SEIF Awards Tech for Impact

SEIF Awards 2021

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Why Tech for Impact?

When it comes to technological progress and global challenges, we live in fascinating yet demanding times. Technology can be a great tool for positive change, as innovative technologies often represent highly scalable solutions with potential to make a significant contribution to reach the UN SDGs. At the same time, we need to be aware of the potential negative impact it may bring along. This is why it is crucial to foster the positive potential of impact driven tech entrepreneurs.

At SEIF, we believe it is crucial to foster the positive potential of technology. This not only means integrating the impact dimension in the newest technological developments, but also to conduct and communicate the impact management and measurement transparently. We are pleased to see that a growing community starts to think in this direction.


Who can apply?

Impact driven entrepreneurs with innovative tech solutions designed responsibly to contribute to at least one of the UN SDGs. We are looking for European based entrepreneurs, operations can be worldwide. The positive impact dimension should be clearly reflected in the core business principles.


What do we mean by impact driven tech entrepreneurs?

We have a rather broad definition of impact driven tech entrepreneurs spanning across all sectors ranging from solutions applying AI, AR, nanotech, robotics or material science to low tech solutions, digital platforms or drones. You have either created a new solution or apply existing technologies in an innovative way to create positive impact to reach the UN SDGs. Meet last years finalists here and winners here.

What are the benefits?

For Winners

  • A total prize money of CHF 40’000 is at stake (each award grants the winner a prize of CHF 10’000, see the categories below)

For all finalists

  • Unique opportunity to increase international visibility and gain reputation

  • Pitch to a top-class jury & a large audience of relevant stakeholders

  • Opportunity to pitch in front of impact investors

  • Opportunity to pitch in front of one of the largest networks of sustainable business leaders in Switzerland

  • Stay part of the SEIF network of impact fellows for future opportunities

What previous winners say?

“The SEIF Tech for Impact Award had a significant influence on our development, in particular on the fundraising. It publicly showed our ambition to go towards impact driven entrepreneurship and attracted, as a result, impact driven investors. One year after, we are still in touch with several of them.” 

Etienne Jeoffroy
FenX Co-Founder and CEO

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Mona Mijthab

“2016 was a key year for us. We won the SEIF Award, which allowed us to register Mosan as a company and move to the next level. That year we worked a lot on our business model and established key partnerships in Central America.”

Mona Mijthab
Founder of Mosan

“The most important aspect of the award was the recognition we received from the nomination. The award also helped us to gain additional traction as an employer.”

Oliver Marchand
CEO & Co-Founder of CARBON DELTA

Carbon Delta Team 2016