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April 11, 2017

Social Impact Talent Report

Each year, Echoing Green evaluates thousands of applications in order to identify high-potential social change leaders from around the globe.

We believe these 73 next-generation innovators have the talent and drive to launch bold new ideas for solving some of today’s most pressing and entrenched problems around the world.

We are eager to bring this remarkable group to New York for connections and interviews as Finalists for the Echoing Green Fellowships – our two year immersive leadership development program that provides seed-funding and hands-on support, and embeds them in the Echoing Green network. Ultimately, the investment we make in selecting the 2017 Fellows will be from this group of dedicated entrepreneurs, who will go on to join our unparalleled community of 700+ innovators.


Sandra Kwak

Provide renewable energy to the 1.3 billion people on the planet who lack electricity today by collaborating with local partners and providing renewable project development and finance.

10Power
Haiti


Elena Dieckmann

Eliminate feather waste, one of the most voluminous by-products of the food industry, by developing sustainable material innovations that can be produced wherever humans eat chicken.

Aeropowder
United Kingdom


Ryan Robinson

Enable the environmentally sustainable insulation of homes around the world by manufacturing insulation materials derived from abundant waste poultry feathers.

Aeropowder
United Kingdom


Jon Eldan

Enable the American justice system to make amends for wrongful conviction by providing exonerees with re-entry help in critical areas and by advocating for policy reform on their behalf.

After Innocence
United States


Reyna Montoya

Defend and develop undocumented youth and children impacted by unjust immigration laws by building an art, trauma, and leadership organizing program that focuses on resiliency and advocacy.

Aliento
United States


Ruth Nabembezi

Break the myths and taboos on sexuality in Africa through providing accurate sexual health information by medical experts to youths via mobile technology.

Ask Without Shame
Uganda


Swapna Reddy

Eliminate the wrongful deportation of refugees from the United States by bringing rapid, remote legal aid to individuals who cannot be served by traditional means.

Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project
United States


Nick Wobbrock

Secure water supplies and combat wildfire in the Western US by creating innovative ecosystem services investment opportunities in climate resilient infrastructure.

Blue Forest Conservation
United States


Zach Knight

Secure water supplies and combat wildfire in the Western US by creating innovative ecosystem services investment opportunities in climate resilient infrastructure.

Blue Forest Conservation
United States


Angelo Campus

Increase the accessibility of renewable energy among low income off-grid communities by providing affordable containerized microgrids for no upfront capital cost.

BoxPower
United States


Ibanga Umanah

Match underutilized, frontier market talent to ideal professional opportunities around the world through our predictive, talent sourcing software.

Brave Venture Labs
Kenya


Zara Tajwar

Increase the number of female lawyers in Pakistan by providing incubation in exchange of free legal aid to the victims of women rights violation.

CELAAW
Pakistan


Arpit Dhupar

Eliminate pollution from combustion of fossil fuels and enable access to clean air across the globe by using our technology to convert pollution to ink and paints.

Chakr Innovation
India


Kushagra Srivastava

Eliminate pollution from combustion of fossil fuels and enable access to clean air across the globe by using our technology to convert pollution into inks and paints.

Chakr Innovation
India


Tiffany Taylor

Reduce recidivism in America by providing entrepreneurship training, opportunities for capital, and other key areas of support.

CleanSlate
United States


Catherine (Cat) Berman

Create a new generation of global financial products that are both democratized and tied intrinsically to social impact to unleash economic opportunity for our most underserved communities.

CNote
United States


Yuliya Tarasava

Create a new generation of global financial products that are both democratized and tied intrinsically to social impact to unleash economic opportunity for our most underserved communities.

CNote
United States


Felecia Hatcher

Build asset and talent filled spaces in Black communities where innovation can thrive by focusing on drawing resources, training, networks, funding, and instituting inclusive policies.

Code Fever Miami Inc.
United States


Derick Pearson

Build asset and talent filled spaces in Black communities where innovation can thrive by focusing on drawing resources, training, networks, funding, and instituting inclusive policies.

Code Fever Miami Inc.
United States


Niraj Marathe

Eliminate poverty among small and marginal farmers in India by creating on-farm solar cold storages and predictive market analytics app to help them maximize value of perishable crops.

CoolCrop
India


Gator Halpern

Reverse the rapid decline of global coral reefs by restoring degraded sites with a diverse range of climate change resilient corals through an innovative commercial farming model.

