These five ventures have been selected out of over 170 applications from 50 countries. Each one of these teams uses a technological approach to empower women worldwide.
1.Sou Sou,Washington DC, United States of America
Sou Sou is a mobile investment platform that partners with financial institutions and angel investors to decrease the time, cost and risk associated with lending to startups and early stage companies. The aim is to close the access to capital gap that is crippling women globally by connecting investors and banks to high performing women borrowers that meet their lending criteria.
Gapsquare provides tools through technology that enable gender analysis within companies to develop plans for managing diversity and toarrow the gender gap. The dream is a world where women are paid the same as men for doing the same work. Gapsquare’s mission is to help organisations make sense of their gender pay gap data.
Kaaro runs a telemedicine hub that provides a network of rural clinics with access to the services of qualified maternal and child health specialists. Health facilities located in rural areas that cannot afford specialized staff can make use of Kaaro’s “telemedicine-as-a-service” instead. By providing these clinics with real-time access to qualified specialists, Kaaro Health is making a contribution in reducing maternal mortality.
Good On You is the world’s largest, most credible brand rating system and an emerging marketplace for ethical fashion. The Good On You mobile app connects conscious consumers to retailers across the globe, making it easy for people to shop according to their values.
The clothes we buy often come at a high price for the world’s poorest people and the environment. Millions of shoppers want to make ethical choices and buy cruelty free fashion, but right now it’s too hard to know how a brand treats its workers, the planet and animals. This is where Good On You comes in – by offering useful information and ethical ratings on 1000s of brands, shoppers are able to make conscious choices and drive businesses to be more sustainable and fair.
Mowoza strengthens Women Owned Micro and Small Retailers in Mozambican informal markets by integrating these MSEs into ‘digital retail communities’. By applying smart, cutting edge technologies, to the informal retail sector they change marketplaces and retail in Mozambique and eventually in Africa.
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