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Tuesday, August 25, 2015 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Tech-based social solutions competition looking for nominations

Source: Social Story

The competition, organized by Siemens Stiftung, seeks to identify innovative technical solutions to tackle global challenges in basic supply in the developing world.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 — No Region Specified

BNY Mellon and The Forbes Funds Name Winners of $1 Million Social Innovation Challenge

Source: Press Release

UpPrize has named Conversant Labs, Marinus Analytics and PHRQL as the winners of BNY Mellon's $1 million Social Innovation Challenge. The winning ideas will expand digital access for visually-impaired people, help government agencies fight human trafficking, and ensure poor families have access to healthier foods. UpPrize, a unique collaboration between BNY Mellon, the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania and The Forbes Funds, combines impact investing with a research-based social innovation challenge.
Thursday, July 2, 2015 — South Asia

Social Enterprise Awards 2015: Inspiring social change

Source: Jakarta Post

For these six creative and inspiring social enterprises, lying back while expecting funding from donors is so last-decade. “Do what you can, start now and do it for others” seems to be the sacred slogan for six winners of the Social Enterprise Awards for Arts, Creative Economy and Tourism, which were presented by DIAGEO and the British Council in Jakarta recently.
Monday, June 22, 2015 — No Region Specified

D-Lab Scale-Ups awards $100,000 to five social entrepreneurs

Source: MIT News

The MIT D-Lab Scale-Ups fellowship program — which offers one year of support to social entrepreneurs bringing technology-based, poverty-alleviating products to market at scale — has announced its 2015 fellows.
Friday, October 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

Social Entrepreneurs Compete For More Than $3M In Skoll Challenge

Source: Forebes

The Skoll Foundation just kicked off its second annual Social Entrepreneurs Challenge. Open to its 87 awardees, 68 are participating. The competition is taking the form of a crowd-funding campaign, using the services of CrowdRise, which has a fundraising platform for nonprofits.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Meet The Swiss Tycoon Who Is Funding African Innovation

Source: Forbes

Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais, a Swiss-Angolan, is a successful entrepreneur and the founder of the African Innovation Foundation (AIF), a Swiss-based organization that promotes innovation and sustainable development for Africa. The African Innovation Foundation mobilizes innovators across the continent to release untapped potential in Africa, enhancing the way Africans live, work, and learn.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

$75,000 Anzisha Prize for Young Entrepreneurs Announces 2014 Finalists

Source: Press Release

For the first time ever, African Leadership Academy and The MasterCard Foundation are delighted to have Anzisha Prize finalists from Togo and Ivory Coast (, revealing strong growth in entrepreneurship activity amongst youth in West Africa. Five young women are among the 12 finalists in the running for the $75,000 prize money that will be awarded on 23 September 2014, and will fly to Johannesburg from DRC, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa and Nigeria.
Monday, May 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

ICT Authority names Microsoft, ZiDi as 2014 Innovation Award winner in health care

Source: CIO

The application is developed by MicroClinic Technologies with technical support from Microsoft under the 4Afrika initiative. ZiDi trials are being run in 6 health centres and public dispensaries in Kiambu and Kisumu counties and the Gatundu Sub District Hospital, that serves in excess of 3,000 patients monthly. ZiDi™ automates stocktaking, personnel administration, financial management and service delivery in these health centres.
Monday, April 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

The Aspen Institute Announces Second Class of New Voices Fellows

Source: Press Release

The Aspen Institute announced today the second class of the New Voices Fellowship, a groundbreaking program designed to amplify the voices of experts from the developing world and bring their experiences to discussions of global development. The 2014-2015 fellows come from 12 countries and three continents: Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, India, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Monday, March 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship Announces Social Entrepreneurs of 2014

Source: Press Release

Thirty seven Social Entrepreneurs have been recognized by the Schwab Foundation as the Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2014. The winners were selected in recognition of their innovative approaches and potential for global impact. The awardees will be announced during a livecast session at The Huffington Post, featuring Hilde Schwab, Co-Founder and Chairperson, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

The Skoll Foundation Announces Seven 2014 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship

Source: Marketwired

The Skoll Foundation today announced the seven 2014 recipients of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.
Friday, February 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Sustainable Harvest-Rwanda Launches First Let’s Talk Coffee Rwanda

Source: Press Release

On February 18 and 19, Sustainable Harvest Inc., through its nonprofit entity, Relationship Coffee Institute, will launch its Rwanda operation with the first Let’s Talk Coffee Rwanda event, convening in partnership with Women for Women International (WfWI). Sustainable Harvest’s relationship coffee initiative in Rwanda is funded by a three-year grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

