2015 Innovation Entrepreneurs
Kiwa produces premium natural snacks, like vegetable and Andean potato chips, that are exported to +25 countries. The snacks are Non-GMO, Kosher and gluten-free certified. Kiwa created a Direct Trade process whereby raw materials are harvested by low-income farmers in Ecuador to whom Kiwa supports by providing seeds, technical assistance, direct financing, a stable market, and more. In addition, since last year, Kiwa co-organizes the Kiwa Investment Summit where selected and mentored social entrepreneurs generating impact in Latin America are united with investors and other growth resources.
JennaDee Detro and Abianne Falla
Co-Founders, Cat Spring Tea
Cat Spring Tea encourages you to rediscover a lost American resource: yaupon tea. Cat Spring Tea is homegrown, ecologically sustainable, and focused on the greater good. Cat Spring Tea champions the rediscovery of yaupon tea, the forgotten natural resource thriving in its natural habitat in Texas.
Teysha connects communities and empowers people to explore our world through art and culture. Teysha sells custom boots and shoes handmade in Guatemala.
Founder, Nona Lim
Nona Lim makes delicious dairy and gluten-free soups and meals using fresh local and organic ingredients in their kitchen in Oakland, California. Creator of the Delicious Detox, their mission is to make it easy for people to live a healthy lifestyle by eating well.
Founder, 4P Foods
4P Foods sources farm-fresh food from farms in the Washington, DC local foodshed and delivers them to customers once each week. 4P Foods is a small group of farmers and local food nuts who believe good healthy food should be readily available and accessible to all.
CEO, CORE Foods
CORE Foods is an Oakland-based nonprofit company on a mission to cultivate a healthier planet by empowering people with nourishing food and honest resources. They make only fundamentally nourishing foods with no syrup, salt, flour, oil, additives, or preservatives. They’re committed to both educating and empowering people with all the tools they need to live a healthy, fulfilling life.
Kiverdi is a nextgeneration sustainable oil company that converts CO2 and waste carbon gases into customized, costcompetitive Carbon Engineered Oils using the power of biotechnology.
Founder and CEO, Pigeonly
Pigeonly is a technology company that focuses on building products for overlooked and underserved markets. Pigeonly helps inmates stay connected with their families through simple, inexpensive ways to share photos and place phone calls.
Founder and CEO, Mercaris
Mercaris is a market data service and trading platform for organic, non-GMO and other identitypreserved agricultural commodities.
Founder and CEO, Green Citizen, Inc.
Green Citizen offers computer recycling, and recycles all electronic items in the United States under stringent environmental and health regulations. This process ensures that all heavy metals and toxins in the electronic items are reclaimed, reused, or properly disposed rather than being sent overseas or to landfills.
Co-Owner, Limegreen, LLC
Limegreen is a natural and organic line of products for home, baby and garden, including body wash, room spray, candles, and detergent. Limegreen uses only 100% essential oils in all of their products. For candles, they only use soywax made from pure 100% soybeans. The room spray and disinfectants do not contain any chemicals, additives, or preservatives, making them a smart, eco-friendly alternative.
CEO and Co-Founder, The Global Good Fund
The Global Good Fund amplifies the impact of young social entrepreneurs through investment in leadership development.
MakaPads are cost-effective biodegradable sanitary pads. Their production creates jobs and helps the environment. MakaPads provide effective, low-cost protection to every girl and woman. MakaPads are made from papyrus and paper waste. The fibers are beaten, dried and softened using no electricity.
CEO and Co-Founder, Josephine
Josephine is a marketplace that helps facilitate the booking of home cooked meals. The Josephine community believes that compassionate relationships built over home cooking can be our competitive advantage over the industrialized food system a way to get people to make healthier choices in the context of their own lives and relationships.