THE THIRD EDITION OF THE AWARDS FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION HAS OPENED ITS CALL FOR ENTRIES

  • This call is open in Europe and Latin America and features three categories: sustainable mobility and road safety; e-health; and insurance innovation.
  • The winners will receive 30,000 euros and the semi-finalists and finalists will receive skills training, advice and visibility to possible investors.
  • The call for applications will close on 29 November.

For the third year running, Fundación MAPFRE is promoting social innovation in order to find innovative projects with high social transformation potential and global impact, with solutions that can be implemented in the majority of the world’s regions, thereby improving the lives of millions of people.

This initiative, which Fundación MAPFRE carries out in partnership with IE University, also seeks to promote creativity, entrepreneurship and leadership as tools for creating a fairer world. It also aims to promote values such as sustainability, equality and integration, and to train young people in the skills that will allow them to execute their projects efficiently and prepare them to become the stars of social transformation.

MOBILITY, HEALTH AND INSURANCE

Researchers, entrepreneurs, scientists and students from universities and business schools are all encouraged to submit their work, which should focus on the following three goals: improving the mobility and safety of the most vulnerable groups in society, such as pedestrians and cyclists, and contributing to reducing the impact of pollution in cities; promoting a general culture of health, encouraging healthy habits and contributing to changing unhealthy ones; and publicizing and communicating the social purpose of insurance and its important role in the economy through projects providing innovative solutions to specific situations such as retirement, promoting a savings culture and social protection, as well as introducing citizens to the insurance industry.

THREE REGIONS

The awards are launched in three major regions: Brazil, Latin America (except Brazil) and Europe where the 27 semi-finalists will be classified. There will be three contenders for each of the three categories and for each one of the regions. The semi-finals will be held in Spain (Madrid, March), Mexico (Mexico City, March) and Brazil (Sao Paulo, April), where one candidate per category will go through to the grand final, which will be held on June in Madrid.

INVESTORS, PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE AND 30,000 EUROS

The winners will receive a prize of 30,000 euros and the semi-finalists and finalists will enjoy multiple promotional channels for their projects, which will help publicize their initiatives. They will receive support and guidance in order to effectively communicate and develop their proposals, by means of mentoring for semi-finalists and coaching for finalists. They will also have the opportunity to form part of a public relations plan and gain exposure to potential investors.

COLLABORATIVE ECONOMY

Generating innovative ideas collaboratively and putting forward alternative solutions and promoting them through the expert knowledge sharing and mutual support of innovators from around the world. This is the goal of the Red Innova network, a private community of social innovators comprising semi-finalists and finalists from previous editions.

Anyone interested in taking part can submit their projects by 29 November 2019, at: https://www.fundacionmapfre.org/fundacion/en/grants-aids-and-awards/awards-fundacion-mapfre-innovation-social/