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About the 2016 UBS Social Innovators program in Switzerland.

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.

Are you building a social enterprise with an innovative solution to one of society’s biggest challenges? Have you already proven the potential of your solution? Then we’re looking for you!

UBS is launching a global program to identify, select and support social enterprises with innovative solutions to some of society’s most pressing challenges.

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

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?

Our commitment to innovative entrepreneurship in Switzerland.

The criteria

Have you got what it takes to become the first UBS Social Innovator in Switzerland? We are looking for solutions that are:

  • Innovative
  • Impactful
  • Financially Sustainable
  • Scalable
  • Compelling
  • Compatible

The program

In a first round successful candidates will attend a boot camp at our conference centre Wolfsberg where experts from UBS and Ashoka will support you in bringing your social enterprise to the next level. 

At the end of the boot camp, we will invite four of you to our Regional Final in Zurich on 3 November 2016, where the UBS Social Innovator for Switzerland 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 Swiss UBS Social Innovator for 2016.

Key dates

Key dates

7th July

Global launch of the UBS Social Innovators program

21st July and 4th August

Online briefing sessions

31st August

Submission deadline

20th and 21st October

Boot camp at Lake Constance

29th October

Social Innovation Summit in Zurich

3rd November

Regional Final in Zurich

Early December

UBS Philanthropy event in Switzerland 

Jan – Dec 2017

Accelerator program

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