The first one to take the pitching stage was Sini Norta from Women’s Bank, a unique Finnish innovation of thousands of volunteers raising funds to improve the lives of women in low-resource settings. They are looking for a shareable, inspiring, insightful and automated way of sharing their results to donors and volunteers in a visual form.
“We want to become an international benchmark on delivering results”, Norta declared and went on to remind the audience that by supporting a woman, you are actually supporting the entire community.
The second non-profit to pitch their problem to the startups was World Vision, an international development agency. World Vision invited the startups to innovate solutions for portable water, water harvesting systems, water treatment and sanitation mechanisms.
They were also looking for fresh solutions for eradicating chronic kidney disease, which affects thousands of people in developing countries annually. If you are a water expert, a tech innovator or a service provider, you might just have the key to the next big thing. “Help us provide clean and safe water for the communities we work with”, Juha-Erkki Mäntyniemi from World Vision Finland pleaded.
“In Africa, we have a saying: If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others”, Christopher Asego from World Vision Kenya concluded.
The third non-profit to step in front of the beaming audience was Jemina Heinonen from the Helsinki-based Global Clinic, which provides free healthcare for undocumented migrants who would not normally have access to health care in Finland.
“How might we reach these invisible people better and help them find and share the information and services they need in order to avoid becoming a new form of Class B citizens?”, she asked.
The last non-profit to pitch their problem was Plan International, whose Mika Välitalo introduced the audience to Sahida from Bangladesh. Sahida had managed to escape child marriage by showing her birth certificate to the local authorities and thus proving her age. There are 230 million invisible children in the world, who do not have access to education, health care, legal services, and ultimately, a legal identity.
Moreover, the birth registration systems in developing countries are often manual, cumbersome and expensive. Plans’ digital model has vastly improved the situation in many countries, but they are now eager to find new ways of connecting existing registration centers with new innovation services.
Women’s Bank, Sini Norta, [email protected]
World Vision Finland, [email protected]
World Vision Kenya, Christopher Asego, [email protected]
Global Clinic, Jemina Heinonen, [email protected]
Plan International, Mika Välitalo, [email protected]
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