An initiative by Social Business Earth (SBE) and the Social Business Innovation Lab (SBI-LAB) to support the most innovative social businesses, social enterprises and impact-driven companies from around the world in tackling urgent social and environmental challenges related to people and the natural world. The name “Sapiens Natura” originates from the words “sapiens” (as in “homo sapiens”) and “natura” (nature), from Latin. The two words together, Sapiens Natura, are here to be understood both in the sense of the wisdom of nature and of a humanity gaining sufficient wisdom to become the loving guardian, rather than the destroyer, of nature. The Prize allows social entrepreneurs to grow and scale their impact through their sustainable business models by accessing a grant.
The Prize is also focused on engaging personalities from the arts, entertainment and sport industries. Such personalities will play an important role in promoting social entrepreneurship globally as one of the most effective solutions to tackle social and environmental challenges.
The personalities in the arts and sports can support in three ways: 1. by promoting the social entrepreneurship model on social media; 2. by supporting an impact-driven startup in SBE’s portfolio, raising awareness on social media of the challenge it is solving and facilitating access to funds ; 3. by making a donation to the Sapiens Natura Prize.
Anyone can contribute to the prize including corporates, governments and foundations.
Some for-profit enterprises may be considered, if they create a positive long-lasting impact on a large scale. The business is scalable or replicable. It proposes new, original, and unique solutions to challenges and problems that can translate into benefits and advantages, positively impacting the lives of individuals, communities and the natural world.