social innovation awards

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ENTREPRENEURS SUPPORTED

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INCREASE IN JOBS

245% 

INCREASE IN TURNOVER

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TOTAL INVESTED

We find, support and scale social innovations – through challenge funding and tailored mentorship – which can directly and indirectly improve quality of life.

We define social innovation as innovation that demonstrates a sustainable business model while solving a social problem, with a particular emphasis on innovation that benefits women, youth, people with disability or those in rural areas.

APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED

STORIES

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • The SAB Foundation Social Innovation Awards will be open to any innovation solution that offers a credible prospect of meeting a demonstrable social and/ or economic need evidenced by the SAB Foundation’s target low-income beneficiary groups (with a particular emphasis on innovation that benefits women, youth, people with disability and those in rural areas), as well as demonstrating potential as a sustainable business.

  • Entries are welcomed from South African individuals, innovators, entrepreneurs, social enterprises and university departments. Entrants may enter as individuals on their own, or as members of a team, in which case one individual team leader shall complete the online application form.

  • The innovation entered must be the original work of the applicant and a true innovation and/or a significant improvement on an existing technology, product, service, and production method or business model.

  • Product innovation covers innovations in both goods and services, which can be divided into new or improved products. A new product has different characteristics and intended uses than existing products. It may use new technologies, knowledge and products or a combination of these. An improved product is an existing product whose performance is significantly increased; in terms of either increased output or a reduction in cost.

  • Process innovation is the adaption or creation of improved ways to deliver a product or service. It could come from changes in knowledge, perception and understanding. For poverty reduction, process innovations can increase the level of service delivery to beneficiaries, or enable practitioners to reach previously untouched groups or individuals.

  • The innovation solution must have progressed past the “blue-sky” thinking stage: there must be some evidence of investment by the applicant. This means that applicants must be able to show proof that prior to applying, they have spent time and/or money developing the innovation: planning, developing and testing prototypes, market and industry research, developing a business plan.

  • Applications are open to all South African citizens of 18 years or older. All participants (“Entrants”) must submit a certified copy of their South African Identity Document with their online applications.

  • Please see the “Participation Rules” on the online Application Forms Terms and Conditions for further guidelines.

Thank you all for your work, support and encouragement. Being featured as one of the world’s top 100 most inspiring social innovations is remarkable and would not have happened without all your involvement. Vula’s impact is growing. By January 2016 100 patients were referred on Vula. By the end of this April 2017, this figure will be more than 800. In 2017 we are aiming to further improve the public health service in South Africa as well as expand into more countries. None of this would have happened without the SAB Foundation prize. It turned a demo into a product and a dream into a reality. We are eternally grateful.
— William Mapham - Founder, Vula Mobilemore