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.

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The empowering people. Award 2019 is ready for your application!

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#epA2019 - The third round!

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

The competition will be live on July 5th, 2018 and will be awarded in spring 2019.

Apply online by October 31st, 2018, 24:00 CET.


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.


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TechnologyTechnical 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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