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Social Innovation Competition by Firstport

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 culture, heritage 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

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?

Drop in sessions are being held in Stirling, Inverness, Edinburgh and Glasgow throughout the application period, providing the opportunity to discuss your idea.

Stirling: Wednesday 9 August between 1pm and 4pm at Raploch Community Campus, Drip Road, Raploch, Stirling, FK8 1RD.

Inverness: Friday 25 August between 1.30pm and 4pm at Impact Hub Inverness, 67a Castle Street, Inverness, IV2 3DUEdinburgh: Monday 11 September between 10am and 1pm at Firstport, Glenorchy House, 20 Union Street, Suite 4, Edinburgh, EH1 3LRGlasgow: Wednesday 13 September between 10am and 1pm at Firstport, The Tobacco Merchant's House, 42 Miller Street, Glasgow, G1 1DT
In addition, we'll be holding an evening of social innovation in Perth on 13 September. Join us to find out more about the competition and network with other innovative social entrepreneurs. If you wish to attend, please register here by 9am on Monday 11 September.
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