garagErasmus Foundation welcomes back its iconic contest to once again shine light on European talents.
This year’s prize? €3000!
What is the Laissez-Passer?
The Laissez-Passer of the Erasmus Generation is a project launched by garagErasmus Foundation in 2017 on the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the Erasmus programme that awards a symbolic passport, the Laissez Passer, to distinguished European talents providing them with tangible benefits and opportunities to improve their professional projects.
More specifically, the Laissez-Passer consists of a contest where participants that are currently or have been in a mobility experience submit their projects that are to take place in Europe and beyond. The winner is awarded with a grant allowing them to kickstart their project.
What is its purpose?
Through the Laissez-Passer of the Erasmus Generation, garagErasmus Foundation aims at:
- Identifying young talented Europeans with mobility experience and proven civic engagement in order to showcase their achievements;
- Valorising skills acquired through international study and professional experiences as well as volunteering;
- Supporting projects by young Europeans;
- Supporting the emergence of European role models for the youth;
The expression “Laissez-Passer” is what the Erasmus Generation reckons regarding the barriers and borders of Europe: no obstacles can stop the Erasmus Generation from developing themselves through mobility and work experiences around our continent and beyond.
The 2023 edition of the Laissez-Passer of the Erasmus Generation will award €3000,00 to the best project pertaining to the theme of social innovation, that is initiatives and activities aiming to address social challenges and improve the well-being of communities through the development and implementation of new ideas, strategies or solutions. Social innovation project can be regarding:
• Community development
• Technology innovations for social good
• Innovative teaching methods
• Environmental conservation
• Health and wellness
• Civic engagement and democracy
• Social Inclusion and diversity
• Human rights advocacy
• Rural development
• Promotion of art and culture
For this edition, the projects will have to be submitted to garagErasmus Foundation in the form of a vertical video (9:16) of not more than 90 seconds. garagErasmus Foundation will subsequently select 10 projects to be showcased on its Instagram and Tik Tok profiles.
The 3 projects that will receive more likes will then be given the chance to be presented to a panel of Higher Education Institutions representatives during garagErasmus’ annual Higher Education European Networking Summit in Milan on 16-17 November 2023, that will subsequently select the winner.
Who can participate?
All those who have completed a mobility period of at least two months, for study or work purposes, are entitled to present their candidacy for the Laissez-Passer. Candidates that have completed, or are about to complete, according to the terms of this article, a mobility period, but not within the Erasmus+ programme, will also be accepted.
How to participate?
The form to submit projects can be found on top of this page or at this link. The form requires candidates to describe the project idea and, optional, to provide a video that describes the project in any way the candidate prefers, be it simply a person talking, an interview, footage showcasing the problems and solutions, visuals, a compilation etc.
Videos shall have these characteristics:
- Vertical orientation, 9:16 ratio
- Max length: 90 seconds
Unfortunately, videos that don’t respect these parameters can’t be considered.
In order for us to receive the video without it losing quality, the form requires a link to an online cloud (Dropbox, Google Drive, WeTransfer etc) or to a social media, if already published (Youtube, Instagram etc).
If you are selected, you will be asked to submit your video at a later date if you haven’t already done so.
What are the rules?
The rules of the contest are listed below on this page and are downloadable. We ask candidates to please read it carefully before deciding to submit projects. For any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for submissions is 05 November, 23:59 pm (CET).
Do you want to take your chance to win €3000?
Below you can find a step to step guide of the Laissez-Passer of the Erasmus Generation 2023.
1. Click on the form on the top of this page.
2. Complete all the fields concerning yourself and your mobility experience.
3. Briefly explain your project.
4. (Optional) Provide a link to a video showcasing your project. The link can be to an online cloud (Dropbox, Google Drive, Wetransfer etc) or to a social media account if already published (Youtube, Instagram, etc)
5. What you will show on the video is up to you! It can be yourself talking about it, interviews, footage showing the problem with a voiceover, visuals. Surprise us! Be careful to follow the parameters indicated in the form or on this page.
