Fundación ONCE, within the framework of the European CSR-D Network,
co-funded by the European Social Fund, has announced the first European
Award for Social Entrepreneurship and Disability: Promoting Social
Investment, with the purpose of giving public recognition to all those
initiatives of social entrepreneurship that include the field of
disability in their targets.
The prize will be awarded during the event "Social Entrepreneurs:
Have Your Say!” , organised in Strasbourg by the European Commission.
People with disabilities represent currently 16% of all European citizens. They are also a source of talent and consumption, providing society in general and the world of labour in particular, with new opportunities for development and a diversity of points of view about the social challenges brought up by modern times. Social innovation and entrepreneurship are key concepts, and the figure of the social entrepreneur is becoming more and more relevant in the creation of a more cohesive and inclusive society.
"The aim of this award is to contribute to giving people with disabilities a leading role in the new European model of sustainable economic growth, as defined and promoted by the European Commission through initiatives such as the Social Business Initiative or the Europe 2020 Strategy. People with a disability must play an active role in the creation of this new model in which social investment must go hand in hand with cost-effectiveness", explains Alberto Durán, Fundación ONCE Executive Vice-president.
The award is looking for projects in the start-up phase or already underway with a lifetime of less than 1 year, that fit into one of the two eligible project profiles: social entrepreneurs with a project in the field of disability or entrepreneurs with a disability with an innovative project.
The winning project will receive prize money of €6,000 which is going to be co-funded by the Social European Fund (70%) and by the Fundación ONCE and the Triodos Foundation (30%), in addition to enjoying expert consultancy by professionals related to the initiative. To conduct the award, the ONCE Foundation counts on the collaboration of the European Commission, with the support of Telefónica, L’Oréal and the Ministero del Lavoro e delle Politiche Sociali (founding partners of the CSR+D Network), in addition to Kanchi, the Essl Foundation and the Triodos Foundation.
The period to submit applications ends next 15 November.