Bayer Foundation’s Women Empowerment Award

Women Empowerment Award.

The Bayer Foundation is launching a Women’s Empowerment Award for the first time. With this award, Bayer Foundation wants to empower women as core change-makers and help women entrepreneurs create social impacts in sub-Saharan Africa.

By empowering women entrepreneurs with ground-breaking ideas, the Bayer Foundation fully recognizes and promotes their role as game-changers pushing sustainability and social impact through entrepreneurial creativity.

“Studies have shown that women play a central role in bringing change and working towards a more equal society. We also see this in our daily work. In the many years of Bayer Foundation’s activities, the positive impact of strong women has been a central theme. They are the change makers we need. As a basic principle for our activities, we therefore have chosen to strengthen and highlight the role of women as leaders in science and as entrepreneurs,” states Monika Lessl, Executive Director of Bayer Foundation.


Five women will be selected for Women Empowerment Award. All five winners are part of the internationally recognized alumni and an affiliate network of the Bayer Foundation, which provides the opportunity to raise capital and share information on the experience gained.

  • 25,000 EUR in cash
  • In-kind contribution equal to EUR 25.000 in the form of a 24-week growth accelerator
  • Personalized guidance
  • Scaling mentoring
  • Active investor feedback
  • An extensive network of Bayer experts offering health and nutrition coaching as well as sustainable agriculture-related focus areas


Women entrepreneurs in leadership roles in sub-Saharan Africa are invited to apply for the Women’s Empowerment Award.


February 28, 2021: Application portal closes.

How to apply

If you are interested, you can start your application via Bayer Foundation portal before it closes on Sunday, February 28, 2021.

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