A step toward success

We’ve made it down to our last 60 finalists! 9 of them advanced through public voting, and 51 of them through Unknown Group and the Bayer Foundation’s selection process. Their next challenge awaits!

How did they get here?

Congratulations to the finalists! Reaching this stage is an incredible achievement, and we are excited to see how the 60 founders, executives, or senior managers perform in the next stage. The founders come from very different places across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America, taking very different paths to arrive here, each with a distinct perspective.

But all were chosen for their commitment to their enterprises, their vision, and their community. They are a step closer to becoming one of the fifteen award winners in their respective domains, and as excited as we are to see what they do at this stage, we are even more excited to see what comes next.




Selected by internal review


Public voting

Regional finalists

Our three regions have all provided incredible founders, each with a unique story.


Africa and Middle East

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