The European Social Innovation Competition, launched in memory of Diogo Vasconcelos, is a challenge prize run by the European Commission across all European countries, now in its sixth year. The 2018 Competition is titled RE:THINK LOCAL and seeks to find the most innovative projects, products, services, business models and collaborations that empower young people to participate fully in a changing economy.

Diogo Vasconcelos

Diogo Vasconcelos was a Portuguese leader who focused on fostering innovation to address some of the great societal challenges of our time.

During his career he worked closely with the European Commission and others on issues such as globalisation, sustainability and climate change, urbanisation, democratic participation, public services and healthcare.

Diogo was chairman of the Social Innovation Exchange and also launched the Entrepreneurs Academy among other accomplishments. He passed away in July 2011 at the age of 43.


The European Social Innovation Competition is run by the European Commission and supported by a consortium of partners:


Nesta is an innovation foundation. We back new ideas to tackle the big challenges of our time. We are a UK charity but work all over the world.


Kennisland is an independent social innovation think-tank based in The Netherlands. We focus on mobilising and using relevant knowledge, talents and experience to improve social outcomes for an open and inclusive society.

European Network of Living Labs

The European Network of Living Labs is the international federation of benchmarked Living Labs. Putting the people in the driver seat of the innovation, the network provides co-creation, user engagement methodologies, test and experimentation facilities in various domains.


Ashoka builds and cultivates a community of change leaders who see that the world now requires everyone to be a changemaker. Together, we collaborate to transform institutions and cultures worldwide so they support changemaking for the good of society.

Scholz & Friends

Scholz & Friends is a full-service communications agency, routinely working for the European Commission. It ranks among the most creative agencies in Germany and has received numerous awards for campaign efficiency.

Nesta is a registered charity in England and Wales 1144091 and Scotland SC042833.

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