Social Innovation Competition

We are looking for individuals with an innovative idea that tackles a social or environmental issue in Scotland. Applications are now closed.

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Thanks for applying to the Social Innovation Competition, you will be contacted by 14th October. If your idea is successful you will be invited to pitch your idea to a panel in Glasgow on 28th October, 2016.


As part of the Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design, Firstport wants to uncover the most exciting, innovative business ideas that address social and environmental issues.

There are three £5,000 awards up for grabs (including the young social innovator category for under 30s’), combined with tailored support to refine and develop your idea.

When it comes to social innovation, Scotland has a long history of pioneering new ways of tackling the world’s most pressing social issues in creative ways. Are you the next social innovator in Scotland?   

What do we mean by social innovation?

Your idea needs to offer new solutions to a social need, or address a need more effectively than what already exists. You must also demonstrate that your idea will lead to a better use of assets and resources, as well as new relationships amongst sectors and society.

Social innovation can happen in any sector or industry. Check our case study section for examples of social innovation. 

You can also look at some well-known examples of social innovations.


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