2017 Catalyst Program

Our mission is to bring simplicity and dignity to women's health worldwide. We manufacture and distribute low-cost, high-quality products carefully designed to meet the unique needs of women in low-resource settings, comprehensively targeting the entire Continuum of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCH+A) for intergenerational well-being.

Burma Humanitarian Mission
2016 Catalyst Program

BHM supports community-based backpack medics who administer village health care services in Burma, grassroots education projects that empower the youth of Burma and projects that promote cross-cultural sharing and collaboration for refugees from Burma living in the U.S.

2012 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: India’s health workforce improves millions of lives but is limited by persistent challenges of training, supervising, and monitoring. We seek to overcome these challenges and unlock the tremendous potential of India’s health program with CommCare, an innovative, cost-effective, scalable mobile health platform for use by community health workers (CHWs).

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.

Cycle for Health
2009 Honorable Mention

Cycle for Health is a “pedal powered catalyst that, when placed into a failing rural East African transport system, mobilizes medical resources, personnel and patients.”

Disease Intervention Patterns
2016 Catalyst Program


LOCATION: based in Australia; implementation in Kenya and sub-Saharan Africa

Gardens for Health International
2014 Semi-Finalist

Gardens for Health International, an NGO pioneering the integration of nutrition-based agriculture into the clinical care of malnutrition, partners with rural Rwandan health clinics to implement healthcare strategies that include nutritional education and the nurturing of home gardens of nutrient rich foods for each family. They are seeking to expand this program throughout Rwanda and into Uganda, Burundi, and beyond. This elegant model could be replicated globally to address malnutrition.

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.

Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic
2014 Finalist

The Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic is a visionary, geopolitically savvy health-services initiative that seeks to address the logistical problems of providing healthcare to communities in a massive rural region where large populations are clustered on the lakeshore, but isolated from land-based networks of supplies and expertise.

Lava Mae
2016 Catalyst Program

LOCATION: San Francisco, California

SUMMARY: BFI staff found Lava Mae to be a creative, highly replicable approach to solving a discreet and serious issue—potentially a trim tab solution for the homeless population.

Malaria Free Zone Project
2016 Catalyst Program

The Malaria Free Zone Project is run by the organization AIDSfreeAfrica. Using expired bed nets, they construct window and door screens and fit these as mechanical barriers into homes and hospitals. These so called malaria free zones (MFZ) cover the entire house, not just the bed.

MASS Design Lab
2013 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: MASS Design Lab is a research project of MASS Design Group, exploring the integration of public health, economic development, environmental performance and education into a comprehensive formalized architectural strategy through a rigorous assessment process and immersive community component.

2011 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: Through an open, interactive innovation platform the maternal/newborn health field can made more efficient and effective.

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.

Mobile Lotus
2017 Catalyst Program

Mobile Lotus is a floating platform that integrates a family clinic, health education and play spaces, servicing local communities inhabiting Cambodia's Tonle Sap Lake. It highlights the health of both the village communities and ecosystem of this UNESCO World Heritage Biosphere, one of Cambodia's most precious resources.

One Dollar Glasses
2016 Catalyst Program

LOCATION: Active in Burkina Faso, Malawi, Benin, and Bolivia, with system being set up in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Brazil, and Mexico

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.

The Cancer Cell Map Initiative
2017 Catalyst Program

LOCATION: La Jolla, California

The Urban Death Project
2016 Finalist

The Urban Death Project (UDP) has designed a scalable, regenerative death care model based on the natural process of decomposition. In the Recomposition centers that the UDP envisions, bodies and forest waste are composted and transformed into soil.

2016 Catalyst Program

UNDERWORLDS is a cyber-physical infrastructure that enables the monitoring of bacteria, viruses, and chemical compounds in our sewers. A wealth of information on human health and behaviour converges in the wastewater and UNDERWORLDS is establishing a platform for monitoring these health patterns: shaping public health strategies and advancing modern epidemiology.