Apparently, Rolex is about more than just watches. Not only does the company have a set of Awards for Enterprise, but last year it launched an extension of the Awards, the Young Laureates Programme. This arm recognizes five young social entrepreneurs, "enabling them to implement inventive ideas that tackle the world's most pressing issues in five areas: science and health, applied technology, exploration, the environment and cultural preservation."
This year's winners hail from all around the world and are being honored for ventures ranging from improving emergency response on India's roadways to enabling information-sharing among Nigerian farmers. Allow me to introduce the Laureates:
Please note that none of these extraordinary people is yet 30, which just goes to show that one can make a difference at any age. These social entrepreneurs demonstrate that experience isn't the most important thing when you're looking to change society. Instead, they "impressed the judging panel with their passion and conviction to overcome challenges."
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