Semi-Finalist

El Ingenio
2017 Semi-Finalist

El INGENIO is an interdisciplinary model that creates the necessary conditions for youth and children to be capable to transform their educational context and their communities through Music, Literature, Design, Architecture, Science, Technologies and Creative Industries, changing the way people learn and break the poverty cycle by creativity and innovation.

Ignitia
2017 Semi-Finalist

Ignitia is the first highly accurate, highly scalable tropical weather forecasting company. We developed a weather model tailored for the tropics that creates GPS-specific forecasts that are twice as accurate as existing models. We send these to farmers via simple SMS so they can make better farming decisions.

LaborVoices
2017 Semi-Finalist

LaborVoices revolutionizes transparency in global labor markets. We crowdsource intelligence about workplace conditions from worker's mobile phones in real-time to help brands and suppliers identify and prevent labor abuses and supply chain disruptions. We also educate workers on ethical labor practices and help them find the best places to work.

LifeArk
2017 Semi-Finalist

LifeArk is a pre-fabricated, modular building system that can create self-sustaining communities on water and land. It is a rapidly deployable response that will mobilize economic development and regeneration for millions of slum dwellers and displaced peoples. The flexibility of the system allows it to fit to each community's needs.

Liter of Light
2017 Semi-Finalist

The Liter of Light redesigns solar lighting for the developing world. Our simple technologies create local jobs, teach green skills, and empower energy-poor communities. We believe that community-built, south-south solutions using easily accessible and repairable materials are as powerful as imported, patented and expensive systems centralized by a few stakeholders.

Medic Mobile
2017 Semi-Finalist

Medic Mobile equips community health workers with digital tools to provide better care and reach more people. With our new equity lens people will be able to rapidly assess equity in local health systems and respond at the household level--a precision approach to making healthcare more equitable.

Procesos Proambientales Xaquixe
2017 Semi-Finalist

Procesos Proambientales Xaxquixe (PPX) has created a methodology for micro-industrial sustainability by implementing alternative energy technologies adapted to materials from local waste streams. This system fosters a trans-disciplinary network of small enterprises, or Ecoclusters, composed of trained local specialists who share knowledge and resources to enrich communities and economies.

Sanitation and Health Rights India
2017 Semi-Finalist

Sanitation and Health Rights in India (SHRI) fights alongside rural communities in India to end open defecation, a key step in the struggle for health equity, and social and economic justice.

SOLARKIOSK
2017 Semi-Finalist

SOLARKIOSK intertwines a visionary design-technology with an comprehensive, replicable business model to enable and empower Bottom of Pyramid (PoP) communities worldwide through the ecologically-responsible provision of energy services and products, thus creating a triple bottom-line impact. SOLARKIOSK's solution is the modular, solar-powered business hubb (E-HUBB), easily deployed in the most remote areas.

Toilets and Taps
2017 Semi-Finalist

An integrated sustainable green solution to provide safe drinking water and sanitation to the rural and urban poor, using technology, backed by capacity building.

Villa Corintios
2017 Semi-Finalist

Solve the problem of low-income people's settlements in mega- and developing cities. Create urban designs and sustainable housing that can be used as regional and global plans to meet socio-economical, environmental, material needs, as well as integrated waste management, water and energy supply requirements. They'll offer safety against natural disasters.

Build Change
2016 Semi-Finalist

Build Change is working in Colombia to create an environment wherein homeowners, government, and private sector, can easily work together to retrofit (strengthen) existing vulnerable homes, saving lives in the next earthquake, and contributing with safety and improved construction practice as former slums continue to develop into vibrant, urban neighborhoods.

Concern America
2016 Semi-Finalist

Concern America is an international development and refugee aid organization that works with economically impoverished communities around the world to develop long-term solutions to poverty.

ECOTIERRA
2016 Semi-Finalist

ECOTIERRA is a certified B corporation working to create a sustainable agricultural economy across the Andes cordillera, with plans to replicate their model in Cote d’Ivoire and Colombia. The company works as a matchmaker, connecting investors to coffee and cocoa cooperatives throughout Peru.

Evrnu
2016 Semi-Finalist

Evrnu has developed a proprietary technology that goes far beyond standard garment recycling to deconstruct used cotton textiles at the molecular level, creating a range of multi-purpose regenerated cellulose fibers far stronger and more durable than the original fabrics.

Glasswing International
2016 Semi-Finalist

Glasswing International—an NGO with a long, proven track record of well-designed social and development programs in the region—has designed a highly effective program to protect and re-integrate these children into their communities, schools, and families.

International Bridges to Justice
2016 Semi-Finalist

International Bridges to Justice (IBJ), founded by attorney Karen Tse 17 years ago, is a unique organization working to bolster fair, professional criminal justice systems around the world. IBJ seeks to end the torture and abuse of detainees by training attorneys and legal officials in legal best practices, and by creating a global legal community.

Open Agriculture Initiative
2016 Semi-Finalist

The MIT Open Agrictulture Initiative develops open-source "controlled environment agriculture" (CEA) technologies to experiment and innovate in seeking alternatives to the unsustainable and destructive practices of industrial agriculture, and to make highly localized food production more viable.

South Vihar Welfare Society for Tribal (ASHRAY)
2016 Semi-Finalist

The trafficking of adolescent girls, women, and children, along with child labor, illicit prostitution, the underground trade in human organs, etc., are immense global problems that victimize the most vulnerable and historically disenfranchised populations while enriching criminal cartels.

Sustainable Health Enterprises
2016 Semi-Finalist

SHE, founded by Elizabeth Scharpf, is a successful enterprise currently based in Rwanda and planning to expand into other African nations and beyond. SHE has designed a comprehensive strategy to locally produce eco-friendly pads made from agricultural residue (discarded banana fiber) using no chemicals and very little water.

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