6. Give your authorisation to data usage and newsletter (if you’d like to keep updated with the Foundation)
7. Deadline is on 5 November, 23:59 pm (CET)
10 best projects are published on social media
An internal committee of garagErasmus Foundation will select the 10 best projects and publish the videos on its Instagram (@garagerasmus_foundation) and TikTok (@garagerasmus) accounts.
If the selected participants haven’t already sent the video, they will be asked to email email@example.com to share the link.
Before publishing, the selected candidates will be asked to provide additional information about the project.
the votes are on!
From 5 November to 14 November, people will have the chance to vote for the projects on social media by liking them. Remember that:
1. You can like more than one video.
2. Votes on both Instagram and Tik Tok count and will be added together for the final score.
3. This phase does not determine the winner quite yet but is crucial to pass to the next step.
5 most voted invited to present their project
The candidates of the 3 most voted videos on social media will be invited to present their project in front of a panel of Higher Education Institutions representatives that will select the winner. Please note that all expenses will be covered. In case participants can’t attend the event in person, they’ll be invited to join online.
winner to present expense plan
Subsequently to the final decision, garagErasmus Foundation will contact the Winner who, in order to get the prize, will have to provide all the financial documents of the project. The grant will cover proven expenses related to the project; no direct money transfer will be done to the winner before the project takes place.
Candidates are required to read the rules carefully before submitting projects.
- The Laissez-Passer of the Erasmus Generation project is carried out by garagErasmus Foundation.
- The projects submitted must pertain to the theme of social innovation and must be in line with garagErasmus Foundation’s Ethical Guidelines and Principles.
- garagErasmus will not accept projects that are offensive, against public values or against garagErasmus Foundation’s values;
- All those who have completed a mobility period of at least two months, for study or work purposes, are entitled to present their candidacy for the Laissez-Passer. Candidates that have completed, or are about to complete, according to the terms of this article, a mobility period, but not within the Erasmus+ programme, will also be accepted.
- garagErasmus Foundation will award a prize of €3.000,00 to the winner, who will be able to invest it in a project of social innovation as agreed with the Foundation. Please note that there are no additional prizes.
- Submissions for the Laissez-Passer can be sent from October 9th to November 5, 2023, 23:59 pm CET.
- Submissions will have to respect the parameters required by the form.
- An internal committee of garagErasmus Foundation will select the best 10 submissions that then will pass to phase 2. Under no circumstances appeals against this decision will be admitted.
- Submissions selected for phase 2 will be published by garagErasmus Foundation on its social media accounts on Instagram (@garagerasmus_foundation) and Tik Tok (@garagerasmus).
- Phase 2 consists of an online voting system taking place on garagErasmus’ social media accounts on November 10-11. In order for a vote to matter, an account will have to put a like on projects they prefer.
- Each account can like more than one project.
- The likes on Instagram and Tik Tok will be combined together for the final score.
- Please know that the votes on social media do not establish the winner but are crucial to pass to the next phase.
- At 11.59 am (CET) on November 14th, garagErasmus Foundation will stop counting the votes.
- The 5 candidates with more likes on social media will have the chance to pass to phase 3 and final phase, which will consist of presenting their projects to a Jury formed by HEIs representatives, during garagErasmus’s annual Higher Education European Networking Summit (HEENS) in Milan on 16-17 November 2023. Under no circumstances appeals against the final decision will be admitted.
- All expenses for the trip to the HEENS for the candidates will be covered, until the amount communicated by the Foundation to the finalists
- In order to be allowed access to the final stage of the competition, the candidate has to confirm its availability to attend the HEENS. The presence of candidates can be replaced by a live presentation via Zoom. Candidates currently resident in extra-EU Countries will present through Zoom as well.
- On phase 3 of the competition, every finalist will be given a certain amount of time to explain to the audience how they would invest the prize of €3.000,00, in a project of social innovation, according to the criteria explained above.
- The winner will be selected by a qualified panel made up of HEIs representatives that will be present at the HEENS.
- Under no circumstances appeals against the final decision will be admitted.
- Subsequently to the final decision, garagErasmus Foundation will contact the Winner who, in order to get the prize, will have to provide all the financial documents of the project.
- The grant will cover proven expenses related to the project; no direct money transfer will be done to the winner before the project takes place.