2018 Global Grand Prize Winners

November 8, 2018

The MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy has announced the four global grand-prize winners for the 2018 MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC).

The winning organizations were selected by the IIC Champion Committee from 20 Regional Winners in Latin America, Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America. All were vetted from more than 1,500 global registrants by in-region experts and chosen by Selection Panels at regional celebrations this summer. These organizations exemplify scalable, working, solutions that broaden opportunity and harness technology in four categories that include more people in the digital economy.

Press inquiries and requests for interviews can be sent to Shannon Farrelly, Director of Communications & Media Relations, at farrelly@mit.edu.

November 8, 2018

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Financial Inclusion

2018 Grand Prize Winner

ftcash

Asia

ftcash is one of India’s fastest growing financial inclusion ventures, recognized by Forbes, which aims to empower micro-merchants and small-businesses through loans using digital payments.

Visit ftcash

Regional Winners

Fig Tech

North America

Fig Tech works with non-profits like the United Way to provide credit building products that bridge families from income volatility to financial stability.

Visit Fig Tech

RedeDots

Latin America

RedeDots is an exponential social network of over 220k people engaged in fair trade and sustainable business, built upon trust among users.

Visit RedeDots

Trezeo

Europe

Trezeo provides financial stability for self-employed workers in the gig economy who struggle to access suitable financial products.

Visit Trezeo

Wala

Africa

Wala is a blockchain powered financial service platform on a mission to support the unbanked and underbanked in emerging markets with a zero-fee app that drives increased economic participation.

Visit Wala

Income Growth & Job Creation

2018 Grand Prize Winner

Wefarm

Africa

Wefarm is a free, digital, peer-to-peer knowledge sharing network available by SMS for the world’s 500 million small-scale farmers who have no internet.

Visit Wefarm

Regional Winners

AnnieCannons

North America

At AnnieCannons, our mission is to transform survivors of human trafficking into software professionals to help them sustain a lifetime free from exploitation.

Visit AnnieCannons

Apli

Latin America

Apli is an AI-enabled jobs marketplace where candidates can start working on the same day instead of waiting for weeks to be hired.

Visit Apli

mecasa

Europe

Via its online platform, mecasa individually matches Eastern European caretakers with Central European families for in-home caretaking of seniors in need of daily support.

Visit mecasa

Plastics For Change

Asia

Plastics For Change has developed an ethical sourcing platform to create sustainable livelihoods for the urban poor, while transitioning the industry towards a circular economy.

Visit Plastics For Change

Skills Development & Opportunity Matching

2018 Grand Prize Winner

CareAcademy

North America

CareAcademy provides online professional development to teach and upskill caregivers. We provide opportunities for millions workers to prepare for future of healthcare.

Visit CareAcademy

Regional Winners

iMerit

Asia

iMerit hires and trains economically challenged people in data and content work for Machine Learning and Computer Vision globally.

Visit iMerit

Lynk

Africa

Lynk is a technology platform for informal workers; a LinkedIn for the LinkedOut. They build the ‘entrepreneurship infrastructure’ to support growth in incomes and careers.

Visit Lynk

micro:bit Educational Foundation

Europe

micro:bit enables and inspires children, with a focus on girls and those from disadvantaged groups, to participate in the digital world with a tiny programmable computer designed to make learning and teaching easy and fun.

Visit micro:bit Educational Foundation

Sumá

Latin America

Sumá is a fair marketing platform of family agriculture that directly connects producers with food buyers.

Visit Sumá

Technology Access

2018 Grand Prize Winner

Solar Freeze

Africa

Solar Freeze is a one stop, turnkey portable off-grid toolkit for localized food production containing a complete ecosystem of smart farm technologies to enhance agricultural productivity.

Visit Solar Freeze

Regional Winners

Apps Without Code

North America

Apps Without Code is a global education platform, teaching entrepreneurs how to build profitable app businesses (web apps, mobile apps, etc.) without writing any code.

Visit Apps Without Code

BLITAB

Europe

BLITAB® is the first tactile tablet for blind users, empowering them with digital access to information in real time, and improving literacy and employment rates.

Visit BLITAB

LEVEE

Latin America

One billion people are currently seeking work in emerging capital markets without modern technology. LEVEE uses machine learning, geolocation, and mobile messaging to connect those people with better jobs.

Visit LEVEE

SOLshare

Asia

SOLshare provides peer-to-peer solar energy trading platforms and pay-as-you-go solutions to low-income households seeking rural electrification and empowerment.

Visit SOLshare