Europe, Middle East and Africa


Over 1200 social enterprises entered the UBS Social Innovators 2016 program. Find out about the shortlisted candidates here:

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About the 2016 UBS Social Innovators program in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Applications for UBS Social Innovators 2016 closed on 31st of August 2016. Shortlisted candidates will be announced in late September. Read more about this year's program below and register for information about the successful 2016 applicants and the 2017 program using the "Sign-up" button to the right of this page.

Do you have an innovative solution to address one of society’s most pressing issues? Have you already proven the potential of your concept? Then we’re looking for you!

UBS is launching a global program for identifying, selecting and supporting social enterprises with innovative solutions for some of society’s most pressing challenges.

Applications will be open from the 7th of July to 31st of August 2016.

We will be looking for social innovators that meet six criteria. Is your solution Innovative, Impactful, Financially Sustainable, Scalable, Compelling and Compatible? (find out more). Then you might have what it takes to become a UBS Social Innovator.

If you're chosen, we will commit our skills and resources and open up our unique global network to help your social enterprise succeed.

Who are our regional partners?

UBS already works with several Social Entrepreneurs in EMEA.

We will invite up to 12 successful applicants to attend a two-day collaboration and selection event in London on the 18th and 19th of October 2016.

Following this event, we will invite four applicants to the Regional Summit in London on 4 November 2016, where the EMEA UBS Social Innovator 2016 will be selected.

The rewards

As a 2016 UBS Social Innovator, you will receive a 12-month support package tailored to your specific needs, using the brightest minds from UBS and Ashoka to help scale and innovate your solution in 2017.

You will also receive a cash grant of USD 40,000 and have the opportunity to get feedback from leading social investors and philanthropists at a UBS event in Switzerland at the beginning of December. 

So if you have the solution to one of society's most pressing challenges, this is your chance to become the EMEA UBS Social Innovator for 2016.

Key dates

Key dates

7th July

Global launch of UBS Social Innovators Program

21st July and 4th August

Online briefing sessions

31st August

Last day for applications

18th and 19th October 2016

Collaboration and selection event in London

4th November

Regional Summit in London

Early December

UBS philanthropy event in Switzerland

Jan – Dec 2017

Accelerator  program 

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