Record number of applicants for social entrepreneurship awards

Organisers of the Impulse for Good award received a record number of applicants in 2022




A total of 430 applications were sent in to the annual award this year, honouring contributions to the development and promotion of social entrepreneurship in Russia.


According to representatives from the organisers of the award, the Our Future Foundation, this is a record figure in the 11-year history of the award. In comparison, they received 236 projects in 2021. Therefore, they decided to increase the prize money by 30%, to 4.2 million roubles.


Participants came from 55 regions, compared with 48 last year. The majority came from the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug–Yugra. The top five regions included Moscow, the Moscow Oblast, Perm Krai, and the Nizhny Novgorod Oblast. The Public Council will choose the winners of the 2022 award.


“It was challenging to choose the best this year — the jury session lasted more than four hours. High-quality projects were presented, and we had to choose between the good and very good,” said the director of the Our Future Foundation, Natalia Zvereva.


Among the nominations, the most popular category was “The Best Social Entrepreneur of Russia,” which received 169 submissions. “Discovery of the Year” received 113 applications, and “Ambassador of Social Entrepreneurship: Education” received 43.


Project topics cover the most popular areas of social entrepreneurship — from creating innovative medical technology and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities to promoting social business in the whole region.


The Impulse for Good award was established by the Our Future Foundation for Regional Social Programmes in 2011. Its goal is to encourage outstanding specialists in the field of social entrepreneurship and to popularise the field of social business in Russia. From the 2,515 applications submitted from 81 regions between 2011 and 2021, 89 received awards.


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Translated by: Spencer Michaels

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