The EU-funded project SoTecIn Factory just launched its first open call for social innovators with €3.3M for individuals & organisations, as civil society members, developing tech-driven solutions based on circular economy and social innovation in textiles, food, water & nutrient and plastics & packaging key industry value chains.

The Open Call 1 will award 25 European social innovators with up to 15,000 EUR for their ideas as solutions to circular challenges in the context of the specific project Mission (either a concrete problem proposed by the applicant or selected from one of the circular challenges coming directly from industry).

From this group, 15 innovators will engage in a pre-market technological demonstration with additional funding support of up to 85,000 EUR.

Besides equity-free funding, the beneficiaries will receive additional support in training, mentoring, and peer-to-peer engagement and pilot development, as detailed down below.

The benefits will be:

  • SoTecIn Factory grants up to €100K (equity-free)
  • Pre-market technological demonstration
  • Capacity-building for social entrepreneurship & circular business support

Who can apply?

  • 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

Target value changes?

  • Plastics and packaging
  • Textiles
  • Food, water and nutrients

The deadine for application is 28 September 2023, 18h CET

Join SoTecIn Factory Open Call Info Webinars on Sept 05 2023, at 2pm CET and Sept 20 2023, at 11am CET

Find out more on the SoTecIn Factory website.