This Competition is launched by the European Commission in memory of Diogo Vasconcelos. The aim is to find the best social innovation solutions to help people move towards work or into new types of work.
Over 25 million Europeans are out of work. On top of that, many people are stuck in low-paid jobs or sense that they have few opportunities on the job market – sometimes because of their gender, age or a handicap.
This Competition invites any European to come up with new solutions to create new opportunities for work, and for better work. Not doing anything about unemployment and under-employment is not just cruel and wasteful; the corrosive effects of high unemployment will cast a shadow over the economy and our society for years to come.
The Competition, launched on 1 October 2012, includes a strong mentoring component for shortlisted entries.
The three best proposals:
- Community Catalysts (United Kingdom) – more information,
- Economy App (Germany) – more information,
- MITWIN.NET (Spain) – more information
were each awarded with a prize of 20,000 euros on 29 May 2013 (see the press release).
The second round of the Competition will be launched on 11 of October 2013 in Milan.