(With latest Updates)

Below is a list of some of the companies we have worked with over the years that are still in business as for-profit social enterprises. This diverse lists reflects companies with a wide range of social and environmental missions, all at different stages, and around the world. We are proud that we’ve been able to support so many incredible mission driven social enterprises.

Companies that have merged, been bought, become non-profits, or are no longer in business are not listed. Please contact us if you’d like to share an update about any of the companies below.

Company Primary Category Country(s) Description Updates
1000ecofarms Agriculture Russia
1000ecofarms is developing an online marketplace for fresh and organically grown food provided by local farmers to businesses and individual consumers. They are starting in the Washington DC / Baltimore region. New blockchain for agriculture and food businesses
510Nano Energy Ghana
510nano manufacturers a low cost, high performing solar module that we sell to utilities, developers and solar integrators. Durham-based Optimal Solar Takes Top Prize at Black Founders Exchange
A.I.R. Lawn Care Environment USA A.I.R. Lawn Care is a full service eco-friendly landscaping company that improves and renews the atmosphere people breathe in through: the reduction of air pollution, the elimination of synthetic chemicals, and the mitigation of stormwater runoff. Analyzing the battery debate
Abe’s Meats Agriculture USA Abe’s Meats offers the first Interfaith Meat products that are both (Zabihah) Halal and (Glatt) Kosher at the same time. They partner with regenerative agricultural ranchers to offer 100% grass-fed meat products with a purpose to promote inclusivity and accessibility in the faith-based food industry. They are based in the United States. CAN MEAT BE BOTH KOSHER AND HALAL?
Access Afya Health Kenya Access Afya sells basic healthcare services and supplies via high-tech mini-clinics to poor Kenyans, whose current healthcare options are unpleasant, unreliable, or unaffordable. African innovation scores wins at 2018 MIT Solve Global Challenge finals
Affirm Global Development Employment USA Affirm Global Development is a social business bringing sustainable jobs and innovative technology into developing markets. AGD uses socially beneficial products and distributes them through its powerful, global network of partners providing economic, social, environmental, and character profits to the people living in developing countries throughout the world. Introducing the New Affirm Solar Lighting System
African Renewable Energy Distributors Energy Rwanda African Renewable Energy Distributor develops a mobile solar kiosk that offers a one stop shop, micro-retail outlet, using a low franchise business model in Rwanda. Businesses in boxes: how solar is creating African entrepreneurs
Agri-Tech Producers Agriculture USA We cost-effectively combine the remediation of contaminated soils and water with the production of environmentally beneficial bio-products and bio-energy. Global Granular Biochar Market 2018 – Diacarbon Energy, Agri-Tech Producers, Biochar Now, Carbon Gold, Kina
Arqlite Environment Argentina
Arqlite turns plastic waste into value by recycling them into more efficient construction materials Arqlite Founder named Echoing Green Fellow
Atayne Apparel USA Atayne makes high performing outdoor and athletic apparel that is safe for people and the planet. They aim to inspire positive environmental and social change through the power of active lifestyles. Atayne’s Jeremy Litchfield Has Built a Profitable Business Making Running Clothes to Order
Aya Community Markets Food USA Aya Community Markets is an innovative farmers market and holistic health experience helping to provide access to fresh produce in a “food desert” and gateways to community health resources that residents need to get healthy and stay healthy. Their holistic ecosystem approach includes experiential education, outreach and empowerment. Urban Farmer Wants to Grow a Washington, D.C. With Zero Food Deserts
AYZH Health India
AYZH connects rural womans’ health and livelihood with products designed to meet their needs. AYZH sets up supply chains for local manufacturing to keep costs low and boost economic opportunity. How women entrepreneurs are advancing woman’s health
Back to the Roots Food USA Back to the Roots is working towards re-defining the “future of food” – one that is all about the “undoing of food” back to its simplest ingredients and least processed versions. A startup selling mushrooms kits to millennials just got $4 million to expand further into Costco and Target
Bahari Energy Energy USA Bahari Energy produces the Bahari Wind Tower, which uses patented technology and an innovative design to exponentially increase electricity generation through wind power. The Bahari Wind Tower is a compact power generator for urban areas. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Licenses Gear Bearing Technology to Bahari Energy LLC for Urban Wind Power Generation
BALANCE Edutainment Education USA BALANCE Edutainment develops educational entertainment products for youth and families that raise awareness of critical social and environmental issues, and engages people who want to work together for positive change. Their flagship brand Pacha’s Pajamas helps young people to learn about their relationships with other species and ecosystems. BALANCE Edutainment Launches Pacha’s Pajamas – The First Children’s Book That Springs to Life Through Augmented Reality
BEM Controls Energy USA BEM Controls provides an open architecture cloud-based building energy management platform to owners and operators of small and medium commercial buildings leveraging artificial intelligence and human expertise to realize energy savings while improving the health and comfort of their buildings. BEMOSS®-Plus Demo at the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC)
Beyond Laundry Environment USA Modules integrating renewable energy, rainwater, and greywater recycling will be at the core of a franchise of community laundry centers with onsite food gardens/greenhouses, and profit will be used to provide scaled centers in developing countries. A zero waste business policy is now easier to implement than you think
Bio-Adhesive Alliance Environment USA Bio-Adhesive Alliance produces an adhesive that is low cost and durable and can be utilized as a substitute to petroleum-based asphalt. Roads Paved With Pig Manure Could Mean A Cleaner Future
Biosense Technologies Health India Biosense has developed and is commercializing an affordable, point of care, prick-free technology to empower existing public and private healthcare providers and enable instant, cheap screening and monitoring of anemia, which kills 1 million women and children globally each year. Biosense Technologies raises $ 1 million
Blessed Coffee Food Ethiopia Blessed Coffee works directly with 300,000 small coffee growers (representing over a million family members) in Ethiopia introduces premium grade, shade grown, organic Ethiopian coffees in the U.S. Takoma Park coffee company is among first ‘benefit corporations’ in state
BlocPower Energy USA BlocPower will market and finance a portfolio of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies to non-profits, churches, small businesses, and charter schools in American inner cities. Donnel Baird Wants to Build an Actually Ethical Billion Dollar Company
Cattle Mettle Agriculture India We aim to produce animal/cattle feed from invasive plant species, decreasing dependency on grains and oil seeds, to reduce the cost on feeding cattle by 50% in next 2 years and create additional livelihood opportunities in raw material collection. Startup Oasis invests Rs 1.7 crore in six social enterprises
Chakr Innovation Environment India Chakr Innovation produces a device that can be coupled with the exhausts of internal combustion engine and absorbs most of the particulate matter that is being emitted by them. Indian startup turns air pollution into ink
change:WATER Labs Water India
change:WATER is developing smart in-home sanitation solutions to rapidly reduce urban sewage accumulation and also to afford women and girls safe, private sanitation options in low-income communities in India. Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards Finalist
Citizen Energy Energy USA Citizen Energy accelerates energy efficiency adoption in mid-size commercial buildings by providing building owners with high return, $0 upfront LED lighting as a service. So proud of the City of Orlando’s Sustainability Director, Chris Castro, for being Governing Magazine’s Public official of the year!
