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In this sixth year of the Katerva Awards over 500 nominations were received across the ten award categories: Energy & Power; Food; Environment; Transportation; Smart Cities; Economy; Materials, Resources and Water; Behavioral Change; Gender Equality; and Human Development.

After the 100 Finalists, 10 per category, were identified through human interaction and machine evaluation, the global network of experts set to work to identify the 10 Category Winners. In a final step Katerva’s prestigious Awards Council identifying the 2017 Katerva Award Grand Prize Winner: Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE). SHE has developed an environmentally sustainable menstrual pad with a scalable business model that uses agro waste readily available in developing countries.

Upon notification of the awards SHE28's Director of Strategy, Connie Lewin, commented: "We hope that our holistic model of local sourcing and local production with our SHE28 initiative will serve as a catalyst for new and sustainable approaches to tackling taboo and overlooked health problems across the world. The Katerva prize is global recognition that our innovative use of banana fiber into an essential health product is more than a novelty; it's a transformative solution that delivers real impact on communities globally."

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Katerva Award winner and finalists selected to have an immediate, scalable impact on health, food chain, economics and energy

Meat from plants, a new banking system for social change, good energy from food waste: 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". Some 3,500 companies and organizations were submitted to the Katerva Award council last year and Katerva selected 10 companies as this year’s finalists –– as forces to revolutionize areas such as food, business, transportation, energy and economics. The Katerva Award winner this year, 2016, goes to Ethereum, a decentralized banking system that could upend inefficient and exclusive conventional bank systems and financial markets.

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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 10 of these companies as finalists annually in its global competition –– referred to by Reuters as "the Nobel Prize for Sustainability" –– with The Ocean Cleanup, as the winning company this year. (Impact investors: Katerva has done the due diligence for you.)

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Open source schooling gives educational opportunities to everyone

A new breed of companies and social organizations 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.

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Katerva Award winner selected to have an immediate, scalable impact on reducing plastic waste globally

San Diego. May 3, 2014. 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" –– with MBA Polymers, as the winning company this year.

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