Rapanui Clothing, founded by Rob and Mart Drake-Night in 2009, turns these concerns into action by introducing a business model
By combining a love of the environment with an appreciation for Dutch cycling culture-, the Austin, Texas-based East Side Compost Pedallers is leading the way for those who want to be more connected to their environment and community. They are simply helping connect people who create a resource to others who need it.
HandUP is a San Francisco based startup that enables donors to give directly to an individual affected by homelessness.
On Greek beaches, dead sea grass that washes up on the shore poses a problem to the local municipalities. Although seaweed is fun for throwing at your mates, it’s not so appealing for sunbathing on, and a trip to the beach takes a slimy turn when you find yourself wading through mountains of the stuff. So, it needs to be cleaned up, costing the government money and time and requiring space for burial.
Community Shop, a social supermarket in the UK, has been open for nearly a year and has consistently demonstrated its ability to empower community members, reduce food waste and measure the impact of its concerted efforts.
Over 85% of a child’s vocabulary comes from the parents. Vocabulary is the heart of language development and language is the foundation of everything in early learning,” explained Attollo founder Bukhari
Totus Power proposes a solution for this problem: Jupiter 6. Led by its founder, Siva Rajendran, Totus Power refurbishes used electric car batteries that would otherwise be wasted to generate a portable power source named Jupiter 6.
The impact of education is lessened by more than half for children that cannot afford textbooks. About 74% of students in the Kenyan educational system are unable to buy the mandatory learning material. The 2012 Kenyan social startup Kytabu, Swahili for “book,” uses modern technology to help children in the developing world access textbooks. The startup’s application provides affordable, relevant, and engaging learning content.
The emergence of GoodWorld, a Washington DC based startup, reflects a growing need to harness the power of social media to generate social change. The technology enables users to donate directly to a cause without leaving Facebook or Twitter.
The blind and visually impaired community numbers over 285 million people globally, many of whom are disconnected from everyday technology due to archaic or expensive accessibility tools. A new startup, Conversant Labs, is working to change that reality with its new conversational applications called Say Apps.
Aspire is a social enterprise that uses the commercialized production of insects to address food insecurity around the world. Rich in protein, iron, and calcium, insects are already eaten by two billion people, 140 million of whom live in urban slums.
For an estimated 3 million wheelchair users in the US, city sidewalks pose a barrier to mobility and independence. A new startup, pathVu, is working to change that with an app, which will build a global map of sidewalks to improve accessibility, walkability, and safety of sidewalks.
When you invest in a woman, you invest in her entire community. The Chicago-based social startup SHIFT trusts impoverished women to distribute resources effectively. Established in 2014, the business helps women through direct cash payments. The contributions cause the she effect: improvements in health and education, reduction in crime, and ultimately poverty alleviation.
In a world that is becoming increasingly fast-paced, it can be difficult for those suffering from disorders such as autism to keep up. As teaching is accelerated among young age groups, autistic children often find themselves left behind. With modern technology, however, many developments are being made to help these children in ways that would simply have been impossible a decade ago.
It has been estimated that a shocking one in four children in foster care in the US falls victim to human trafficking. A new startup, Marinus Analytics, is working to change that statistic with a new software called Traffic Jam.