Introducing the Schwab Foundation’s
Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Awardees

Meet the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2014

The 2014 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs of the Year” represents 37 outstanding social entrepreneurs from 30 organizations operating in more than 20 countries that are pioneering solutions for social and environmental challenges, from urban revitalization to renewable energies, employability and more. Explore the interactive panel below to find out more about the 2014 Social Entrepreneurs.

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Who are the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs?

The Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs are the world’s foremost community of more than 300 outstanding social entrepreneurs from 60 countries tackling society’s most pressing issues. Search the entire Schwab Foundation network of social entrepreneurs by sector, region, or model here.

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:
• Achieves large scale, systemic and sustainable social change through a new invention, a different approach, a more rigorous application of known technologies or strategies, or a combination of these.
• Focuses first and foremost on the social and/or ecological value creation and tries to optimize the financial value creation.
• Innovates by finding a new product, a new service, or a new approach to a social problem. 
• Continuously refines and adapts approach in response to feedback. 

Review the Schwab Foundation’s selection criteria here. If you would like to apply or nominate someone as a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2015, please click here.

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