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2017  Finalist
Water Treatment & Technology

Upstream measures and monitors irrigation over vast geographic areas with field level precision by combining a range of satellite and meteorological data sources. By quantifying water usage, our technology will promote efficient water markets, empower environmental conservation, and reward farmers who produce more food with less water.

2017  Finalist
Enterprise Software + Design

State of Place is a predictive analytics software that quantifies what people love about places - based on over 290 urban design features collected for every block - and why it makes economic sense to make them better. We help cities and developers make the case for great places by literally calculating the ROI of making places more walkable and livable - so they can quell naysayers, get approvals, and secure funding, faster and affordably than hiring consultants.

2017  Finalist
Agriculture + Social Impact

Striga, a parasitic weed, is the greatest pest threat in African food security - rampant in 18 countries and reducing farmer's staple crop yields by 20-100%. Because 85% of smallholder farmers are women, Striga is a gender-based food security issue. FoxyT14, an innovative biocontrol technology, uses 3 strains of host-specific fungus to kill Striga. Grown on toothpicks, FoxyT14 strains are inexpensively delivered to farmers to make a highly effective on-farm inoculum (50% yield increase).

2017  Finalist
Online Commerce & Marketplaces

Problem: Many people want to support sustainable products. There is no well-established online marketplace for people to shop with selection & variety for products they need every day.

Solution: A marketplace that makes it easy to find quality sustainable product options. We have a minimum standard products have to meet across Health, Environment & Society and have filters for certifications and/or values ( vegan, plastic-free, upcycled etc.). All products shipped carbon-neutral.

2017  Finalist
Generation + Energy / Clean Tech

Skyven is pioneering a distributed energy solution for process heat. Commercial / industrial customers spend $150B annually on fuel for process heat, and more than half of the price they pay goes towards transportation and distribution of the fuel to their facility. Skyven saves customers money by producing heat on-site. Our technology-driven solution uses the sun as an on-site heat source, raising the temperature of the sun’s heat up to whatever temperature the customer needs (480F max).

2017  Finalist
Water Treatment & Technology

Off Grid Box is a modular and compact unit that provides renewable energy and treated water in remote areas. We saw that one unit, managed by a local women co-op in a Rwandese village, impacts 1500 people providing Tier 1 electricity and sterilized water with a 20c$/d per family on a Pay-As-You-Go basis (half the current rate).
In less than 2 years, we sold 28 units in 8 Countries to individuals and NGOs.
Add-ons are desalination, wind, and connectivity.

2017  Finalist
Agriculture

Kulisha works with food and beverage companies to convert organic waste into a sustainable, insect protein for animal feeds. The insects metabolize organic waste and are sold as a high-protein input for animal feeds. This solution addresses two key problems: it reduces the amount of waste going to landfill, and it provides a sustainable alternative to fishmeal. With over 90% of our ocean ecosystems overfished, there is an urgent need to find an alternative to fishmeal for animal feed.

2017  Finalist
Water Treatment & Technology

Food processes require constant cleaning but today's technology is old and causes bottlenecks, water waste and bad impact to our environment. We develop technology that simplifies cleaning in the industry to maximize its resources and reduce its impact on the environment. Phoenix, is a PATENTED machine installed underneath a flat conveyor belt while the food process is running. It reduces the downtime, saves 95% of water, do not use chemicals and eliminates disposals. 7 units sold to big brands

2017  Finalist
Transportation & Logistics

BusBot is the first automated revenue management solution for the city-to-city bus industry. These operators lose $15B every year by hiring and training revenue managers who still use pen and paper to make suboptimal decisions. Our software combines artificial intelligence with revenue optimization theory to tell them how many buses to schedule each day, how to allocate them throughout the day, and how to adjust ticket prices to maximize profits.

2017  Finalist
Public Health + Healthcare

The current method of larvicide application to combat mosquito-borne illnesses in water tanks common in South America involves labor intensive distributions that are not efficient against the mosquito. LAD (Larvicide Automatic Dispenser) is an automatic device that safely delivers the optimal concentration of larvicide with minimal human intervention. Using mechanical automation, LAD saves government labor costs and maintains a safe concentration of larvicide in water storage tanks.

2017  Finalist
Environment + Materials

Alkemy Environmental has developed a patented technology process that recycles industrial waste streams into structural-grade lightweight concrete aggregate. We have completed the commercial pilot testing of our technology and our recycled aggregate has passed all environmental and building materials standards.