Must go social innovation events in Europe | April

Do you want to learn more about upcoming social innovation and impact conferences, social entrepreneurship events, competitions, accelerator programs and awards in Europe?

See below what events are on for Social Entrepreneur in April to set-up your agenda for 2018, and develop your skills further!

@ European social innovation competition

European Social Innovation Competition

Application deadline April 27

Are you a social innovator, entrepreneur, student, tech enthusiast, educator, designer, mover and shaker, doer and shaker, and someone who want to change the world for the better. The European Commission is looking for you!

The European Social Innovation Competition asks young Europeans to come up with solutions to the problems affecting our society.

The focus of this year’s competition is on improving local chance or youth in a changing economy, ‘RE:THINK LOCAL’. Ideas that are led by young people themselves are therefore particularly encouraged.

The competition is open to applicants from EU member states and countries associated to Horizon 2020.

The competition has 3 phases:

  • Phase 1: first of all again, please ensure to submit your idea before April 27! Only 30 projects will be selected to enter the semi-finals. These semi-finalists are invited to take part of a social innovation academy in Romania, where they can further progress their ideas, through mentoring and support.

  • Phase 2:  After the academy phase, 10 finalists will be invited to the awards ceremony where the 3 final winners will receive a prize of €50,000 each to further develop their ideas.

  • Phase 3: in 2019, the competition amongst the 30 semi-finalists will be re-opened and award the 2018 project having achieved the most significant results with an impact prize of €50,000.

Read more on the contest, and make sure to apply before the 27th of April here

Women Startup Competition

Applications are open now

The Woman Startup Competition supports and celebrates female entrepreneurs and gender diverse startups. Applications for the Women Startup Competition for the semi-final competitions in the countries are open now.

The Women Startup Competition (WSC) celebrates female entrepreneurship and gender diverse companies, by kick-starting 12 semi-final pitching competitions across Europe.

These competitions enable entrepreneurs to meet investors, share the word on their business and gain recognition in their industry. The WSC does this, in order to support equality in business and set an example for, especially, newly founded businesses.

Applications will close one week before each semi-final.

Upcoming semifinal dates are:

  • April 20-21 Viena, Austria
  • April 27-28 Budapest, Hungary
  • May 25-26 Moscow, Russia
  • June 8-9 Berlin, Germany
  • June 22-23 Padua, Italy

The Final Demo Day in London take place on the 15th of September 2018, where all the finalists will participate in an exciting 5-day training program and will finally pitch their ideas, market proof their product, as well as gain access to the competition’s extended network of incubators, mentors, and co-working spaces.

There are no restrictions on what types of startups can enter. The only requirement is that applicants have at least an equal gender representation in their teams, or the majority of the team is female.

If this is your start-up, you can apply here.


We are very excited to hearing how your social entrepreneurial agenda for 2018 looks like!

Are there any social entrepreneurial events that inspire you? Did you attend any workshop lately that you would like to share? Or is there a list of must-attend events that we missed out on?

Please, share with us and all the other social entrepreneurs, below :)