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Current Year Finalists

2017 - Transportation - Category Winner


ElectRoad - ElectRoad is paving the way for future clean and safe e-mobility solutions with a unique Dynamic Wireless Electrification System for electric transportation. ElectRoad’s revolutionary technology x removes the energy source (ie. NO battery, chemicals) from the vehicle and powers it wirelessly via minimal infrastructure located under the driving lane.

Category Finalists: BioSealcoat, Cloud-based Traffic Network Management - Data insights for more efficient traffic routing, Commuters ridesharing Netlift, GreenQ, Ogo Technology, Pouncer, Traveler app, WayCare

2017 - Smart Cities - Category Winner


eLichens - provides unique miniaturized pollutant sensors and cloud software services that can detect, monitor and predict air quality which allow it to benefit from Smart City services that are emerging for managing city’s green spaces & infrastructure, energetics footprint, pollution sources, traffic management and carbon budget.

Category Finalists: Green Junkie, Jet Capsule, Living Architecture Systems Group, Mountain Forest Hotel, RegenVillages, Smart Floating Farms, SmartLight, The Great Urban Challenge, V2T Technology

2017 - Materials, Resources & Water - Category Winner

MIT Thin Film Solar Cells

MIT Thin Film Solar Cells - the world’s thinnest solar photovoltaic cells are so light they can sit on a soap bubble and are able to get 400 times more power per weight than silicon-based cells.

Category Finalists: Airlite, IBM's Breakthrough in Fighting Viral Diseases, Ingestible origami robot, Light-up stretchy skin, Nanoflotation Technology for Fluid (Water Treatment), Recycling technology by Pyrowave, StretchSense, Wang Group Flexible, Warka Water "Every drop counts"

2017 - Human Development - Category Winner


Bibak has developed CANNY, a modular pod of sensors that contains a metal detector, a georadar and a sensor for vapors from explosives which is a breakthrough combination in the detection field, able to locate even plastic and wooden landmines. It includes a landmine marker, a first-aid kit that meets international demining regulations and water to fight the number one problem of deminers: dehydration.

Category Finalists: Hablando con Julis, In2Care BV, Jack Andraka, Lucky Iron Fish, Point-of-Care Zika Detection Device, Rapid, Low-Cost Detection of Zika and beyond, The Autism Glass Project, The Mosquito Killer Billboard, University Of Buffalo

2017 - Gender Equality - Category Winner

Sustainable Health Enterprises

Sustainable Health Enterprises - To affect social, environmental, and economic change, SHE28 utilizes a comprehensive market-based model to manufacture and distribute locally sourced eco-friendly pads, driving job creation and tackling the status quo.

Category Finalists: 1 Million Women, ASHRAY, invi, Promundo (co-coordinates MenCare campaign), SWEEP, Frontier Markets

2017 - Food - Category Winner


Evaptainers are electricity-free mobile refrigeration units which run at low-cost. Utilizing the phenomenon of evaporative cooling, rather than more energy-intensive vapor compression refrigeration, they are ideal for use in off-grid rural areas with low relative humidity.

Category Finalists: FarmBot, Flying SpArk, Hargol FoodTech (formerly Steak TzarTzar), Jellyfish Barge, Kulisha, Phresh, Neem-oil based biopesticide by Terramera, Tal-Ya, The Sexy Plant

2017 - Environment - Category Winner


CarbonCure concrete production - The technology enables concrete to permanently capture carbon dioxide (CO2), while enhancing concrete’s strength and value, upcycling waste CO2 sourced from final emitters such as refineries or fertilizer plants.

Category Finalists: Carbon Capture Membrane-Nano sponge, De-coating by No-Coats, Glatt Stove, HomeBiogas, Illinois River Project, KTK-BELT, O'right, , Project subCULTron, Seawater Greenhouse

2017 - Energy & Power - Category Winner

GaN Systems

Gallium nitride power conversion by GaN - Gallium nitride has a very low on-resistance, superior fast-switching capabilities, and zero reverse recovery losses which allows for a very efficient power conversion, achieving 98 to 99% efficiency. Applications include electric cars, solar, wind and smart-grid, and high-efficiency power supply.

Category Finalists: Acoustically Driven Magnetized Target Fusion, Ductor, Hydrogen Capturing Material, Micro Wind Turbine, Ocean University of China in Qingdao, Plant-E, Stanford Aluminum BatteryThe Silent Revolution, SunCell

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

2017 - Behavioral Change - Category Winner


APOPO is a non-profit organization that trains giant African pouched rats, nicknamed ‘HeroRATs’, to save lives by detecting landmines and tuberculosis by using their impressive olfactory skills.

Category Finalists: Beat the Microbead, Capsula Mundi, Das Geld hängt an den Bäumen, DeathLAB: Perpetual Constellation, Economics for the Anthropocene, Green Apes, Mobile Diagnostic Kit for Pulmonary Diseases, Precious Plastic, Tostan


Finalists for the Katerva Award

A new breed of companies are showing how innovation can be scaled for both business opportunities and global good. Led by resolute and independent thinkers, these companies are making dents in conventional ways of thinking to defy and fight for global change.

The Katerva Award identifies these companies as finalists annually in its global competition –– referred to by Reuters as "the Nobel Prize for Sustainability". Each year, thousands of ideas are submitted to the Katerva Award experts and award council and Katerva selects winners in each of 10 categories.

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