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2017  Finalist
Public Health

nesterly is a digital marketplace that helps older householders with spare bedrooms connect with young people willing to exchange help around the house for cheaper rent. For example, a grad student could rent from empty-nesters for a reduced rate in exchange for cooking dinner once a week. The platform facilitates connections across generations and social networks through beautiful design, intuitive interfaces, and most importantly, our proprietary negotiation and relationship management tools.

2017  Finalist
Poverty Alleviation

In Ghana, cocoa is mainly sold and purchased through the government which decides what quota of funding is used to run initiatives to support farmers. This lack of farmers’ control in decision making has trapped some 1.6 million farmers in poverty. Cocoa360 decentralizes decision-making, thereby fast-tracking the impact of cocoa farming. We have pioneered the "cocoa-campus" model; a tuition-free girls' school and hospital which are sustained with proceeds from a community-run cocoa plantation

2017  Finalist
Poverty Alleviation

Y2Y is building a network of student run homeless shelters for young adults ages 18-24. Young adults are uniquely vulnerable on the streets due to high rates of LGBTQ identity and experience in foster care. Y2Y provides sanctuary to move guests quickly off the streets, surrounding them with resources to facilitate their pathways out of homelessness. Y2Y provides opportunities for guests and volunteers to become the next generation’s leading advocates for youth-driven solutions to homelessness.

2017  Finalist
Poverty Alleviation + High Tech

Many refugees in the current crisis are highly skilled, having completed high school and some college before the crisis. However, due to legal restrictions, they can’t work and are likely to seek income in dangerous illegal markets or possibly re-enter the conflict. WorkAround provides transitional employment to high-risk youth by connecting them with online microtasking opportunities that don’t require a work visa and offer payment alternatives to traditional banking that many lack access to.

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
Poverty Alleviation

Roots Studio digitizes art from rural villages and transforms them into high-end and storied products, eliminating the burden of a costly supply chain. In 2 years, we have worked with hundreds of tribal artists across 4 states in India. Through our design hubs, we enable artwork to be uploaded and discovered by retail markets that appreciate culturally authentic designs. Our vision is to build a world in which artists can financially sustain their livelihoods while keeping their roots alive.

2017  Finalist
Poverty Alleviation

OZÉ is a business insights platform for Africa’s 70M small-and-growing businesses. It collects transaction data at the point-of-sale through mobile phones and then analyzes it to deliver time and location sensitive, data-driven recommendations. We use design-led methodologies to build trust into the platform, working with entrepreneurs from inception to investment-ready, making the African SME sector attractive, accessible and transparent to investors for the first time.

2017  Finalist
Poverty Alleviation

Miracle Messages helps homeless people record short video messages to their loved ones, and delivers them via social media as a step toward reuniting families. It’s deceptively simple, and it works. To date, our mobile and web apps have reunited 42 people, 14 of whom are now in stable housing. We just received a $200K grant to implement MM at a systems level in SF, and many other cities have reached out after learning about our impact from 350+ articles. Our goal is to reunite 1M people by 2021.