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The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship is a not-for-profit independent organization, founded in 1998, to advance social entrepreneurship and to foster it for innovation and societal  progress. The Schwab Foundation is a separate legal entity from the World Economic Forum with it’s own Board and is operated by the World Economic Forum and housed at the Forum headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship provides platforms at the regional and global level to advance leading models of sustainable social innovation. It identifies a select community of social entrepreneurs and engages it in improving the state of the world in close collaboration with stakeholders of the World Economic Forum.
Schwa Foundation For Social Entrepreneurship
 The Schwab Foundations’s main activities include:
  • Annually, the Foundation selects 20-25 Social Entrepreneurs from a pool of applicants through a global “ Social Entrepreneur of the Year” competition.
  • Over 260 social entrepreneurs from around the world and a wide range of sectors form part of the Schwab Foundation community. The Foundation fosters the peer-to-peer exchange of the social entrepreneurship methods and ideas.

World Economic Forum

  • The Schwab Foundation supports the participation of the selected social entrepreneurs at the regional and global meetings of the World Economic Forum, which offer unique opportunities for social entrepreneurs to connect with corporate, political, academic, media and other leaders, who usually extend pro bono or reduced fee services to the social entrepreneurs that have been selected into the network of the Schwab Foundation.
  • Social entrepreneurs participate in  Forum initiatives, the conversations shaping the future agendas of industries, and are experts for the  Forum’s Global Agenda Councils.


  • The Schwab Foundation works with the  Forum of Young Global Leaders to identify rising social entrepreneurs under the age of 40.
  • The Foundation works with Harvard University, Stanford University and INSEAD to provide scholarship opportunities to the best executive education courses in the field to the social entrepreneurs. The Foundation works closely with leading academic institutions to publish case studies on specific social entrepreneurs.

Social Entrepreneur

The Schwab Foundation does not give grants or invest financially in the organizations of its selected social entrepreneurs. It invests its limited resources in creating opportunities where social entrepreneurs who have successfully implemented and scaled their transformational idea have access to usually inaccessible networks, and in consequence, mobilize the financial and in-kind resources that enable them to continue to strengthen and expand.

Applications for the 2016 Social Entrepreneurship Of The Year are now open, the deadline is June 30, so hurry! Click here to apply.


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