The 2015 ‘GEW 50’
Each year, Global Entrepreneurship Week recognizes some of the most promising new startups from around the world through its Startup Open competition. This year, founders from 89 countries submitted more than 800 startups for consideration.
A panel of judges have identified the following “GEW 50” startups as finalists and one grand prize winner will be announced after Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015. The winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Medellín, Colombia, for the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Congress.
The ‘GEW 50’ is made up of startups from 20 countries. Nearly 70 percent of the startups are from outside of the United States. The countries with multiple startups represented are the United States (16), India (6), Kenya (3), China (3), United Kingdom (2), Israel (2), Sweden (2), Philippines (2), Pakistan (2), and Portugal (2). The following countries had one startup listed: Cameroon, Azerbaijan, Canada, Netherlands, Jordan, Chile, Nigeria, Ukraine, Uganda and Ireland.
Charlie Batchanzi Wandji
Problem: Youth Unemployment is a big issue in Africa today. More than 50 percent of African youths are unemployed and this leads to frustration and violence. This makes young people vulnerable to join terrorist groups like Boko Haram.
Solution: 1task1job is a social venture established in 2014 that helps reduce youth unemployment by connecting skillful unemployed youths to worldwide businesses. This enables young people to subcontract tasks and generate income which could be equivalent to government-paid jobs.
Los Angeles, USA
ABL Denim is a line of jeans that make dressing easier and more comfortable to wear for people with disabilities. We are the only company making fashionable “adaptive” jeans for men, women and children with disabilities. We are in business to improve the quality of life for people of all abilities worldwide.
Add Value to Wastewater for Energy
Xiamen Fujian Province, China
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Wastewater that contains organic pollutants with less economic value is a trove – if we know how to harvest it for generating electricity on-site using bacteria. Microbial fuel cells (MFC) simultaneously address the two issues — wastewater treatment and sustainable energy production — and fits the United Nations’ mission in developing renewable, sustainable, green and clean energy.
Producing electricity using MFC would add economic value to unused wastewater and represent an attempt to fight against global water pollution. Unlike natural gas that takes millions of years to develop, electricity can be generated on site by MFC for a short time with less or zero emissions. This provides not only net GHG (greenhouse gases) savings, but also an improved productivity with respect to cost, time and manpower.
New York City, USA
AeroAnalytics is developing a software platform that leverages drones to solve the construction industry’s toughest problems. Those issues include inaccurate ground-based surveys, expensive aerial mapping and dangerous site inspections. The organization’s mission is to enable construction companies to operate more accurately, cheaply and safely.
The organization uses drones to create two-dimensional maps and 3D models, and safely conduct site inspections. The drones provide data and information to complete imaging, mapping, surveys and inspections remotely.
Angaza Boma is a social enterprise registered in Nairobi, Kenya, whose main mission is to transform lives in East Africa by supplying healthy, efficient, eco-friendly products and offering the services needed to create long-term uptake and access to them. They are leading distributors of high-quality, 19-inch digital LED solar powered television systems. This enables off-grid rural families access to television entertainment, educational programs for school children and impact-based agricultural programs for farmers.
They are combating energy, poverty and climate change challenges. They are providing access to solar lights in some of the most remote regions of the East Africa and building a movement to eradicate the kerosene lamp in Kenya. Without electricity families have no clean source of light, leaving millions to rely on expensive, unhealthy alternatives.
AppleDoc is an application for smartphones and tablets that assesses the social behavior of children with chronic diseases, using art therapy methods. Resembling a digitalized version of a therapy session, AppleDoc provides the service to families who can’t afford regular clinic visits, or who are unaware of the social and psychological repercussions of chronic conditions in children.
Children can use the program daily, and AppleDoc’s tagline is the adage “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Children using the system complete specific tasks by drawing and answering questions for analysis. The program provides information using art therapy methodology. AppleDoc’s algorithm then takes the drawing and gives a feedback on the child’s specific condition. Parents can have access to this information through a secure portal, and can share findings with a health care provider, or start a discussion in a community of other parents sharing common information.
