Archive 2007-2017

Second Nature
2010 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: This proposal is to develop and manufacture small, code-compliant, adaptable, moderate-cost, biogas digester systems that can be used anywhere in the world by people of all educational and cultural backgrounds.

Seed-Scale: A Universal Process for Community Change
2010 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: There are no universal solutions for cultural, economic, and ecological sustainability, but there is a universal process to identify local solutions. The Seed-Scale process enables communities to gather their own human energies and invent sustainable solutions that expand to more communities.

2016 Catalyst Program

LOCATION: Central America

2017 Catalyst Program

SUMMARY: SEVA has engineered an intelligent system that treats blackwater, thus providing a sustainable solution for the 4.5 billion people in the world without access to adequate sanitation. This highly scalable system eliminates the need for any existing infrastructure by employing unique mobile technologies for monitoring and maintenance.

Shanao Village Hub
2017 Catalyst Program


LOCATION: Lima, Peru

Sheltering U.S. Persons Unsheltered
2010 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: World Shelters’ mission is to provide temporary and transitional shelter for persons in need, including persons unsheltered in the U.S., a.k.a. “homeless”. We have developed an economically sustainable, jurisdictionally conforming and technically unique design for emergency and transitional shelter that we propose to demonstrate in three jurisdictions in California.

Sistema Biobolsa
2017 Finalist is a Mexican social enterprise founded in 2010, the enterprise provides comprehensive biodigester installations for small farmers to support energy independence, reduce pollution and support capacity-building. The technology enables small farmers to transform organic waste into methane gas and organic fertilizer, which increases their efficiency, productivity and resilience.

skyTran, Inc.
2017 Catalyst Program

SUMMARY: skyTran is a high-speed personal rapid transit (PRT) system developed to address the world's traffic congestion. The unique skyTran system is elevated, arranged in a network, and uses a patented maglev technology that consumes low amounts of energy and generates almost zero pollution.

Slow Money
2014 Semi-Finalist

Slow Money catalyzes the flow of investment capital into local food economies and place-based enterprises in North America and Europe, seeking to “bring money back down to earth” through communications, education, convenings, investment clubs, liaison services, and shared learning networks.

Smart Floating Farms
2016 Catalyst Program

Implement a series of non-pollutant Multi-layered floating platforms at a local and potentially global level, which can bring healthy food production closer to dense populated areas based on clean energy. These could be located specially in areas with food-risk associated problems, lack of land ,arid regions, water scarcity, massive food imports or monsoon floodings.

2016 Catalyst Program

SmartLight is a new, smart-phone controlled lighting system that incorporates a thin film of small electrofluidic prisms applied to portions of glazing that redirects sunlight on demand from a building's facade to spaces deep within with any surplus light diverted to centralized photovoltaic harvesting.

Social Capital Credits
2015 Catalyst Program

ORGANIZATION NAME: The Asia Initiatives

Soft Systems, High Grounds
2015 Catalyst Program

This project involves a prototypical system of disaster evacuation parks across the Caribbean country of Haiti for more than 5,000 sites of schools and markets as protective and preemptive economic infrastructures for disaster risk reduction and economic recovery against the dangers of hurricanes, severe floods, mudslides, and earthquakes.

2013 Semi-Finalist

SOIL, a non-profit based in Haiti, provides locally-built dry toilets complete with a system for collecting, hauling and composting solid human waste and turning it into valuable fertilizer, reducing risks to human health from exposure to raw sewage while generating local employment and improving agricultural productivity by enhancing the soil fertility of degraded farmland.

Solar Power Villages
2011 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: The Earth needs models of settlement where humanity meets its needs without damaging the environment. Solar Power Villages integrate solar collection into greenhouses, store it in hot-oil, and use the heat collected to meet needs for electricity; cooking; water pumping and power (e.g. for grinding corn).

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.

Solutionary Rail
2017 Catalyst Program

Solutionary Rail is a comprehensive Just Transition proposal to decarbonize transportation and energy. It will run higher speed trains on renewable energy, transporting people and nontoxic freight on the rails and off the highways use railroad rights-of-way to transmit wind and solar electrons to urban centers.

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.

Southern New Hampshire University's World University
2017 Catalyst Program

ORGANIZATION NAME: Southern New Hampshire University

LOCATION: New Hampshire, USA

SPARK Microgrants
2012 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY:Spark MicroGrants catalyzes community-led initiative through proactive small granting. We support under-resourced communities to design, implement and manage their own development. By reassigning responsibility for international aid to the communities themselves we are driving a new paradigm for development where the community is in control of their own future.