Impact companies to present to media panel at Connect: Impact

By Conrad Egusa December 2, 2020

For founders interested in learning more about the media, six impact companies from Founder Institute will pitch in front of a panel of media judges at Connect: Impact today from 1PM–2:30PM ET. 

Those interested in attending can sign up for free on Eventbrite

Hosted virtually by Founder Institute, the world’s largest early-stage startup accelerator, the media event features expert journalists who write for publications including Forbes, National Geographic, Fast Company, GreenBiz, Inc. Magazine, The Sociable, EU Startups and othrs. 

The event will also include an open Q&A session between audience members and the media judges.

Impact companies are needed more today than ever before. COVID-19 has furthered societal and environmental challenges across the globe.

A number of organizations focus on the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were announced in 2015, as a reference point for where the world must end up to avoid cataclysmic consequences due to climate change.

In August Founder Institute announced its “Joint Pledge for Responsible Innovation,” a pact to support entrepreneurs that build “Impact Companies” tackling SDGs.

Impact companies pitching at Connect: Impact include:

DotX is another company solving the world’s financial inclusion problem. The Jakarta-based startup has created a payroll solution so workers without bank accounts can receive salaries to make banking transactions using a mobile app.

TotalCtrl, an Oslo-based startup led by CEO Charlotte Aschim, has developed a cloud-based food waste prevention system that provides real-time data on food inventory. It is used by retailers, restaurants, food banks, municipalities and every-day consumers to prevent food waste.

Lessonbee touts itself as a comprehensive and culturally responsive health education system. It’s cloud-based platform aims to bring health education into the 21st century via “equitable access to culturally responsive and medically accurate health education for students in grades K-12.” 

Ovamba is a fintech company working with banks in emerging markets to provide micro-finance options to entrepreneurs and small businesses. The company operates out of the United States, Cameroon Ivory Coast and India, and was named by Fast Company as a Top 10 most innovative company in Africa. 

Fairly.ai created a tool that allows organizations to audit their artificial intelligence (AI) systems from across all business units, to eliminate bias, protect privacy, and ensure transparency of automated decisions. The Canadian company was founded by David Van Bruwaene and Fion Lee-Madan. 

Braze Mobility turns any wheelchair into a smart wheelchair by creating blind spot sensor systems for electric wheelchairs. Pooja Viswanathan, the company’s founder, spent 10 years researching smart mobility in order to make wheelchairs safer and give users more independence.