Supporting the Recognition of the Silver Economy in Europe in the Digital Era

Programme: Horizon 2020, GA 727625
Duration: 01/10/2016-30/09/2018 (24 months)


By developing and setting-up a European-level award scheme, SEED aimed at rewarding excellence in ICT-enabled innovative products and services for the ageing population.
Through its carefully conceptualised, multi-stakeholder driven and peer-review based award concept, SEED is set out to highlight the opportunities that a growing ageing population can generate. The award scheme is designed to effectively address a wide range of stakeholder groupings throughout Europe, thereby shedding light on innovative solutions that have already shown positive impacts for the target group of older people. Solutions may be found in enterprises, social innovation initiatives, local and regional governments and other stakeholder groupings.

Scope and objectives

Already during its first year, the European Silver Economy Awards have been able to attract a high number of innovators dedicated to supporting and improving the quality of life of older people with the help of ICT. 95 applications from 22 countries have been submitted for consideration of being honoured as the first Silver Economy Awards’ winners. The laureates have been selected following a three-staged selection process, involving over 40 Silver Economy experts. Further to this, SEED could embed the knowledge of its Advisory Board members and is very proud to have official support from the Covenant on Demographic Change, the European Commission as well as the Committee of the Regions. Currently, the award is powered by the Covenant on Demographic Change.

ECHAlliance role

ECHAlliance was the Task Lead and dissemination/communication.


Empirica, AGE Platform Europe, Pau Education SL, Noord-Brabant Provincie, Assemblee des Regions D’Europe Association, Connected Health Alliance CIC, Diputacion Foral de Bizkaia, City of Ljubljana, City of Tampere.

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