Awards 2015

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The winners of the seif Awards 2015



About a third of all the food we produce each year is wasted. A shocking number that Äss-Bar wants to tackle and reduce as much as possible. Thanks to their work with bakeries across Zurich, Bern and Winterthur Äss-Bar sells baked products and pastries from the day before at discount prices helping to fight “food waste”while optimising their daily costs.


PRISTEM is a novel medical X-ray technology specifically designed for the context of resource-poor settings, targeting two-thirds of humanity that have still not access to radiology services. Combined to an innovative business model which includes the maintenance costs in the one-off price, this extremely robust and affordable digital radiography solution can reach large yet untapped markets, achieving both large social impact and profitability.


Uncollected trash is a huge problem in the developing world. By estimates only 10% of solid waste in Africa is collected, resulting in pollution, disease and environmental crisis, but most of this materials are recyclable. Wecyclers uses bicycle powered collection vehicles to create a sustainable solution to this waste crisis. They offer convenient household recycling services using a fleet of low-cost cargo bikes. Wecyclers are powering social change using the environment by allowing people in low-income communities to capture value from their waste. supports people with disabilities to find a job in the labour market and offers employers and the employees coaching on the process. Only in its first year has already helped 40 people with disabilities in canton Schaffhausen to find a job.

Award Winner 2015

The Finalists and winners were announced at the ceremony on 6 October 2015 at Limmathall in Zürich. They were joined on stage by two European social innovators sharing their valuable insights.

The seif Jury Special Mention was awarded for the first time ever, to Selene Biffi, the founder of Bibak, for her inspiring commitment for eradicating land mines.

Meet the finalists

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