Innovation for Social Impact


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The potential for technology to solve challenges in new ways, to enable faster scale, and to invite people around the world into the global economy is limitless. With technological innovation and entrepreneurial resolve we know change is possible.

We hope everyone will join us as we track the Living Progress Challenge solutions. We know the deeply exciting advances for the organizations, and the people they serve, lie just ahead.

After a highly competitive process with more than 130 proposals submitted from 28 countries around the world for Hewlett Packard Enterprise's the Living Progress Challenge:


  • 17 proposals were selected and designed into prototypes
  • 10 teams pitched live at the final pitch event in New York.
  • 4 innovative solutions were ultimately selected as the final winners


These solutions span a range of impact areas from helping rural women save money and gain access to financial tools; to combating the illegal trade of fisheries products; to connecting youth in Mexico with mentors; and helping the world's largest volunteer organization transform the way people engage in their communities.

Each solution is in its final testing phase and will be launched over the coming weeks and months. These teams reflect that same innovative and entrepreneurial drive that is heralded so many Silicon Valley start-ups. For some of the NGO teams, this was the first time pursuing digital tools into their problem-solving. Teams were courageous, they learned about their user needs. Read the Entire Article

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Sustainable Community Initiative Endorsed by EIT InnoEnergy

Renault is collaborating with EIT InnoEnergy, the EU's innovation arm supporting sustainable energy, to formally endorse the sustainable community initiative, FeliZiudad. FeliZiudad was launched...more

$1 M Impact Investment to Revitalize Neighborhoods Through the Arts
Foundation: Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Atlanta-based Souls Grown Deep Community Partnership (SGDCP) has recently announced that it will be committing $1,000,000 to impact investments. The partnership is the sister organization to...more

Rockefeller Foundation Launches New Climate and Resilience Initiative
Foundation: Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation has recently announced a new climate and resilience initiative focused on strengthening global communities to become more resilient. The Rockefeller Foundation is...more

Leonardo DiCaprio Partners in Creation of New Environmental Alliance

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio will be collaborating with billionaire investors and philanthropists Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth to create a new organization, called Earth Alliance. According to a...more

Innovative Solutions to Ameliorating Impacts on Climate Migrants

The United Nations (UN) report last week that warned about "climate apartheid" is just one of the series of warnings about the effects of climate change. According to the UN, millions in economic...more

Focus on Climate Change from Philanthropy

The 7th Asian Venture Philanthropy Network Conference addresses social and environmental issues as part of the the launch of the region's first multi-sector Climate Action Platform by Dr Amy Khor,...more

Students Design Innovative Solutions For Global Problems

GEMS Innovation Awards 2019's Global Innovation Challenge recognizes students who have submitted the most innovative projects to address and solve problem areas that include disaster resilience,...more

Climate Apartheid: Global Warming Will Hammer the Poor

A United Nations report announced that climate change will impact people in poverty more than the wealthy. Research experts calling this climate apartheid, where the world's elite can pay to escape...more

Oxford Researchers Look to Tackle Multidimensional Poverty

The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) researchers launched a multidimensional poverty index, the Business Multidimensional Poverty Index (bMPI). OPHI decided to spin out...more

Without Immediate Climate Action, Economic Growth Will Stall

British economist Nicholas Stern warns that if there's no active climate action, countries can face economic decline. Speaking at an innovation forum that was part of London Climate Week events,...more





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