We are grateful for our participating professors and students whose inspiring stories of positive business innovation we get to share with the world. In 2017 students published 503 stories on the AIM2Flourish platform, showcasing positive business innovations that span the globe and support each of the 17 UN Global Goals.
In preparation for the 2018 Flourish Prizes, with the help of our professors, story editors, and Fowler Center team, we narrowed the stories submitted down to 63 finalists. Please read the full list of finalists in our Announcing the 2018 Flourish Prize Finalists Medium Post.
This May, the AIM2Flourish team hosted a global, multi-day, virtual celebration via Facebook and Twitter to celebrate the 2018 Flourish Prizes. We hosted live conversations, shared photos, streamed video, and participated in Twitter chats — all to lift up the stories of our 2018 Flourish Prizes winners. In addition, we collaborated with global colleagues to promote AIM2Flourish and the 2018 Flourish Prize winners at in-person events and regional celebrations. Read more about our 2018 Flourish Prizes Celebration Plan.
Global Goal #1 --End Poverty: Comproagro
Small Farms Reach New Markets written by Mario Antonio Ruiz Vargas and John Alirio Sanabria Téllez from Universidad Externado de Colombia under the direction of Professor Gustavo A Yepes López.
Global Goal #2--End Hunger: Too Good to Go
How to Efficiently Cut Food Waste written by LUCIE LALANNE from Toulouse Business School under the direction of Professor Odile Verdure Labeille.
Global Goal #3--Good Health and Well-being: Dial4242
When Emergency Summons, Dial 4242! written by Abhishek Ray, Prabodh Patawari, Sruthi Purushothaman, R Prasanth, RAHUL RP, and Maria Jennifer Rayan from K.J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research under the direction of Professor Preeti Rawat.
Goal Goal #4--Quality Education: Simply Play
Innovation in Childcare Services written by Andrew McKegney, Andrew Benson, Cristian Buhus, Jordan Dalzell, and Scott Garvie from Glasgow School for Business and Society under the direction of Professor Alec Wersun.
Global Goal #5--Gender Equality: IKEA Switzerland
IKEA Promoting Gender Equity written by Karim Albekov from Business School Lausanne under the direction of Professor Nadene Canning.
Global Goal #6--Clean Water and Sanitation: Vestergaard
Bringing Safe Drinking Water to Vulnerable Populations written by John Guieb from Case Western Reserve University - Weatherhead School of Management under the direction of Professor Chris Laszlo.
Global Goal #7--Affordable and Clean Energy: Pollinate Energy
Towards a Brighter Future written by Shahzad Billimoria from Monash University under the direction of Professor Gitanjali Bedi.
Global Goal #8--Decent Work and Economic Growth: Fairtrasa
Escaping Poverty and Producing Fair Trade written by Angelica Cruz from St. John's University under the direction of Professor Charles Wankel.
Global Goal #9--Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure: Estructuras Metálicas Solana
Life-Giving Metal Sheets written by Mario Aguilera, Juan Vargas, and Lucia Alvarado Tlaque from Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla under the direction of Professor Crishelen Kurezyn Díaz.
Global Goal #10--Reduced Inequalities: Kempenhaeghe
No Outsiders (Anymore) written by Marianne Van Beers from Institut Français d Appreciative Inquiry under the direction of Professor Ron Fry.
Global Goal #11--Sustainable Cities and Communities: Empress Green Inc.
Self Sustaining Farm in Urban Environment written by John Mayrose, Lisa Roe, Antonio Lynch, and MAMADOU BARRY from City University of New York - College of Staten Island under the direction of Professor Deepa Aravind.
Global Goal #12--Responsible Consumption and Production: terra20
Explore a Better Way written by Hillary Hetherington, Stefanie Kaminski, Maddy Lee, Taylor Floris, and Jake Appleby from University of Guelph under the direction of Professor Ruben Burga.
Global Goal #13--Climate Action: All Nepal Biogas Company Private Limited
Biogas as a Solution to the Energy Crisis written by Prajjwol Lakhey from People's Campus under the direction of Professor Narayan Manandhar.
Global Goal #14--Life Under Water: Amor a Mar
New Mindset for Seafood Consumption written by Norma Sarai Núñez Gutiérrez, Cecilia Medina, Alejandra Halún, and Alejandro Cueva from EGADE Business School Tecnologico de Monterrey under the direction of Professor Consuelo Garcia-de-la-torre.
Global Goal #15--Life on Land: Soil Technologies Corporation
Applied Biological Wisdom: Regenerative Agricultural Solutions written by Lani Aulicino from Maharishi University of Management under the direction of Professor Dennis Heaton.
Global Goal #16--Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions: American Prison Data Systems
APDS is Changing Corrections for Good written by Jesse Cutaia, Martin Freeman, Sam Levine, and Luke Olson from Bard MBA in Sustainability under the direction of Professor Kristina Kohl.
Global Goal #17--Partnerships for the Goals: Greyston Bakery
Helping the People of Yonkers Thrive written by Alistair Hall, Amy Campbell Bogie, and Sven Thiessen from Bard MBA in Sustainability under the direction of Professor Kristina Kohl.
Selecting the 17 winners is a huge job, since we have over 500 eligible student-written stories about positive and profitable business innovations that were published on AIM2Flourish.com in 2017. To meet this challenge, we expanded the number of distinguished people who will help us select the final 17 winners this year.
The 2018 Flourish Prizes Jury includes business leaders who were awarded 2017 Flourish Prizes, as well as Fowler Center Advisory Board members, and esteemed colleagues from academia and the Cleveland business community.
2018 Flourish Prizes Jury Members from the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit Community
Roberta Baskin - Fowler Center Advisory Board Member
Jacqueline Cambata - Fowler Center Advisory Board Member
Lyell Clarke - Fowler Center Advisory Board Member
Adam Dunn - Cleveland Co-Labs
John R. Ehrenfeld - Former Fowler Center Distinguished Fellow
Mary Finney - Former Fowler Center Distinguished Fellow
Char Fowler - Fowler Center Advisory Board Member
Charles D. Fowler - Fowler Center Advisory Board Member
Tony Carr - Fowler Center Advisory Board Member
Michele Hunt - Fowler Center Advisory Board Member
Lori Kendall - Former Fowler Center Distinguished Fellow
John North - Managing Director, GRLI (Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative)
Rob Widing - Former Weatherhead School of Management Dean
2018 Flourish Prizes Jury Members from the 2017 Flourish Prizes Winners Community, representing businesses in Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nepal, Indonesia, Israel, Mexico, Canada, and the United States
Juan Ignacio Gerardi
Oscar Andres Mendez
Sugianto Tandio and Tommy Tjiptadjaja
Fernando Diez Torres
Adam Ziv and Alaa Sweetat