Estoril Local Answers Award it´s a award of 10.000€ (ten thousand euros) prize, created by The Estoril Conferences which will be granted to a project with proven results in finding local solutions to global challenges. We give the opportunity to Youth, Institutions and Communities at large to show that they have the power to make significant changes!

If you believe that the World changes through Action, this is an opportunity not to be missed!

The winner will receive a prize of 10.000€ and the opportunity to present their project during the next edition of the Estoril Conferences.

Winner 2015

Aporvela is the winner of the Estoril Local Answers Award 2015 with Mar de Oportunidades, a project to youth at risk of social exclusion.

Mar de Oportunidades is a partnership between Aporvela and Casa Pia de Lisboa that emerges as an excellent opportunity to promote the development of young people, among which are those who are at serious risk of social exclusion. This partnership is focused on a set of young people who may, through this project, find new meanings of life, choose a professional career at Sea. 

This project aims to promote ocean literacy and sea careers to risk youth and students while enabling them to fight against poverty, discrimination and raising new horizons, enhancing skills and knowledge.



The evaluation of the applications will be made by an international renowned jury composed by five members, as follows:

• Chris Arnold, Founder of World Merit
• Harry Starren, Writer and former CEO of de Baak
• Mariana van Zeller, Journalist, National Geographic
• Meagan Fallone, Global Strategy and Development, Barefoot College
• Stanley Anyetei, founding director of RoundCircle Strategist and Head of Portfolio Investments at Pymwymic


November 30th, 2014 - Registration form and support documentation
December 31 th, 2014 - Announcement of selected projects

See the regulation here 

Further information available at:


The Organization received applications from various countries, having made an evaluation of projects from different areas such as innovation & sustainability, economy, human security, sustainable development, green growth, globalization and domestic policies, among others, and by votes, the jury has determined the ten finalists (without any order):

Aporvela - Portuguese Association of  Sailing Practice

Project: Mar de Oportunidades

Dariacordar - Portuguese Association

Project: Movimento Zero Desperdício


Project: eSolidar

Startup X

Project: StartUp Pirates

Pressley Ridge - Social Solidarity Association 

Project: Eating together

Prevenir - NGO, Portuguese Association

Project: I Pass Program


Project: FarmX: Teach, Farm, Connect

Rota Jovem, Youth Association of Cascais

Project: Workcamps: glocal interventions


Project: WelcomeHOME 


ACREDITAR - Association of Parents and Friends of Children with Cancer

Project: Be and grow Barnabé


Jesuit Refugee Service 

Project: House in Order - Socio-Professional Integration of Migrant Women in the Domestic Services Field