Clean Decisions Employment USA Clean Decisions is a general labor services firm owned and solely staffed by returning citizens (ex-offenders) that provides high quality commercial kitchen cleaning, event staffing, and landscaping in a way that is good for your business and helps propel our staff members to a moral, middle class lifestyle through work and additional training. John Legend helping support former inmates turned entrepreneurs with their startup businesses
CleanChoice Energy Energy USA CleanChoice Energy sells 100% local, clean energy to progressive consumers, making clean power easy to purchase by selling it as a service online, while advancing the causes our customers value. CleanChoice Energy, New Columbia Solar launch largest community solar portfolio in Washington, D.C.
Cleantech Poland Environment Poland Cleantech Poland is an online information service targeting institutional, government and business stakeholders in the environmental technologies sector. Technology and Climate Change Adaptation
Colectivo 1050 Crafts Mexico Colective 1050º is a social enterprise that sells contemporary ceramics inspired by traditional cultures but finely adapted to modern life through collaborative design between women potters in rural Mexico and urban designers. Their production processes aim to reduce environmental impact with the match of traditional processes and biomass alternative technology. Mexican pottery advocates Colectivo 1050° innovate with traditional crafts
Convergent Coffee Food USA Confluence Coffee provides sustainably and responsibly sourced coffee and other ingredients to create seasonal, ready-to-drink coffee beverages. Convergent Coffee Co Refreshes Brand
CSRhub Entrepreneurship USA CSRHUB is a web-based service that provides corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings to corporations and non-governmental organizations. Their ratings reflect environmental, employee, community and governance performance information from more than 150 sources on around 5,000 of the world’s largest publicly-traded companies. CSRHub launches app for investors on the Bloomberg App Portal
Culture Fuels Energy USA Culture BioSystems (formerly known as Culture Fuels) is a technology developer with an advanced cultivation platform which enables large-scale production of algae to be used in producing biofuels, aviation fuels, feed, protein and nutraceuticals. Company News
Day One Response Water USA DayOne Response develops and supplies innovative solutions for disaster relief. One solution is the DayOne Waterbag, which is a lightweight reusable personal water treatment device that provides all the essential functions for water purification. Providing Clean Drinking Water in a Back Pack
Dechets a l’Or Energy Guinea Dechets a l’Or provides waste collection services to fast growing cities of West Africa. We sell, products of waste, fertilizer, recyclable materials and energy. Our focus on secondary cities allows us to be first movers in a rapidly expanding market. DECHETS A L’OR: CUTHBERT AYODEJI ONIKUTE IS TURNING GARBAGE TO GOLD IN GUINEA
Desta Agriculture India Desta has a technology platform and a network of village managers to make available income generating and cost saving products and services in remote rural areas of India. With a strong focus on Agriculture, Education and Health, Desta aims to contribute significantly to rural prosperity. THE FARMER’S SMARTPHONE, TO IMPACT THE AGRICULTURE ECOSYSTEM
DGrid Energy USA
DGrid makes the “Solar Cool Cube”, a modular, all-weather, industrial-quality solar-powered energy station & walk-in refrigerator which has a 20 and/or 40 cubic meter capacity and is expandable by 20 cubic meter modules with LED lighting. We sell to countries with limited or no grid in critical sectors. DGridEnergy Heads to East Africa to Build Awareness of the Cold Chain and the Solar Cool Cube Solution
Easy Solar Energy Sierra Leone Easy Solar transforms the way people live, work and play by making solar-powered devices affordable and accessible to off-grid households and businesses across Sierra Leone. Acumen Makes First Investment in Sierra Leone in Easy Solar
Eco Ola Food Peru Eco Ola’s mission is to join ecological farming and social justice in order to deliver nutritionally superior and delectable foods to the world market. Interview with Bill Park, co-founder of Eco Ola
EcoAct Tanzania Environment Tanzania EcoAct Tanzania uses plastic extrusion technology to recycle and transform post consumer waste plastics into durable and long lasting plastic lumbers. AFIF ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD 2017
EcoPost Environment Kenya EcoPost utilizes waste plastic as a resource to manufacture aesthetic, durable and environmentally friendly fencing posts. Turning plastic waste into fencing posts
EcoZoom Energy Kenya EcoZoom makes clean, highly efficient, and durable cook stoves accessible and affordable in developing countries. EcoZoom Cooks Up New Solution for Food Preparation
Efficiency Exchange Energy China We work with factories overseas to reduce energy consumption, costs, and emissions. Improving Energy Efficiency on the Factory Floor
EFK Group (Eco Fuels Kenya) Agriculture Kenya Eco Fuels Kenya is pioneering an indigenous, plentiful and currently underutilized nut (Croton nut) as a new cash crop for smallholder farmers across East Africa by processing them into biofuel, poultry feed, fertilizer and briquettes for industrial customers to address the challenges of sourcing low-cost, green, organic inputs for their energy and agriculture needs. Croton nuts: Africa’s new biofuel that literally grows on trees
Elevated Honey Agriculture China Stop the counterfeit honey industry in China by creating an efficient, transparent, and connected supply chain between traditional rural beekeepers and urban Chinese consumers. Bees For Development: Nicola Bradbear & Katrina Klett
Ellie Fun Day Crafts India
Ellie Fun Day designs organic baby blankets that are sourced responsibly and made by marginalized women in India. Ellie Fun Day’s Organic Baby Blankets Change the Lives of Marginalized Women in India
Energy Harvesters Energy USA Energy Harvesters sells the Walking Charger™ – a device that is integrated within their footwear products enabling their customers to charge their mobile device batteries anytime, anywhere from their own walking. Energy Harvesters LLC
Esoko Agriculture Kenya Esoko is a simple but powerful communication tool for businesses, government, NGOs and others to connect with farmers. Use any mix of our web and mobile apps, original agricultural content, and on-the-ground deployment services for your marketing, monitoring and advisory needs. ESOKO wins Best Technology in Agric Award at Mobex Innovation Africa
Essmart Global Energy India Essmart creates a marketplace for essential technologies, like solar lanterns and water filters, in places where people already shop. Confronting the Last Mile Problem in the Developing World
Evaptainers Agriculture Morocco Evaptainers creates “zero energy” refrigeration systems using patent-pending modular and mobile refrigeration units to systemically reduce food spoilage in the developing world. Refrigeration Off the Grid: An Innovative Solution to Food Spoilage for the Billions Without Electricity
Exo Food USA Exo’s mission is to normalize the consumption of insects as a sustainable food source. We believe the way to accomplish this is through healthy, delicious food products that include insects as an ingredient. Our protein bars are formulated to be the perfect introductory vehicle to bring insect protein to the masses. Exo, protein bar made from crickets, raises $4M
Fargreen Food Vietnam Fargreen produces edible mushrooms and biofertilizers made from rice straw waste, which helps solve the environmental problem associated with open rice straw burning in Vietnam as well as the social problem of the migration of farmers to the urban areas in search of employment in between the two rice growing seasons. It’s buzzing here!
