Innovations

500 Innovations
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    Fleet Feet Sport is a company that is able to provide great products for runners, walkers, or athletes with essential ap...
      United States
    Goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
    • Stacie Chappell
      Stacie Chappell Fleet Street Sports has incorporated health and wellness of the broader community into their model of doing business.
    • Ashley Stanley
      Ashley Stanley Fleet Street Sports is a wonderful example of how businesses can build a relationship with and better their communities while promoting their business at the same time.
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    Vayando is not a typical travel agency that provides guided tours of the usual vacation hot spots. Rather,&nbs...
      Rwanda
    Goal 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • Nurete Brenner
      Nurete Brenner They say an enemy is someone whose story you haven't yet heard. What better way to hear someone's story than to get involved and learn hands-on about how others spend their days and make their livelihood. This innovative business seems to me to be a great...  more
    • Kevin Payne
      Kevin Payne Vayando reminds me of an Airbnb that connects you with micro-entrepreneurs instead of lodging. A great business model that connects travelers looking for a local, unique experience with local entrepreneurs with a story to share.
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    League Network was established as a platform to provide assistance to youth sport league managers in fundraising, a...
      United States
    Goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
    • April Patrick
      April Patrick This is such an exciting innovation that really has the potential to change the lives of young people in the community. Even though this business was founded relatively recently, the fact that they're already expanding to another community says quite a bit...  more
    • Kevin Payne
      Kevin Payne A great example of business formation with a purpose and how to align business operations and expansion with their core values and mission.
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    BIOS incorporates several key ideas: * Life After Life * Recycle Me * Planting Trees * Converting cemeteries in...
      United States Exemplar
    Goal 15. Life on Land
    • Ron Fry
      Ron Fry From Grandmother to Grandson, a lesson in the garden that something dead can become fuel for new life results in an innovative and eco-friendly way to help deal with the remains of a loved one upon their passing.
    • Jim Trengrove
      Jim Trengrove We are taught to leave the world in better shape then when we came to it. Bios let's us practice that philosophy all the way to the end, and beyond!
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    Serralles Rum Distillery in Puerto Rico has come up with a novel way to deal with left over water and organic ...
      Puerto Rico
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A multi-faceted sustainability plan for rum production that reduces costs, increases revenues through re-purposing waste streams, and improves environmental impact. An excellent example of what can be done through imagination and commitment to re-think the...  more
    • Pernille Hippe Brun
      Pernille Hippe Brun This story is a great example of what can happen, when a business takes responsibility for not only solving one problem in the production chain, but turning this problem into an opportunity to look at the overall production chain and making it sustainable,...  more
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    Verdant Power systems employ underwater turbines to generate clean energy from the currents of tides, rivers and man mad...
      United States
    Goal 7. Affordable and Clean Energy
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A piece of the overall shift to green energy, this innovation is a water-to-wire system using horizontal-axis turbines to convert the kinetic energy of fast-moving ( 1 m/s) water currents into clean renewable electricity. Commercially proven since 2012, this...  more
    • Andrew Himes
      Andrew Himes This technology should be an essential option in a larger menu of clean technologies -- alternative energy sources that avoid pumping CO2 into the atmosphere.
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    The concrete industry is the world's third biggest polluter of greenhouse gases. Solidia Technologies® uses innovati...
      United States
    Goal 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo Using patented chemistry and cement curing processes, this innovation addresses one of the major sources of industrial carbon emissions: the CO2 emitted in manufacturing Portland cement. It converts CO2 already existing in the atmosphere into cement, making...  more
    • Andrea  Fleischer
      Andrea Fleischer Intriguing new technology that could dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of one of the world's largest polluters of CO2 emissions. And it saves water too!
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    The Lancaster Stroopies Company was established in 2008 and the company’s purpose is to support refugees in L...
      United States Exemplar
    Goal 10. Reduced Inequalities
    • Stacie Chappell
      Stacie Chappell The Lancaster Stroopie Company is an exemplar of business as a force for good. The impact they are making will reverberate far beyond their local community.
    • Alec Simon
      Alec Simon The Lancastar Stroopie Company is a great example of the power that business can have in a community. They are doing a wonderful thing by bringing opportunity to people who are inherently disadvantaged.
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    Janicki Bioenergy's revolutionary Omni Processor combines waste treatment, energy generation, and potable water creation...
      United States Exemplar
    Goal 6. Clean Water and Sanitation
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo An "out of the box" innovation for cost effective, environmentally friendly, and decentralized waste treatment for developing countries. Re-thinks the business model of sanitation in countries that most need it. The potential impact on human wellbeing and...  more
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter What this company has created is truly transformative. This has huge possibilities for a net-positive impact in developing countries.
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    The Purple Buddha Project is a global jewelry company based in Cambodia. Employing a local workforce of skille...
      Cambodia
    Goal 1. No Poverty
    • George Dionne
      George Dionne This is a terrific story that has the potential to spawn innovative business practices that can contribute to healing the wounds in high conflict areas. Thank you Tom for sharing it with us.
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    SolarCity is a company that is committed to provide clean, sustainable energy to a wide range of customers. The com...
      United States
    Goal 7. Affordable and Clean Energy
    • Stacie Chappell
      Stacie Chappell It is exciting to know there are entrepreneurs operating in the renewable energy sector - and their contributions to schools in developing countries are another element of how SolarCity is doing business for the greater good.
