UBS Social Innovators Program 2016

 

The UBS Social Innovators Program aims at selecting and supporting social entrepreneurs, who deliver innovative solutions to society's most pressing challenges at the national and international level. This tailored package of support will include access to UBS’s unique network and know-how, global exposure and expert coaching. UBS Social Innovators is being launched with support from Ashoka.

Eligible social enterprises can be working in any field and tackling a social or environmental issue at any scale from local to international. They must have developed their solutions beyond proof of concept and already be up and running and potentially looking to grow through social investment. Up to 12 shortlisted social enterprises in each participating region will be invited to a two-day Regional Bootcamp, during which they will pitch for a spot in their Regional Final. One social enterprise from each region will earn the title of UBS Social Innovator. They will enter a tailored year-long Accelerator program focused on scaling up their impact and receive a USD 40,000 grant. 

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Related TopicsBusiness & Social Enterprise, Corporate social responsibility, Social enterprise, Social investment, Social Entrepreneurship

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UBS Social Innovators Program : Discover the 12 finalists!

Discover the 12 Swiss social entrepreneurs selected among the numerous applications in Switzerland. They will be invited to a two-day Regional Bootcamp, during which they will pitch for a spot in their Regional Final.

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UBS launched International search for trailblazing social innovators

The UBS Social Innovators Program was launched with support from Ashoka in July 2016. It aims at selecting and supporting social entrepreneurs, who deliver innovative solutions to society's most pressing challenges at the national and international level.

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Caroline Kant: caring for children suffering from life-threatening diseases

While working at Merck Serono in the research and development (R&D) knowledge management department, Caroline Kant discovered many drugs sitting on the company’s shelves, waiting to be researched on, and which could become part of a much needed solution to treat rare diseases.

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Banking on social innovation

Caroline Anstey, Global Head of UBS and Society and former Managing Director of the World Bank spoke to Adam Lent, Ashoka’s European Director of Research and Innovation, about a revolution in finance that currently is driving social change.

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Crowdfunding began as a way to fund personal projects. A new generation of social entrepreneurs takes it to the next level.

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Building the Social Enterprise Eco-System in Thailand

In South East Asia, 95 per cent of coral reefs are endangered. In Thailand the richest quartile of the population own around half of the country’s income, whilst the poorest quartile have less than 10 per cent.

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How the Mobile Phone Is Enabling A New Social Enterprise Economy

Do you remember that old mobile phone that you traded in years ago? Chances are, your phone may be helping power a new social revolution for millions living in poverty around the world.

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Empowering Mothers in the Workplace

In 2012, Ashoka Fellow Riccarda Zezza returned from her second maternity leave to a senior position in a large European corporation. Zezza observed that in corporate culture it was not unusual for employees to take time away from the office – with work placements, further study and sabbaticals all forming regular parts of the contemporary career path.

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Funding for Impact: How 'Payment by Results' Could Revolutionize Development Funding

A pioneering new approach to funding social development projects has completed its first year – with promising results. Nearly four million girls, between ages 6 and 13, aren’t attending school in India.

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Congratulations to the 4 Swiss finalists!

Congratulations to CARBON DELTA, CHOBA CHOBA, PROJEKT INTERIM and VELAFRICA for having been selected as regional finalists at the UBS Social Innovators program that took place in Wolfsberg, Switzerland on the 20th and 21st of November 2016.

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