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Social And Technological Innovation Factory For Low-Carbon And Circular Industrial Value Chains

The SoTecIn Factory project, funded by the EU program Horizon Europe, aims to support social entrepreneurs in increasing the circularity of different value chains and its main products, in addition to promoting the culture of social innovation in European industry. SoTecIn Factory will create a transnational community of stakeholders, representatives of 7 European regions, interested in the design and management of missions that will guide the identification of real challenges in the circularity of value chains. Based on the defined missions and challenges, the project will provide financial and training support to 50 entrepreneurs (with circular and social projects), which will result in 30 pre-commercialization demonstration projects guided by the missions, in line with the EU Action Plan for Circular Economy. Furthermore, these demonstrators will target higher-value circular economy strategies such as reuse, repair, reuse, renovation and remanufacturing.



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  • Start

    01st June 2022
  • Global Budget

    4.949.512,00 €
Open Calls

Open Call 1 for Social Innovators

Deadline: September 28

EU-funded project SoTecIn Factory, led by INESC TEC, launched its first round of Open Calls for Social Innovators for its 3.3M EUR programme supporting mission-driven social innovation ventures in leading industry towards low-carbon and circular economy transition through sustainable solutions utilising higher R circular strategies.

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.

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Evaluators Expression of Interest

Deadline: August 31

SoTecin Factory aims to set up an External Pool of Evaluators to support the review process of the proposals received from the Open Call 1 for Social Innovators. This pool will gather a set of recognised experts selected through an open process to ensure transparent and consistent evaluation of the proposals.

Know how to apply here.

The dissemination of this initiative is also part of the activities of the Enterprise Europe Network, with INESC TEC as member and support office.


Associated Centres



Enterprise Systems Engineering



Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship