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Grant4Impact – Bayer’s new energizer program:

Bayer Cares Foundation promotes sustainable growth by supporting social impact pioneers with grants totaling EUR 1 million

Two years’ support for five social impact start-ups in healthcare and nutrition / Visionary entrepreneurs helping to improve millions of people’s lives / Grant for smart fishing nets project developed in the UK and piloted in Indonesia
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SafetyNet – smart nets for selected fishing

Leverkusen, July 27, 2018 – Grants4Impact (G4I), a new energizer program launched by Bayer Cares Foundation, is providing targeted support to social impact pioneers and start-ups in the fields of healthcare and nutrition. The aim of the program is to give selected change-makers around the world new opportunities to grow and transform great ideas into powerful impact solutions that help to improve the lives of millions. In batch periods of two years five carefully selected projects are being granted a total of EUR 1 million to help scale their ideas to the next level of impact. Each project receives EUR 150,000 in cash contributions as well as additional in-kind benefits (e.g. training, mentoring, coaching and PR or visibility boosts) worth EUR 50,000 in all.

“Grants4Impact is to be a kind of incubator for visionary social pioneers working on solutions to the major challenges in the healthcare and nutrition fields,” explains Thimo V. Schmitt-Lord, CEO, Bayer Foundations. “Besides gaining access to more funding, these young entrepreneurs will be gaining valuable know-how through the close cooperation with Bayer. Together we want to unleash the scale-up potential of their projects to help millions of disadvantaged people around the world enjoy a better quality of life.”

The five projects to be supported in the first round of Grants4Impact awards are SANI SOLAR, a solar-powered maintenance-free sanitation project developed in Germany and being piloted in Brazil; COOLAR, an electricity-free cooling system for drugs and food developed in Germany and being piloted in Kenya; BISA M-Health, a telemed service developed in Ghana and being piloted in Senegal; iBreast Exam, a handheld breast cancer screening device developed in the USA and being piloted in Brazil; and SafetyNet, a smart nets for selective fishery project developed in the UK and being piloted in Indonesia.

SafetyNet – smart nets for selected fishing

Every year, some 27 million tons of unwanted bycatch are thrown back into the sea as dead fish. This is not only one of the main causes of over-fishing but also a major challenge in the battle to avoid food waste. Dan Watson and Nadia Laabs from the British start-up SafetyNet have developed a technology that uses specific light spectrums to selectively attract or de-attract fish species into nets. These smart lighting devices help to avoid bycatch and prevent over-fishing. The G4I grant will enable SafetyNet to operate a pilot in Indonesia where 120 lighting devices will be put to work and the project’s success analyzed.

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SafetyNet – smart nets for selected fishing
All five projects from the first Grants4Impact round were nominated for the Aspirin Social Innovation Awards 2017-18. Bayer Cares Foundation presents these awards to innovative concepts that are helping to close gaps in the healthcare and nutritional fields and have the potential to create sustainable systemic changes. 33 initiatives or social pioneers have been awarded a total of EUR 235,000 since the program was introduced in 2010.

Bayer Cares Foundation
As the social impact foundation of the innovation company Bayer, the Bayer Cares Foundation sees itself as initiator, promoter and partner for innovation at the interface between academia, industry and civil society. The programs are focused on people – their commitment to societal progress, their wealth of ideas in fulfilling social challenges, and those that arise in times of emergency. The foundation’s funding activities are a central element of Bayer’s global corporate societal engagement (CSE) of around EUR 49 million annually – with the focus on promoting frontier science and social innovations connected to the UN’s Global Development Goals of Zero Hunger and Health and Well-Being.

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