Coral Vita
United States


Sam Teicher

Reverse the rapid decline of global coral reefs by restoring degraded sites with a diverse range of climate change resilient corals through an innovative commercial farming model.

Coral Vita
United States


Eugene Maseya

Lead climate change mitigation/adaptation and sustainable natural resource management in rural Malawi by using drone data.

Craft and Theory Flying Labs Malawi
Malawi


Lucas Mason-Brown

Create concrete and measurable change in the lives of Black people by mobilizing scientists around racial justice issues.

Data for Black Lives
United States


Yeshimabeit Milner

Create concrete and measurable change in the lives of Black people by mobilizing scientists around racial justice issues.

Data for Black Lives
United States


Amanda Alexander

Build equitable cities and remedy the impacts of incarceration in the U.S. by delivering community lawyering services, creating economic opportunities, and piloting Just City solutions.

Detroit Justice Center
United States


Alberto Jose Legall Lopez

Improve the health and work conditions of Nicaraguan sugarcane communities through free legal services, Know-Your-Rights education and advocacy for policy change in the global supply chain.

Dignified Work Initiative
Nicaragua

The Town Kitchen community of growers, food makers, chefs, and youth. Founder Sabrina Mutukisna is a 2017 Finalist for the Black Male Achievement Fellowship.


Josephine Weinberg

Improve the health and work conditions of Nicaraguan sugarcane communities through free legal services, Know-Your-Rights education and advocacy for policy change in the global supply chain.

Dignified Work Initiative
Nicaragua


DeMar Pitman

Expand equitable access to educational excellence for students of color by developing and publicizing an equity rating that compares school districts based on data-driven performance metrics.

Discriminology
United States


Gabriel Rodriguez-Calero

Increase adoption of renewable energy worldwide by supplying low-cost materials for clean energy generation and storage technologies.

Ecolectro, Inc.
United States


Kristina Hugar

Increase adoption of renewable energy worldwide by supplying low-cost materials for clean energy generation and storage technologies.

Ecolectro, Inc.
United States


Simon Black

Help humans cut carbon by automatically tracking their carbon footprint, delivering personalized advice on how to shrink it, and rewarding them for living more sustainable lives.

ecotrack
United States


Ngor Majak Anyieth

Education Bridge seeks to create flourishing South Sudanese communities by developing a generation of peacemakers and transformational leaders.

Education Bridge
South Sudan


Crystal Romeo Upperman

Develop technology to quantify and project the health impacts of extreme climatic events for local US governments by offering packaged software, technical expertise, and written reports.

EHICC
United States


Katrina Klett

Help beekeepers thrive in their villages by creating an efficient supply chain between traditional rural producers and urban Chinese consumers.

Elevated Honey Co.
China


Qing Li

Help beekeepers thrive in their villages by creating an efficient supply chain between traditional rural producers and urban Chinese consumers.

Elevated Honey Co.
China


Thenmozhi Soundararajan

Dismantle caste apartheid by empowering Dalit women, gender non-conforming, and trans persons in technology, social entrepreneurship, and social justice.

Equality Labs
India


Rachel Johnson-Farias

Create debt-free access to law licensing for low-income youth of color via legal apprenticeship.

Esq. Apprentice
United States


Shannon Walker

Curb global climate change by reducing the barriers to electric vehicle (EV) adoption in US urban areas through a peer-to-peer network, like Airbnb for EV charging.

EVmatch
United States


Heather Hochrein

Curb global climate change by reducing the barriers to electric vehicle (EV) adoption in US urban areas through a peer-to-peer network, like Airbnb for EV charging.

EVmatch
United States


Ned Levy

Design a smooth transition from incarceration to economic empowerment for black men through reimagining the barbershop.

Fade Artist Developing Empowerment
United States


Lela Klein

Build economic power from the ground up with blue collar workers in Dayton, Ohio by developing a network of worker-owned businesses that create good jobs and foster ownership culture.

Greater Dayton Union Co-op Initiative
United States


Jay S. Ritchie

Build sustainable, sovereign communities with Indigenous Populations by enabling energy efficiency, renewable energy development, and creating safe, profitable jobs for Native Women.

Green Nova Innovations, s.p.c
United States


Ankit Agarwal

Beating 'Untouchability' by employing & training manual scavengers in India to convert the floral waste dumped in the Holy River Ganges from temples and mosques into proprietary products.

