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Forbes Announces Finalists for $500,000 Under 30 Impact Challenge for Young For-Profit Entrepreneurs Driving Positive Social and Environmental Impact

Source: Forbes | September 27th, 2017
Location: Bangladesh

The Three Finalists – Chakr Innovation, Drinkwell and Farmerline – will compete live on stage at the 2017 Forbes Under 30 Summit, Oct. 2, in Boston


BOSTON (September 27, 2017) –  Forbes announced today three finalists for its $500,000 Under 30 Impact Challenge for creative entrepreneurs, under the age of 30, who are driving positive social and environmental impact worldwide through successful for-profit businesses.  The finalists will pitch their companies live on October 2 at the 2017 Forbes Under 30 Summit in Boston.  Forbes, The Rise Fund and Echoing Green screened applicants for the competition.

The three finalists for the competition are:

  • Chakr Innovation, Kushagra Srivastava (India) Chakr Innovation has developed the world’s first technology to capture particulate matter emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels and to convert the pollution into inks and paints. The company has more than 30 devices covering over 3.2 megawatts of power installed across the National Capital Region of India at leading telecom industry towers, fast-moving consumer goods industry plants, educational institutes and real estate companies. To date, these installations have prevented over 900 billion liters of air from becoming polluted.’
  • Drinkwell, Minhaj Chowdhury (India/Bangladesh) – Drinkwell is a market- leading water technology company operating in India and Bangladesh that is combating the arsenic, fluoride and iron water contamination crisis in the region.  Drinkwell’s technology has been used to deploy 231 systems via 17 franchises that provide over 1 million liters of safe drinking water to over 250,000 people, while creating 500 jobs with zero reported cases of arsenicosis and/or fluorosis across India and Bangladesh.
  • Farmerline, Alloysius Attah (Accra, Ghana) Farmerline connects small-scale farmers to information services, high quality farm inputs and global markets to improve their incomes. It is building the “Amazon for African farmers:” an offline & online marketplace in rural Africa where farmers can quickly access high quality information, products and services across the agricultural value chain through its proprietary mobile apps and well-trained field agents. Farmerline’s Mergdata platform for messaging, remote data collections and analytics has been deployed across 4 sectors and 11 countries by global food brands, farm input companies and development organisations, reaching over 200,000 farmers across Africa.

One winner will be selected. The winning company will qualify for up to $250,000 in investment from The Rise Fund and its affiliates on mutually agreeable investment terms. Forbes will offer $250,000 in an in-kind media grant, bringing the total value to $500,000…

*To read the full article go to https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbespr/2017/09/27/forbes-announces-finalists-for-500000-under-30-impact-challenge-for-young-for-profit-entrepreneurs-driving-positive-social-and-environmental-impact/#7f059d33713c