3 exciting new business ideas have won awards as part of the Social Innovation Competition

The winners of the Social Innovation Competition 2016 were announced at the Scottish Parliament last week. 

The Social Innovation Competition ran for it's first year and was part of the Year of Innovation Architecture & Design. The competition was looking for the best business ideas with a social and/or environmental twist. There were many applicants with great ideas. The three winners' businesses will make an unquestionable difference to communities, here in Scotland.  

The winners are: 

  • Anthony Thomas, Edinburgh, T Gold Handmade Footwear
    Anthony THomas
    Anthony’s social innovation idea is to manufacture handmade footwear with recycled leather from used chairs and used clothes materials. Anthony’s idea has both environmental and social benefits: reducing waste whilst also addressing unemployment in his local area by creating apprenticeships for young and disabled individuals.

  • Laura Petruskeviciute and Aurora Tallon, Glasgow, Studio Pop
    (Winners of the Young Social Innovator Award 2016) 
    Studio Pop

    Laura and Aurora, together with their colleague Cristian are developing DOT-TO-DOT, an innovative platform to activate empty sites and buildings while connecting people skills and needs through an online donation platform and life exchange projects. With a background in architecture and community regeneration, their ambition is to promote a shared economy and a recycling design culture while improving the environment.

  • Thomas Binns, Glasgow, Pianos on Prescription
    Pianos on Prescription

    Thomas’ idea will help people experiencing difficulties including isolation, loneliness, depression, long-term health conditions, poverty and reliance on prescription medication. His plan is to run a pilot project offering free informal piano tuition as a means to not only learn a musical skill but also receive extended one-to-one attention and be supported through a process of gaining greater connection with oneself and others. Thomas is building on his experience of founding and running Glasgow Piano City.