European Commission reveals the winners of the 2020 European Social Innovation Competition

European Commission reveals the winners of the 2020 European Social Innovation Competition

December 10, 2020
Press Release: European Commission

The European Commission has announced the Winners of the 2020 European Social Innovation Competition

The three winning projects from the 2020 ‘Reimagine Fashion’ Competition will each receive €50,000 for demonstrating outstanding potential to change behaviors around sustainable fashion.

The 2020 winners are:

resortecs (Belgium)
A start-up that has developed dissolvable stitching thread and heat-dismountable rivets, helping simplify the process of reusing and recycling textile products.

Snake (Croatia)
A digital commerce platform that enables users to wear limitless outfits in augmented reality, in doing so helping to change the way fashion is consumed.

WhyWeCraft: Cultural Sustainability in Fashion (Romania)
A legal support mechanism for craftspeople and designers. The project is empowering those who are maintaining traditional practices, by opening up access to otherwise complicated legal concepts.

The three 2020 Winners were selected by an expert jury panel from a total of 766 applicants from across Europe. In July, 30 semi-finalists participated in the European Social Innovation Competition’s Digital Academy – an intensive training and coaching program designed to develop their initiatives.

Impact Prize
Impact is at the heart of the European Social Innovation Competition. The 2020 Impact Prize was open to all semi-finalists from the previous year’s edition of the European Social Innovation Competition. It recognizes the innovation that has demonstrated the most significant results leading to social impact across the past 12 months under the theme ‘Challenging Plastic Waste’.

The 2020 Impact Prize, worth €50,000, was awarded to:

Empower (Norway)
Empower (main pictures) was founded with a vision to empower people to create a cleaner and better world. It is based on the idea of using new technology to enable a circular economy. The project developed a digital plastic waste collection system through which plastic waste can be deposited – and collected – for a financial reward.

All of the 2020 Winners were announced at a virtual Awards Ceremony which took place as part of the digital European Social Economy Exchange Event.

Plastic Free World Conference & Expo 2021 will be co-located with The Greener Manufacturing Show and will take place at Cologne Messe, Germany, on Wednesday 16 June and Thursday 17 June 2021. Registrations for this highly focused, solutions-driven event will open in early 2021. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please email peter@trans-globalevents.com

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