OUR 2019 FINALISTS
Unima is a biotechnology company developing fast and low cost diagnostic and a disease surveillance systems. The company’s goal is to solve the problem of lack of access to timely diagnostics for 3 billion people living in the developing world and in low resource settings in developed countries.
Portal Telemedicina is a Brazilian healthtech company that aims to mitigate the uneven distribution of specialist doctors and the resulting lack of access to these professionals. The company provides a telediagnostic platform that integrates with medical devices, automatically transferring data across devices as well as RIS and PACs systems, and allows doctors to provide fast, low cost, online diagnostics.
Biolive produce completely natural bioplastic granules stem from olive seeds in order to overcome the problems and fulfil the deficiencies in bio/plastic market. The solution is cost-efficient, biodegradable and non-carcinogenic by using olive seeds to produce plastic granules. Biolive granules are biodegradable, compostable, recyclable, transparent and 90% more cost effective than existing bioplastics because of utilizing waste of olive oil companies.
Ekofungi is a mid-sized organic mushroom producer using an innovative circular mushroom-production model that harnesses local cellulose-based wastes (in a 30 km radius), creating mushroom substrate and cultivation mushrooms using unique energy-efficient innovations. The residues of the substrate is composted after mushroom growth and composted for farmers to fertilise their soil.
InvestEd gives education loans to college students declared unloanable by the financial system. Our proprietary credit scoring algorithm does what banks cannot–to predict an unbanked student‚ probability of repayment by measuring graduation, employment and behavioral risks. The success of our algorithm has also enabled the public to invest their money in our student loan program. By 2023, we aim to be the world’s top education bank for the poor.
Sampangan is a waste to carbon tech company which sustainably processes and decomposes any kinds of solid waste (organic, anorganic, electronic, toxic, dry or humid) and converts them into organic outputs such as carbon, steam and others.
Costa Rica Insect Company (CRIC) creates sustainable insect-based solutions, as well as provides high quality and healthy nutrition solutions for malnutrition. In addition CRIC seeks to use of insects to develop biochemical components for unsustainable industries such as plastics, pharmaceuticals, technology or even packaging.