Ten social impact entrepreneurs on our radar for 2021
Nowadays, more and more people are interfering with the business sector while at the same time trying to create social impact through their activities. The entrepreneurs below are leading the way to social entrepreneurship with their unique ideas.
- Ruben Harris – Career Karma: He is CEO and co-founder of Career Karma. It all started in 2014 when Ruben and the other two members of the management team, Timur Meyster and Artur Meyster, moved to Silicon Valley to get into tech. In 2016, they launched the “Breaking Into Startups” podcast to feature stories from people from non-traditional backgrounds and in 2018, the Career Karma mobile app was launched. The Career Karma community grew to 150,000 members in 2020. Career Karma offers free coaching and advice to people from different backgrounds and professions in order to better organize their careers.
- Robert Luo – Mi Terro: Robert Luo is the founder of Mi Terro. Its mission is to contribute to the protection of the environment by reducing food waste. Regarding food waste, Robert Luo believes that “nothing is ever wasted, but rather an opportunity”. Mi Terro transforms spoiled milk into fibers for clothing. Interested consumers can purchase t-shirts, boxers and more online from the Mi Terro website. Mi Terro won second place in December 2020 in the Global Agricultural Challenge launched by FAO, Zhejiang University and Pinduoduo.
- Tiila Abbitt – Ethereal Beauty: Aether Beauty was founded in 2018. Tiila Abbitt holds a BFA in Sculpture and an MFA in Fashion Design. She worked in the fashion industry for over 5 years before switching to beauty. Tilla Abbitt replaces chemical ingredients with cleaner alternatives to formulate colorful cosmetics. She is passionate about organic products and has also been a vegetarian for over 24 years. Its cosmetic products include make-up products for the face, eyes and lips.
- Bonnie Gringer – Sharethelovely: Sharethelovely helps women have an authentic marriage experience with a mindful approach to making good decisions that have a positive long-term effect. Sharethelovely provides the wedding industry and consumers with a range of sustainable products and services helping couples create the wedding of their dreams at a fraction of the cost and supporting local businesses nationwide online and offline to a positive local, environmental and social impact. At sharethelovely.com, consumers will find a wide range of wedding dresses, accessories and decorating ideas. Consumers can buy or sell items through the website. The whole business concept belongs to Bonnie Gringer who is an advocate of environmental protection.
- Topaz Smith – FR-Noble: EN-Noble is a tech company focused on travel, fairness and authentic cultural immersions. Its vision is to improve world peace and sustainable socio-economy in culturally rich communities. Topaz Smith is the Founder and CEO. EN-Noble provides advice to travelers for different destinations around the world supporting sustainable tourism while providing unique experiences.
- Quinn Fitzgerald & Sara Dickhaus from Zarraga – Flare: These two women are graduates of Harvard Business School and both have been sexually assaulted. They founded Flare in 2016. Flare creates bracelets for women with specific technology. Once a woman purchases the bracelet, she needs to download the Flare app and easily pair her bracelet via Bluetooth. Next, she needs to sync her phone’s contacts with the Flare app so that she can choose who will get her GPS location and a message when she needs a backup. In other words, this bracelet can save a woman’s life.
- Brendan Brazier and Mark McTavish – Dough Culture: Pulp Culture is a cold pressed, wild fermented juice that is blended with adaptogenic teas, herbal infusions and super mushrooms. The last part of the production process involves carbonation. The squeezed and fully blended juice is slightly sparkling and sparkling to excite the palate. The result is a dry drink with no additives, no sugar and 6 billion natural probiotics, B vitamins and 4.9% blood alcohol content. You can find it in different flavors. Brendan Brazier and Mark McTavish are both passionate fitness foodies.
- Dinesh Tadpalli – amazing: IncrEdible shows us the way to preserve nature by switching from plastic and eating our spoon. Through www.incrediblespoon.com, customers can purchase edible spoons of all flavors and shapes. For example, you can find oregano chili flavored spoons to chocolate flavored spoons. Chief decision-maker and co-founder, Dinesh Tadpalli shares with his partners a passion for sustainable development in trying to overcome the problem of plastic that has been ignored for too long.
- Alexandre Koiransky – FAIR: Alexander Koiransky created a brand of spirits trying to ensure that the farmers and workers who grow the crops will be paid fairly. The growth of sustainable business ecosystems in places like Bolivia, Uzbekistan, Malawi, Paraguay, Belize and El Salvador is a central concern. Another FAIR goal is to stop using plastic by the end of 2022.
- Shireen Jaffer – Edvo: Edvo is a start-up that provides people with the right tools to think better and live better. The whole idea has to do with a personal learning system accompanied by a web application helping people review their notes, explore their thinking, and develop knowledgeable perspectives on whatever interests them. Visitors to edvo.com are told that “with Edvo you become your best teacher. You decide what is worth learning. You are in control of the way you think. You determine what you are capable of. Don’t you think it’s worth a try?
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