Education models and technologies leading to a more inclusive society

Digital Citizen Fund

Digital Citizen Fund ” formerly called as Women’s Annex Foundation ” is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in New York City which has set out to help girls and women in developing countries gain access to technology, virtually connect with others across the world, and obtain necessary skills to succeed in today’s expanding global market. 


LocoRobo builds robotics and sensor hardware, software, and educational content that empowers students to solve problems.

Women Who Code

Women Who Code is a global non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. We provide an avenue into tech, empower women with skills needed for professional advancement, and provide environments where networking and mentorship are valued.

H2T Labs

HT2 Labs creates software for people who want to change their lives through learning. Working alongside businesses and educational institutions, HT2’s research has led to the development of new products that help make learning more personal, more social and more measurable.

Elemental Path

Elemental Path is driven to improve the way kids learn by improving the way they play. We are enabling them to have more interactive and engaging play experiences that are rooted in educational content.Elemental Path are the creators of CogniToys, the worlds first internet connected smartoys, that are actually smart. 

Increasing underserved communities' access to finance


Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. We celebrate and support people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.Kiva is a 501(c)3 U.S. nonprofit fueled by passionate people. Founded in 2005, and […]


Wing (Cambodia) Limited Specialised Bank is Cambodia’s leading mobile financial services (MFS) provider primarily focused on driving financial inclusion via mobile banking services to the unbanked and underbanked. It is one of the few specialised banks in the world and has provided ways for Cambodians to send and receive money anytime, anywhere with the use […]


FarmDrive, a Kenyan enterprise, connects unbanked and underserved smallholder farmers to credit, while helping financial institutions cost-effectively increase their agricultural loan portfolios.


By giving people the ability to exchange digital cash directly with one another Colu is encouraging sustainable and equitable economic growth while supporting local businesses

Oval Money

Oval was created to help bring inclusion, education, and fairness back into personal finance. With Oval, users are empowered to TRACK their full financial history, LEARN to make better spending decisions, SAVE automatically, and INVEST through a marketplace of financial products.


Oakam provides underserved communities who otherwise struggle with access to the funds they need to manage immediate financial obligations and improve long-term financial health leveraging a digital-first approach and alternative data in its underwriting process. Since inception, the lender has disbursed over 420,000 loans totalling £320m.

Women’s World Banking

Women’s World Banking is the global non-profit devoted to giving more low-income women access to the financial tools and resources essential to their security and prosperity.


FSCard’s mission is to deliver honest mainstream financial products to underserved consumers, enabling them to meet their everyday liquidity needs in a flexible and convenient way.


The EFL technology that allows for profitable large-scale lending to small business owners lacking credit history and collateral

Finova Finacial

Finova Financial, is a socially responsible digital financial services company for the 70 Million Americans outside the traditional financial system. 


Since day one, the mission at Koho was to help Canadians take control of their personal finances and bring more transparency to the Canadian financial sector.


Toucan, a unified credit e-wallet for everyone. Financial Inclusion for the ASEAN underbanked helping millions of ASEAN consumers that are underserved due to a lack of automation in financial services & meaningful financial data. By working with micro-finance institutions and co-operatives to issue credit e-wallets to the underbanked customers, they financially include and serve more customers while […]


Humaniq is a next generation bank built on the open-source Ethereum platform with a shared API for quickly integrating new startups and services from existing companies.

Neema – Banking the Unbanked

Neema is a financial solution for 70 million underbanked Americans. Users download our app, which is a digital wallet, where they can cash their own pay check, send money internationally to their families in 90 countries, and Neema also provides them with a debit card, which they can use in any store or ATM.

Reinventing clean forms of energy, levelling the playing field


Bluerise develops Ocean Thermal Energy solutions. Bluerise was conceived in 2009 by a team of experts that arrived to the conclusion, that, by applying state-of-the-art 21st century technology, Ocean Thermal Energy can become a substantial part of the future sustainable energy mix.

Trust for Public Land

Trust for Public Land is a group working to protect and save public lands instead of allowing their sale or abuse.


