What are we looking for from UBS Social Innovators?



To be selected as a UBS Social Innovator you must be:


You have a product, service or technology providing an innovative solution to a social or environmental issue. 


You create long term, positive social or environmental impact and are committed to evaluating that impact.


You have proven your concept works and you are driven to expand it to create a bigger positive impact.


You have a business model with the potential to be financially sustainable, ready for growth.


You and your team are able to deliver a compelling vision while actively engaging with relevant stakeholders.


You are a good match with UBS's values and the aims of the UBS Social Innovators program.

UBS Social Innovators: selection criteria

A social innovator is an organization which has a social or environmental purpose, but which earns all, or a large proportion, or at least a growing proportion of its funding from sales of goods or services. Social innovators may be charities, companies, subsidiaries of a charity etc. and may be non-profit or for profit, but must be revenue generating.

We are looking for a social enterprise: 

  • That helps to solve a social or environmental issue in a new way
  • That challenges the status quo, or works in a new way

We are looking for:

  • A social enterprise which helps communities to overcome barriers or constraints on progress
  • A clear statement of the social or environmental issue you are addressing and an understanding of how large the problem is
  • Evidence that you measure the impact of your social enterprise, using quantitative and qualitative data

We are looking for:

  • A clear and realistic plan
  • A comprehensive description of how you are currently funded
  • A realistic description of how your funding will develop in the future
  • Evidence of strong partnerships and support networks that both address your existing financial needs and will help your social enterprise to grow
  • A well thought through and sustainable financial strategy

In the UBS Social Innovators program we are especially looking for social enterprises that have the potential to create revenues independent of donations. Even if you are dependent on donations today, can your social enterprise become self-funding?

We are looking for:

  • Evidence that your social enterprise already has some proven success
  • A description of the resources that you need to help you grow
  • A solution for which there is large demand in the field within which you are operating and a demonstrated need for you to grow

We are looking for:

  • A team and leadership with drive, passion and strong skills and experience
  • Evidence that you actively engage with relevant communities and stakeholders to realise the full potential of your solution
  • A strong and coherent grasp of the English language – as a UBS Social Innovator, you will have the opportunity to get feedback about your project from leading social investors and philanthropists at a UBS event in Switzerland at the start of December

We are looking for:

  • Social enterprises that can benefit most from the support and expertise UBS has to offer, beyond cash grants
  • Specific examples how our support could transform and impact your social enterprise

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