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With the empowering people. Award, we aim to identify innovative technological solutions with business and social impact potential.

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Our innovation competition aims to identify simple technological innovations and business ideas that empower people in developing areas. Stay tuned for the next round of our empowering people. Award!

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All epAward winners and finalists benefit from a long-term membership with the empowering people. Network ecosystem which supports social entrepreneurs in the work they are doing and the basic supply problems they are solving. Additionally, the chosen solutions will be endorsed in epNetwork’s online Solutions Database, shining them under an international spotlight and, ultimately, enhancing their scope and impact.

Our selection process follows a set of criteria. We analyze submissions based on:

  • Technology: Technical functionality and feasibility; Environmental performance.
  • Social impact: Potential to help solve basic supply problems; Income generation; Job and training opportunities.
  • Business: Business model and financial resources; Proof of Concept; Financial planning and scaling options.
  • Team: Team competence and experience; Organizational structure.

More information about past epAwards can be found below.

  • 2019 Winners


    Ten promising enterprises emerged from the massive pool of 800 award submissions from 86 countries in our 2019 epAward. After a thorough evaluation, the finalists battled it out for the top 3 slots at the Award Ceremony in Cairo, Egypt on July 11, 2019.

    Meet the winners
  • 2019 Jury


    Representatives from renowned international organizations in the fields of technology, philanthropy and development were chosen to be a part of the interdisciplinary jury. These high-calibre experts selected the winners of empowering people. Award 2019 on the basis of a pre-evaluated shortlist.

    Meet the jury
  • 2019 Winning Solutions Booklet


    Following empowering people. Award 2019, we published this comprehensive booklet introducing all of the winners of the award explaining their inventions in detail. Enjoy this inspiring read.

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  • 2016 Winners


    From over 800 submissions for the empowering people. Award our experts selected the 19 most promising projects.

    Meet the winners
  • 2016 Winning Solutions Booklet


    Meet the winners of the empowering people. Award and learn more about their simple, yet intelligent technological solutions to sustainably improve the lives of people in developing countries.

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  • 2013 Winners


    From over 800 submissions for the empowering people. Award our experts selected the 12 most promising projects.

    Meet the winners
  • 2013 Winning Solutions Booklet


    Find out here which intelligent solutions emerged as winners of the empowering people. Award. We present the top three winners and the 20 runners-up who impressed us with their practical inventions to empower people in developing regions to improve their living conditions.

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