Aiming for social impact and systemic change across industry? EU-funded project SoTecIn Factory launched the second Open Call for Social Innovators and their EUR 3.3M programme to support mission-driven, social innovation ventures (individuals or organisations) in food, water & nutrients, textiles and plastics & packaging value chains in transforming industry into low-carbon via their tech-driven solutions based on higher R circular economy strategies.

  • Up to 15,000 EUR provided to 25 European social innovators for their ideas as solutions to circular challenges aligned with a particular project Mission (proposed by the applicant or targeting one of the industrial challenges previously selected by the project).
  • Engagement in pre-market technological demonstration with up to 85,000 EUR of additional funding for 15 innovators from Phase 1.
  • Additional capacity-building and circular business support in training, mentoring, and peer-to-peer engagement and pilot development, as detailed down below.

    The benefits for your sustainable solution

  • Up to equity-free 100,000 EUR (15K+85K)
  • re-market technological demonstration
  • Expert guidance for the deployment of solutions in the market, including plan and design, implementation/experiment and monitoring of demos.
  • Capacity-building & circular business support
  • Phase 1: one-to-all sessions (workshops) and one-to-one mentoring sessions on solution validation, business models, social entrepreneurship, systemic venture building and steward ownership governance.
  • Phase 2: one-to-all sessions (workshops) and one-to-one mentoring sessions on funding and investment strategy, pitching, IPR support.

    Who Can Apply

    Social Innovators complying with following criteria:

  • Individuals as part of a legal entity
    Single organisations
  • Consortium (Individual/Single organisation + Challenge (owner) that is not listed in Annex B) are eligible for this call.
  • Entities legally established/resident in the European Union or Horizon Europe Associated Countries

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; SoTecIn Factory Second Open call for Social Innovators