Gayatri Datar: Improving health and living conditions in Rwanda, one floor at a time

Gayatri Datar: Improving health and living conditions in Rwanda, one floor at a time

Imagine having to clean a dirt floor. I ask myself, is that even possible? Dirt is inherently dirty, so how can it be cleaned? Well, 80% of Rwandans face this challenge every day. To tackle this issue, Gayatri (Gaya) Datar is providing clean, durable, earthen floors to low-income Rwandans through her social enterprise start-up, EarthEnable.

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Steven Olikara: Building Bridges Across a Divided Government

Steven Olikara: Building Bridges Across a Divided Government
“This election in particular has brought to bear some of the deep divisions we have in this country. It’s critical that the millennial generation leads the way in being bridge-builders politically, ethnically, racially and socio-demographically.”

Steven Olikara is the Co-Founder and President of the Millennial Action Project (MAP), a nonpartisan nonprofit with a mission to re-establish political cooperation across parties and defeat the polarization and gridlock that is holding back the United States government. By working in close collaboration with lawmakers, MAP has already advanced legislation on issues including entrepreneurship, technology, 21st century skills training, veterans’ employment, immigration, volunteerism, and more.

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Katarina Stensson: A global vision for children’s education

Katarina Stensson: A global vision for children’s education

Though not an education professional by trade, Sweden native Katarina Stensson is passionate about the education and nonprofit sectors. So when she heard about the Global Learning XPRIZE Competition, she was immediately interested in entering. Following the competition’s guidelines, Katarina began developing an open source, interactive, educational application. The app enables children to learn basic literacy and numeracy skills outside the traditional classroom environment.\]

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Jan Guštinčič: Gamifying Climate Change Response

Jan Guštinčič: Gamifying Climate Change Response

Jan Guštinčič is a half-Slovenian Italian social entrepreneur living between Trieste, Italy and Zurich, Switzerland. On top of his native tongues, he speaks English, Spanish, and a bit of Swedish, French, Croatian, and German. What unites these disparate countries, tongues, and people? The threat of climate change.

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Dr. Rajiv Bhanot: Using smart tech to improve access to safe drinking water

Dr. Rajiv Bhanot: Using smart tech to improve access to safe drinking water

1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water that is contaminated by sewage and unsafe to drink¹. Approximately 3.5 million people die each year due to inadequate water supply, sanitation, and hygiene. Every 20 seconds, a child dies as a result of poor sanitation².

Since launching H2GO in 2011, Dr. Rajiv Bhanot has brought clean drinking water to over 1.5 million people, and not just for one day, but for years. Here’s how he did it.

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Salima Visram: Empowering Kenyan students using solar energy

Salima Visram: Empowering Kenyan students using solar energy

Salima Visram grew up in Kenya, right beside a village where 22,000 people live below the poverty line. Throughout her childhood, Salima worked on projects supporting her community, spending a great deal of time in schools and with youth. As she grew older, she became driven to find a way to help alleviate poverty and break down the barriers to education.

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Juan Vegh: Breaking down the barriers to social entrepreneurship in biotech

Juan Vegh: Breaking down the barriers to social entrepreneurship in biotech

In the biotechnology industry, there is a significant financial barrier to entry for entrepreneurs. On average, a start-up in biotech needs at least USD $3 million in initial investments in order to bring their product to the market. This prevents countless entrepreneurs from pursuing an idea, separating customers from potentially life-altering advancements in pharmaceuticals, food quality, and more. Through his social enterprise, STÄMM, Juan Vegh is trying to break down this barrier. He is working to democratize access to biotech.

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