epAward 2019 Proudly Presents Its Winning Solutions

Cairo | July 12, 2019

Siemens Stiftung’s empowering people. Award (epAward) 2019 is thrilled to present the winners of this year’s international competition which sought out sustainable, low-tech, and critical solutions for daily needs in developing regions.

Our top 3 solutions:

New this year, all 11 finalists pitched their innovative, sustainable business and its social impact to the multi-disciplinary, international jury panel and relevant audience from international thoughtleaders. All shortlisted solutions struck a good balance between their practical business models and technical functionality ensuring community benefit. Like in years past, all finalists will gain exclusive membership to empowering people. Network, a vibrant ecosystem of innovators and development professionals. Also, the 8 runners-up will not go home empty-handed – each enterprise will receive €10,000 to help them continue their crucial work locally and globally.

In addition, SuMeWa | System (AUTARCON) has received the Special WASH Award of €20,000, supported by Siemens Stiftung’s collaborator, Knorr-Bremse Global Care. Also, GrainMate – Grain Moisture Meter (Sesi Technologies Ltd.) received the most votes in the online community voting and has won the Community Prize of €10,000.

“The award ceremony witnessed a thrilling atmosphere as our finalists put their best foot forward to showcase their social enterprises,” said Rolf Huber, Managing Director at Siemens Stiftung. “The winners represent the most impressive local solutions which have great potential to impact people in developing regions around the world.”

Each shortlisted solution will also become a part of a public Solutions Database, enhancing its visibility and opening up avenues for collaboration and funding. The public platform provides detailed information about each solution allowing those interested to learn more and engage with its developers.

All winners were honored at the award ceremony in Cairo on July 11. Prior to the ceremony, Siemens Stiftung and long-standing partner, enpact, organized an international expert round table on Innovative Finance Strategies for Social Entrepreneurs and an empowering people. Network workshop. Both engagements will help broaden the exposure of the finalists and provide a platform to interact with the passionate network members and leading experts from the field of development collaboration.


This year – the third edition of the Award Ceremony – saw a record number of entries with about 800 award submissions from 86 countries. The majority of entries came from Africa and Asia, with a strong showing from the Americas.


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About Siemens Stiftung

As a nonprofit foundation, we promote sustainable social development, which is crucially dependent on access to basic services, high-quality education and an understanding of culture. Our international project work supports people in taking the initiative to responsibly address current challenges. The geographical focus of our work is on regions in Africa and Latin America as well as Germany and other European countries. We develop solutions and programs with partners and implement them together. Technological and social innovations play a key role in this work. Our actions are impact-oriented and conducted in a transparent manner.

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