Country: United States
School: George Washington University
With her passion to start a movement to end sexual assault and exploitation facilitated by rape drugs, Danya launched KnoNap, a napkin that tests for rape drug presence in drinks. Danya’s motivation in launching KnoNap stemmed from her personal tie to the issue of sexual assault, but she is constantly inspired and motivated by the stories of her peers. At the start of this venture, Danya’s personal experience became an obstacle; every conversation or pitch involved sharing her story of sexual assault. However, after making the mental decision to no longer see herself as a victim but rather as a survivor, she became a voice for this issue. Committed to pushing for social change, Danya hopes that in three years, KnoNap products will be available nationwide at any public bars, clubs, grocery stores, liquor stores, universities, health centers and drug stores.
Company: Glitz PAMB
School: Ashesi University College
Maureen Molly Basemara is the owner of Glitz PAMB, a jewelry company specializing in African jewelry. Her company’s mission is to bring sentimental value to every jewelry product made with
a focus on celebrating one’s national spirit and love of country. Each jewelry piece is handcrafted and customized with bronze metals and beads. Her vision for the future of Glitz PAMB is not only
to educate and employ young girls in the community for a brighter future, but to be the leading jewelry brand in Africa.
School: KTH Royal Institute of Technology
After his grandmother’s sudden heart attack, Max was determined to find a better way to identify early stages of heart disease. As a result, Max launched his company, Heartstrings, an accurate, non-invasive and low-cost tool based on proprietary artificial intelligence technology for screening and early diagnosis of heart disease. Heartstrings’ breakthrough technology has been tested successfully and validated with more than 700 patients through two clinical trials. His vision for Heartstrings is to save at least 1 million lives each year over the next three years.
Country: Sri Lanka
Company: Pol Sambol
School: National School of Business Management
During a conversation with friends, Peshala Dayanatha realized there was a widespread issue for Sri Lankan people to find authentic, non-processed food available for lunch during the work day. To solve this problem, Dayanatha launched PolSambol, creating a new delivery option for authentic food, while also creating jobs for stay-at-home moms. Like most entrepreneurs, he faced many challenges, including quality control and ensuring the food was prepared to the proper standard. In three years, Dayanatha plans to open his own PolSambol kitchen and move to a more environmentally friendly approach, using biodegradable packaging that creates zero waste.