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Women Empowerment Award 2024: Meet our 30 finalists!

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The secret is out! The Bayer Foundation Women Empowerment Award 2024 received an overwhelming response of applications. From the impressive pool of 2,276 applications, we're thrilled to introduce the outstanding 30 finalists!



In collaboration with the Impact Hub Network, our teams launched a widespread call for applications, receiving an overwhelming response of 2,276 submissions from 3 regions. This surge in applications for the 2024 edition underscores the incredible desire among women-led enterprises to create tangible impacts within their communities and beyond.


After careful evaluation, we now have our 30 exceptional finalists representing Latin America, Africa & Middle East, and Asia Pacific regions. Diverse in their approaches and impact locations, these finalists are tackling pressing issues in areas such as health, nutrition, and climate solutions. Let’s take a glimpse at the remarkable women and their enterprises: 



Africa & Middle East Finalists:


  • Sakina Usengimana | AFRI-FOODS LTD
  • Oluwaseun Sangoleye | Baby Grubz
  • Megan Allen | Elsa Health, Inc
  • Deborah Kemi Adedigba (Kemi the Changemaker) | Health4Moni
  • Ifeoluwa Dare-Johnson | Healthtracka
  • Blandine Umuziranenge | Kosmotive
  • Joyce Kamande | Safi Organics Ltd
  • Sabrine Zahroubane | SEHALINK
  • Joan Nalubega | Uganics Repellents Ltd
  • Matini Janepher | Women Income Network


Asia Pacific Finalists: 


  • Astrid Paramita | FoodCycle Farm
  • Aya Fernandez | Eco-Uling by Project Lily Inc.
  • Samara Mahindra | Carer
  • Athalia Mutiara Laksmi | Hear Me
  • Elisa Yoshigoe | DoctorTool
  • Maria Wilvenna Anora | AtoANI Agriventures Inc.
  • Oranuch Lerdkulladilok | forOldy
  • Sudha Dhaka | SPARSA
  • Maqbulatin Nuha | Berikan Protein Initiative
  • Moh Suthasiny | Happy Ground


Latin America Finalists:

  • Liliana Acuña | Fundación Potabilis
  • Maria Fernanda Bonesso | Agrojusto
  • Johanna Cordovez | Tirando x Colombia
  • Patricia Zanella | EcoCiclo
  • Valentina Rios | Docokids
  • Sarah Sampaio | Amazônia Agroflorestal
  • Joyce Querubino | LoriConecta
  • Gabriela Rojas | SinReglas
  • Sara Cure | SAWA
  • Mayara Haddad Borges | Prorede3 Intermediação de Doações LTDA





“We would like to thank all the women entrepreneurs applying to our award programme in 2024. The high application numbers show the need for impact entrepreneurship programmes dedicated specifically to women. We’re looking forward to working together with our finalists and winners!”

Jana op den Winkel, Program Manager of Bayer Foundation





Mark your calendars!



We'll be announcing the 15 winners the first week of June. These winners will embark on a transformative 6-month Accelerator Programme, supported by a €25,000 cash prize, personalized mentorship, and a sponsored trip to the award ceremony in Berlin. They will also gain access to extensive networks, including the Impact Hub Network.




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