Topolytics is turning commercial waste management into a data driven industry and in the process enables the circular economy. Topolytics’ software uses mapping and geospatial analytics to expose waste data and the waste value chain. In 2017, Topolytics was selected for Clean & Cool Mission San Francisco, as one of the UK’s top 20 cleantech […]


Water-Gen, an Israeli company whose technology captures humidity in order to make drinking water out of air. The technology uses a series of filters to purify the air. After the air is sucked in and chilled to extract its humidity, the water that forms is treated and transformed into clean drinking water. The technology uses […]

Use of Artificial Intelligence & Robotics to get to a more inclusive society


Of the approximately 2.5 million U.S. students who enroll at colleges each year, 48 percent fail to earn a degree within six years. Students who drop out come disproportionately from underserved communities. The societal impact is staggering, costing the U.S. an estimated $4.5 billion in lost earnings and taxes annually. AdmitHub has designed an innovative […]


LocoRobo builds robotics and sensor hardware, software, and educational content that empowers students to solve problems.

Travis the Translator

Travis is a pocket-sized smart handy device that uses artificial intelligence to instantly recognize and translate speech in 80 languages, all in less than two seconds. It includes offline and online mode, 12h battery and several other features that makes it unique.

Intuition Robotics

Intuition Robotics is developing social companion technology to positively impact the lives of millions of older adults by connecting them seamlessly with family and friends, making technology accessible and intuitive, and proactively promoting an active lifestyle. 

Zebra Medical Vision

Zebra Med A top-5 AI and Machine Learning company (Fastcompany), Zebra was founded to help patients, physicians and healthcare providers receive and provide better, faster, more accurate care by using the most advanced machine learning and computer vision tools available.

KUBO Robotics

KUBO empowers kids to explore robotics, programming, problem-solving and creative thinking through tangible play. We do this in a play and plug manner without no need of prior knowledge of programming and no requirements of a tablet or computer.

Social Impact Investing

Social Capital

Social Capital’s mission is to advance humanity by solving the world’s hardest problems. By harnessing technology to address core human needs, Social Capital  aims to drive a bottom-up redistribution of power, capital and opportunity.


Zurich-Based Fund Generates Impressive Returns from Sustainable Development

Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed enables the creation and evolution of world-class businesses that generate positive and sustainable outcomes. Mustard Seed believes that solving big social and environmental problems drives commercial success in the long run. They seek scalable solutions to gaps currently left unfilled by government and industry in the areas of economic inclusion, education, environmental sustainability, […]

Hutchison Kinrot

Hutchison Kinrot is a global leader seed investor in water and Cleantech related technologies. Founded in 1993 as part of the state of Israel incubator program, it is the exclusive operator of a technology incubator in central Israel, under a franchise from the Office of the Chief Scientist at the Ministry of the Economy. Hutchison […]

Using advanced technology to improve agricultural revenues and include more farmers


AgroInsider provides technology tools for tracking farm data


CropX is an ag-analytics company that has developed the world’s most advanced adaptive irrigation service, which automatically optimizes irrigation, thereby delivering dramatic crop yield increase and water and energy cost savings to farms.

The Yield

Tasmanian agritech startup The Yield is leveraging IoT to improve yields and profitability in agriculture and aquaculture. By using sensors, data management and apps The Yield creates tools for farmers to improve productivity, reduce compliance costs, increase food shelf life and provide sustainable risk management strategies for financial services in the food industry.   Related article : […]

Using digital innovations to create open platforms for inclusive growth


Binkabi is developing a cross-border agricultural trading platform that leverages blockchain technology.

Inkitt is a platform for writing, sharing and discovering stories.We believe in the magic of Ideas, Words, and Inspiration! And that’s why we believe in authors.Authors use the power of ideas, put them into words, and inspire readers. They empower them to take action. To take bold steps that improve both, the present and the […]

AriFarm is an impact tech startup based in Sweden & Somalia that has developed an exciting online platform that enables anyone anywhere in the world to easily invest in livestock in Africa by buying, owning and selling animals online.


Logistimo critical healthcare, energy and agricultural products are accessible and affordable at every village network

Change Catalyst

Change Catalyst empowers diverse, inclusive and sustainable tech innovation – through Tech Inclusion and Startup Ecosystem programs.


Richtopia is a free digital platform, providing a mix of valuable content on success, future investments, new technologies, work/life balance, inspirational people, finance and economics. All of it is offered on an easy to maneuver digital platform. Richtopia aims to help readers to succeed in business and life.