Farmland LP Agriculture USA Farmland LP, a private equity fund, acquires conventional farmland and converts it into certified organic, sustainable farmland. Investors are provided with the security of owning farmland while benefiting from the value added by converting to organic farmland. Organic and Regenerative Agriculture Study Funded by USDA Demonstrates $21.4 Million Ecosystem Benefit
Firefly Power Energy Canada FireflyPower sells highly efficient, scalable, lightweight and affordable carbon fiber wind turbines, to residential and commercial electricity consumers, which are technologically innovative, modular and reduce consumer electricity costs. FireflyPower
First Access FinTech East Africa First Access is a for-profit social enterprise dedicated to the financial inclusion of billions of people who lack formal personal records. Our mission is to reduce the cost of offering and accessing financial services in these ‘informal’ markets. We use prepaid mobile records to help increase access to credit. An unlikely partnership between the world’s largest institutions and the most impactful entrepreneurs
Folia Water Water Mexico Folia Water manufactures the world’s first water filter that costs pennies, for sale to base of the pyramid consumers. Folia is an OEM materials technology company and sells B2B2C through food/bev CPG importer-distributor wholesaler partners. Unilever, DFID to support 5 local enterprises
Food Shift Food USA Food Shift is dedicated to building a more just and sustainable food system that curbs waste, empowers communities, respects the environment and nourishes all. Food Shift educates and empowers consumers, businesses and communities by increasing awareness about food waste and inspiring food related behavior change. By trimming waste and diverting food loss, Food Shift believes we can feed the hungry, create jobs, combat global warming, conserve natural resources, and cultivate more sustainable communities. An Anti-Waste Kitchen Takes Root in Alameda
FranciePants Apparel USA FranciePants sells 100% cotton women’s underwear, manufactured through an innovative Home Manufacturing model, which empowers a diverse community of US residents by offering flexible, well-paid side work. With a pitch for crowd manufacturing, FranciePants wins Open Works’ EnterpRISE Venture competition
FREDsense Technologies Water Canada FREDsense combines biology and engineering to detect chemicals in your water. We use a biosensor with an electrochemical output to create a system that is fast, sensitive, and unlike anything else on the market, allowing anyone to know exactly what is in their water. Canada’s ‘FREDsense’ Has Made Water Quality Analysis Easier.
Fruitcycle Food USA Fruitcycle makes snacks from excess local fruit, supporting farmers and reducing food waste, while also providing jobs for women who have been formerly incarcerated and/or homeless. FRUIT (AND SECOND CHANCES) NEVER TASTED SO GOOD
GCE Lab School Education USA Global Citizenship Experience Chicago is a high school where students, faculty, and friends build a learning environment that extends into the city as classroom. Through GCE’s integrated curriculum design, students explore an array of courses, guest experts, field experiences, and they produce and curate digital portfolios representing an autobiography of learning. Reimagining Creation Stories
gDiapers Apparel USA gDiapers sells diapers using Cradle to Cradle design principles that allows both parents of babies and aged care facilities to create a resource from the waste using bio-digesters and commercial composters. Awards for Eco-friendly Products
Gham Power Energy Nepal Gham Power Private Limited provides Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems for residential & commercial buildings, bringing the highest quality solar technology to Nepal at affordable prices via its partnership with US-based Solar Power Inc, and with Nepal-based Clean Energy Development Bank that provides financing. Our Impact story | Gham Power
Ghonsla Housing Pakistan Ghonsla is a sustainable insulation technology company based in Lahore, Pakistan. They use recycled materials to produce highly effective, low-cost insulation. Ghonsla, was set up in the aftermath of Pakistan’s devastating earthquake in 2005.


GivKwik Entrepreneurship USA GivKwik Inc. is a mobile, web and API platform that will make philanthropy a more impulsive and frequent act. GivKwik and Vodafone Americas Foundation Give Away $20K+
Global Village Fruits Food India
The Jackfruit Company supports agricultural supply chain development for fruits in India and imports and markets exotic, delicious, healthy, organic, gluten-free, and positive social impact fruit products to specialty food stores, bakeries, and restaurants in the U.S and, in the future, in India. THE JACKFRUIT COMPANY LAUNCHES NEW SMOKED PULLED JACKFRUIT
GOLD Consulting Empowerment South Africa GOLD Consulting is a leadership and social change consultancy actively targeting emerging markets. It leverages the good practices and social capital of the GOLD Peer Education Model in Africa gold Youths Set up Street Store and Say No to Poverty
Golden Coast Mead Food USA We sell the best mead to conscious millennial foodies in order to solve honeybee die-off and transition alcohol production from monoculture with demand for regenerative honey. Our Story
Goods that Matter Crafts USA MATTER L3C is an industrial design and consulting studio that partners with community organizations, NGOs and entities working for the public good to develop meaningful strategic projects and products to support and promote social needs initiatives. Tippy Tippens and All Things Good
Great Lakes Energy Energy Rwanda Akira Urumuri empowers local entrepreneurs to solve the energy problems of their communities by partnering with them to sell low-cost clean energy products designed for local needs. How to buy a solar system
Green Energy Biofuels Energy Nigeria Green Energy Biofuels is scaling renewable ethanol for clean cooking fuels. Green Energy Biofuels is a SMEFUNDS company. This ‘green stove’ saves lives – and the environment!
