Country: United Kingdom
Harvinder started Motics after seeing his father struggle with physiotherapy. His father suffered from sciatica but found traditional physiotherapy non-engaging and failed to exercise regularly. This led to the creation of Motics, a wearable solution that engages patients and provides actionable insight into muscle function. Motics gamifies physiotherapy and provides recovery data to clinicians to speed up recovery and motivates patients to recover. Harvinder hopes that the same technology can be used for both recovery and sports analytics to give teams the competitive edge in training.
Country: Puerto Rico
Alondra is a healthy lifestyle and social justice advocate whose focus is reducing inequality affecting disadvantages communities. Her social activism led to the creation of an application that enables communication between health professionals and the hearing impaired. Alondra’s goal is to create more access to health services for deaf and hard-of-hearing communities globally.
Fabian encountered mead for the first time after an exchange semester in Lithuania in 2015. The encounter served as the foundation for his company, Zzinga. His vision is to re-imagine mead as a cider-like, low alcoholic beverage. But more importantly, his mission is environmental and focused on sustainability, biodiversity and the importance of bees to the global ecosystem. Currently, Fabian is in the development phase as Zzinga seeks to distribute its product to neighboring cities.
Company: Utopia Premium Tea
Alberto started Utopia Premium Tea after identifying a void in the marketplace: the lack of quality tea in Central America. In the journey to find the best product, he discovered the Coban region in Guatemala produced exquisite tea. Alberto’s commitment to exposing the world to Coban tea has strengthened the brand as Utopia continues to flourish.
Today, Utopia Premium Tea is known for using 100 percent local ingredients, establishing itself as the first tea blending company in Guatemala. Utopia’s vision for the future is to continue producing high- quality tea provider while expanding its client base locally and internationally.
Gustavo envisioned creating a platform for low-income families and individuals to learn English. The first low-cost model for language learning, 4YOU2 is Brazil’s fully interactive platform bringing students face to face with English teachers from 50 countries. The learning model is conversational, in real-time, blending grammar exercises with real-life scenarios. Currently, 4YOU2 has 10,000 students and eight schools. Gustavo and his team plan to open 30 new schools in the next 30 months.
Naziba Wafa, Resurgence co-founder, is revolutionizing menstrual hygiene in low-income communities through low-cost, biodegradable sanitary pads made out of water hyacinth. Realizing the lack of sanitation prevailing in the slum areas of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Naziba took action to end community suffering, particularly among women with poor menstrual health.
Naziba along her team are taking further action to shatter the social stigma revolving around the topic. By empowering vulnerable populations, specifically underprivileged women, through education and employment opportunities, Naziba and her team are poised for success.
Company: QZenobia Refugee Big Data Analytics Startup
School: Middle East Technical University
Aiming to show a positive correlation between refugees and development with big data analytics, Berat launched QZenobia, a mobile application that runs as a “refugee hub.” This mobile application provides refugees with the opportunity to submit their data via a questionnaire and search for opportunities such as verified news, jobs and registration processes in the host country. Berat hopes that after three years, the profit generated from his for-profit social enterprise would support over 65 million refugees around the world.
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: South Africa
School: University of Pretoria
As the answer to an aging farming population and rising food scarcity, Palesa Motaung launched DesertGreen to create new, young farmers, develop current existing small-scale farmers and repurpose under-utilized land in rural Africa for food production. Her long-term vision for the company is to not only educate South African students on how to plant sustainably, but launch
the DesertGreen App, a location-based mobile app platform that offers real-time support during production cycles. In essence, her vision is to feed the future.
School: University of Waterloo
At the age of 17, Andre founded HelpWear as a way to help his co-founder’s disabled mother call for help quickly. HelpWear’s main product, HeartWatch, is a wearable, at-home ECG monitor that allows healthcare practitioners unprecedented access to their patient’s data, and the ability to perform automatic pathology detection notifying patients and doctors of changes in the patient’s health status. This technology creates an accessible, comfortable and inexpensive opportunity to revolutionize the way doctors monitor their patients. Andre has overcome many challenges, including his lack of experience in the healthcare technology industry when he began this journey, but continues to move forward and expects to receive clinical approval this year, allowing HeartWatch to be sold to hospitals around the world.