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Supporting female entrepreneurs

Women Empowerment Award

Our Women Empowerment Award aims to help female entrepreneurs and their social enterprises generate social impact in the Global South. Every year, fifteen entrepreneurs with solutions for health, nutrition and sustainable agriculture related challenges receive a cash prize along with participation in our tailored empowerment program including active investor feedback and access to our global alumni network

Female entrepreneurs play a key role in
advancing the lives of their communities

Apply now for the Women Empowerment Award 2024

Why support female entrepreneurs?

Female entrepreneurs play a key role in the fight against poverty and in advancing the development of the regions in which they operate. However, the female social entrepreneurship journey is marked by major challenges: Lack of funding, discrimination and missing networking opportunities are only a few obstacles. We want to support the brightest minds who jointly pave the way for a fairer tomorrow with their health, nutrition, and agricultural solutions.

What’s in it for female entrepreneurs?

  • €25,000 cash prize
  • Tailored coaching to reach your business goals
  • Access to Bayer Foundation & Bayer’s expert network
  • Visibility through branded communication activities
  • Final award ceremony
  • Alumni Network

What are we looking for?

Female entrepreneurs


Regardless of their initiatives and ideas, female founders face great challenges that hinder their success. The Bayer Foundation Women Empowerment Award aims to enable their ability to create social impact through groundbreaking innovation. We are looking for women-led, women-managed or owned enterprises that help drive social change and improve their communities.


Social Impact Focus


We want to empower female founders active in health, nutrition, and agriculture. Women who want to jointly advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2 (Zero Hunger) and 3 (Good Health & Wellbeing). Women who want to decrease inequalities create perspectives and lift each other.


Global South


Although female founders face obstacles all across the globe, this challenge focuses on entrepreneurs from the Global South – Latin America, Africa & the Middle East, and Asia Pacific. This opportunity is a prime incentive to take centre stage and accelerate their innovations towards a healthier future.

Who are the previous winners?

Previous Winners


Cohort 2023

Cohort 2022

Cohort 2021

What are the timelines?

The Women Empowerment Award is an annual program: In 2024, the application period is running from February 7 - March 27. Bayer Foundation is partnering with the Impact Hub Network in this year's award program. Please find all details here: Impact Hub (

Apply now for the Women Empowerment Award 2024

Impact of the Women Empowerment Award

Our Women Empowerment Award winners drive impact to different UN Sustainable Development Goals with their social businesses.


Please find here the Bayer Foundation Impact Database on Loompact.