Social media is playing an increasingly prominent role in modern entrepreneurship, allowing businesses to generate their own exposure, funding and interaction with customers in ways that would - until relatively recently - have been utterly inconceivable.
And the tool is still evolving. Aside from being a powerful vessel for a company’s voice and vision, other elements of social media such as crowdfunding are allowing social enterprises to directly tap into and foster communities who are eager to support and form a connection with social change. Now, businesses can make their stories - and the stories of those they are trying to help - available and more personally relatable to a larger number of people than ever before.
It’s a two-way street, one that gives you the option to follow the progress and champion the cause of the Chivas Venture finalist to your heart - all at the click of a button. Here is where you can follow all of the 30 game-changing startups on social media:
Xinca (Argentina): Turning garbage into shoes, whilst employing those who are marginalised from society.
Words with Heart (Australia): Eco-friendly print & stationery products funding education projects for women and girls.
BeeOdiversity (Belgium): Monitoring bees to reduce pollution and increase biodiversity.
Livre (Brazil): Transforming any standard wheelchair into an electric tricycle.
Sea Harmony (Bulgaria): Developing vertical mussel-farming reefs to restore marine ecosystems.
Bioestibas (Colombia): Eco-friendly pallets manufactured from wasted flower stalks.
Sens Foods (Czech Republic): Healthy & sustainable protein bars made with cricket flour.
SoloCoco (Dominican Republic): Employing single mothers to produce sustainable coconut oil.
Green City Solutions (Germany): Using special moss cultures to create 'City Trees' that eat air pollution.
Laddroller (Greece): Light and affordable wheelchair enabling users to stand up.
Now Money (Gulf): Mobile banking experience for low-income communities who are excluded from the financial system.
BYT (Hong Kong): Turning unwanted fabrics into luxury fashion that cares.
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NowTechnologies (Hungary): Giving hope and mobility at the blink of an eye.
Intendu (Israel): Brain training platform using video games to aid patients' recovery.
Factelier (Japan): Reviving craft in rural Japan through fashion, sold directly from factories to consumers.
Sanivation (Kenya): Installing toilets in people's homes and turning poop into fuel.
FOLO farms (Malaysia): Urban farming community turning food waste into compost to grow organic vegetables.
WeaRobot (Mexico): Developing affordable, tailor-made exoskeletons supporting movement and rehabilitation.
RecyclePoints: A Nigerian innovator that sees the hidden value of everyday waste.
African Clean Energy (Netherlands): Clean energy device enabling safe smokeless cooking as well as solar energy for light & phone charging.
NexBio (Poland): Detecting plant diseases early through DNA analysis, reducing pesticide usage.
Sun Concept (Portugal): Solar electric boats protecting the environment and coastal working communities.
SoWat (Romania): Transportable filtration unit turning any source of fresh water into clean drinking water for up to 5,000 people per day.
SmartHead (Slovakia): Online platform enabling companies and individuals to promote their socially-responsible initiatives.
iDrop Water (South Africa): Enabling grocery stores to purify and sell drinking water by the litre in reusable containers.
Sea2See (Spain): Converting plastic waste, such as discarded fishing nets, into premium designer eyewear.
Siam Organic (Thailand): Empowering small-scale farmers to profitably grow rice using organic farming methods.
Olio (UK): Connecting neighbours with each other and local shops, so that surplus food can be shared, not thrown away.
DayOne Response (USA): Compact 10-litre backpack that collects and purifies water within 30 minutes, proving invaluable for disaster relief.
First Respond (China): First aid training courses to encourage mutual aid in emergency situations.