Women Empowerment Award

Empowering women as key change makers


For the first time, Bayer Foundation is launching a Women Empowerment Award. With this award, Bayer Foundation wants to empower women as key change makers and help female entrepreneurs generate social impact in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Through the Women Empowerment Award, Bayer Foundation offers a partnership that goes far beyond a one-off cash prize. The award includes 25,000 EUR in cash plus an in-kind contribution that equals 25,000 EUR in the form of a 24-week growth accelerator. During this period, the winners will receive tailored support and training for scaling, including active investor feedback. In addition, they will be able to will tap into an extensive network of Bayer experts, who will offer coaching both in health and nutrition as well as sustainable agriculture-related focus areas. Last but not least, all winners will become part of Bayer Foundation’s exceptional global alumni and partner network, which offers the opportunity to raise capital and exchange knowledge about the experience gained.

By supporting female entrepreneurs with groundbreaking ideas, Bayer Foundation specifically recognizes and celebrates their role as game changers driving sustainability and social impact through entrepreneurial innovation.

“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.

Bayer Foundation has a strong track record of supporting female-led social enterprises. One example includes the Kenyan insurtech startup Pula. Led by and Co-CEO Rose Goslinga, Pula bundles insurance products with farm inputs, such as fertilizer, seeds, or credit. This substantially lowers risks for farmers across Sub-Saharan Africa who want to invest in more expensive, higher-yielding inputs. The insurance provides income stability for farmers who are at the mercy of droughts, floods, and pests.

“What do farmers really want? They don’t necessarily want insurance. So instead of selling insurance directly to farmers, we package our insurance with products that farmers want and need, like seeds and fertilizer,”says Pula’s Co-CEO Rose Goslinga.


  • Female entrepreneurs leading innovative social enterprises with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Enterprises that already have their first customer and less than 1 million EUR revenue per year
  • Partners that can generate large scale social impact, sharing the vision: Health for all, Hunger for none


A unique award for outstanding female entrepreneurs, boosting their growth through
Bayer’s network. 5 winners. Each to receive 25,000 EUR cash and 25,000 EUR in-kind.

Growth Accelerator
24 weeks of tailored support, training for scaling, how to tackle barriers in the ecosystem via new partners and active investor feedback.

Fundraising Opportunities
Opportunity to raise capital: access to growth partners & investors.

Comprehensive Networking
Being a part of Bayer Foundation’s exceptional alumni network comprised of former awardees as well as access to third party funding through Bayer Foundation’s partner organizations.

Expert Coaching
Access to mentorship from Bayer experts to produce tangible enhancement in terms of business development, financing or strategy.


February 28, 2021
OrganizerBayer Foundation
Website Visit website
Targets Sub-Saharan Africa
Sectors Sector agnostic
SDG (2)
2. Zero Hunger, 3. Good Health and Well-being