In July 2016, UBS launched a search for Social Innovators who would benefit the most from access to the unique network and expertise of UBS, the world's leading wealth manager.
We invited eligible social enterprises to apply to become the UBS Social Innovator 2016 in one of three regions, Switzerland (our home market), Europe Middle East and Africa and Asia-Pacific. Applications closed on 31 August, with more than 1200 Social Enterprises looking to take part.
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 act 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 will select the UBS Social Innovator and three runners-up in each region.
Find out about the finalists here and the other shortlisted candidates here.