AutoKept is the world’s fastest way to track accounting events. This is going to be one of the easiest apps you have, all you do is: take a picture, talk about the transaction, submit and you are done! Then the Artificial Intelligence goes to work for you to process the data entry, and all of that information is safely recorded for your accountant or bookkeeper to view and access anytime from the cloud.
Bansen Labs is working to create technology to enhance ability, independence and social interaction for people with disabilities. For one of the fastest growing minority populations in the United States, Bansen uses videogames as a way to empower individuals, and provide a social equalizer for a fun pastime.
One product, Haxbox, is a universal videogame adapter that lets anyone play their favorite console games using accessible input devices – pushbuttons, eye trackers, etc. The device enables social inclusion and recreation on a level playing field with friends and family. Bansen Labs’ vision is to ultimately bring the patent-pending technology behind Haxbox to many applications, with physical rehabilitation as the next target market.
BethClip – Smart Cloud Clipboard
BethClip is a lightweight and easy-to-use software, that synchronizes a person’s clipboard across multiple devices and programs. BethClip enables someone to have access to the same data, on a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer.
Users can also copy and store information to the cloud with a single click, and it integrates shorthand commands like “Ctrl + C” for copying, and “Ctrl + V” for pasting. The program works not only on a variety of devices, but also works on various operating systems from Windows to Apple iOS.
BioLum wants to revolutionize the way asthma is treated and managed, making this chronic illness easier to handle on a day-to-day basis.
BioLum is the developer of a smartphone based medical device that is able to monitor and help manage asthma. This is accomplished by utilizing chemiluminescence to detect and quantify specific disease biomarkers found in exhaled breathe condensate. The device will enable users to monitor their condition with a mobile health platform, which can indicate lung condition and lung function. It will aid in treatment programs as patients deal with their symptoms as is the trend with emerging mobile health technologies.
Brain.fm is working to cure Attentions Deficit Disorder, anxiety and insomnia via neuroscience-driven music. The audio sessions are tested and analyzed to provide personalized brainwave training programs.
Brain.fm targets focus, relaxation and sleep. Users listen to issue-specific audio sessions, and the program developers say a person using the system should feel results almost immediately. Personalized sessions also use a small questionnaire to see what a user needs, and tailors the audio experience.
Food borne illness is estimated to cost the United States economy $100 billion in lost wages and medical treatment. More than 125,000 people a year are hospitalized for it and 3,000 die. The majority of the cases are because their food has not been kept at safe temperatures.
CateringStone has developed a suite of thermal storage chemicals (biodegradeable and food safe) and usage containers, so that proper temperature can be maintained without tethering to a source of electricity or a heat source such as gelled alcohol. Think of them as thermal batteries that can store heat or cold for later use. CateringStone enables food service organizations to decrease their waste and make it safely available to people who are facing hunger and malnutrition because they can’t afford or get access to sufficient food.
CleanLee Kenya Services offers pick up-and-drop off laundry services for clients. The organization uses modern washing technologies that conserve power and water. The machines incorporate new eco-bubble technology, and are environmentally friendly.
Target clients include university students within the Ongata Rongai area of Nairobi, Kenya. This target group is made up of more than 8,000 university students, and the larger population of Ongata Rongai is made up of nearly 500,000 people.
Crik Nutrition has developed a protein powder, made primarily out of crickets. This particular insect has a high nutritional content and easy sustainability, versus other protein sources.
The goal is to use crickets, and potentially other insects, not only because of their nutritional value, but because of their minimal eco-footprint. The organization says crickets produce 71 grams of protein per 100 gallons of water, versus the six grams of protein beef produces. Currently, Crik Nutrition comes in a vanilla-flavored powder.
London, United Kingdom
The Desolenator is a standalone, solar thermal and PV electrical combined system. The system uses only solar power to purify water from any source, including sea water, removing contaminants. This system is designed for regions where natural groundwater reserves have been polluted or poisoned, or where seawater is the only water source available.