Zapnito is a platform enabling organisations to share, promote, and monetize collective expertise.


Horyou is an action oriented social network for the social good. They bring Organizations, Personalities, and Supporters together to connect within an internet-based global community. Horyou represents a new internet philosophy where noble ideals become actions and social media is at the service of all. At Horyou, all generations can build a more constructive relationship […]


WaystoCap is a B2B marketplace where businesses in Africa can buy and sell products.Beyond just product discovery and verification, WaystoCap helps businesses in obtaining financing and insurance, managing their shipments, and ensuring payments security.WaystoCap facilitates the whole trading operation so that its buyers can find the most competitive products and obtain financing; and its suppliers […]

Matching skills with work opportunities


Led by Lukas Erlebach, co-founder and CEO, Joblift provides a data-driven platform, which aggregates jobs from multiple job boards, corporates and recruiters to provide job seekers with a one-stop site where they can find positions that really match their skills. Joblift already has over 1.5 million monthly site visits and has over 4,000 partners, including […]


Clora is an intelligent platform that matches life science companies with flexible, on-demand expertise and has access to the entire global network of life science consultants, with decades of combined industry experience across dozens of roles from companies like Merck, Johnson and Johnson, Pfizer, Novartis, and the FDA.


A Paris, France-based on-demand marketplace connecting freelancers with companies.Founded in 2016 by CEO Charles Thomas and CTO Arnaud Aubry, Comet connects tech and big data freelancers with companies in need of their skills.


Baron-Goldberg, today 39, set up ITWorks, a nonprofit social startup that seeks to promote diversity in the workplace and allow under-served and under-privileged adults living in Israel’s social and geographic periphery to realize their professional potential. ITWorks’ pool of talent includes women, Arabs, Druze, Circassians, new immigrants, adults with intellectual and sensory disabilities and members […]


Qapa is a social job matching marketplace. Its ambition is to build the next generation of job board. With a 100% free job posting model, a proactive and real-time matching between candidates and offers, Qapa revolutionizes the online recruitment.

Affordable access to quality services for large numbers of people

There are 120 million middle class people in Africa with smartphones, but only 12 million have broadband at home. builds solar Wi-Fi transmission towers that can support 1,500 homes with Wi-Fi at 30 percent of the price of mobile data. It now has 35 towers and earns back the infrastructure cost in 7 months. The […] offers a solution for software developers who are considering a change of employment coming directly into contact with firms. is an artificial intelligence based med-tech startup that aims to solve health problem discovery and be a 24×7 medical adviser to billions of people.


EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit that creates social and economic opportunity by connecting everyone to the internet. 

Affordable access to quality education for large numbers of people


PEAS (Promoting Equality in African Schools) is a UK based social enterprise that educates 16,000 disadvantaged children in 30 quality secondary schools in Uganda and Zambia.


Led by CEO Andrew Hall, Sumdog has developed an online learning system specifically designed to improve skills and attainment in maths and literacy and aligned to the Curriculum for Excellence.

Code to Inspire

Code to Inspire is a nonprofit committed to teaching female students in Afghanistan how to code. CTI aims to hitch women’s economic and social advancement on to Afghanistan’s growing tech industry.

Saylor Academy

Saylor Academy is a nonprofit initiative working since 2008 to offer free and open online courses to all who want to learn. They offer nearly 100 full-length courses at the college and professional levels, each of which is available right now

Creating and improving livelihoods for excluded people

No Lean Season

No Lean Season is a nonprofit designed to solve seasonal poverty. For a few months each year, poor farmers are unable to make money. No Lean Season gives poor farmers a bus ticket to other areas where workers are needed, allowing them to find work and generate $200 in income instead of going hungry. Latest […]


Lynk is based in Kenia, founded by Chris Maclay, is reimagining the informal sector using technology. Lynk connects casual laborers to households requesting their services and improves the lives for both sides.

