The SozialMarie 2022 goes to...



On May 1st 2022 we celebrated the extraordinary work of social initiatives from Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia. Out of 275 applications, 15 unique projects have been selected and received a SozialMarie prize in front of a virtual audience.

Warm congratulations to the 15 winners of the SozialMarie – Prize for Social Innovation!

Main prizes:

1st prize (€15,000): Red Flags Slovakia.Digital (Slovakia)

A project initiated by a community of IT experts evaluates state-funded digital projects in an open process and makes the results open to the public. Red Flags Slovakia.Digital strengthens the public discourse against corruption and fights for fair and transparent allocation of public resources.

2nd prize (€10,000): Hobby Lobby (Austria)

The project provides free leisure courses taught by volunteer instructors for children living in low-income districts in Vienna.

3rd prize (€5,000): TV (Austria)

The social enterprise developed an easy-to-use mobile tool that generates "smart subtitles" in German and the language of the user's choice. Through this app, non-German speakers can watch Austrian TV shows and stay updated on local current events.

€2,000 Euro prizes were awarded to 12 projects:

From Austria: CHANGES for Women, Die Gesundheitsgreisslerei, We speak…

From Croatia: Knin Wall Newspaper

From the Czech Republic: CITAC - Centre for IT and Alternative Communication

From Hungary: Feed the Doctors, Inclusive Kindergartens, SWALLOW: Healing the Wings

From Slovakia: Gamifactory, Inclusive Cinema

From Slovenia: European ESOP – Pilot Programme in Slovenia, Jump over the Moon


You will find more information about all winning and nominated projects on our website.


Mentoring by honorary patrons

Inspiring personalities serve as patrons and mentor and award-winning or nominated project of their choice every year. The patrons guide and support the project over the following year. We are pleased to announce several international mentorships this year!


Yasmin Hafedh alias Yasmo (Austria) Rapper and poet

Mentoring: Homeless women teach how to acknowledge trauma (CZ)

Ivana Tepšić (Croatia) Director of the Jadran Cultural Centre, President of the Kazin Cultural and Urban Development Association

Mentoring: Social Cooperative Humana Nova (HR)

Andrea Tittelová (Czech Republic) Country Lead of Bátor Tábor in the Czech Republic

Mentoring: CITAC - Centre for IT and Alternative Communication (CZ)

Richard Fekete (Slovakia) Chairman of the Social Economy Academy, Non-profit sector specialist at Slovenská sporiteľňa - Erste Group

Mentoring: Inclusive Cinema (SK)

Zsolt Bugarszki (Hungary) Associate Professor at Tallinn University, Founder of the Social Entrepreneurship Incubation Program - SEIP

Mentoring: RescueRoom (SK)

Jose Antonio Morales (Slovenia) Initiator and co-founder, Aurora Coworking Network, Lincoln Island and the European Rural Coworking Project

Mentoring: Museum of Personal Stories (HR)