The Desolenator uses no filters, no membranes, no pre-treatment chemicals. It harvests and uses both the heat energy and the electrical energy created by a Photovoltaic panel, locking them into an insulated device with a heat exchanger that accelerates the process of boiling and purifying the water.
Disease Diagnostic Group
What if we told you we could save one million lives every year with just refrigerator magnets and a laser pointer?
The Disease Diagnostic Group uses what they call “refrigerator magnets and a laster pointer,” to provide a fast diagnosis of malaria. The organization is passionate about this because though 100 percent curable, malaria claims nearly one million lives each year due to what they consider to be slow, inaccurate and costly diagnostics.
The Disease Diagnostic Group is currently working with Argonne National Lab to expand the platform to multiple diseases, such as dengue fever. The mission is to reinvent global health diagnostics.
San Diego, USA
D&P Bioinnovations LLC, is a regenerative medicine startup focused on repairing damaged organs. We are developing an implantable, bioresorbable medical device to functionally regenerate a defected esophagus (organ that provides food to the stomach). A severely impaired esophagus requires a last-resort surgical reconstruction treatment with one’s gastrointestinal tissue (GI – stomach or intestine): a thoracic surgeon excises a damaged portion of the esophagus and then pulls up the stomach or intestine (i.e. esophagectomy/gastric pull up) to replace the pathological tissue.
Unfortunately, this surgery creates a very low quality of life, as the stomach or intestine are not suitable substitutes for an esophagus often causing patients to rely on feeding tubes for the length of their survival. A working prototype of the device has been developed and we are currently performing pre-clinical in-vivo animal trials. The device will treat advanced Barrett’s Esophagus, esophageal cancer and birth defects of the esophagus.
Iffat Zafar Aga
doctHERs™ is a novel healthcare marketplace that connects female doctors to millions of underserved patients in real-time, while leveraging online technology. doctHERs™ circumvents socio-cultural barriers that restrict women to their homes, while correcting two market failures: access to quality healthcare and inclusion in the professional workforce for unemployed, qualified health professionals.
doctHERs™ can access urban and rural patients through mobile and Internet-enabled technologies, as well as video-conferencing. Trained, trusted female nurses and Community Health Workers (CHWs) or Community MidWives (CMWs) assist doctHERs™ in assessing patients at ‘point-of-care’ (PoC) using diagnostic tools which create a new ‘healthcare value chain’. doctHERs™ can leverage mobile banking technology to provide a cashless, digital payment solution to collect all user fees.
e-novatRX Finance and Healthcare
In developing countries including Pakistan, corporate employers offer their permanent employees pre-defined, outpatient medical allowances, including pharmacy benefits. Using this, the employees purchase medicines via out-of-pocket payments and then seek manual reimbursements. This system is administratively onerous, susceptible to fraud/abuse, and doesn’t allow validation mechanism that whether the employee is purchasing non-medical items and/or submitting fake receipts.
e-novatRx is a technology that eliminates medical errors via e-Prescriptions, detects counterfeit medicine and enables consumers to use a cashless, digital payment system.
This provides an integrated health and finance digital platform to uninsured, disadvantaged consumers with access to affordable, quality medicines, (both online and via a mobile app) to digital prescriptions (eRx), Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and integrated digital payment technology using a QR/SIM/ATM enabled system
London, United Kingdom
EuropeOnline is an online language program that allows user to achieve a conversational-level in a foreign language in three to six months. Founder Ekaterina Matveeva speaks seven languages, and wanted to condense what can take someone years to learn, into a more convenient time frame.
The program requires daily lessons, and features associative learning administered via a mobile device. EuropeOnline targets young professionals, students and business people.
San Francisco, USA
Jay Mulakala & Andy Putch
FreeSkies provides autonomous software for drone technology. FreeSkies CoPilot, the organization’s flagship software, provides autonomous and manual flight, automated flight paths, simple launch and landing capabilities and flight stability for a user’s drone or drones.