Green Print Partners Housing USA Fresh Coast Capital is an impact investment firm that acquires highly distressed, vacant properties in the Midwest and redevelops them into working landscapes featuring tree farms, urban agriculture and other green infrastructure projects that revitalize neighborhoods, clean up soil and groundwater and increase land values. A Blueprint for Financing Green Stormwater Infrastructure
Green Product Placement Entrepreneurship USA Green Product Placement is committed to using the marketing platform of media product placement to promote products with a green, ethical, social enterprising and local entrepreneurial agenda. 2017 Wrap Up
Greenease Food USA Greenease is a resource that connects consumers with restaurants, cafes and grocers that buy from local and/or sustainable farms. The mobile app is currently live on iOS in Washington DC and New York City. Greenease’s Brand New App!
Groundit Food Canada At Groundit, we offer waste hauling services to coffee shops across cities and recycle their used coffee grounds and organic waste to produce a high quality compost that is sold to consumers as a safer and more effective alternative to polluting synthetic fertilizers! The Hidden Truth About Women in Entrepreneurship
HawKar Health Tunisia HawKar will produce an electric car for people with reduced mobility. Demo Africa 2018 Winner
Himalayan Wild Fibers Apparel Nepal Himalayan Wild Fibers produces textile fiber extracted from a plant growing wild in the Himalayas and sells it into established textile supply chains as a “better than linen” raw material input to high end apparel and furnishings manufacturing in order to create income for subsistence farmers who wild-harvest our raw material. 20 Years In The Making, A Personal Quest Led To A New Venture
Husk Power Systems Energy India Husk Power Systems (HPS) generates clean, safe and efficient electricity at affordable rates in some of India’s most remote communities. Husk Power Systems raises $20m from Shell, Swedfund, ENGIE to scale renewable mini-grid business in Africa and Asia
I-Dev International Entrepreneurship USA I-DEV designs and builds economically-viable, market-based businesses and industries at the base of the pyramid. They do this by aligning the interests of corporations and local communities to create bottom line value for both. Growing the East Africa Technology Ecosystem: Challenges & Opportunities
Ignitia Agriculture Ghana
Ignitia developed an algorithm that produces weather forecasts that are 2x as accurate as existing models and we send these GPS-specific forecasts to farmers daily via SMS. Ignitia Weather Forecasting Service secures $1.1 million Series A funding
Immersed Games Education USA Immersed Games is creating a multiplayer online virtual world in which students develop their unique characters, playing their way into learning educational content and skills. Immersed Games wins $500,000 in 43North Competition
IndiVillage Tech Solutions Education India IndiVillage trains rural women and children in India on information technology and provides secure employment opportunities by integrating with the information economy and outsource knowledge work. Rural Economy Monsoon Mania
Ingressive Entrepreneurship Ghana
South Africa
Ingressive is an impact facilitation firm that connects scalable, revenue-generating, vetted African businesses with international investors seeking double-bottom line opportunities. Ingressive trains techpreneurs, entertainers to boost innovation
Jaan Pakistan Energy Pakistan Jaan Pakistan retails affordable clean energy solutions to off-grid areas Pakistan. Our flagship product is a biomass cookstove. Inaara Impact Ventures invests in Jaan Pak in a revenue sharing model
JikoPower Energy Burundi
JikoPower converts waste heat from third-world cook stoves into useful electricity to charge mobile phones for off-grid rural families Jiko Power: Enhancing Rural Communication
Juabar Design Energy Tanzania Juabar empowers off-grid Tanzanians with employment in the growing solar and mobile technology industries while filling a community energy need for mobile charging. Africa’s new breed of solar energy entrepreneurs
Koe Koe Tech Employment Myanmar Koe Koe Tech employs and trains local Myanmar people in computer programming and develops health IT software for Myanmar’s data-deprived health sector. How Myanmar Can Embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution | Michael Lwin | TEDxYangon
Komaza Agriculture Kenya KOMAZA creates sustainable economic opportunities for smallholder farmers in East Africa semi-arid regions by building a complete, vertically integrated forestry value chain from seed to market. They partner with rural farmers living on less than one dollar a day to help them plant and maintain small-scale, income-generating tree farms. These 14 businesses are growing money on trees
Kopo Kopo FinTech Kenya Kopo Kopo offers a software-as-a-service web platform that enables enterprise users (i.e. microfinance institutions) to easily leverage mobile money systems by allowing them to register with a pre-integrated solution and avoid cost-prohibitive one-off integrations. What an open mobile money platform means for innovation
Kouzin Dlo Employment Haiti Kouzin Dlo sells bottles of liquid chlorine through a network of female Sales Agents who work in low-income communities as the engine of the business. A Few Days in the Shoes of a Social Entrepreneur in Haiti
Kuli Kuli Food Ghana
Kuli Kuli sells moringa-based nutritional products to health-conscious and globally aware consumers in the United States in order to help reduce malnutrition in West Africa. Grant could help Kuli Kuli founder fulfill promise to build moringa supply chain – and possibly peace – in Niger
Kulisha Agriculture USA Kulisha produces edibugs, chicken feed from insects. Our Inspiration
LaborVoices Employment USA LaborVoices, using its Symphony platform, provides global brands and their supply chains with an on-demand early warning system based on direct worker feedback, by repeatedly polling workers through their mobile phones. New Class of 500 Startups Has Been Announced; These 4 are Workforce Related
LabourNet Employment India LabourNet is an effort to provide a one-stop platform for unorganized sector workers to avail services which are currently available and accessible by formal sector workers. Gayathri Vasudevan’s labour of love
Leafkey.com Entrepreneurship USA Leafkey.com connects you to a network of local and global Eco Experts who are passionate about sustainability for home, office and our shared communities WORK WITH THE REAL MCCOY – VERIFY CREDENTIALS
Lepodee Food Ghana
Lepodee is a new juice brand representing Africa by producing fresh, all natural juices using tasty fruits grown by smallholder farmers across the continent, with operations in Lesotho, Southern Africa and Ghana. Alex Stainburn, Kingdom Asparagus
