10 startups that aim to democratise the ‘digital economy revolution’


The 2017 European Social Innovation Competition aims to reward startups from across Europe that are working to make the digital economy accessible to all

Tech innovators that focus on opening up opportunities for disadvantaged groups in Europe’s increasingly digitalised economy are competing to win the 2017 European Social Innovation Competition.

Ten finalists were announced yesterday, 21 September, in the European Commission’s annual competition which has run since 2012. Judges compiled the shortlist after receiving almost 800 entries from more than 40 countries across the continent.

The theme for this year’s competition is ‘equality rebooted’, which comes in response to the rapid economic changes that digital technology is having on Europe’s labour market, such as automation and the increasing need for digital skills.

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Judges sought pitches from ‘tech-for-good’ startup companies who seek to enable low-wage and low-skilled workers, people with disabilities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to take advantage of the opportunities offered by technological change.

Anna Sienicka, vice president of changemaker tech-support organisation Techsoup Europe and a member of the competition’s jury, said: “All 10 finalists are fantastic examples of the types of tools, services and models that enable people, regardless of their specific context and environment, to seize the opportunities of the digital revolution. They prove that social innovation will help to make our world more equal and fit for the future.”

The projects prove that social innovation will help to make our world more equal and fit for the future

The finalists’ pitches will now be considered by judges for one of three €50,000 (£44,000) prizes, with the aim of helping the most innovative ideas get off the ground. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Brussels on 26 October.

“I hope these projects will inspire others to put…

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