Last fall, the European Commission launched a second social innovation competition, asking Europeans to once again come up with ideas to tackle unemployment in the region.
It announced today that over 1,200 proposals were received, up from over 600 in the competition’s inaugural year. The country with the most entries was Italy (351) followed by Portugal (170) and Romania (98).
The “others” category in the chart consists of: Ireland (9 entries), Cyprus (8), Finland (8), Estonia (6), FYR of Macedonia (6), Croatia (4), Luxembourg (4), Norway (4), Serbia (2), Slovakia (2), Albania (1), Latvia (1), Malta (1), Switzerland (1), and Ukraine (1).
We also learned that three winners, chosen from ten finalists, will be given a €30,000 prize instead of €20,000 as was previously decided. Among the ten finalists, three are from the UK, two each are from Italy and Belgium, and one each are from Austria, Germany, and Ireland.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Brussels on May 20th.
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