Siemens Stiftung Award

empowering people. Award is back. It aims to identify simple technological innovations with business potential and make them accessible in developing areas. Find all information about the competition here.

We are calling on social entrepreneurs and developers across the world: Win a chance to springboard to a sustainable future!

Siemens Stiftung has launched empowering people. Award, calling on social entrepreneurs and developers from across the world to submit their projects with impact.
The award identifies and supports low-tech solutions that address crucial basic needs sectors in developing regions. Technologies entering the competition should be simple, feasible, embedded in a social business model, and deliver sustainable support to a local community in one of the following eight categories:
  • Education & Training
  • Energy
  • Financial Technology
  • Food & Agriculture
  • Healthcare
  • Mobility & Infrastructure 
  • Waste Management
  • Water & Sanitation
  • Main winners: 50,000 Euros, 30,000 Euros, 20,000 Euros
  • Runners-up: 7 x 10,000 Euros each
  • Special WASH Award supported by Knorr Bremse Global Care: 20,000 Euros
  • Community Prize: 10,000 Euros
Additional benefits: All winners gain from a long-term membership in empowering people. Network that offers various support opportunities plus the solutions will be endorsed in the online Solutions Database to bring them under an international spotlight enhancing scope and impact. 

  • Technology: Technical functionality and feasibility, Environmental performance
  • Social impact: Potential to help solve basic supply problems, Income generation, job and training opportunities
  • Business: Business model and financial resource, Proof of Concept, Financial planning and scaling options
  • Team: Team competence and experience, organizational structure
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