Seif Awards for social entrepreneurship seek to recognise entrepreneurs and organisations with solutions that create an impact on society. The award comprises four categories; Suva award for integration and prevention, UBS award for social innovation, PWC award for future trends and the Seif award for social entrepreneurship.
This year 292 applications from 65 countries were submitted. 23 candidates were invited to pitch. Following an intensive day of pitch presentations, 10 finalists that were able to convince the jury were selected to run in the final round. They range from complex hi-tech business solutions to simple concepts with very significant impact. These include: Aiducation, Carbon Delta, Choba Choba, Farmy.ch, GreenPath Food (from Ethiopia), Green City Solutions, KadAfrica (Uganda), MoSan, Stuward, Zum guten Heinrich.
All ten will further pitch to the jury and the audience during the award ceremony on October 6th, 2016 in the Weisser Saal in Volkshaus Zurich. A winner from each of the four categories will be bestowed with CHF 10’000.
The finalists from Switzerland are:
Aiducation – international organisation supporting underprivileged students, particularly those with limited access to education.
Carbon Delta – developed an evaluation system that assists investors to assess climate risks in their portfolios.
Choba Choba – chocolate industry that seeks to improve the lives of cacao farmers. The company involves farmers in the equity, governance and in the decision making process as well as sharing with the benefits the company yields.
Farmy.ch – an online farmers market offering organic foods from local producers.
Green City Solutions – developed an automated solution (immissions monitoring tool) – through combining internet of things with plants – to assess the air quality.
MoSan – an organisation that seeks to improve sanitation in remote regions, densely populated settlements, refugee camps through the provision of toilets and a sanitation system which can be locally adapted to people’s needs and the infrastructure.
Stuward – Online platform for people caring for a family member living with dementia who need companion, guidance, knowledge and the tools to better support themselves and their loved ones.
Zum guten Heinrich – produces and provides sustainably prepared meals and catering services within the Zurich region.