The software collects aerial data and pushes the information to a simple mobile application. The data can be anything from aerial photos, video or visual site information. FreeSkies developers say they envision a world where aerial data capture is simple and accessible to everyone.
A mobile-based social network for super casual games where users can play their favorite games without downloading apps, online and offline.
The user is relieved of the fatigue of discovering games (we serve each user a bespoke list with four games each week), downloading apps (all are games are playable online and offline without app downloads), and deletion (the list of games is revised each week after allowing the user to store any for a longer time frame in the phone’s memory).
Gamezop make playing and sharing games as simple as viewing and sharing pictures.
The Hamwells’ e-shower is trying to solve the dilemma for a person wanting to be environmentally conscience and also wanting to enjoy a long, hot shower. The e-shower unit offers a circulation mode that delivers a sustainable wellness experience. It provides up to 30 liters, or eight gallons, of water a minute, while saving nearly 90 percent on water and energy.
The e-shower offers a choice between a classic mode and a circulation mode. The classic mode uses a low-flow shower head and works just like a traditional shower – all water is drained. The circulation mode starts with fresh water. Its rapid refreshment technology constantly filters, replaces and purifies the water.
HOPapp provides a platform for a child’s teachers and parents to connect regarding the student’s development. It provides a common platform to help them communicate and collaborate regularly. HOPapp facilitates regular and personalized feedback regarding the child, involving parents at each milestone or developmental speed bump.
Features like real-time notifications, pictures, attendance, bag-pack, milestone-trackers and bus-tracking, give parents a virtual window into their child’s day, while helping teachers manage their day-to-day activities on smart-devices.
HospiTotal is the go-to-platform for every patient who is evaluating a doctor, hospital or clinic, based on quality metrics, treatment prices and patient ratings. HospiTotal wants to be the TripAdvisor for healthcare.
With a number of websites for arranging doctor appointments, there is no way of knowing the great doctors in a specialty. We want patients to choose healthcare providers by knowledge and not by chance.
Mill Valley, USA
Kindhat’s mission is to reduce global consumption, strengthen local communities and increase human happiness. The organization is working to create sustainable local gift economies.
Kindhat is a mobile app that enables neighbors to share skills, tools and common household items. A user can enter into the app what they need to borrow or favor they may need, and the application will ask nearby friends and neighbors. The organization markets the app as a cost-effective – and friendly – way to exchange goods and services. Kindhat is a pay-it-forward community, so neighbors have the option to show gratitude by donating a portion of money saved to local non-profits benefiting the community.
Lishtot products identify changes in water electromagnetic properties resulting from the presence of problematic materials in drinking water. The TeSTraw is a personal water testing device that will allow anybody, from Manhattan to Kathmandu, to check their water for drinkability.
The organization has developed a mobile product, as well as an on-pipe monitoring device. The technology will give filtration assurance in real-time. The sensing systems show very high sensitivity, and measures for heavy metals and problematic bacteria.
Luna Lights Inc.
Luna Lights is an automated lighting system that utilizes cloud-based data analytics to prevent and detect falls in the older adult population. The organization incorporates a person’s safety into an easy-to-use preventive and predictive system.
Luna Lights is a night-time fall safety tool to uses a unique bed pad, lights and monitoring system to reduce fall risk, while also connecting family members or caretakers to the information.
Ziad Abu Ayyash
Sannula is a new cannula that has all the features of the conventional cannula, and the safety features with none of their disadvantages. This reduces the risks of needle-stick injuries in hospitals and blood-transmitted diseases. This invention was modeled and simulated on computer software and is now a 3D printed prototype, and it has been used for animal trails in the Jordan University of Science and Technology.
Hong Kong, China
The number of HNWIs has grown by 30 percent since 2009, which is great news for financial advisers. However, the wealth management industry is facing two major challenges: generational change and investor protection regulation, which especially requires financial institutions to assess their client risk profile.
Neurodecision is a responsive 2.0 application which is not only a compliant and scientific risk-profiler, but also a coach which trains both financial advisers and their clients to better know themselves as investors and make unbiased financial decisions.
Novalact is a Chilean startup focused on the research and development of new probiotic strains, both natural and engineered. The organization’s probiotics can be used to elaborate new dairy solutions and healthcare products.
Benin City, Nigeria
Charles Immanuel Akhimien
MOBicure is a social enterprise that provides mobile technology solutions in healthcare to help solve some of the most pressing health issues plaguing Nigeria and other developing countries – especially maternal and child healthcare. Their flagship product is called OMOMI.
OMOMI (meaning ‘my child’) is a mobile health platform consisting of a mobile app and an SMS service that enables mothers and expectant mothers to monitor their children’s health, as well as provide access to relevant maternal and child health information and medical expertise, all at the touch of a button.
Patented Neural Stem Cells Harvest
Hong Kong, China
OPER TECHNOLOGY LIMITED is to open a new possibility in both drug development and stem cell replacement therapy, in the new era of therapeutics that focuses on personalized and precision medicine.
The nanomaterial-based personalized autologous neural stem cell harvest can offer a secured, real-time monitoring, precise, effective and globally available medical technology. This is to improve the healthcare and clinical practices for restoring health and extending life of patients with neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
Petiole is a mobile-based recommendation system for precision agriculture. It monitors dynamics of plant growth using leaf area measurement. It helps to understand how a plant reacts to different factors (weather, growth promoters, etc.). It is like a smart tracker for plant growth.
Petiole has a mobile app to make leaf area measurement and data cloud service to collect, process data and show dynamics of growth in an affordable manner. After tweaking this service, the next steps for Petiole are to quantify leaf greenness and make diagnostics of leaf disease.
Polco is revolutionizing local government by creating a platform for crowdsourced, data-driven policy.
Polco modernizes policy by connecting elected officials, policy analysts and citizens. Polco hosts policy proposals, collects voter sentiment (via website, widgets embedded in news articles and mobile apps) to provide policy makers, trusted media sources and citizens with new, crowdsourced insights that help them craft better policy.
Kansas City, USA
PopBookings is a mobile and web-based application that automates the hiring process for event staffing agencies. The organization makes booking and communicating with event staff easy by streamlining every step on one platform.
For agencies, PopBookings helps them manage staffing business needs, from database management and payroll to scheduling.
Portuspine is a wearable healthcare device-based solution for the working professionals who sit more than six hours a day, by correcting the posture to reduce the likelihood of back pain. The device is worn on the neck by the end user as Company Identity tag, which analyses the body posture and detects wrong posture. The collective data is anonymously provided to wellness managers to understand health risks posed in the company.
Doctors recommend maintaining proper posture, using proper body mechanics and to take breaks while working to reduce incidence of back pain. The user is able to interact with the mobile app to track the periodic analysis, understand his behavior and take recourse. Through opt-in, a user can engage periodic haptic feedback to correct bad posture. The user is provided information to prevent onset of back pain.
PriceLizer’s web service, RevaLizer, enables e-commerce merchants to get back customers who abandon their online shopping carts by making it possible for the consumer – who is likely discouraged by the product prices online – to setup automatic price-drop alerts.
This alerts the consumer when their items have dropped in price, and allow them to return to their favorite shops when the price is right for them.
Kathleen Paige Yu
Rumarocket built a cloud-based, artificial neural network with attached application programming interface that uses machine learning to help companies hire and manage employee performance more efficiently.
The tool saves up to 30 percent of costs for existing recruitment and human resource costs, and improves retention up to 8 percent.
The Safely Home app can automatically detect road accidents if installed in your phone without any human intervention. On detection of any unfortunate event (like a road accident), the app immediately informs your loved ones for early help.
Whether your car breaks down, or you’re locked out, faced with a flat, or out of fuel, use the app to select all your issues and the GPS locator will log your location and will show the list of all cheapest, nearest and best mechanics available. Get live traffic updates to beat the rush. You can also help an accident victim anonymously by clicking and sending us a photograph of the accident site and we will make sure that help is provided.
