Visionaris

UBS Award for Social Entrepreneurs

By way of a demonstration of its commitment to society, UBS created Visionaris – the UBS Award for Social Entrepreneurs to support work done by outstanding social entrepreneurs. To this end, in 2004, UBS AG teamed up with Ashoka, an international organization founded in 1980, aiming to collaborate in the professionalization of social entrepreneurs around the world.

For UBS, a social entrepreneur is an extraordinary person who has the vision, creativity and determination of a business entrepreneur, but uses these qualities to design systemic solutions for tackling complex social problems.

In 2018, more than 180 projects were registered in the tenth edition of the award, the highest participation level of candidates in the history of the Award in Brazil.

The finalists were: Instituto Horas da Vida, Turma do Jiló, Gastromotiva and Solar Ear.

Registration for 2018 - Closed

The theme of Visionaris 2018 is "Improving Scalability": achieving social impact means more than starting a model that works. Once a social enterprise has demonstrated its success, the successful business model must expand. This year, the goal is to identify social ventures that have had proven social impact in an innovative way and to design a viable, effective and sustainable model to scale the intervention model. The economic prize awarded through Visionaris will be used by the winner to implement this model.

Previous editions

Winner: João Paulo Nogueira Ribeiro
Organization: Instituto Horas da Vida
Topic: offers free health care products and services (consultations, exams and glasses) to beneficiaries of social partner organizations working in the areas of health, education and culture
Operating in: Brazil

Winner: Suzana Machado Pádua
Organization: IPÊ – Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas
Topic: Conserving the country's biodiversity through science, education and sustainable business.
Operating in: Atlantic Forest, the Amazon, Pantanal and Cerrado areas.

Winner: Fábio Bibancos de Rose
Organization: Turma do Bem
Topic: Management of a network of 16 thousand volunteer dentists in 14 countries, offering free dental care to the low-income population with serious oral problems.
Operating in: Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Venezuela and Portugal.

Winner: Alice Gonçalves Freitas
Organization: Rede Asta
Topic: Sale of creative handicrafts made by women from disadvantaged backgrounds
Operating in: Rio de Janeiro

Winner: Fernando Almeida Alves
Organization: Rede Cidadã
Topic: Generating work and income for disadvantaged young people, through mobilization, professional profile identification, qualification, inclusion in the labor market and follow-up after hiring.
Operating in: Minas Gerais, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Espírito Santo, Bahia, Pernambuco, Ceará, Goiás and Amazonas

Winner: Eugenio Scannavino Netto
Organization: Projeto Saúde e Alegria
Topic: Integrated and Sustainable Community Development (social, economic, environmental and cultural)
Operating in: Amazon. Tapajós River Basin

Winner: Emmanuel Falcão
Organization: Assessoria de Grupo Especializada
Multidisciplinar em Tecnologia e Extensão (AGEMTE)
Topic: Development of educational processes with solidarity in rural and urban areas
Operating in: Mata Norte and Brejo Paraibano

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