Prizes and competitions are one of the most popular methods of financing and disseminating innovation initiatives and projects. They have been used as support mechanism to uncover hidden innovations and capitalise on their problem-solving abilities. Thus, prizes, awards and competitions are remarkable tools for enhancing innovation ecosystems and social innovation.

Prizes and competitions allow social innovators to devise creative solutions to contemporary big challenges and create learning opportunities. At this moment, there are two main competition with open calls:

Impact Shakers Awards

Organiser. Impact Shakers

Theme. 12 categorias (energia, alimentación, salud, agua)

Deadline. 7 de mayo 2021

Link. Impact Shakers Awards


Organiser: European Commission

Theme. Skills for tomorrow – Shaping a green and digital future

Deadline. 12 May 2021 12.00 CEST



HEI Initiative

Organiser. European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

Theme. Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education

Deadline. 25 May 2021

Link. HEI Initiative (

Social Innovation Competition