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Past Winners in the category Economy

2017 - Economy - Category Winner


Mobisol offers easy-to-use solar home systems for low-income people. These plug’n play systems are quickly installed by locally trained and certified technicians (which furthers employment). An innovative pay-as-you-go scheme allows the customer to pay off the installation, up to over 36 months, using mobile banking services.

Category Finalists: Agrarian Trust, Banqer, Cultivando Futuro, Olakusibe Famuyibo / Innov8 Coffee ltd, SolarTurtle, Taking Root, TransactiveGrid, UCAPTURE

2016 - Economy - Category Winner


Ethereum is a decentralized platform that runs smart contracts: applications that run exactly as programmed without any possibility of downtime, censorship, fraud or third party interference. These apps run on a custom built blockchain, an enormously powerful shared global infrastructure that can move value around and represent the ownership of property. This enables developers to create markets, store registries of debts or promises, move funds in accordance with instructions given long in the past (like a will or a futures contract) and many other things that have not been invented yet, all without a middle man or counterparty risk.
2015 - Economy - Category Winner

Social Progress Index

Social Progress Index is a framework for measuring the extent to which countries provide for the social and environmental needs of their citizens.
2014 - Economy - Category Winner


Bitcoin uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority or banks; managing transactions and the issuing of bitcoins is carried out collectively by the network. Bitcoin is open-source; its design is public, nobody owns or controls Bitcoin and everyone can take part. Through many of its unique properties, Bitcoin allows exciting uses that could not be covered by any previous payment system.
2013 - Economy - Category Winner

Bolsa Verde do Rio de Janeiro

BVRio is a nonprofit that develops market mechanisms to support compliance with Brazilian environmental laws. It has built a platform to trade greenhouse gas credits and a system where industry pays informal trash sorters who collect bottles, cans and paper and sell them for recycling.
2012 - Economy - Category Winner


A program of, an organization co-founded by actor Matt Damon and CEO Gary White, WaterCredit uses its donor funding to leverage commercial capital and support microloans to people and communities in Bangladesh, India, Kenya and Uganda who want to build access to clean water and sanitation.
2011 - Economy - Category Winner

World Of Good

EBay’s is the world’s largest multi-seller marketplace for socially and environmentally responsible shopping, which features thousands of products from around the world and combines trust and transparency with the online shopping experience.



Avoid being on a fixed wage.

Indian Proverb
Money may make the world go around, but fair values and free markets make it a more enjoyable ride. Recent economic events have thrusted many global economic weaknesses into the spotlight. This category includes works to implant transparency, remove barriers, and internalize costs. The pinnacle of economic sustainability is making market price equal true value.

Meet the Experts:

Adriano La Vopa

Adriano La VopaBusiness Process Expert - Supplier Open Innovatinon

Adriano is currently a Business Process Expert for Supplier Open Innovation at Philips, where he enables the use of open innovation and scouts for innovative companies, as well as triggers suppliers in proposing new solutions and innovations to Philips.
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Scalability Panel
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Anant K. Sundaram

Anant K. SundaramProfessor, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

Professor Anant K. Sundaram at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth is an expert on business valuation, M&A/corporate governance, assessing the corporate financial impacts of climate change, and financial decision-making in non-profits.
Expert Panel
Impact Panel
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Charles Seaford

Charles SeafordDirector, An Economy That Works

Charles Seaford is a Director of An Economy That Works, an alliance of businesses and civil society organisations promoting the long-term structural changes needed to achieve a sustainable and socially just economy.
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