Press Release: Cook Stove Design Competition Yields Innovative Designs for a Cleaner World

Source: Press Release

The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management’s Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise at Cornell University announced the winners of its Cook Stove Design Competition, sponsored by Japanese kerosene stove manufacturer, Toyotomi.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 — South Asia

Press Release: Meet the Winning Ideas of Greenpeace Challenge to find renewable irrigation systems for India

Source: Press Release

Greenpeace “A Watershed Moment in India” challenge, which was open from September 3rd, 2013, saw participation from over 1500 people across 58 countries, who created 256 designs for renewable energy powered, portable, affordable irrigation systems for small farmers in Bihar. Participants uploaded their designs to a web platform, where they were viewable by the public (including other competing teams) who commented on all designs and suggested improvements, which the designers took into consideration to iterate and adapt their designs.
Monday, January 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

Open thread: vote for your favourite development innovation

Source: The Guardian

The honey that heals, the app that helps reunite families after natural disasters, Haiti's miracle moringa tree – which of our dozen development innovations caught your eye?
Friday, November 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

Winners of $1 million award to support lifesaving innovations announced

Source: Times of India

A simple low-cost device that helps newborn babies to breathe and has the potential to transform the life chances for thousands of African babies has been awarded the highest fund in the first GSK and Save the Children $1million Healthcare Innovation Award.
Friday, November 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

Apollo inks MoU with CSC to offer healthcare via telemedicine

Source: SmartInvestor

Apollo Hospitals Group today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Common Services Centers (CSC) Scheme of the government to deliver healthcare using telemedicine platform to patients in rural areas.
Monday, November 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

Chetna Vijay Sinha, India Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2013

Source: The Schwab Foundation

The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum, in partnership with the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation announced Chetna Vijay Sinha, Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank, and Mann Deshi Foundation, as the winner of the 2013 India Social Entrepreneur of the Year awards.
Monday, November 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

Innovation Summit Encourages Social Entrepreneurship

Source: The Harvard Crimson

Social entrepreneurs, Harvard affiliates, and students from across the United States convened in Northwest Labs on Saturday for the Igniting Innovation Summit, a conference meant to spark student interest in social entrepreneurship through a series of events.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 — No Region Specified

Top winners selected for outstanding inventions for basic supply entered to the “empowering people. Award”

Source: Press Release

Top three winners selected for outstanding inventions for basic supply entered to the “empowering people. Award” by the Siemens Stiftung. Altogether, the Siemens Stiftung awarded 23 prizes to the most promising innovations entered to the “empowering people. Award”.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 — No Region Specified

Finalists announced for "Social Entrepreneur of the Year" Award

Source: The Times of India

MUMBAI: The Jubilant Bhartia Foundation, which organizes the SEOY India Award in association with the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship announced the finalists of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) India Award 2013.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 — No Region Specified

2014 NextBillion Case Writing Competition Tops 50

Source: News Release

More than 50 entries from 34 universities and 15 countries were received for the 2014 NextBillion Case Writing Competition. The global competition is sponsored by the Citi Foundation and the NextBillion website, and is administered by GlobaLens, the William Davidson Institute's case publishing division. NextBillion is an initiative of WDI.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 — South Asia

Sankalp & SOCAP enter global alliance to further Impact Investing market

Source: Press Release

Intellecap initiative Sankalp Forum announced a strategic partnership with Social Capital Markets, convener of the international SOCAP conference series, in San Francisco during SOCAP ‘13. Sankalp Forum is an enabling platform that helps social enterprises find investors, mentors and scale. And SOCAP works towards increasing the flow of capital towards social good.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

Social Business Finalists Unveiled in the Siemens Stiftung 'Empowering People' Award

Source: Press Release

The Siemens Stiftung organized an international competition to find simple but intelligent technological solutions with the capacity to sustainably improve the lives of people in developing countries. The international jury will announce the top three winners at the Award Ceremony in Nairobi. They will receive prize money of 100,000 EUR in total. From now until October 21st, anyone can take part in the online voting and choose their personal favourite for the special community prize.
Friday, September 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

Evidence Aid Wins the Unorthodox Prize

Source: Media Statement

Following those efforts, we are very pleased to announce the winner of our second competition: Evidence Aid. Incubated as a project of The Cochrane Collaboration based in the U.K., Evidence Aid aims to bring rigorous evidence-based practices to the fields of disaster relief and humanitarian aid.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 — South Asia