LishaBora Hydroponics Agriculture Kenya LishaBora Hydroponics provides smallholder farmers in Kenya with low cost, high quality hydroponic fodder for their cows, saving cost and increasing income, lifting them out of poverty. Start-up snapshot: Boosting milk yields of small-scale dairy farmers
Local Orbit Agriculture USA Local Orbit custom online marketplaces and back-office infrastructure for businesses and people working to increase local food distribution. Transparency On Demand: Local Orbit’s New Marketing Tools
LuminAID Lab Energy USA LuminAID Lab develops cost effective, solar-rechargeable lighting products in order to make light more affordable, more portable, and more sustainable for all users. The LuminAID light – the company’s first product – is an inflatable, lightweight, waterproof solar lantern that can be packed and shipped flat and is ideal for use in emergency and disaster situations. LuminAID and Mercy Corps Bring Light and Power to Disaster Recovery
Lumos Apparel India Lumos sells Solar Energy enabled apparel (e.g. T-shirts) and accessories (Backpacks) to mobile working executives to solve their mobile and laptop charging issues as well as provide other electricity-based functionality with the product. 5 Startups Who Are Trail-Blazers In Clean-Tech
Maisha Meds Health Kenya Miti Health builds and distributes software to support Kenyan retail pharmacies’ access and manage higher-quality medication, including a point of sale system and supply and inventory management. Entrepreneurship on the Rise in the Medical Supply Chain in Africa: A Tale of Four Pharmacy Disruptors
Makua Jewelry Apparel Colombia Colombian jewelry brand that uses ancestral techniques of indigenous communities of Colombia fused with contemporary design VOGUE MAGAZINE BRASIL EDITION APRIL 2018
Malô Agriculture Mali Malô creates and sells affordable, culturally appropriate rice-based products that enhance the health of mothers, children, and the planet. They educate, support, and decrease the risk profile of smallholder farmers so that they can minimize harvest and post-harvest losses, grow superior quality rice, and obtain more favorable credit terms from financial institutions. Mali: Transforming a Country Through Rice
Manta Biofuel, LLC Energy USA Manta Biofuel has developed a three step method for producing renewable crude oil from algae: Grow, Harvest and Convert. Oil from algae: Manta Biofuel wants to change the source of crude
Maternova Health Haiti
Maternova is a web-based global marketplace tracking and selling goods/services saving the lives of mothers and newborns. They make it easy for doctors, nurses and midwives to track innovation and to buy technologies and kits to use overseas. Saving Mothers Announces Innovative Partnership With Maternova, Inc. to Advance Maternal Health
Mathalicious Education USA Mathalicious is rewriting the middle and high school math curriculum around real world topics that students care about. By providing lessons directly to individual teachers, Mathalicious is also helping to change the way educational content is delivered. Oct. 19-20 – NCTM Regional Conference – Chicago, IL
Mera Gao MGP Energy India Mera Gao Micro Grid Power (MGP) builds and operates lighting utilities in off grid villages in India, using solar to provide superior lighting and mobile phone charging services for a lower cost than available alternatives. Mera Gao Power Raises US$2.5 Million through IIX
MilkCrate Environment USA MilkCrate is an app that will simplify living more sustainably by making it fun and easy for users to connect with the local, sustainable businesses and resources in their community. Impact-driven orgs find mobile-app success with Philly startup MilkCrate
Mille Collines Apparel Kenya Atelier des Mille Collines carries the design, production and distribution of high quality clothing and accessories under a brand with a strong identity. From a Mile to A Million
Million Dollar Scholar Education USA Million Dollar Scholar edits applications, personal statements, and scholarship essays for students across the world through an e-commerce solution. For every purchased service, we will provide free services to a low income student. Million Dollar Scholar Recognized By President Bill Clinton at CGIU
MISFIT Juicery Food USA MISFIT Juicery uses surplus fruits and vegetables that cannot be traditionally sold because they are the wrong size or shape and turns them into cold pressed juice in order to fight produce prejudice. This D.C. juicing startup is now eyeing food
MoveInSync Environment India MoveInSync is a mobile based service that facilitates utilization of excess seating capacity in private vehicles by connecting people in real time. Employee Transportation Startup MoveInSync Raises $8 Mn In Series B Funding
MoWoza Employment Mozambique
South Africa
moWoza is a mobile shopping service for grassroots communities in peri-urban and rural areas to access essential products conveniently. moWoza does the running for traders
Mozambikes Environment Mozambique Mozambikes is the first provider seeking to build a bicycle industry and make bicycles a commodity in Mozambique. The unique advantage of Mozambikes lies in their model of bicycle sales to provide bicycles of higher quality and lower prices to all provinces in Mozambique. 20 Global Startups That Are Changing The World
Musana Carts Energy Uganda We provide Solar powered vending carts to micro-entrepreneurs equipped with multi functional features adaptable to different vending businesses Meet The Finalists Of The Social Entrepreneurship Competition With A $1 Million Prize
Node Housing USA NODE is a B to C housing solutions and technology integration company that makes radical sustainability in residential buildings affordable by combining the efficiencies of modular building with technology and systems integration. Startup Spotlight: Node offers airy energy efficient homes that aim for easy, pre-fab installation
Nuru Energy Energy Rwanda Nuru Energy has developed a one-of-a-kind robust and simple-to-use off-grid recharging platform, the Nuru POWERCycle™ pedal generator. This provides reliable clean, sustainable power anytime, anywhere and is hundreds of times more efficient than current solar-based solutions at a fraction of the cost. The sustainable, scalable solution to dirty kerosene
One Acre Fund Agriculture Kenya One Acre Fund is concentrated on one-acre subsistence farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa – one of the largest groups of “forgotten poor” in the world. They provide a complete, functioning market system – making it possible for even the poorest and most rural farmer to generate more income, and permanently solve their own hunger problem. They see a future where every farm family has the knowledge, materials, and support necessary to satisfy their basic needs. Andrew Youn: Farm Aid With an M.B.A.
