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€2 million for Innovation Improving Mobility of older people

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The European Commission's “Horizon Prize for Social Innovation” will reward the best solutions for improving the travel mobility of older people: €1 000 000 will be awarded to the best solution and the four runner-up prizes will receive €250 000 each.

The prize was launched during the “Opening up to an era of social innovation” conference in Lisbon on 27 November 2017, attended by the Foundation Vision for Science and Technology Growth. Submissions will be accepted until 28 February 2019 and the prize will be awarded in the second or third quarter of 2019.

The conference is jointly organised by the European Commission, the Portuguese Government and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

The conference was hosted by:

Carlos Moedas - European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation

Marianne Thyssen - European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility

Maria Marques - Minister of the Presidency and of Administrative Modernisation of Portugal,

Isabel Mota - President of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Special guest was Marcelo Rebelo de Sousam - President of the Republic of Portugal.

At the opening ceremony, the Prime Minister of Portugal, António Costa, highlighted the relevance of social innovation in reinforcing the social pillar of Europe and bridging the gap between science and the citizens' needs.

According to the European Commission Bureau of European Policy Advisors “Social innovations are innovations that are social in both their ends and their means. Specifically, […] social innovations [are] new ideas (products, services and models) that simultaneously meet social needs (more effectively than alternatives) and create new social relationships or collaborations. They are innovations that are not only good for society but also enhance society’s capacity to act.” (BEPA, 2011, p. 9).

Europe is facing big challenges: an ageing society, mass migration, rapid changes in family structures, shrinking share of global GDP and the combined effects of globalization and automation on the labor market. Social cohesion is eroding daily. People’s trust in the ability of institutions to build a fair and flourishing society is waning. Public confidence in institutions is in free fall. New generations are ever more disconnected from representative democracy, are the findings of the study “Vision and Trends of Social Innovation for Europe”. The proposal is for new European Social Innovation, which is Human-centered, System focused and unwaveringly political.

The conference was attended by scientists in the area of social innovation, innovators, social entrepreneurs, civil society representatives, national and regional policy makers, municipal and city level actors, social innovation funders, philanthropists, venture capitalists, business angels, students, and politicians

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