After careful consideration we invited 12 shortlisted social enterprises from each region to join us at Regional Bootcamps and Summits in October. The Bootcamps, designed with input from Ashoka, the leading Social Entrepreneurs network, provided an opportunity for all the regional shortlisted candidates to convene, network and collaborate. They were attended by UBS employees, UBS partners and experts from Ashoka who acted as coaches and mentors to the shortlisted candidates.
At each Bootcamp, we selected four Regional Finalists and invited them to pitch their social enterprise at the Regional Summits. There, the jury selected the UBS Social Innovator and three runners-up in each region who all were invited to a yearlong accelerator program running until the end of 2017.