States
Prize: cash prize of €30,000


The European Commission has launched the second edition of the Job Challenge Competition. The aim of the European Social Innovation Competition is to find the best solutions to help people move towards work or create new types of work.

This year the Competition was launched on 11 October 2013, in Milan. It includes a strong mentoring component and eventually the three best proposals will each be awarded a prize of €30,000 in May 2014.

The European Commission is offering this prize to social innovations that have a real impact on helping unemployed people get jobs or creating new opportunities for work by, for instance:

  • Increasing the number of unemployed people who move into work;
  • Increasing the earnings of unemployed or underemployed people;
  • Increasing the employment of disadvantaged or marginalised groups (e.g. young people, over 50s, people with disabilities, working mothers);
  • Increasing the number of people becoming self-employed or starting their own businesses.

By social innovations are meant innovations that are social in both their ends and their means – new ideas (products, services and models) that simultaneously meet social needs (more effectively than alternatives) and create new social relationships or collaborations. They are innovations that are not only good for society but also enhance society’s capacity to act. Social innovation takes place across boundaries between the public sector, the private sector, the third sector and the households.


The Competition is open to everyone legally established or resident in the EU Member States – or in those countries that established an agreement to participate in the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (see list HERE) – including individuals, organisations or unconstituted groups.

Ideas from all sources and sectors and all types of organisations are welcome – including for-profit, non-for-profit, or private companies.


The application process is simple:

  1. Read the  Terms and Conditions
  2. Download the entry form template to read through the questions;
  3. Read through the questions & answers
  4. Complete and submit the entry form online HERE by 11 December 2013, at 12:00 at the latest (noon, Central European Time).

You can email your questions on the Competition to

Read the official call HERE.

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