One World Play Project Crafts USA The One World Futbol Project is a B Corporation that markets and distributes a virtually indestructible soccer ball that never needs a pump and goes on playing even if punctured multiple times. WALMART INTERNATIONAL, THE COCA-COLA COMPANY AND ONE WORLD PLAY PROJECT INVITE CONSUMERS TO #PASSTHEHAPPINESS
ONergy Energy India ONergy is a leading renewable energy enterprise providing decentralized energy solutions to rural households. They provide reliable and affordable clean energy products across lighting, cooking and electrification. Lighting the Way to Women’s Economic Empowerment
Outline India Education India Outline India is a research and consultancy firm, focusing on ground level primary data collection work from communities that are hard to reach, to enable data-driven decision-making at policy and intervention levels. Prerna Mukharya: The data collector
PACE MD Health Mexico PACE is a Global Health Enterprise, with a mission to develop Knowledge, Skills and Abilities over a broad range of health care provider types to insure the best possible outcomes for people with emergency conditions out to the last kilometer of communities in Latin America. We decentralize quality medical training and improve health care among Spanish speakers. MyTelemedicine Forms Strategic Partnership with PACEMD to Leverage the Power of Telemedicine across Latin America
PaverGuide Environment USA PaverGuide will manufacture and sell to hardscape installers a structural, recycled plastic, storm water infiltration grid system that can be installed below permeable paving faster, cheaper, and with lower environmental impact than a permeable stone base. Imagine H20 Announces 12 Finalists For Annual Competition
PeopleTowels Crafts USA PeopleTowels are reusable personal hand towels made of a patent-pending fabric that is 100% certified organic Fair Trade cotton. All Natural, Award Winning, and striving for Zero Waste
Pinkcollar Employment Malaysia Pinkcollar is a registry-based matchmaking website for the recruitment of live-in maids in Southeast Asia, with increased transparency through the use of technology to support the just treatment of maids. How young people are rethinking the future of work
Pitaya Plus Food Nicaragua Pitaya Plus seeks to increase the consumption of the healthy pitaya fruit in the U.S. in order to help create jobs in marginalized communities in Nicaragua. They are committed to renewable energy and operate out of one of the only solar-powered factories in Central America. Dragon Fruit Health Benefits Are Only Surpassed By Their Beauty
Planting Empowerment Agriculture Panama Planting Empowerment sustainable forestry plantations are established on previously deforested land that belongs to local Panamanians. They provide a lease payment to these partners that exceeds their opportunity cost from the land, along with profit sharing and educational opportunities. Collaborating with Furch Guitars to support Indigenous community’s rosewood plantation
Powermundo Energy Peru PowerMundo builds and manages a network of customers, retailers, and suppliers to design, develop, and disseminate a suite of appropriate technology products for people in emerging markets. PowerMundo first listens to the needs of people and then displays a suite of products that may fit their needs. PowerMundo Pushes to Scale Up Off-Grid Solar in Peru
Prana Sustainable Water Water Switzerland Ethical Water Exchange is a tool designed by Prana Sustainable Water to bridge the mismatch between the lack of wastewater treatment and demands for recycled water to solve simultaneously the water/ heath/ food/ energy/ ecosystems /jobs challenges and restore water as a common and vital good. La terre polluée et l’eau usée, des placements bons pour la planète
Prometheon Pharma Health USA Prometheon Pharma is eliminating needle injections and shaping the future of drug delivery. Prometheon Pharma Completes Pilot Study of Insulin Patch in Mini-Pigs
Prosperity Candle Employment USA Prosperity Candle empowers women to rebuild their lives through candle making. They partner with women entrepreneurs in places of conflict to build viable enterprises with access to local, regional and global markets. Their mission is to promote stability by supporting women who have survived war and seek to not only support their families, but to prevail and prosper. They are helping us build this business’: Easthampton company that employs refugees visited by US Rep. Richard Neal, state Rep. John Scibak
PulpWorks Environment USA PulpWorks offers compostable products, molded from 100% post-consumer waste paper. Our environmentally thoughtful protective packaging is fashioned from the very same raw material that’s been used for decades to create egg cartons. Said another way, we turn garbage into safe, planet-friendly products. The Leverage Advantage Show Episode 28 with Paul Tasner: Starting Your Entrepreneurial Journey
Purasol Vida Natural Energy Costa Rica Purasol makes solar energy affordable in Costa Rica, a country that is experiencing unprecedented demand for renewable energy and energy independence. Purasol offers unique financed solar systems with which residential and commercial customers can immediately lower their energy costs and gain flexibility in their energy supply. Purasol successfully interconnected projects between 1.5 and 270 kW under the new regulation
Rate It Green Housing USA Rate It Green platform connects and supports green builders and green building companies across the globe in order to enable product and service validation and information exchange, with an ultimate goal of reducing the impact of the built environment. Greenbuild 2018 – Report Out, and Top 10
Re-Nuble Energy USA Re-Nuble uses clean technology to repurpose the organic waste of food processors into cost effective clean, renewable energy and natural fertilizers and sold to agribusiness users and horticultural and utility companies. Why Is Funding a Challenge for Women-Led Agtech Companies?
