empowering people. Award 2019 Attracts Global Attention

After three months of gripping promotions for empowering people. Award 2019, we are excited to share that the award has witnessed enthusiastic participation from across the globe. The third round of the international competition for social entrepreneurs with a sustainable solution in developing countries has drawn close to 800 applications cutting across geographies, languages and cultures.

The maximum numbers of applications have come from Nigeria and Kenya. The top five cities that submitted the largest number of projects also include five African cities, with Nairobi and Kampala topping the list. In the last edition in 2016, Indian entrepreneurs had submitted the largest number of applications; they continue their good run at number three this year. Overall the African continent enjoys the lion’s share with their total score at 408 followed by 138 from Asia.

© Submission distribution statistics of empowering people. Award 2019

 “It is so thrilling to see the global footprint of the award, catching the attention of social entrepreneurs from distant locations as far away as South America and Oceania. It is all down to our partners, collaborators, network members and the esteemed international jury panel, who spread the word far and wide. A big shout-out to them for their outright support!” says Carola Schwank, Head of empowering people. Netwok

Our eight award categories have all seen competitive submissions, with Education and Training and Food and Agriculture drawing the largest number of projects. Last time we had the most applications in the Energy category. The category Water and Sanitation, which in particular is supported by an additional Special WASH Award by Knorr Bremse Global Care, received 14% of the submissions.

© Submission distribution statistics of empowering people. Award 2019

It has been quite a revelation for us to receive the bulk of the applications from young, emerging organizations who were founded as late as 2016 and 2017 and have small but well functioning teams. In terms of gender, there was more participation from men but women applicants stand tall at an impressive tally of around 200. As the award criteria demanded a workable businesses model, it is no surprise that 50% of the submitted solutions come from for-profit organizations.

A very intense and stimulating phase lies ahead of us, as technical and business professionals from AT Association and Intellecap begin the assessment process. They will come up with the shortlist of finalists early next year, from where our multidisciplinary jury will take over to select the winners. The winners of empowering people. Award 2019 will be announced and awarded in Summer 2019.

There are several simple yet smart technical solutions engineering progress by plugging severe gaps in basic supply. We are now reading your stories and discovering fresh innovations that are improving the quality of life in the remotest regions”, Carola added.

Ratul Narain, winner of the epAward and Yvonne Mwale

Winners at empowering people. Award ceremony in 2016.

In the Award Ceremony we will award ten winners with prize money up to 50,000, along with an exclusive membership to empowering people. Network,  our vibrant ecosystem of innovators and development professionals. Winning solutions receive international visibility, benefit from online and offline collaborations and mentorship.

We thank all the participants for your time and passion. We wish you the very best for the upcoming rounds. Keep watching this space for more award related updates!

(Interested to know more about this year’s submissions? Check-out here!)

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