Impact Prize 2017

The Bike Project wins the 2017 Impact Prize.

The Bike Project were the winners of this year’s Impact Prize, receiving an award of €50,000.

The Bike Project refurbishes second hand bikes to donate to refugees and asylum-seekers, tackling the issue of lack of mobility, contributing to the users’ independence and access to services. The project has donated 1000 bikes to refugees in the space of a year. A proportion of the bikes received are sold through its trading arm The Bike Shop to generate funds for the project and ensure long-term sustainability.

The Impact Prize was open to all semi-finalists from the 2016 Competition ‘Integrated Futures’. It was awarded to the semi-finalist that achieved the most significant, measurable impact in the year following the submission of the detailed business plan in September 2016.

All 2016 semi-finalists were invited to complete an impact report by 24 August 2017. Entries were judged by the jury panel from the 2016 Competition. The winner was announced at the Awards Ceremony in Brussels on 26 October 2017.

The Impact Prize was first awarded in 2016. It was open to the semi-finalists from the 2015 competition – ‘New Ways to Grow’. The winner was Love your waste, a social enterprise from France fighting food waste.

The Bike Project receiving the Impact Prize from DG GROW Director General Lowri Evans and Impact Prize judge Maja Grcic at the Awards Ceremony in Brussels.