Access to information with an impact on the income and well-being of people


Ignitia’s inclusive business is an excellent example of leveraging low-cost, easily accessible technologies to reduce poverty and hunger, and deliver on the 2030 Development Agenda

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Aclima delivers environmental intelligence through sensor networks to improve human health and planetary health. They combine leading-edge sensing technology, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence to take the real-time pulse of the invisible world around us. Translating real-time data into actionable insights Today, we are increasingly suffering from multiple global health crises, and resource inefficiencies due […]


EnvEve is an high tech company specialised in Internet of Things. It has developed a unique Internet of Things framework for outdoor applications. Robust and reliable devices enable sophisticate analytics to support decision in Agriculture and Forests

Iora Health

Iora Health provides infrastructure to small medical practices to allow them to lower health care costs and improve quality and experience by better managing their patients with complex chronic disease.

Wonder Workshop

In November 2012 Vikas Gupta founded Wonder Workshop with one mission in mind: how to make programming fun and accessible for young children. Workshop is making programming fun and accessible for children while they play. The way we relate to technology is changing fast. Their role is to give children the means to respond and […]


Piper provides a DIY computer kit, which allows kids to play an active role with technology, building and learning rather than mindlessly consuming content through problem-solving skills.

Affordable access to quality goods for large numbers of people

Greenlight Planet

Greenlight Planet is a provider of off-grid solar products and solar financing for underserved populations around the world.


Energy poverty is a critical issue for the development of remote communities in emerging countries. 1.2 billion people worldwide live without access to clean energy, mainly due to high interest on loans and high upfront costs of clean energy solutions.

Access to information with an impact on the health of a large number of people

Avant-garde Health

Avant-garde Health helps to fix the single worst problem of modern American health care: it’s cost.  The company’s solution is to use a technique called “activity-based costing” and apply it to the health industry. The idea is to try to accurately assign every expense of an organization to the exact activity that created that cost. […]


Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a movement to demonopolize knowledge and amplify the capacity to provide best practice care for underserved people all over the world.


Babylon delivers high quality healthcare via your mobile phone. babylon employs only the very best doctors and provides them with rigorous industry-leading training.


Intelehealth is a mobile app that improves access to comprehensive primary health care for remote & underserved communities through telemedicine. 


Kangpe allows its users access to more than 750+ doctors, 24/7 via their mobile phone. Kangpe doctors are able to give the best medical advice for symptoms, disease diagnosis, and treatment when you describe your health condition in a detailed manner. 

Bringing healthcare to excluded populations

Last Mile Health

LMH specializes in developing and managing Community Health Workers (CHWs) who bridge the gap between clinics and remote communities, bringing essential primary care services to the doorsteps of people living in the last mile.


Aira, founded in 2014, is focused on developing transformative remote assistive technology and services that bring greater mobility, independence and self confidence to blind and visually impaired individuals by connecting them, in an Uber style, to a network of certified Agents.


Many people in Africa do not have easy access to a doctor or medical information. Ada’s innovative approach is helping to close this important gap.

Skills training for careers in technology


LaunchCode is building a skilled workforce by creating pathways for driven people seeking careers in technology. We are helping jobseekers enter the tech field by providing accessible education, training and paid apprenticeship job placement.


Andela provides companies with access to the top 1% of global tech talent by identifying high-potential developers on the African continent, shaping them into world-class technical leaders, and pairing them with companies as full-time, distributed team members.

Contribute to affordable skills and talent development


SchoolHouse , a learning ecosystem in which the generation of learning content and the grading of student’s work requires zero costs, no dependency on experts or professors, and no investment of any material, human or financial resources, whilst still providing proven greater learning outcomes than traditional schooling. SchoolHouse is giving birth to Exponential Education.

Social inclusion for the disabled


The mission of VoiceItt is to create innovative solutions that helps aid the lives of people with disabilities. The fundamental goal of VoiceItt is to foster independence and social inclusion for the disabled and improve their quality of life.

Using innovation for a cleaner world


3B Bags is a company started by women who – just like women everywhere – shop for groceries and dislike unnecessary waste. The common single-use plastic bags for fruits and vegetables certainly seem like a waste, so they designed the 3B Reusable Produce Bags, a set of mesh bags with a drawstring.

Affordable access to water


Jibu, a Denver, CO-based social enterprise which equips entrepreneurs in emerging market communities to own businesses that ensure access to basic human necessities, with water as an anchor product, completed its $7m Series B financing. Backers in the round, which brings total raised to more than $10m, included Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Danone Communities (Paris), […]