The Katerva Awards

Considering that just 10 years ago Maternova—an innovator of medical devices to improve the health of women, expectant mothers, and newborns—was a seedling of an idea, to be a finalist for this year’s Katerva Awards in the gender equality category is quite the achievement.

“We are honored….this is a strong validation of a decade of work by a small team,” Maternova CEO Prakash Veenam told GoLocalProv. “Gender equality is at the core of all of our work and the work of the thousands of passionate health providers in our network.”

Founded in 2009 by Meg Wirth—who now serves as chief strategy officer—and Allyson Cote—who stepped down last year from her COO post—Maternova participated in Social Enterprise Greenhouse’s first accelerator program, taking the leap from idea to action after it was “percolating for a long time,” according to Veenam.

Over the last decade, Maternova has been named a Women Deliver 50 best idea for women, a top 20 social media outlet by Huffington Post and received national media attention from NPR, BBC World Radio and Forbes.

They’ve grown to a network of more than 30,000 clinicians and midwives in 180 countries, developing rapid diagnostic tests, neonatal monitoring products, and tools to improve obstetric health.

Their NovaVeil Mosquito protective apparel—available for pre-order in the United States—is the final stages of EPA approval for use on children’s clothing, and their best-selling product is a non-pneumatic anti-shock garment external compression device that stops postpartum hemorrhage, a lifesaving tool for women worldwide.

Today, the company remains a tight team of six, focused for the past few years on scaling their business model to sell larger volumes of their “life-saving” innovations.