The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship in partnership with the World Economic Forum, named APOPO Founder Bart Weetjens a fellow in 2007. The Schwab Foundation searches for leading social entrepreneurs around the world. Social Entrepreneurs have been selected into the Foundation’s network after a thorough due diligence process, including outside expert reviews and site visits. Until today, the network includes over 250 social entrepreneurs.
The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship provides platforms at the country, regional and global levels to promote social entrepreneurship. The Foundation is a non-profit organization, founded in 1998. Its purpose is to “advance social entrepreneurship and to foster social entrepreneurs as an important catalyst for societal innovation and progress.” Each year the Foundation selects 20-25 Social Entrepreneurs through a global “ Social Entrepreneur of the Year” competition.