Article sponsored by Rolex
The 2014 Rolex Awards for Enterprises was awarded to 5 entrepreneurs for their visionary work across 3 continents earlier this year.The bi-annual award which was first instituted in 1976 has seen more than 150 laureates being recognized across the globe in the last four decades.
The award seeks to recognize enterprising individuals (Under 30) who have used their skills to initiate radical change or undertaken projects which benefit society and the environment.
Applicants are chose from the following five areas.
- Science and health
- Applied technology
- Exploration and discovery
- The environment
- Cultural heritage
The award provides financial assistance to individuals who receive up to 50,000 Swiss francs (Rs 32 Lakh) in grants to advance their projects. The award also confers global recognition and access to an elite group of mentors comprising of former winners and global leaders.
This year saw more than 1800 applications from which 5 finalists were shortlisted by an eminent jury of International experts.
The winners of the 2014 Rolex Awards for Entrepreneurs are :-
- Neeti Kailas from India – The 29 year old seeks to vastly increase the screening of newborn babies for hearing deficiencies in India , through a cost effective device and supplement this with a network of health-care professionals who can diagnose deafness at an early stage and also effectively treat it. .
- Olivier Nsengimana from Rwanda – The 30 year old activist is promoting the expansion of breeding programs of endangered grey crowned-cranes. The endangered bird is considered a symbol of wealth and longevity in Rwanda and has seen it’s numbers dwindle in the wild, as a result of increased poaching.
- Francesco Sauro from Italy – The 29 year old explorer is documenting and investigating the vast quartzite caves of South America, located on the border of Venezuela and Brazil.
- Arthur Zang from Cameroon – The 26 year old entrepreneur has invented what is being hailed as Africa’s first medical tablet, which will allow health workers in rural areas to connect to specialist doctors living in urban areas.
- Hosam Zowawi from Saudi Arabia – The 29 year old has developed quick tests which help detect the presence of antibiotic resistant bacteria.