Empowering and enabling communities
to thrive with Social Innovation

Social Innovation:

Social innovation is about leveraging the power of innovation, entrepreneurialism and creativity to create inclusive business models that empower communities to improve their lives and enhance social impact in a responsible manner. Our focus is on rural communities in Africa, supporting access to health and improving agricultural productivity and sustainable strength.

Women Empowerment

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About the award

Our new Women Empowerment Award aims to help female entrepreneurs and their social enterprises generate social impact in Sub-Saharan Africa. Five entrepreneurs with solutions for health, nutrition and sustainable agriculture related challenges will receive a cash prize along with participation in our tailored 24-week growth accelerator including active investor feedback and access to our global alumni network.


Who is eligible?

Female entrepreneurs leading innovative social enterprises with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa Enterprises that already have their first customer, generate less than 1 million EUR revenue per year and that can generate large scale impact.


How to apply

Key documents to be uploaded:


  • Your CV
  • A document including an org-chart and your governance structure
  • A pitch deck including an executive summary of your vision, business model and potential for scaling
  • A description of the main challenges you are trying to solve in the next 12 months
  • An overview of your organization's finances in 2020


Apply here!




Call for applications: February 1, 2021
Application deadline: February 28, 2021
Announcement of winners: April 30, 2021
Awards ceremony: Early May, 2021

Growth Accelerator Program: May - October 2021 (with support by endeva and AfCE)
Presentation at Bayer Foundation Social Innovation Day: November, 2021