For four decades, through the Rolex Awards for Enterprise, Rolex has supported exceptional individuals who have the courage and conviction to take on major challenges; men and women who have a spirit of enterprise, initiating extraordinary projects that make the world a better place.
The Rolex Awards were inaugurated in 1976 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the iconic Rolex Oyster watch, the first waterproof watch and an important milestone in watchmaking. 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.
From the start, the Awards were designed to fill a void in corporate philanthropy by supporting exceptional individuals around the world, pioneers who had no or little access to traditional funding and were responding to major challenges with original and innovative projects that advance human knowledge and well-being. Their mainspring is philanthropic: to inspire and help create a better world for all, through the actions of extraordinary people – the Laureates, Associate Laureates and Young Laureates they have recognized.
More than 34,000 applications have been received since the programme’s launch, and 140 Laureates from all walks of life have been selected for an Award.
The Laureates share the ability to envision an urgent human or ecological need, the genius to devise and plan a workable solution, the capacity to infuse others with their enthusiasm and, above all, the passion, drive and determination to see their projects through to success.
The awards are bestowed every two years, with candidates judged by an international jury of experts. Unlike other honours, they are not for past accomplishments – but for a living project whose full potential lies in the future.
Anyone can change everything.
The support given by Rolex to 140 Award winners since 1976 has had a catalytic impact and has in many cases transformed lives and communities. It has also stimulated new ways of thinking about common problems in areas as diverse as creating technologies that improved lives, saving endangered ecosystems, protecting the oceans, exploring new frontiers on the planet, or pioneering advances in science and health.
Millions of people have benefited from the work of Rolex Laureates around the world.
The Rolex Awards assist in particular ways: first, they provide seed funding for an inspired idea, often at a time when the Laureate imagines every well is dry; this offers a trusted endorsement that wins support from other sources. The Awards help bring a visionary project to global attention. Many Laureates say they can leverage this publicity in ways that advance their project and career, and achieve international influence. As many of them affirm, the Awards offer essential peer validation that reinforces the courage and confidence to press ahead, the resolve to bring about change. And, as members of a growing worldwide network of kindred spirits, Laureates often decide to work together: this dynamic synergy between great achievers promises much for the future.
One thing all Rolex Laureates share is that they are unstoppable. Their stories bear witness to the impact that one resolute, impassioned person can have upon the world. On such resolute individuals repose our hopes for a brighter, healthier, more caring and sustainable future for us all, despite the many challenges we face. They shine a light on all that is uplifting about humanity.
Rolex Awards for Enterprise 2019
For more than 40 years, the Rolex Awards have supported individuals with projects that advance human knowledge, protect cultural heritage or help preserve natural habitats and species. This year, 10 finalists present their inspiring projects that aim to make the world a better place. Discover them and join a jury of experts to help select the five 2019 Laureates who will be supported by Rolex. Discover the highlighted finalists on the link.
Voting is now open on https://on.rolex.org/RolexAwards until 12 June.
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