3 JULY 2019 – Green Sail, an organisation from Split helping to protect and keep Croatia beautiful, has been selected as of the 30 Semi-Finalists of the 2019 European Social Innovation Competition – Challenging Plastic Waste, chosen from over 500 entries from across Europe.
Green Sail from Split was one of 30 projects from 19 countries were selected to make the next round of the competition. 543 ideas were submitted from across Europe, aligned to this year’s theme of Challenging Plastic Waste. These cover a wide spectrum of solutions, from optimising supply chains to changing consumer behaviour.
“Our idea of an education programme to reduce the amount of plastic waste in the charter yacht industry in other European countries, according to the organisation’s initiative already existing in Croatia, has been recognised as one of the 30 best,” Green Sail said, before adding.
“The idea of Green Sail’s project is to gradually develop charter and marina plastic reducing and recycling programs in other European countries with developed nautical industry: Italy, Greece, Montenegro, Slovenia, Spain, Portugal and France. By introducing Green Sail’s programs to international charters and marinas, we can start tackling this problem in other countries apart from Croatia.”
What comes next for Green Sail as the semi-finalist is to attend the renowned Social Innovation Academy in Turin – an intensive three day residential event, where participants receive training from experienced social innovators and have the opportunity to develop their projects into viable business propositions.
Alongside the Academy, the semi-finalists receive personalised support from a local coach. This prepares them for the next stage of the competition, where they submit extensive Development Plans to the Judging Panel. The Judges will then have the responsibility to select 10 Finalists and eventually 3 Winners, each of whom will be awarded 50,000€. Additionally, an Impact prize of 50,000€ will be awarded to the 2019 semi-finalist that has achieved the most significant social impact over the past 12 months. All of the Finalists and semi-finalists will be invited to attend the Award Ceremony in Brussels on 24 October.