Artha Venture Challenge Finalists Announced

Source: Press Release

15 social ventures in India get opportunity to access INR 25 lakh matched equity funding The final cohort for the Artha Venture Challenge, a national competition for early-stage social ventures in India has been announced.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 — No Region Specified

Dubai hosts first World Entrepreneurship Forum in Middle East

Source: Middle East Online

Dubai SME, the agency of the Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai mandated to develop the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the World Entrepreneurship Forum to host the UAE chapter of the Forum to promote entrepreneurial idea exchange and networking in the region.
Thursday, December 27, 2012 — South Asia

Tata launches 'Social Enterprise Challenge'

Source: New York Daily News

Mumbai, Dec 27 — Aiming to find the country's most promising social enterprises, the Tata Group has launched the 'Tata Social Enterprise Challenge' in association with the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC), a company statement said here Thursday.
Thursday, December 20, 2012 — No Region Specified

Skoll Foundation Announces 2013 Award Winners

Source: Skoll Foundation Blog

The Skoll Foundation today announced the winners of its 2013 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship (SASEs).
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 — No Region Specified

Meet the 2012 Young Laureates of the Rolex Awards for Enterprise

Source: National Geographic

Five young men and women who embody the spirit of enterprise, the ideas and will to make the world a better place, were named today the 2012 Young Laureates of the Rolex Awards for Enterprise.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 — South Asia

Student Social Entrepreneurs from India Win the 2012 Intel Global Challenge

Source: Social Enterprise Buzz

With a “jugaad” mindset embedded in the culture, India has no shortage of social innovators cooking up solutions to the world’s ills. As a matter of fact, the Greenway Grameen Infra (GGI) team from India has just been announced as the winners of the 2012 Intel Global Challenge at UC Berkeley, receiving $50,000 from the Intel Foundation on their invention of a biomass-based stove that increases fuel efficiency.
Thursday, November 8, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Enablis, ILO, unveil business competition

Source: Business Daily

The Enablis Entrepreneurial Network East Africa and International Labour Organisation (ILO) on Thursday launched the 2012 annual business plan competition aimed at identifying and growing emerging and existing entrepreneurs.
Friday, November 2, 2012 — No Region Specified

Santa Clara University Welcomes Applications from Investment-Ready Social Enterprises

Source: Market Watch Press Release

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov 01, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Applications are now open for Santa Clara University's Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI(TM)), an 11-year-old program that helps social entrepreneurs create greater impact in their poverty-alleviating missions.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 — No Region Specified

Village Capital & Venture Well Team Up to Launch an Accelerator Focused on Clean Tech and Mobile ICT

Source: Blue Sky

Village Capital and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance’s (NCIIA) Venture Well have joined to offer early stage IT and cleantech entrepreneurs the opportunity to win $100,000 in seed money. Teams selected from across the nation will take part in a two and a half month competition beginning with a conference for selectees the weekend of November 29, 2012 in Boston. T
Monday, September 24, 2012 — No Region Specified

Hult Global Case Challenge To Announce Incubator-Based 'NGO 2.0' At Clinton Global Initiative Conference

Source: Forbes

In April, I wrote about the Hult Global Case Challenge, a worldwide social entrepreneurship challenge hosted by the Hult International Business School, an entity owned by Swedish billionaire Bertil Hult (worth $3 billion as of March), the entrepreneur who made his fortune by building language and cultural learning giant EF Education First.
Friday, September 21, 2012 — Europe & Eurasia

Apply for the Siemens Stiftung Foundation: Empowering People Award


With the “empowering people. Award”, the Siemens Stiftung would like to identify efficient technical solutions which empower people in developing and emerging countries to independently combat existential problems in basic supply.
Monday, September 17, 2012 — South Asia

ISB competition for social entrepreneurship ideas

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Do you have an idea that has a potential to make a social impact? The Indian School of Business (ISB) has announced iDiya, a nationwide idea competition for working professionals who are interested in starting ventures with a potential to create a positive impact on society.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 — No Region Specified

SIFP and Fledge Form Partnership

Source: Fledge Press Release

Social Innovation Fast Pitch (“SIFP”) has partnered with Fledge, the “conscious company” incubator, to provide additional advice, mentorship, and support to the for-profit finalists of the SIFP 2012 program. Additionally, the SIFP 2012 Fund II investors have selected Fledge to manage the operations of this year’s $100,000 investment fund.
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