Introducing the Schwab Foundation’s
Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 Awardees

Meet the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2016

The 2016 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs of the Year represents 12 outstanding social entrepreneurs from 11 organizations operating in more than 70 countries that are pioneering solutions for social and environmental challenges, from child labour to women's empowerment to climate change and more.

Who are the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs?

What is a Social Entrepreneur?

Social entrepreneurs drive social innovation and transformation in various fields including education, health, environment and enterprise development. They pursue poverty alleviation goals with entrepreneurial zeal, business methods and the courage to innovate and overcome traditional practices. A social entrepreneur, similar to a business entrepreneur, builds strong and sustainable organizations, which are either set up as non-profit or for-profit social enterprises.

A social entrepreneur is a leader or pragmatic visionary who:

Search the entire Schwab Foundation network of social entrepreneurs by sector, region, or model here.