In the startup world, we are always thinking about the future: what customers will want, what our businesses will become, and it’s inevitable to wonder about the impact they may have. Hence, we’ve gathered some companies that we think make a real impact, and are working towards a better future.
Code.org is a non-profit that was launched in 2013 dedicating its work to the expansion of computer education, by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by underrepresented students of colour. Kids really are our future leaders, and Code.org aim is to foster these leaders through providing them with the education children need and deserve.
“Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. We believe computer science and computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education”
LifeStraw makes water safe to drink, anywhere in the world. By removing bacteria and parasites it prevents the majority of waterborne diseases. You can use it directly from streams or lakes, or simply by filling up a bottle/ bag/ container and enjoy clean water on the go. And with every product sold, a child in need receives safe water for an entire school year. Imagine the impact LifeStraw can make in less developed countries, where even water isn’t safe!
“LifeStraw’s Give Back program involves more than just dropping off water filters. With volunteers and a dedicated LifeStraw team at crucial sites around the world, the program ensures sustainability through comprehensive planning, training, education and quarterly follow-up visits for a period of 5 years.”
Alcove’s care technology ecosystem is revolutionising the delivery of care and support services by exploring independent living for older and disabled adults. With integrated sensors, wearables, Alexa and an in-home communication aid, they provide an inspirational 21st-century replacement for Telecare.
“Assistive technology is needed – but it should be digital, reflect the aspirations of the users and be modular so that as conditions change, the technology does too. Because this is about the quality of life, not just need.”
Mayhew has been a lifeline for the homeless and rough sleepers since 2000. Not only do they reunite dogs with their owners, rehome animals, reach people in India through their education programme, and train vet students, they also work to keep the homeless and vulnerable in London together with their pets.
“We work closely with homeless charities across London to make sure we keep people and their animals together. A dog is often a homeless person’s only companion, but the added expense of vet and food bills puts an extra burden on people who are already in a vulnerable situation.”
5. Amazon Smile
Just the same as Amazon, but with a twist: “The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.” What’s better than giving without having to spend any extra money?
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