Runa Food Ecuador
Runa produces and markets beverages made from the naturally caffeinated leaves of the Amazonian guayusa (why-you-suh) tree. Runa offers a highly attractive and differentiated line of organic and fairly traded tea and ready-to-drink beverage products to eco-friendly and health-conscious consumers. Vita Coco’s parent company acquires natural energy drink Runa
RUR Greenlife Environment India RUR designs, builds, and implements sustainable,decentralized waste management solutions for individuals, schools, organizations, housing societies, industry to recycle 80% of waste into resource to reduce landfill load leading to reduction in carbon/methane emissions and conserving the planet. South Mumbai society recycles 90% of its waste, thanks to this teen environment crusader
Saathi Health India Saathi has developed a fully eco-friendly and biodegradable sanitary pad with an absorbent core made from waste banana tree fiber. Mapping women hygiene through innovation
Sanergy Health Kenya Sanergy is (i) building a network of low-cost sanitation centers in slums, (ii) distributing them through franchising to local entrepreneurs, (iii) collecting the waste produced, and (iv) processing it into electricity and fertilizer. Mukuru locals enjoy better hygiene from fresh life toilets
Sanivation Health Kenya Sanivation provides a household sanitation service and affordable fuel to residents living in slums of Kenya, where current toilets are too expensive and require infrastructure that slum dwellers are not setup to invest in. Meet the Entrepreneur: Andrew Foote and Emily Woods, Sanivation
Schaduf Urban Micro Farms Agriculture Egypt Schaduf develops innovative urban farming systems. They strive to create financially sustainable businesses for their customers, while tackling Egypt and other arid regions’ agricultural land and water scarcity problems. Hydroponic rooftop gardens turn Cairo green | Blog
Shellcatch Agriculture Chile Shellcatch uses mobile technology to effectively address fish fraud, seafood sustainability claims and bring consumer confidence back into the market. They were the first to develop an easy to use, low cost IT solution for artisanal fishery fleets. Tracing the Fish on Your Plate Back to the Sea
Soko Mushrooms Agriculture Zimbabwe Soko Mushrooms upcycles agriculture waste to produce specialty mushrooms and promotes sustainable mushroom farming and consumption to fight poverty and malnutrition in Zimbabwe. FORMATION OF ZIMBABWE MUSHROOMS FARMERS ASSOCIATION
SOL VISTA Energy USA SOL VISTA’s mission is to make building efficiency simple and profitable. We provide building performance management and efficiency-implementation services to building owners across the U.S. SOL VISTA. SOL VISTA Advances its Skywalk® Platform to Serve a Rapidly Expanding Subscriber Base
Solaris by Eternum Energy Tanzania Solaris by Eternum provides affordable, reliable, modular and easy-to-use solar stations that allow low income Tanzanians to generate revenue by charging devices such as lamps and phones in their community. The 500 Solaris!
SolePower Energy USA Sole Power, LLC provides a renewable energy source to any individual without ready access to a conventional power grid for operating personal electronic devices, providing a portable, inexpensive and more convenient alternative to the traditional battery. Wearables for Construction
Solstice Energy USA Solstice radically expands access to clean energy by providing roofless solar to the 80 percent of American households that cannot install an array on their roof. Solstice Is Pioneering the Gig Economy of Solar Panels
Sonsight Wind Energy USA We have been developing a small (5kW) horizontal axis wind turbine that is versatile and more cost effective, particularly within moderate winds for sale to residential and business customers. Sonsight Wind funds prototype testing of their new three-kilowatt small wind turbine at Appalachian’s Beech Mountain Small Wind Research and Demonstration Site
Soupergirl Food USA Soupergirl serves fresh, homemade soup made with ingredients from small local farms that practice sustainable farming methods. They offer homemade soup for delivery or pickup and operate a storefront location in DC. Soupergirl Didn’t Win Shark Tank, But She’s Okay
Spark Fund Energy USA Sparkfund powers your organization with efficient technologies like lighting, building controls, and HVAC without the complexity. You enjoy new, better systems at no upfront cost and make a single operating expense payment each month. Shell partners with Sparkfund, GridPoint to create subscription-based energy bundling service
Speak Shop Education Guatemala Speak Shop is the first company to offer an online marketplace where customers access a network of independent Spanish tutors in Guatemala and take private, face-to-face lessons through video conferencing. Revolutionary communication innovations
Sproutel Health USA Jerry the Bear is an interactive plush toy that helps kids with Type 1 Diabetes adjust to their new lifestyle. By playing with Jerry children will learn to master their medical procedures and have fun doing it! Meet the tech whiz building robotic teddy bears to comfort sick kids
Sproxil Health Ghana
Sproxil provides brand protection in emerging markets by leveraging mobile phones and scratch-off labels. Their Mobile Product Authentication (MPA) solution offers a comprehensive anti-counterfeiting strategy for cash-based societies, one that enables consumers to text message an item-unique code for a rapid response that confirms a brand’s genuineness. Sproxil CEO Joins World Leaders At World Economic Forum Annual Meeting
Stony Creek Colors Apparel USA Stony Creek Colors provides artisan textile dyes for the home dyer and dyed goods. Unreasonable Impact Americas Program Welcomes New Cutting-Edge Entrepreneurs to Tackle the World’s Greatest Challenges
SunSaluter Energy India The SunSaluter supports impoverished communities in meeting their needs for both electricity and clean water. Using the weight displacement of water passing through a filter, the SunSaluter rotates solar panels throughout the day, to optimize energy collection by up to 40%. Meet 8 hardware projects taking on social challenges
Takamoto Biogas Energy Kenya Takamotobiogas builds biogas systems and supplies biogas appliances to rural farmers in Kenya with the objective of creating energy security, improving the quality of life and protecting the earth’s natural resources. TAKAMOTO BIOGAS CREATING JOBS WITH BIOGAS MANUFACTURING
Tala FinTech Kenya
Tala is a mobile technology and data science company that is flipping the traditional credit scoring model by putting power into the hands of newly empowered consumers in emerging markets. Through its mobile app and unique channel, Tala gathers an average of 10,000 discrete data points per user to provide personalized offers and deliver real-time credit. Tala secures investment from PayPal
TerViva BioEnergy Agriculture USA TerViva BioEnergy grows trees that produce seeds that have lots of oil. That non-edible oil is well suited for the production of biofuel. Because the tree is hardy and fixes nitrogen, it can be grown on marginal land without any exogenous fertilizer. This keeps costs to about $1.00 per gallon, and gives us the best environmental footprint of any biofuel feedstock. TerViva Raises $2m in Series B to Grow Soybean Alternative on Degraded Land
