Apply to compete in 2021 Rolex Awards for Enterprise

Innovators from across the globe, including those from Africa, have been invited to apply for participation in the 2021 Rolex Awards for Enterprise.

Applications are open to startups developing (or having) solutions in areas of science and health, applied technology, exploration, cultural heritage and environment.

The Awards were rolled out in 1976 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rolex Oyster, the first waterproof watch.

“The Rolex Awards foster the values that underpin Rolex: quality, ingenuity, determination and, above all, the enterprising spirit that has driven the company since its beginning,” reads a statement on the Awards website.

According to the website, five awards will be given out.

“The Awards are open to anyone over 18 years of age, of any nationality, whose ground-breaking project is helping to expand knowledge of our world and improve the quality of life on the planet,” says the website.

Aside from getting an award, you’ll be given a Rolex chronometer, 200,000 Swiss francs to advance your project as well as benefit from worldwide publicity.

The deadline for applying April 15, 2020, and you can submit your application here.

(In featured image is Brian Gitta, a Ugandan innovator who was this year recognized by Rolex for his startup, Matibabu. Image credit:

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