Awards 2017

Join the Awards Ceremony!

In a joyful evening ceremony that commemorates the extraordinary work of social enterprises looking to tackle societal and environmental problems through innovative and entrepreneurial ideas, the 5 winners will be revealed. You can find more information on the evening program here.


Social enterprises from all over Europe and in all sectors were invited to apply. A total of 50.000 CHF in cash prize is available to be divided among the winners of each of the following five categories:

Keynote Speaker – Paula Schwarz

We are very proud to bring to you one of the most successful social entrepreneurs, Paula Schwarz, to tell you about how to drive social innovation in migration. Be there and get inspired by the drive of this incredible woman!

seif Awards Keynote Speaker Paula Schwarz

Paula Schwarz is an innovation artist and runs a trust network called Startupboat. The movement began when Paula and her crew digitized refugee camps in Greece with partners like Facebook, Google and the United Nations Refugees Agency. They met on open water and developed solutions for challenges linked to the European refugee crisis around healthcare, mobility and shelter innovations that were used by a total of 9 million users in 2015. Today, Startupboat operates permanently in Afghanistan, Jordan and Greece. Paula was named among the ‘100 Real Leaders of Tomorrow’ by Forbes Magazine for connecting tech-giants with grassroots initiatives that deal with the refugee crisis in Europe, was listed among the ‘30 social entrepreneurs under 30’, was chosen as among ‘40 top entrepreneurs under 40’ and ‘6 female founders to watch out for in Germany’ by Capital Magazine for 2016. Besides her activity with the Startupboats, she founded the Pythagoras Academy and is Vice Chair of the Schwarz Foundation.

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