WholeSurplus is a unique SaaS Marketplace that significantly reduces waste, while saving money and time for retailers and food businesses by providing the most accurate data analytics. Globally, more than 30% of all produced food goes to waste, while 60% of this inventory is still edible/useable. The ultimate purpose of this system is to provide real time insights on food availability for food banks to cut food wastage down to zero. Through the platform, retailers can cut costs by donating left over food to those in need. Their goal is to achieve zero hunger, take climate action, and create a system that enables responsible consumption and production. In six months, 74 tonnes of food, equivalent to 166,666 meals, have been donated in İstanbul through the Whole Surplus platform and have prevented 224 tonnes of CO2 emission, and Whole Surplus is currently looking for new markets, retailers and food distributors to join the food waste revolution.
SafeMotos is a Rwandan-based Uber-style ride hailing platform specifically designed for motorcycle taxis in emerging markets with the mission of making motorcycle transportation more efficient and safer for passengers. In sub-Saharan Africa, motorcycle accidents are the highest cause of death after HIV/AIDS, where a motorist is 700 times more likely to die than in the UK. Using smartphones, the technology captures telemetry on the style of driving and customers reviews based on their safety (driving style, available helmet, etc.). SafeMotos also has a training programme for female drivers challenging the monopoly males have in this market and provides drivers facilitated access to loans and savings schemes. Now counting over 150 drivers, over 200,000 registered trips, and ranked by Fast Company Magazine as Africa’s 7th most innovative company, SafeMotos aims to expand its technology and impact into the East African market.
Syafunda integrates the best local teaching practices and classroom dynamics through interactive video tutorials and workbooks in a local context and languages within the
local curriculum with the best teachers in the country. More than 91% of learners in South Africa fail high school Math and Science due to shortages of teachers, high cost of textbooks, overcrowding and lack of adequate teacher training and mentorship. By taking abstract concepts and bringing it back to daily experiences, Syafunda provides a mix of traditional and familiar elements of learning into a digital environment. Syafunda has set up their digital library in schools, community centres and public libraries allowing students to download educational material for free and without access to internet. Using data analytics on usage and performance, the platform can profile students for support, career guidance, and university scholarship placement. More than 81,000 high school students are to date registered on the platform.
hearX Group (Pty) Ltd is an award-winning startup with the mission of providing affordable access to healthcare using mobile health solutions that anyone can use, anywhere. In many African nations, the general awareness of hearing loss is low and the severe shortage of health personnel and prohibitively expensive equipment has caused a lack of screening programs, resulting in most people being unable to access hearing healthcare. hearScreen, is the world’s first clinically valid hearing screening solution on a smartphone providing accurate hearing testing to non-specialists while adhering to international best practice protocols and standards, with the addition to inform and refer patients to their closest healthcare provider using SMS or email addon. hearX’s innovative solutions have been used to screen over 70 000 people in 25 countries across the world and are as accurate, but faster, more than 80% cheaper, and easier to use than traditional methods.
SALt has developed an innovative energy solution using salt water to power ecologically designed lamps for off-grid and disaster prone communities. By adding salt water to the lamp, the metal-air fuel cell generates electricity to light up the lamp and charge mobile devices. 1.2 billion people (1 in 6) live without access to electricity, and a huge proportion use kerosene lamps as a source of light, which are major health and fire hazards. SALt is the first to develop a cost-effective and more efficient aqueous battery solution with a life span that is 8 times longer than current metal-air battery systems. The lamps are sold using a micro-financing system with a buy 1, donate 1 deal, as well as acquiring sponsorship from corporations and the government. To date, more than 1600 lamps have reached marginalised island communities in the Philippines, with a secured order of over 9000 lamps in its manufacturing stage.
TREE Alliance is a global alliance of training restaurants building futures for marginalized young people and adults. Marginalized youth and adults around the globe struggle to find access to employment, translating directly into poverty, unemployment, lack of perceived purpose in life, exposure to physical harm and further marginalization. The highly successful model combines on-the-job training with life skills education and all the social support necessary to ensure that students become skilled, productive and happy young meaningful persons with a more secure future. Students receive hands-on training in cooking service, job readiness and life skills, and are supported to be placed in outside jobs after graduation, to be in charge of their own lives. With now 8 restaurants in different countries, more than 200 students at any given time, and more than 1 million restaurant customers, TREE alliance aims to replicate to even more locations.
Hablando Con Julis is proof that people with speech, writing, and learning disabilities can have the same opportunities as any other. There are more than 600 million people around the world with communicative difficulties and more than 800 million people considered to be illiterate. This all-in-one technological solution is easy to use, customizable, and enables people with communication impediments at all ages to read, write, speak, and learn by the use of images that are interpreted through written and voiced words. As a learning tool, it allows the acquisition of reading and writing skills, as well as facilitating the comprehension and increment of vocabulary of any topic in real-time, with a pedagogical team following up with the progress of the user at regular intervals. With over 65,000 words and 8,000 users in Spanish and English, HCJ aims to expand to English and Spanish speaking markets to combat illiteracy and enable people with communication impediments in becoming an active part of society.
Piipee is a solution that eliminates all toilet water usage during urination having already saved millions of litres of water. Toilet flushing represents more than 75% of all water usage in a company’s infrastructure, and up to 80% of this consumption is to eliminate urine. Piipee uses a biodegradable solution made with natural extracts in a dispenser that when pressed, reacts with the urine, removing its smell, changing the colour, cleaning the toilet, thus creating an all-in-one solution for eliminating urine without the use of water. After the system is installed in less than 2 minutes, using Piipee costs less than the water used during flushing. The product has been used by over 100,000 users and is installed in over 400 corporate buildings. A toilet bowl with the solution integrated is in the pipeline and the solution can also act as a hygienic disinfectant in communities using communal latrines.
HM Energy Mexico have innovated a thermal-conversion process to converting pollutant waste tires into valuable commodities, cleaner diesel fuel and carbon black char. Worldwide, 13.5 million tons/year (1.35 Billion tires) of scrap tires are generated and only 9% are recycled, with a decomposition time of 80-100 years. The diesel substitute compatible with open diesel burners is 35% cleaner, and 40% cheaper than conventional diesel. The carbon black is sold back to tire production industries creating a sustainable cycle on this component. Their impact is the elimination of solid waste, creation of green fuel and commodities, and development of sustainable technology contributing to the circular economy. To date, more than 50,000 tires have been converted to more than 190,000 litres of diesel substitute with each module able to convert 400,000 tires yearly, with plans to scale across Mexico and targeted countries.
Meet the Ventures in Geneva
All finalists will be flying in from around the globe to Geneva from the 7th – 13th October to participate in the Accelerate2030 Scaling Week, SDG Factory, and Social Good Summit. If you are interested in exploring a collaboration with them, and/or able to support them scale their impact, book a one on one meeting with them!