Isaac Roet Prize

Project proposals are now being accepted for the Isaac Roet Prize 2016. Details on how to apply can be found below. The deadline for submissions has been extended to 20 August 2016.

What is the Isaac Roet Prize?

The Isaac Roet Prize is a special award granted  to an ABS student or alumnus with the best project plan in the spirit of Isaac Roet's ideal of 'fostering world peace through a better distribution of  world resources. This ideal can be realised in many ways. 'For example, the project plan can focus on social entrepreneurship or sustainable energy. The cash prize of € 5,000 is meant to encourage the applicant and it should be invested in the project plan. Providing feedback about the way the prize is spent is mandatory and the feedback is to be given within one year of winning the prize. The Isaac Roet Prize encourages the social commitment of Amsterdam Business School students and alumni by motivating them to deploy their business capacities in a manner that maintains a balance between economic development and the welfare of society and the world's environment.

Who can apply for the prize?

The Isaac Roet Prize is open to all ABS students and alumni who graduated less than three years ago from one of the executive or master programmes.  

Who is the jury?

There are three members in the jury of the Isaac Roet Prize. Internal members are Ms. Ada Vermeer-Janse RA, Treasurer of The Amsterdam University Fund and the jury chair Prof. Willemijn van Dolen, professor of Marketing at the Amsterdam Business School. The external member is Albert Bogaard, Entrepreneur at ORTEC and Founder of Parkmobile International.


Participants can submit applications for the Isaac Roet Prize until the 20 August 2016 (noon) deadline by completing the application form below in full and uploading it with all relevant documents. The winner will be awarded the prize at the ceremony as part of the UvA in Carré seminar on ‘Entrepeneurship’ to be held on 16 September 2016 (13:00-15:00) at Royal Theater Carré in Amsterdam.


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About the Isaac Roet Prize

Isaac Roet (1891-1944) was an alumnus of the University of Amsterdam's Economics & Business faculty. He was one of the founders of the Dutch association for chartered accountants NIVRA (now called NBA) and he also acted as an advisor to Thomas Watson, head of the USA Watson Company (which later became IBM).

He was also an inventor who held three patents to his name. One of them for was for tissue handkerchiefs (apparently long before the Kleenex tissues) which he thought to be considerably more hygienic than the regular cotton reusable handkerchiefs. In 1927 he wrote his will, stating that one fifth of his estate was to be allocated to the University of Amsterdam. His request was that the University would use it to ‘foster global peace through a better distribution of world resources’.

Isaac Roet was murdered in Auschwitz in 1944. After his death, part of his legacy was incorporated in the Isaac Roet fund. This fund is currently placed in the care of the Amsterdam University Fund (AUF).

A video of last year's awards ceremony can be viewed below.

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Published by  Economics and Business

22 July 2016