Teysha Apparel Honduras Teysha brings together customers and skilled artisans to create beautiful goods which empower people to connect and create together. Teysha, Ethically Handcrafted Shoes from Guatemala, Announces Collaboration with Shoe Designer Selena McCartney and The Whole Planet Foundation
Toilets for People Health USA Toilets for People (TfP) sells affordable and sustainable composting toilets, sanitation consulting services and training in local capacity building to charity organizations serving communities living in the developing world where conventional sanitation solutions like pit latrines and flush toilets fail. Toilets for People – normalising toilets where families have never used them
Tonle Apparel Cambodia Tonlé designs and makes comfortable, wearable clothes that are as original and beautiful as the people who make them. We adhere to principles of transparency, fairness, and waste reduction in everything we do, from the big stuff like wages, down to the little things like the materials in our buttons. Using Reclaimed Fabric to Promote a Sustainable Manufacturing Model
Twice As Warm Apparel USA Twice As Warm is a clothing company that provide winter clothing to homeless children and families. For every clothing item purchased, a donation of the same clothing will be given to a person in need. 5 Companies That Are Redefining the Gift of Giving
Uncommon Cacao Agriculture Belize
Uncommon Cacao includes Maya Mountain Cacao (Belize) and Cacao Verapaz (Guatemala). These companies link small holder farmers to the specialty cacao industry, through a focus on consistently delivering quality beans. Removing Child Labor, Deforestation, and Poverty from the Cost of Chocolate
Union Kitchen Entrepreneurship USA Union Kitchen lowers the barriers to entry and growth for food businesses by offering kitchen space, a full-time cleaning team, catering, distribution services, and our own retail outlets, acting as a one-stop shop for everything an existing or launching food business needs, thus, propelling local businesses, jobs, and culture. HUNGRY FOR GROWTH: INVESTMENT IN THE FOOD SPACE
Up Top Acres Agriculture USA Up Top Acres designs, builds and operates commercial rooftop soil farms. Man transforms rooftops into fertile farmland in DC
Urban Pastoral Collective Agriculture USA Urban Pastoral Collective designs, constructs, and operates a state-of-the-art, 15,000 square foot hydroponic greenhouse in Baltimore powered by sustainable energy that will produce 100 tons of fresh, premium quality hops, greens, and herbs, year-round, for a range of local partners. Baltimore farm-in-a-box a potential catalyst in urban revitalization
Vayando Entrepreneurship Costa Rica
Vayando connects curious travelers with micro-entrepreneurs in emerging economies around the world. Land of a Thousand Ideas
Verde Sustainable Solutions Energy USA Verde created the VERDE iPad app to help consumers reduce their electricity usage in homes and businesses through a home energy audit. Verde: Energy Efficiency Experts partner with Tackle box to tell brand’s story
Vertical Harvest Agriculture USA Vertical Harvest is dedicated to becoming an agricultural, social, and architectural model for communities around the world through the completion and operation of a three-story, hydroponic greenhouse focused on producing fresh, local, fruits and vegetables that are planted, cared for, and sold to the public by employees with developmental and physical disabilities. Plans advancing for $16M-$17M high-tech greenhouse along Prince Street Garage
Viva Green Homes Housing USA Viva Green Homes is the largest and most comprehensive online real estate marketplace for sustainable homes. “The Zillow of eco-friendly homes.” How buyers can guard themselves from ‘greenwashing’
VSJF Flexible Capital Fund Employment USA The VSJF Flexible Capital Fund provides subordinated debt and royalty financing to growth stage companies in Vermont’s value-added agricultural, forest products, and clean technology businesses. Let’s change the face of our investment community
Wana Energy Solutions Energy Uganda Wana Energy Solutions was started to create a market for LPG in Uganda. Additionally, WANA works to create awareness among the masses that LPG is an alternative and the way to go. CLEAN TECHNOLOGY THE WAY TO GO
Wash Cycle Laundry Employment USA Wash Cycle Laundry delivers laundry on bicycles with trailers to consumers, businesses, and institutions and washes it using sustainable, cost-competitive processes that reduce the water and energy required to do so. They also strive to create meaningful, upwardly mobile careers in all their locations. Bicycle Laundry Looking to Locate on Willow Street
Watusee Foods Food USA 2Armadillos makes Crispy Roasted Chickpea Snacks. The snacks are delicious, addictive, and improve your daily health. ArchPoint Group acquires Watusee Foods
WeCyclers Employment Nigeria Wecyclers gives low-income communities in developing countries a chance to capture value from waste and clean up their neighborhoods through incentive-based recycling. WeCyclers new CEO
Wello Water Water India Wello empowers individuals to use the WaterWheel as an income-generating tool to lift their families out of poverty. The WaterWheel is an innovative water transportation tool designed to alleviate the problems associated with lack of easy access to water. This Incredible Innovation Is Lifting a Huge Weight off Women’s Shoulders in Maharashtra’s Villages
WeSpire Environment USA WeSpire develops persuasive technology – combining dynamic content, social levers, and gamification to capture people’s imagination and produce meaningful results. This Boston startup wants to help your employees meditate
WholeForest Crafts Ecuador EcoMadera partners with with forest communities in Ecuador to conserve threatened forests, implements sustainable forest management, designs and manufactures hardwood flooring and furniture in the community factory, and markets them to green construction projects in the US. Pinchot Interview
World Leadership School Education USA World Leadership School empowers young leaders to find new and innovative approaches to the world’s pressing problems. Risk Management and Student Travel in the Time of Trump, the Zika Virus, and Terrorism
Yeli Paper Bags Environment Uganda Youth Entreprenuers Link Investments (Yeli) produces paper bags and envelopes of different sizes and shapes according to market needs, we make customers’ brands as well on order. YELI proposes eco friendly paper bags from recycled paper
Yellow Leaf Hammocks Crafts Thailand Yellow Leaf Hammocks exists to empower the Hill tribe members in Thailand to rise out of poverty by creating stable, culturally sustainable, high wage weaving jobs. The colorful story behind swinging seats that look good, feel good, and do good.
Yumbutter Food USA Yumbutter is a nut butter company handcrafting nut butter potions from peanuts, cashews, almonds and more. Yumbutter is nuts for change
Zenful Bites Food USA Zenful Bites is a food education and eco-catering social enterprise practicing conscious cooking using natural, locally sourced ingredients with the aim of fostering a sustainable and fair food system in the DC metro region. Local catering entrepreneur Josephine Chu chats with Start DC about building Zenful Bites.