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The Rolex Awards for Enterprise were created 32 years ago to foster a spirit of enterprise and advance human knowledge and well-being around the globe.

They provide financial support and recognition to new and ongoing projects that demonstrate working innovative ideas; addressing pressing needs around the world, from climate change, to wildlife and habitat preservation, to cultural preservation, to providing water, food, medical supplies and education for impoverished communities.

Five Laureates

Those who present the most exceptional projects each receive US $100,000 and a specially inscribed, gold Rolex chronometer at an official awards ceremony.

Projects are judged on their feasibility, originality, potential for sustained impact and, above all, on the candidates’ spirit of enterprise. Applicants must show how they will turn an original idea into a functioning project, and how,...

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