Social Innovation Competition

Firstport is searching for the next generation of Scottish social innovators

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

We are inviting entries for the 2017 Social Innovation Competition, which celebrates individuals and start-up companies in Scotland with imaginative ideas to solve social issues, with a focus on cultureheritage and tourism.

There are three £5000 awards up for grabs (including the young social innovator category for under 30s), combined with tailored support to refine and develop your idea.

Find out how to apply

Social Innovation Competition 2017

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 out our selection of case studies for examples.

Do you need help and support to develop your idea?

Join us at a drop in session or event in September, providing the opportunity to discuss your idea.

  • Edinburgh drop in: Monday 11 September between 10am and 1pm at Firstport, Glenorchy House, 20 Union Street, Suite 4, Edinburgh, EH1 3LR
  • Glasgow drop in: Wednesday 13 September between 10am and 1pm at Firstport, The Tobacco Merchant’s House, 42 Miller Street, Glasgow, G1 1DT
  • Perth networking: Wednesday 13 September from 5.30pm at the Subud Centre

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