    • Isabel Rimanoczy
      Isabel Rimanoczy What a good example of the huge potential of clean energy, when imaginative ways are used to approach clients' needs and hesitations. I wish they would be able to sell in other states!
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    Dobra Tea Northampton provides a comfortable place to hang out, and enjoy a steaming cup of tea and a range of delicate ...
      Worldwide Exemplar
    Goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
    • Stacie Chappell
      Stacie Chappell Dobra Tea is a wonderful example of the power of localism.
    • Ashley Stanley
      Ashley Stanley Wow, Dobra Tea sounds like a wonderful learning experience and I would love to visit one of these shops. They are supporting the health and well-being of their customers, as well as supporting local suppliers in a scalable and innovative way.
    • Ekaterina Ivanova
      Ekaterina Ivanova Great place! And people behind the story! It feels like they are passionate about their way of running this local tea shop. Excellent business model!
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    River Valley Co-op is a community-owned cooperative with the goal to provide local and fresh produce to the No...
      United States
    Goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
    • Stacie Chappell
      Stacie Chappell What an exciting model of the power of collective ownership to make communities healthier and stronger together.
    • Alec Simon
      Alec Simon River City Cooperative is a prime example of how a business can impact a community in a multitude of different ways. River City has helped the Northhampton community become healthier while boosting the local economy by purchasing local produce and providing...  more
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    FoodState is in the business of improving lives by staying true to the intention of food. Their passion for burgeoning w...
      United States
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo This Slo-Food process innovation is the only one in the food supplements business to be fully vertically integrated. The model augments consumers’ diet with a broad array of nourishing ingredients available naturally, not simply through vitamins alone....  more
    • Patricia Raber
      Patricia Raber This is a unique way to get the benefits of your fruits, grains and vegetables in pill form without losing any of the needed nutrients. And it's all manufactured in a a responsible way.
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    1908 Brands is a company that works to make food and cleaning supplies as organic and environmentally friendly as possib...
      United States
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Stacie Chappell
      Stacie Chappell 1908 Brands is an exemplar of thinking sustainably throughout the entire supply chain!
    • Isabel Rimanoczy
      Isabel Rimanoczy The inspiring innovation is that business can be profitable by redesigning all its processes and analyzing its operations through the lens of sustainability. As the student said it, it is a great model that hopefully will be the mainstream way of operating...  more
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    The company’s aim is to create appliances and products that use only a quarter of the energy consumed by current h...
      Pakistan
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Veronica Newsome
      Veronica Newsome It was a great experience learning about Greenertronics and what a wonderful company. I am honored to be connected to this project.
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    ARGANTIC produces natural healing oils and cosmetics in a safe working environment in a region where exploitation o...
      Morocco
    Goal 5. Gender Equality
    • Mary Grace Neville
      Mary Grace Neville Pure Moroccan argan oil continues to grow in popularity, especially in the Middle East. Popularity can easily attract "fakes." So Fouad El aarjaoui's dedication to producing the natural product through cooperatives, by paying fair wages, and as his enterprise...  more
    • Beau Daane
      Beau Daane This excellent enterprise addresses all three P's of People, Planet and Prosperity: By using organic and locally sourced materials, employing local people esp. women and investing in their development (literacy, fair wages, eight hour max work day, etc.)...  more
    • George Dionne
      George Dionne Another inspiring story out of Morocco. Thank you Omar and Soufiani and Professor Neville.
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    Cotopaxi is an outdoor adventure company that has recently developed the Kusa Collection, a line of apparel whose insula...
      United States
    Goal 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo The innovation is a line of clothing apparel whose insulation is made of recyclable polyblend materials and llama fibers. The llama hair is sourced from Bolivian farmers, providing them with decent work as well as education on ways to sustain their source...  more
    • Katherine Gullett
      Katherine Gullett I am inspired by the way this innovation is built on the skills and knowledge of the people in the supply chain. This is a great example of cross-generational collaboration as well as recognizing and celebrating the culture of llama farming in Bolivia.
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    Oasis Consumer Healthcare is a company with innovations in how to use already known drugs and compounds that are sa...
      Worldwide
    Goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo The innovation is in how to use existing drugs and compounds that are known to be safe for human use, and to transform them into a breakthrough healthcare products without the burdensome regulatory process. The leading product is a probiotic that has all...  more
    • George Dionne
      George Dionne This is an interesting example of the "pragmatism" of business that Kofi Anan envisioned when he invited business leaders to participate alongside the UN in the resolution of the world's greatest challenges. In this case the improvement of health and well...  more
    • Edwin Pacheco Colon
      Edwin Pacheco Colon Thank you very much. It was an amazing opportunity and honor to meet someone with this kind of intellect and use modern ways of doing business and innovating not only products but also business models.
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    Inn Season Café is an organic vegan/vegetarian restaurant located in Michigan. The restaurant opened in 1981 and ...
      Worldwide
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo The Inn Season Café illustrates the shift from a simple vegan/vegetarian restaurant business model to one that is comprehensively sustainable. It deserves to be replicated worldwide. An early pioneer of healthy food consumption that anticipated market trends...  more
    • Ashley Stanley
      Ashley Stanley The Inn Season Café is working to promote alternative, sustainable dining options by offering this type of dining in a community where there previously were none. As this type of dining becomes more and more important to customers, I have no doubt the Inn...  more