Our innovation challenge to empower people is back! It aims to identify simple technological innovations with business potential to empower people around the world! Take part in our innovation challenge and win the empowering people. Award 2019!

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Technology Innovation Award

The deadline to apply for our innovation challenge to empower people is fast approaching. Hurry! Submit your sustainable solutions today and you stand a chance to win empowering people. Award 2019! The competition identifies simple technological innovations with a business potential supporting living conditions in developing regions across the world!


Apply online by October 31st, 2018, 24:00 CET and follow the hashtag #epAward2019!


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.


Explore Categories


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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