For four decades, through the Rolex Awards for Enterprise, Rolex has supported exceptional individuals who have the courage and conviction to take on major challenges; men and women who have a spirit of enterprise, initiating extraordinary projects that make the world a better place.
Created in 1976 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rolex Oyster, the first waterproof watch and an important milestone in watchmaking, the Rolex Awards foster the values that underpin Rolex: quality, ingenuity, determination and, above all, the enterprising spirit that has driven the company since its beginning. From the start, the Awards were designed to fill a void in corporate philanthropy by supporting exceptional individuals around the world, pioneers who had no or little access to traditional funding and were responding to major challenges with original and innovative projects that advance human knowledge and well-being.
The support given by Rolex to 140 Award winners since 1976 has had a catalytic impact and has in many cases transformed lives and communities. It has also stimulated new ways of thinking about common problems in areas as diverse as creating technologies that improved lives, saving endangered ecosystems, protecting the oceans, exploring new frontiers on the planet, or pioneering advances in science and health.
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The Rolex Awards are open to anyone over 18 years of age, of any nationality, whose ground-breaking project is helping to expand the knowledge of our world or improve the quality of life on the planet. Projects are grouped broadly in the areas of the environment, applied science and technology, and exploration.
What is the spirit of enterprise?
Rolex Laureates are of all nationalities and backgrounds. They are united by a talent for independent thinking and the capacity to embrace projects that require creativity and determination in the face of considerable odds.
Why did Rolex set up the Awards for Enterprise?
The Rolex Awards for Enterprise were launched in 1976 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Oyster chronometer, the world’s first waterproof watch.
How are winners chosen?
An international Jury of independent experts, which typically includes explorers, conservationists, scientists, doctors, educators and innovators, chooses the Laureates.
What are the selection criteria?
The Rolex Awards for Enterprise support pioneering work in three areas: the environment, applied science and technology or exploration. In addition to demonstrating a spirit of enterprise and leadership, candidates must put forward projects or work plans that have a clear purpose, are original and have the potential for significant impact.
What do Laureates receive?
Laureates receive a cash grant to advance their projects. In addition, Rolex ensures winners receive access to its network of more than 100 past Laureates, international publicity through media coverage and a Rolex chronometer.