In 1976, Rolex launched the Rolex Awards for Enterprise to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the iconic Rolex Oyster watch. From the beginning, the Awards were designed to support men and women around the world who had little or no access to conventional funding and are literally trying to change the world through innovations and inventions that upgrade human well-being and knowledge.
With the motto ‘Anyone Can Change Anything’, the Rolex Awards for Enterprise have benefitted millions of people from around the world since its launch.
The Rolex Awards for Enterprise opens Votes to Public
Rolex is well-known to spend a lot of money in sponsoring high-end sports competitions as well as athletes like Tiger Woods and Roger Federer. But the lesser known fact is this significant investment that the iconic Geneva-based Swiss watch brand has been spending for four decades to make the world a better place.
The Rolex Awards for Enterprise choose independent individuals rather than scientific professionals who often toil in relative anonymity with no regard to financial gain. However, it is the first time in the Awards’ 43-year history that public members can vote for the aspirants they consider to be the most deserving of the kind stipend of 200,000 Swiss Francs.
The support given to the winners of the Award has indeed had a catalytic effect and in many cases, has transformed communities and lives. Moreover, it also has triggered new ways of thinking, and over 34,000 applications have been acquired since its launch, and about 140 Laureates from different walks of life have been nominated for the Award.
However, Rolex chooses five candidates from a list of ten finalists and this year; the finalists hail from all over the world with projects ranging from minimising India’s wildlife-human conflict to aiding paralysed individuals and many more.
Meet The Finalists
Sara Saeed is one of the principal candidates for the Enterprise Awards. She is the CEO of Sehat Kahani from Pakistan that motives to associate home-based female doctors with individuals in rural and weakened communities all over the globe through digital technology.
Another finalist is the UK-based marine biologists, Emma Camp, who aims to utilise the most robust corals of the world to help in reversing the influence of climate change. There is also Brian Gitta, the IT specialist from Ugandan who made a portable electronic device that could offer a trusted malaria reading within minutes without using blood.
Now, this could significantly refine the lives of millions of people in the fifteen sub-Saharan countries in South Asia and Africa that are particularly susceptible to the disease. Indeed, the Rolex Awards for Enterprise is a ‘unique legacy that keeps the world moving forward’.
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