Bayer Foundation Women Empowerment Award 2024
Are you a woman entrepreneur driving change in Asia Pacific, Latin America, Africa or the Middle East? Apply for the chance to join the Accelerator Programme, and gain valuable exposure, resources, and opportunities for your business to thrive!
Shaping the world through social innovation
Scale your impact business.
What’s in it for you?
6-Month Accelerator Programme:
Sponsored Trip to Berlin:
€25,000 Cash Support:
Visibility and Recognition:
Join the Alumni Network:
Access to the Impact Hub Network:
Your journey starts here
Launch Your Dreams
7th Feb - 27th March
Pitch Your Vision
Spotlight in Berlin
4th - 6th June
Accelerate Your Impact
June - December
if you are
A Woman Entrepreneur
Driving Social Impact
From these regions
In the past 3 editions, we proudly backed women-led businesses that not only flourished but soared, achieving remarkable revenue milestones of $1.5 million. Are you next?
Frequently Asked Questions
1) Women business leaders:
The applicant must be a woman in a leadership position ((co)-founder or C-level) in the company. Other leadership positions in the organization may (can also) be filled by males.
2) Has a sustainable business/financing model:
Organisations of any legal entity type may apply, as long as there is a strong business mindset and the business is not dependent on grants/donations/subsidies/etc as a sole income stream.
3) Offers an impactful solution in health, nutrition, and/or climate-smart solutions in either field:
This includes but is not limited to solutions in food, agriculture, and water. Stand-alone climate-smart solutions will not be accepted, they must be related to health and nutrition.
4) Is creating a social or community impact:
Solutions should (aim to) be accessible to Low or Middle-Income Communities. Higher product/service prices before economies of scale are accepted.
5) Is driving impact in the Global South:
The business must drive its impact in low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia Pacific (excluding Australia & New Zealand), Latin America, or the Middle East. Business registration in the Global South is preferred.
6) Is revenue-generating:
The business should have annual revenue between 0 USD and (to) 1 million USD.
7) Strong personal drive & commitment to impact:
The applicant should have a strong personal drive and commitment to social impact. We favour applicants who have had to overcome obstacles in life.
Applicants may apply provided a working solution can be demonstrated.
The challenge is open to women entrepreneurs active in the Global South: Asia Pacific, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. This means the impact needs to be generated in these areas, but the business location can also be outside of the Global South.
Bayer Foundation Women Empowerment Award aims to support women entrepreneurs engaged in developing solutions for health, nutrition, and their intersection with climate-related challenges.
The application deadline is March 27th, 11:59 PM (CET).
Following the close of the application period, all submissions will undergo a thorough internal review. The top 30 finalists per region will be selected through the internal stakeholder review. The finalist programme will commence in April, where 10 founders per region will have the opportunity to pitch directly to the jury of representatives from the Bayer Foundation, Impact Hub Network and Philanthropy Network. Finally, five winners per region will be selected to attend the final event and participate in the Acceleration Programme.
Bayer Foundation, Bayer and Impact Hub experts will review the applications.
We welcome NGOs and their women leaders with sustainable business models that can continue creating impact to apply.
The cash grant can be used without restrictions and is intended to support business growth.
The sponsored trip includes coverage for your travel, accommodation, and visa expenses. Any additional expenses or personal preferences beyond the covered items will be the responsibility of the participant. Apart from the awardees’ personal preferences during the Berlin trip, the participant will not have any cost in participating in the program.
In addition to meeting the general eligibility criteria, we prioritise applicants with a strong personal motivation to receive support from the Bayer Foundation and Impact Hub and to win this award, alongside a clear commitment to creating social impact through their proposed solution.
In case you still have questions after checking the information present on our website, you can contact our team at email@example.com. We will get back to you individually as soon as we can and we may need up to 3 business days to provide a thorough answer.