I3 LATAM – Driving Impact Innovation in Latin America identifies the social entrepreneurs in Latin America with the most innovative business models and catalyzes their impact
Country: Guatemala Sector: Affordable Housing
Entrepreneur: Manuel Antonio Aguilar Description: Cassa designs and builds intelligent and affordable housing for low-income families. The houses are made of ecological materials such as bamboo. Each house comes with 7 different technologies assuring access to clean water, renewable energy and sanitation for the same cost as a house made of concrete and congregated metal.
Country: Colombia Sector: Organic agriculture and fair trade Entrepreneurs: Javier Vásquez, Giovanni Porras Description: Fruandes produces and sells healthy and organic snacks made of dried tropical fruit in North America, Europe and Latin America. Besides empowering their staff, Fruandes developed a network of small Colombian producers, helping them to become organic and buying their fruit at a fair price.
Country: El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Nicaragua Sector: Labor inclusion Entrepreneurs: Carla de Vanegas, Clara Eugenia Quiñónez, Roberto Alfaro Description: Joven360 helps over 40,000 young people from 4 different countries in Central America to find a job with their recruiting platform using disruptive methods in partnership with 900 universities and corporations. Their training programs, focused on developing job skills and values, have resulted in over 80% of the young people finding a job.
Country: Argentina Sector: Health Entrepreneurs: Guillermo Pepe, Guillermo Jorge Pepe Description: Mamotest drastically reduces the risk of death from breast cancer with its tele-mammography network that eliminates cost and distances barriers. Since 2011 80,000 women have received Mamotest diagnoses thanks to its technology that allows saving the lives of 9 out of 10 women with early diagnoses.
Country: Chile and Colombia Sector: Education Entrepreneur: Fabián Martínez, Diego Martínez, Sebastian Arancibia, Ariel Arancibia, Francisco Val Description:
Open Green Road reduces the education social gap in Chile and Colombia with online and offline platforms that allow students to prepare for the national exam. Over 700,000 students and 35% of Chilean schools have used the platform, including 85% of the highest graded students on the Chilean national exam.
Country: Nicaragua and Honduras
Sector: Energy access for the BoP Entrepreneur: Vladimir Delagneau Description: Tecnosol has provided solar energy to more than 95,000 low-income families without access to the electricity grid in Central America. The affordable price of their systems allows beneficiaries to generate electricity and save money compared to the costs of fuels such as kerosene, diesel and wood.
Country: Ecuador Sector: Conservation and community development
Entrepreneur: Garrett Siegers, Peter Pinchot Description: Ecomadera is a sustainable forestry company that contributes to the conservation of 10,000 hectares of threatened rainforest and empowers local communities by creating jobs for more than 500 families and helping them to become owners of their land. Ecomadera increases the value of the forest by manufacturing balsa and tropical wood panels and furniture
Country: Uruguay Sector: Health
Entrepreneur: Ignacio Oliveri Description: With the collaboration of global health institutions, ViperMed develops tele-education programs and long-term monitoring of treaments for patients with diseases such as diabetes, obesity and cancer. ViperMed increases the patient’s commitment to treatment, increasing their quality of life and reducing the cost of treatments.
Country: Mexico Sector: Community development Entrepreneur: Andrés González-Cuevas, Jorge Espíndola Description: Virtual Market offers an inclusive technology solution for small shops owners to operate better and increase their sales by providing information and other services. It has developed a network of 4,000 traditional mom and pop stores, allowing stores to compete with large chains.