Social innovation can be defined as the development and implementation of new ideas (products,services and models) to meet social needs and create new social relationships or collaborations. It represents new responses to pressing social demands, which affect the process of social interactions.

It is aimed at improving human well-being. Social innovations are innovations that are social in both their ends and their means. They are innovations that are not only good for society but also enhance individuals’ capacity to act.

They rely on the inventiveness of citizens, civil society organisations, local communities, businesses and public servants and services. They are an opportunity both for the public sector and for the markets, so that the products and services better satisfy individual but also collective aspirations.

Stimulating innovation, entrepreneurship and the knowledge-based society is at the core of the Europe 2020 Strategy.

Following this massive goal, Social StartUp Europe Awards will recognise the work of startups working in these areas and trying to make this world a better place to live.


Social StartUp Europe Awards aims at recognising startups offering products, services or methodologies addressing: educationqualitychildcarehealthcaretrainingjob-search assistance and rehabilitation.


The startups will be evaluated following these criteria:

Sustainability: the product or service must contribute to reduce the ecological impact of the city, thus increasing the sustainability from an environmental, social and economic point of view.

Innovation: We will focus on the grade of innovation, disruption and originality of the startups.

Business model: We will rate the added value to society resulting from the startups (economic viability, private-public collaboration, replicability, etc.).

Social Clauses: job generated, gender policy, social inclusion, collaboration with NGOs, trainees program.

European Dimension: participation in European funded projects, partnership or agreements with other European partners.

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