First Access receives support from MasterCard Foundation

https://frp.org/downloads/press_releases/EN-Press-Release-June-20-2017-rolling-competition.pdf The 2017 competition launch coincides with the announcement of the 2016 Innovation Competition winners. Three projects have been awarded support by the Fund to implement innovative financial solutions. A …

EcoAct Tanzania – Building Materials, Tanzania

EcoAct Tanzania – Building Materials, Tanzania https://www.deutschland.de/en/ecoact-tanzania-building-materials-tanzania EcoAct Tanzania is a social enterprise established to tackle the challenges of post consumer plastic pollution, waste management, deforestation and climate change.  

How safe are sanitary pads in India?

http://www.livemint.com/Industry/T3XIiwJI31WZuK1IsoUOJL/How-safe-are-sanitary-pads-in-India.html     “Contrary to claims, most of what is in the market doesn’t even use cotton. It is mostly wood pulp. Almost all use the same materials, changes are …

In Burma, Facebook can be your OB-GYN

In Burma, Facebook can be your OB-GYN Global health NGO Population Services International (PSI) and Yangon-based social tech startup Koe Koe Tech believe the solution is in part pocket-size. The …

LuminAID Lab on Shark Tank

LuminAID Sales Up 300% Since ‘Shark Tank’: Interview With Owners LuminAID clinched a deal with Mark on Season 6 of Shark Tank for their solar-powered inflatable lights. Heavy spoke with founders Anna Stork …

Solstice in Forbes 11/18/2017

Yes, Even Millennial Households Can Afford Solar Energy Featuring Solstice (2016) ” Solstice announced last week a partnership with Delaware River Solar to provide capacity from three 2.8 MW (megawatt) community solar farms …

Wello

Wello

“The feedback I received from [The MCN] was far and away the most comprehensive, detailed and useful feedback I’ve received. In fact, years later, I still refer back to my …

African Renewable Energy Distributor

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. They joined our community in …

Vayando

Vayando connects curious travelers with micro-entrepreneurs in emerging economies around the world. They were part of our 2015 program. Updates: Sept 06 2017 : Four Startups Named for Atlanta Exchange With …

Nuru Energy

“Once I went to the shops and it was dark. I had the light on my forehead but it was off. Then I met some guys who I think meant …

SouperGirl

“There is an incredible burgeoning local food movement in the DC area, and a lot of people want to be involved. But DC is a busy town, and people work …

Runa

Runa

“We built a supply chain entirely from scratch in the middle of the Amazon so we had to go through all the heavy lifting of immense amounts of R&D, bureaucracy, …

MilkCrate

“MilkCrate is an app that simplifies living more sustainably by making it fun and easy for users to connect with the local, sustainable businesses and resources in their community.” 2015 …

Malo

MALÔ

The [MCN] feedback by far is the most comprehensive, detailed feedback we’ve had, and we have participated in a lot of competitions. And the fact that judges are willing to have …

LaborVoices

“LaborVoices is a scalable, crowdsourced alternative to conventional inspection-based certification models. We source actionable, real-time intelligence on employers around the world from the real experts—the workers, themselves.” – Kohl Gill, …