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Submitted by (@matt.tilleard)

CrossBoundary Energy: unlocking Commercial & Industrial solar in Africa

Power in Africa is expensive and unreliable. Solar is a cheaper alternative, yet is inaccessible due to upfront cost and perceived risk. We remove both barriers by providing installers with financed Power Purchase Agreements to offer clients—unlocking clean energy-as-service for African enterprise.

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Build Back Better After Ebola: The Aequitas Fellowship in Entrepreneurial Leadership

As West African leaders face the challenge of rebuilding decimated health systems, one replicable model exists—Rwanda. Partners In Health’s new University of Global Health Equity aims to reimagine health education and disseminate Rwanda’s remarkable innovations. As Aequitas Fellows at UGHE, emerging leaders from Ebola-affected countries will develop pragmatic leadership skills to effect transformational change.

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Submitted by (@kimdoylewille)

A new “Craigslist” for Sustainable Connected Communities

Untapped knowledge and skills are going wasted each day, while communities struggle to get back on their feet economically. Using technology, crowdsourcing, an open source platform, and returning “to the basics”, communities can be empowered through education, resources, and collaborative efforts.

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Submitted by (@tyler.hollenbach)

Groundbreaking business support for Central American social enterprises.

Our Cultivation Program provides inclusive, hands-on support to local social enterprises, enabling them to grow and achieve their potential. Our goal is to strengthen, innovate, and expand the reach of our service offerings to serve more entrepreneurs and enterprises in need of strategic support.

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Improving the Health and Well-being of 1.5 million Smallholder Farmers

Unilever’s supply chain includes 1.5 million smallholder farmers. The idea is to use our agricultural supply chain as a delivery channel to provide access to solutions such as water purifiers, improved cook stoves, solar lights, etc. to improve the health of these farmers and their families

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Submitted by (@toctober1)

Village Square: It takes a village to raise a child with a life-limiting illness

Village Square is a web-based application designed to help children with life-limiting illnesses stay in their home, preventing re-admission to the hospital. The family is at the center of a town square, with links to their physicians, symptom management, medication list and health recommendations.

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Submitted by (@daniel)

Helping Students Discover our Shared Human Values through education and online intera

Imagine:

Every 3rd grade student across the world takes a course to discover our shared human fate

 

A best-in-class Universal Values Curriculum

 

We lobby the UN & incentivize governments to adopt the program w/free resources to participating schools

 

Each week students from Pakistan to Palestine, from India to Indiana build a community online

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Submitted by (@kellitaylor)

On The Same Page UNITED: Poetry creates connection between inmates & community

The mass incarceration of 2.3 million Americans has created an underclass of people who feel alienated, isolated, and ill equipped to successfully reintegrate into society. On the Same Page UNITED implements nationally a successful Washington, DC program that uses poetry to forge understanding and connection across the bars.

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Submitted by (@mariela.martinez)

Portal Rico: Leveraging the power of the global Puerto Rican diaspora

Portal Rico is website that agglomerates all available crowdfunding opportunities in Puerto Rico, regardless of the crowdfunding platform. Think of it as Kayak for crowdfunding. This website would better connect Puerto Rico’s diaspora populations to social entrepreneurship opportunities at home. The website model could potentially be scaled to benefit other countries and their respective diaspora populations.

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Chalkbeat's Election Engine

Chalkbeat is a nonprofit news organization covering educational change efforts and changing the education landscape in the communities where we work. Chalkbeat's Election Engine is an original online tool that empowers voters to make more informed decisions by helping them compare and contrast candidates’ positions on crucial education issues.

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