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Finalists Named for 2014 Rolex Awards for Enterprise

Twenty-two young innovators from as far afield as Bangladesh and Fiji have been named as finalists in the 2014 Rolex Awards for Enterprise, the Rolex Institute announced in Geneva today.

2014 Rolex Awards Call for Applications

The 2014 Rolex Awards for Enterprise seek five Young Laureates with concrete projects to make the world a better place.   The Rolex Awards for Enterprise aim to encourage a spirit of enterprise in individuals around the world by supporting pioneering work in science and health, applied technology, exploration and discovery, the environment, and cultural…

Meet the 2012 Young Laureates of the Rolex Awards for Enterprise

Five young men and women who embody the spirit of enterprise, the ideas and will to make the world a better place, were named today the 2012 Young Laureates of the Rolex Awards for Enterprise. The awards carry more than a check for 50,000 Swiss francs (U.S.$54,000) and a Rolex chronometer; A jury of distinguished scientists, explorers, conservationists, doctors, educators and entrepreneurs from around the world recognized them as young people who exemplify hope for the future of humanity.

Behind the Rolex Awards for Enterprise: Ideas and Projects for Positive Change

The Rolex Awards were founded out of a conviction that the company had a responsibility to make a contribution to making the world a better place and to foster values it believes in; ingenuity, determination, excellence and above all, spirit of enterprise. News Watch talks to Rebecca Irvin, the company’s head of philanthropy, to learn more about the awards and the impact they have had on effecting positive change.

Rolex Awards for Enterprise Names 2012 Young Laureates

Swiss watchmaker Rolex announced five awards for Young Laureates at a press conference in New Delhi, India, today “to encourage leadership and excellence in the next generation and to acknowledge a surge of applications from young people for the Rolex Awards for Enterprise this year.”

“Nanopatch” Administers Vaccines Painlessly

Earlier this year Rolex announced the five winners of the 2012 Rolex Awards for Enterprise, who are being honored in New Delhi, India, on November 27. This profile looks at the work of Mark Kendall, bioengineer and innovative scientist who is developing the Nanopatch, a syringe-free method of giving people vaccines.

Saving Nairobi’s Mothers and Babies

Earlier this year Rolex announced the five winners of the 2012 Rolex Awards for Enterprise, who are being honored in New Delhi, India, on November 27. This profile looks at the work of Aggrey Otieno, founder of the grass-roots organization Pambazuko Mashinani and recipient of an award from the Clinton Global Initiative University and funding from the Ford Foundation Fellowships Program. An advocate of a variety of social causes for nearly a decade, Otieno was motivated to tackle the high rates of maternal and neonatal mortality in Nairobi’s slums when his sister developed serious obstetric problems while in labor at home at night.

Developing an International Conservation Project Around Gran Chaco

Earlier this year Rolex announced the five winners of the 2012 Rolex Awards for Enterprise, who are being honored in New Delhi, India, on November 27. This profile looks at the work of 2012 Laureate Erika Cuéllar, a conservationist who is training local people in three countries to protect South America’s Gran Chaco. “Cuéllar has already proved herself as an inspirational and innovative negotiator who has gained the respect of indigenous people and political leaders alike. Her Rolex Award for Enterprise recognizes these attributes and will support this extension of Cuéllar’s participatory approach to preserving one of South America’s last truly wild places,” Rolex says.

Tracking Large Marine Predators at their “Cafés”

Earlier this year Rolex announced the five winners of the 2012 Rolex Awards for Enterprise, who are being honored in New Delhi, India, on November 27. This profile looks at the work of Marine Biologist Barbara Block, who has developed innovative electronic tagging techniques that enable following fish beneath the sea. Block’s aim is to build the technology that will enable monitoring of ocean hotspots where nutrient-rich waters form attractive hunting grounds for predators, and to engage the public on the plight of marine predators that roam along the west coast of North America.

Protecting Russia’s Last Siberian Tigers

Earlier this year Rolex announced the five winners of the 2012 Rolex Awards for Enterprise, who are being honored in New Delhi, India, on November 27. This profile looks at the work of 2012 Laureate Sergei Bereznuk, director of the Phoenix Fund, a small environmental NGO in Russia. Bereznuk and his team of six people are carrying out an impressive range of activities to preserve the endangered Siberian tiger over a territory of 64,000 square miles (166,000 square kilometers).