Smart Mobile Farming
Illuminum Greenhouses seeks to address the issue of over reliance on rain fed agriculture currently affecting 6 million small-holder farmers in Kenya, by creating a limitless integrated farm automation system with sensors that are solar powered.
These sensors automate irrigation and ensure adequate water is channeled through the drip lines, thus improving water conservation. The system is then remotely controlled by the farmer by a simple SMS text message from their mobile phone enabling them to focus on other income-generating activities and not be always on their farm.
Solar Cold Storage Warehousing
Baridi Stores fights food insecurity in Uganda by reducing the amount of perishable foodstuffs – especially fruits and vegetables – that go to waste before being either sold or consumed.
Baridi Stores sets up solar cold storage warehouses to keep perishable foodstuffs fresh longer without deteriorating in quality, a measure practical in Uganda’s rural areas that have limited access to electricity. Solar cold storage can be located anywhere with limited, unstable or no access to electricity.
Sustainable Alternative Lighting
Binan, Laguna, Philippines
This organization developed an electrochemical LED lamp that uses ocean water as catalyst, and can charge low-power mobile devices during emergencies. The Phillippines has more than 7,000 islands, which have little to no access to electricity.
Sustainable Alternative Lighting works to eliminate the sustaining cost in areas that rely on kerosene or battery-powered lamps and candles as the main source of lighting. The alternative lamps can also be used to power cellphones and smartphones in the event of an emergency.
Tap My Back – Build Stronger Teams
More than 60 percent of employees that quit their jobs say they don’t feel recognized for their work. Tap My Back is a finished and on-the-market employee recognition software that prevents this. It gives team members the motivation to keep improving their productivity and work performance by repeating actions that had a positive impact on the team.
With three simple steps, any team member can give recognition using the available badges. All appraisal will be posted in the public feed, so the entire team can celebrate together. The team leader defines what actions are available for recognition and can customize the whole app to match the team’s needs. This is a trigger for behavioral change and increased employee engagement.
Besides the recognition aspect our app also have a peer evaluation feature where all co-workers can evaluate each other for the recent performance at work.
TheWhollySee aims to enable applications in object identification and tracking. The technology is based on encoding information in photonic-engineered tags placed on objects and subjects, and decoding them using a smart camera. The tags are provided in the form of paints, stickers or appliques, and can be identified from a single pixel in a scene.
Not only can we identify who or what the camera is looking at, but also remotely infer the 3D coordinates, speed, and orientation of a tagged entity. The system can then collect data on observed entities and provide analytics on their identity and movement. Ultimately, our technology has the potential to create a self-describing world that will be intelligible to computers enabling them to respond to various events and situations.
Central Islip, USA
TrueFinancial is a B2B company disrupting the way companies communicate with their investors. They have built a mobile platform called TrueNative, that builds comprehensive mobile applications for investor relations.
They have two specific products – TrueIR, designed for publicly traded companies, and TrueFUND, for mutual funds, hedge funds, asset manager, pension funds, private equity and venture capital funds. The applications run across all three major platforms including Android, Apple and Windows.
Coeo Labs is a medical device company based of Bangalore, India. They develop medical devices in field of emergency and critical care.
It is Wavve’s vision to empower companies that have existing market power and global distribution channels to aid end-consumers in need of higher quality water. Wavve believes that having clean safe water is a fundamental right for every person around the world.
Wavve Stream enhances contaminant removal capabilities for existing water filtration systems and membranes. Both the hydrogel bead system and the nanomaterial coating are an effective and cost-efficient solution for existing water filters.!
Youth Nation is a youth-specific, global media leader. YN is powered by a team of highly immersed, digital natives. Through real time data, YN analyzes trends and publishes digital savvy content that’s authentic and engaging.They work together with clients using their expertise to build the most effective advertising campaigns.
Zeifie is a personal security app that will send a message of help to other users nearby, as well as to preselected recipients. Anyone can download the app to receive alarms from others, to create a community of Good Samaritans.