The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship provides unparalleled platforms at the regional and global level to highlight and advance leading models of sustainable social innovation. It identifies a select community of social entrepreneurs and engages it in shaping global, regional and industry agendas that improve the state of the world in close collaboration with the other stakeholders of the World Economic Forum.

The 2016 Awardees will join the Schwab Foundation’s global community of over 325 outstanding social entrepreneurs operating in 60 countries. Members of the Schwab Foundation community receive many benefits, including support services from our partners, peer-to-peer learning opportunities with fellow entrepreneurs, and access to World Economic Forum events such as Davos.


Successful candidates:

  • Are running a for-profit or non-profit whose primary mission is social and/or environmental change
  • Have a track record of at least 3-5 years and have expanded to multiple locations/cities
  • Can be tackling any social or environmental issue (e.g youth, housing, water, health care, employability, education, climate change, etc.) but work directly with low-income or vulnerable populations
  • Are not (crowd)funders, intermediaries, incubators, or technical assistance providers
  • Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply


Step 1 Those interested in being considered as candidates complete the application form. Information gathered in the selection process will remain confidential and submit additional information such as a Curriculum Vitae, a recent evaluation report of the organization, income statements, etc.

Step 2The Schwab Foundation and local experts review the information forms submitted by Second Round Candidates. Those who qualify are invited to be semi-finalists. At this stage, further information is gathered through site visits to the candidate’s organization and/or interviews with the candidate and key informants. This due diligence step enables the selection of the finalists.

Step 3Finalists Selected

Step 4 Selection Committee (Schwab Foundation Board Members) selects the winners

Step 5Winners are announced


If your organization meets the criteria, please download and complete an application form. The application deadline is June 30, 2015. Note that the global application is open to organizations headquartered in all countries, except in IndiaFranceBrazil, and Chile, where we have national competition partners. In those countries, please apply through the national competition website.

Complete application forms can be returned to:

Opportunity summary

Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2016
An award for outstanding social entrepreneurs
Application deadline: June 30, 2015
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