Partnering for Global Impact is proud to again collaborate with the HUB Zürich to source and select five top social entrepreneurs to compete for the award before a prestigious jury panel. The candidates for the Future Impact Prize were sourced through the PGI platform and from nominations by the HUB Zurich through its affiliated incubation programs and organizations including: SE Outreach, HUB Fellowship, HUB Ventures, Smiling World Accelerator Program, and the Investment Readiness Program.
After an exciting and challenging process, we are pleased to announce that the five finalists for the Fidelity Future Impact Prize are:
My love affair with forests began growing up on a farm in the heart of a small English forestry reserve. After graduating in architecture, I retuned to my roots, developing the Bloomtrigger project, a revolutionary model for online fundraising and environmental education which brings together individuals, businesses and primary school children to support forestry communities by promoting sustainable development, whilst addressing the ‘disconnect’ between children and their environment. I am passionate about design, EdTech and halting deforestation. I live in Brazil with my wife who shares my vocation. The Future Impact Prize is a huge opportunity for Bloomtrigger to ‘bloom’!
Gopala Krishnan (GK) has founded several venture funded companies in the last 25 years. One was acquired by Walt Disney and another by eVentures. He has co-founded successful social ventures in the last three years. One benefited 15 million people by eliminating a carcinogenic additive from commercially manufactured bread in India. Another is a free of cost, all India vaccination reminder service, now owned by the Indian Academy of Pediatrics, which aims to save half a million children from death or disability by 2018. He is now busy launching Blue Lotus, a for-profit, waste to energy social venture.
Stella Schieffer is a young entrepreneur based in Zurich. After completing her undergraduate in Civil Engineering at MIT, she continued her Master studies at ETH Zurich specializing in construction and transportation planning. Ever since she has been passionate to make our infrastructure and transportation networks more efficient and to utilize existing space in private travel movements for delivery purposes. She is the founder and CEO of BringBee, a crowdsourced home delivery option, aiming to reduce shopping and delivery traffic. Stella is a fellow of Climate-KIC and the WWF Switzerland and a member of the Global Shaper Community.
For the better part of my teenage years I watched my parents and other Ugandan SME owners struggle with unique issues that arise for African business owners. African businesses seemed to especially suffer from inefficiencies that businesses in the developed world did not, due to lack of access to relevant technologies. I have decided that this is the problem I want to solve. I want to use technology, and the unique ways we as Africans interact with it, to empower African businesses. I am the founder and CEO of ffene (www.ffene.com) where we build software to that end.
One year ago I decided to do something about a serious homeless situation in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. I wanted to prove that social business can help solve this problem effectively and be successful and economically sustainable at the same time. Together with my two colleagues we founded Pragulic, a social enterprise that challenges stereotypes and rebrands homelessness by enabling people to experience the world from a homeless perspective. My name is Tereza Jurečková and I am a co-founder and CEO of Pragulic. I have a strong background in the non-profit field thanks to my university studies and relevant work experience. I believe that it is truly possible to do well by doing good and I aim to develop a stable, respected and internationally active organization.