About the Silver Economy Awards


The Silver Economy Awards is the first European-level award scheme rewarding innovative solutions that support the growth of the European silver economy. It aims to help local and regional authorities to deliver better services for their ageing population, improve the quality of life of older people in Europe and highlight economic opportunities connected with adequately responding to ongoing demographic developments.

Aimed at all those responding to the opportunities of our aging populations with game-changing solutions, the Silver Economy Awards will be open to submissions from organisations, companies and research institutions. From healthcare and active aging to lifestyle finance, transport and employment, solutions will be welcomed from the broad spectrum of areas that make up the silver economy.

Powered by the EU-funded SEED project, the Silver Economy Awards also benefit from the strong support of the European Covenant on Demographic Change as well as the CORAL network, the AAL Joint Programme, the EIP AHA Action Groups, ASHOKA, ERRIN, Digitaleurope, EuroCarers, and a number of highly committed regional and local governments.

Through this unique partnership, we aim to offer strong Awards that will catalyse the silver economy and support the creation of age-friendly environments across Europe.

Categories for the competition will be established over the coming months and submission will be open in summer 2017. The first Silver Economy Awards ceremony will take place spring 2018.


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SEED partners

empirica GmbH

empirica has established itself as a leading European research and consulting company with a broad understanding of political, business and socio-economic issues surrounding eHealth & Care, eServices and telematics applications. The group has a permanent staff from a range of disciplines, including medicine / health, social care, IT engineering, (medical) informatics, economics, social, political, management and public administration sciences.


AGE Platform Europe is a European network of more than 120 organisations of and for people aged 50+, voicing and promoting the interests of the 150 million senior inhabitants in the European Union.

P.A.U. Education

P.A.U. Education specialises in designing and managing international campaigns to promote citizen wellbeing and foster social innovation. We successfully work with a range of both public and private partners to raise citizen awareness, engage stakeholders, share and strengthen knowledge and inspire entrepreneurs. Our projects engage people of all ages to improve their quality of life and that of the most vulnerable. 

Province of Noord-Brabant

The province of Noord-Brabant is a regional authority in the Netherlands implementing the Smart Health Programme to become “Brabant, Region of Smart Health” in which smart solutions for active ageing are available for all citizens. 

Assembly of European Regions

The Assembly of European Regions (AER) is the largest independent interregional organisation in Europe, with 170 regional authorities from 32 countries as members. It was established in 1985 as a forum for regional politicians to engage in interregional co-operation and to voice regional interests on the European level. The Assembly is a key stakeholder on the European scene and benefits from privileged relations with all major European institutions and organisations.

European Connected Health Alliance

The ECHAlliance is the trusted connector in healthcare, facilitating multi-stakeholder connections around ecosystems, and driving sustainable change and disruption in the delivery of health and social care. With a growing community of 500+ member organisations and 16,000+ experts, it is the largest not-for-profit membership (organisation focused on eHealth, wellness, healthy living & active ageing.

Region of Biscay

Biscay, one of three provinces in the Basque Country in northern Spain, has nearly 1.2 million inhabitants, 21.6% of whom are over 65 years old. For over five years, the region has been working towards an Age Friendly Biscay, with a holistic approach that includes the Senior Intelligence Centre, which promotes economic activity related to an aging world. 

Municipality of Ljubljana

Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia, is the political, scientific and cultural centre of Slovenia with over 280.000 inhabitants, covering an area of 274.99 km2. It is the biggest city of Slovenia, as well as it's most important economic center. The city has 17 quarters or urban communities, which contribute to closer cooperation with local residents. Despite the fact that Ljubljana is ranked among medium-sized European cities, it maintains the friendliness of a small town and on the other hand possesses all the characteristics of bigger capital cities. For more than 25 years, the Municipality has been a member of the European Network of Healthy Cities, which operates within the framework of the World Health Organization.

City of Tampere

The City of Tampere is the largest inland centre in the Nordic countries with 225 000 inhabitants. There are about 43 000 people over 65 years old. The city is dynamic in developing new solutions for active and healthy ageing through collaboration with various multidisciplinary partners both domestic and international.