Article by European Union Council

The European Social Innovation Competition (EUSIC) winners have been awarded today by the Commission and the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA). The 2022 challenge: “the future of living” was designed to attract applications from diverse fields tackling the challenge linked to the current architecture and sustainable solutions of European housing districts.

Jean-David Malo, Director of European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency said:

We award European Social Innovation Competition Prize to find most innovative solutions to societal challenges. Effective change requires local leadership with a global vision. Our finalists are real change-makers, raising awareness of energy consumption, implementing changes in public and private sectors, creating a new, inclusive, sustainable, and affordable market.

Winners of 10th edition of EUSIC Challenge Prize

The jury selected three winners who will receive EUR 50 000 each.

The three winners of the 10th edition of the EUSIC are:

  • ReLearn (Italy) uses Artificial Intelligence to help companies and municipalities reduce their environmental impact by monitoring the produced waste.
  • Sostre Cívic (Spain) successfully implements an alternative housing model, fairer and more accessible, non-profit, non-speculative and transformative.
  • Efficient Energy Technology winning with the project SolMatePro (Austria) provides energy storage (a pressing issue regarding the energy transition to renewables) in urban areas with a great ease of use.

Hubert Gambs, Deputy Director General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs said:

Social innovation is crucial to increase resilience and support the transformation of our economies, while putting people first. With this competition, which celebrates its tenth edition this year, we support social innovations that will bring social, environmental, and economic value at once. The three winners of the 2022 edition are social innovators greatly contributing through their innovative projects to the future of our living.

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