Did you know? The SVN 2013 Innovation Awards will take place at SVN's 2013 Fall Conference.
The SVN's 2013 Fall Conference takes place on October 17-20, 2013 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace in Baltimore, MD, where the presence of more than 400 CEOs, investors and social entrepreneurs will gather.
Do you know? What unites socially responsible business leaders? The answer is simple according to SVN, “The belief that business has the ability as well as the the obligation to be a force for good in the world.”
As the world's foremost peer-to-peer network of values-driven entrepreneurs and investors, SVN is supports the next generation of socially responsible business leaders. This year's Social Venture Network 2013 Innovation Awards winners represent the very best of that group – people of all ages and backgrounds, working everywhere from Berkeley to Rwanda.
Did you know? The 2013 Innovation Awards was judged by a panel of 11 expert judges, including Amy Domini of Domini Social Investments, Amy Hall of EILEEN FISHER, Inc., a preceding Innovation Award winner Nikhil Arora of Back To The Roots and Renata Hron Gomez of the Hitachi Foundation. The entrants were judged on the following criteria: use of innovation, impact and ability to scale.
Below you will find notable business goals from the 2013 Innovation Award winners as reported by Social Venture Network. Check out Social Venture Network 2013 winners circle here:
- Kavita M. Shukla and Swaroop Samant, Fenugreen: “While the world's farmers harvest enough to feed the planet, 25% of our food supply is lost to spoilage. Fenugreen aims to revolutionize the food economy from farm to fork, and transform the lives of the 1.6 billion who lack access to refrigeration with its mission of "Fresh for All."”
- Liz and Ben Bohannon, Sseko Designs: “Sseko Designs is an ethical fashion brand that uses fashion to educate and empower women. Sseko hires high-potential young women in Uganda to make sandals to enable them to earn money through dignified employment that will go directly towards their college educations and ensure they will continue pursuing their dreams.”
- Elizabeth Scharpf, Sustainable Health Enterprises: “SHE is a social venture that invests in people and ideas that are typically overlooked as vehicles of socio-economic change. SHE’s initial initiative involves developing a franchise model to manufacture and distribute affordable, eco-friendly menstrual pads for girls and women by sourcing local, inexpensive raw materials (e.g., banana fibers) and leveraging existing networks.”
- Tim Jahnigen and Lisa Tarver, One World Futbol Project: “One World Futbol inventor Tim Jahnigen was inspired to create a nearly indestructible ball after watching news footage of kids in Darfur playing a soccer game using a ball of trash tied up with twine. With a concept and material in mind, Tim set out to design a ball that played like a real soccer ball, but would never need a pump and never go flat—even when punctured multiple times.”
- Michael Murphy and Alan Ricks, MASS Design Group: MASS Design Group: “MASS Design Group is a nonprofit architecture firm committed to building better buildings and enabling the people who build them. Today, the team works across Rwanda, Uganda, Liberia, Haiti and the US, conducting immersive research in communities not only to build context-appropriate, safer and healthier facilities, but also to leverage local material markets, lead training workshops, spur craft development and foster economic empowerment.”
This year’s SVN's Fall Conference will link up-and-coming innovators with notable pioneers such as Jeffrey Hollender of Seventh Generation, Majora Carter of the Majora Carter Group and Seth Goldman of Honest Tea.
FYI: For more information on guest speakers and registration for the SVN's 2013 Fall Conference and/or Social Venture Network 2013 Innovation Awards click here.