Snake, a Croatian digital platform that enables users to wear outfits in augmented reality, resortecs, a Belgian start-up that helps simplify the process of reusing and recycling textiles, and WhyWeCraft: Cultural Sustainability in Fashion, a Romanian legal support mechanism for craftspeople and designers, have won the 2020 European Social Innovation Competition.

The European Commission organises the challenge across all European Union (EU) countries and nations associated with Horizon 2020, and calls for innovative solutions to problems affecting the society.

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme with nearly €80 billion of funding available over seven years (2014 to 2020), in addition to the private investment.

The three projects, selected for addressing this year’s challenge ‘reimagine fashion’ in the best way, will receive a prize of €50,000 each.

In addition, every year the jury awards an ‘Impact Prize’ to one of the participants who reached the semi-finals in the previous year’s competition, based on results that the project achieved over the past twelve months.

The 2020 winner of the ‘Impact Prize’ is Empower, a company that adopted a new technology to enable circular economy, by allowing the deposit and collection of plastic waste for financial reward.