Matching Social Challenges to Entrepreneurial Innovation


Socialchallenges.eu is a platform aiming at creating a marketplace where actual social challenges can meet powerful and innovative solutions. A space where the work among different players make the European Social Ecosystem vibrant and collaborative. Where a challenge is transformed into a new business opportunity.

The Platform supports committed Public Authorities, Private Companies, Third Sector Organisations in defining, prioritising social and environmental challenges, and uploading them onto the platform.

It encourages the participation of social innovators, startups and SMEs to identify, fund, co-develop and test concrete solutions to these needs.

Socialchallenges.eu provides 30.000€ grants and dedicated support, focused on the translation of at least 27 challenges into 81 practical and marketable solutions for a total value of 2.430.000€

Discover the local ecosystems available online: for each “place” check challenges, key stakeholders, solution providers and experts, and get involved!



Are you a Challenge Owner?

Maybe you’re a City Government trying to improve public transport efficiency. Or a company with a problem you’d like someone to turn into an opportunity. Perhaps you’re an NGO looking for new ways to help disadvantaged kids at school? This platform is for you.

We are looking for concrete challenges that could be solved by entrepreneurs and social innovators.

We are looking for challenges targeting a clear issue in a local environment.

We are looking for challenges that could be replicable and scalable all over Europe.

Develop your challenge following the Platform criteria, post it online, and reach entrepreneurs and social innovators to attract relevant solutions. If you get a minimum of three solutions, you’ll help us in the evaluation process to select up to three proposals, that could get a €30.000 grant and six months of mentoring support to turn solutions into reality.


#sochange: Be the winner’s first client!


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Are You a solution provider?

Make your innovative product an agent for change! If you have innovative solutions to pressing social problems, this acceleration platform is the place to be!

Become part of the first European social innovation marketplace that can bridge you with hundreds possible clients around Europe. Increase your network of stakeholders, find your “place” and gain visibility in the ecosystem you want to work with and for. Get inspired by all the open challenges and expand your horizons!

Spot the social challenge you want to address and make your pitch: how would you solve it? Submit your proposal and, if selected, you will receive a €30.000 grant and six months of mentoring to help you turn your product, service, or even a brand-new idea into reality, with the Challenge Owner as your first client.


#sochange: Catch your opportunity to make a change!


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What is Social Innovation?

Social innovation is a constantly growing movement of grassroots initiatives, recognized by policy makers on different levels in Europe as an important way to tackle the increasingly-complex social and environmental challenges faced by our societies. However, the potential for social innovation to transform the way we respond to Europe's challenges still remains largely untapped.
Societies across Europe have faced severe challenges over the past decade, from a financial crisis breeding economic instability and political volatility to an ever-increasing pace of technological change that threatens to disrupt the social order. The introduction of digital technology with its deepening of existing inequalities is a good example of such disruption.
Meeting such challenges demands new ideas, new approaches and new perspectives. This has led to the mainstreaming of social innovation as a problem-solving methodology in the last decade. Never before have we been so well-equipped to harness the collective power of civil society to solve problems faced in communities across Europe every day. Increasingly we are seeing national, regional and local governments embracing social innovation principles and approaches as a way to better tackle priority public challenges.


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