Helpusgreen
India


Jeffrey Martín

Make Atlanta the Silicon Valley for the South by empowering schools to build the capacity for tomorrow.

honorCode
United States


Thais Drozdowski

Tackle climate change by creating a platform of affordable offsetting for individuals and businesses to finance renewable energy production.

Inuk
France


Dan Kass

Preserve affordable housing for low income urban communities by providing digital services that amplify local advocacy efforts and enable tenants to build well-documented legal cases.

JustFix.nyc
United States


Georges Clement

Preserve affordable housing for low income urban communities by providing digital services that amplify local advocacy efforts and enable tenants to build well-documented legal cases.

JustFix.nyc
United States


Amber Scott

Create a generation of college educated changemakers by preparing low income high school graduates for the rigors of college and leadership through a community service gap year.

Leap Year
United States


Jeffrey Neal

Divert food waste in urban areas from landfills by composting it on-site and returning the beneficial finished compost to heal our soils, communities and planet.

Loop Closing
United States


Juan Manuel Restrepo Cadavid

Educate, connect and empower citizens to foster collective solutions to tackle climate change in cities.

Low Carbon City
Colombia


Juliana Gutierrez

Educate, connect and empower citizens to foster collective solutions to tackle climate change in cities.

Low Carbon City
Colombia


Alina Liao

Break the cycle of untreated trauma among disadvantaged youth by providing personalized, evidence-informed mental health coaching over text message to all youth living in poverty.

MindRight
United States


Ashley Edwards

Break the cycle of untreated trauma among disadvantaged youth by providing personalized, evidence-informed mental health coaching over text message to all youth living in poverty.

MindRight
United States


Ann Yang

Reduce food waste and its environmental impact in the U.S. by educating consumers and sourcing food that would otherwise be wasted.

MISFIT Juicery
United States


Phil Wong

Reduce food waste and its environmental impact in the U.S. by educating consumers and sourcing food that would otherwise be wasted.

MISFIT Juicery
United States


Ruramiso Mashumba

Reduce poverty and malnutrition in rural subsistence women farmers by developing a fully mechanized community farm, which equips and capacitates the women with the required tools and information.

Mnandi
Zimbabwe


Allen Woods

Economically strengthen marginalized communities throughout the U.S. by offering accessible entrepreneurship classes, pop up shop opportunities and mentorship to under-served adults & youth.

MORTAR/Brick Pop-up Shops
United States


Derrick Braziel

Create thriving, economically diverse communities by enabling under-represented, minority entrepreneurs to access the tools and resources needed to start and scale their own businesses.

MORTAR/Brick Pop-up Shops
United States


Kelcie Miller-Anderson

Change the way the world remediates by using natural fungi based techniques to restore polluted environmental sites.

MycoRemedy
Canada


Bhaskar Deol

Fight climate change and help India's small and medium enterprises access clean energy by providing low cost solutions enabled by innovation in financing.

Mynergy
India


Azubuike Akunne

Eliminate food insecurity, eliminate preventable diseases, and make healthy eating a reality for all by offering healthy meal kits and supplemental health & wellness educational resources.

NeuBite
United States


Jon Kornik

Build sustainable, intelligent African cities one home at a time by providing reliable internet-connected energy, water and waste services more affordably than the grid.

Plentify
South Africa


Kotchakorn Voraakhom

Increase urban resilience and adaptability to confront future climate uncertainty in vulnerable communities in Bangkok by reclaiming urban porosity through a network of public green spaces.

Porous City Network
Thailand


Darrell Scott

Transform Black voting rates by building deep, daily relationships with millions of African-Americans through their phones.

PushBlack
United States


Camilo Romero

Empower youth touched by war in Colombia through a peace-building model of popular civic education, cultural expression, and preservation of historical memory.

ReGeneración Colombia
Colombia


Matt Lucas

Decarbonize transportation by cost-effectively converting carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas responsible for climate change, into consumer products, including diesel fuel.

Renovar Resources Inc
United States


Michael Long

Empower and inspire transformational change in high-risk youth by leveraging rite-of-passage sailing experiences, individualized counseling, experiential education, and long-term housing.

SailFuture
United States


Melanie Marcel

Engage scientists in solving societal challenges across the globe by creating collaborations with social entrepreneurs and advocating a research approach focused on social impact.

SoScience
France


Ebele Ifedigbo

Build political and economic power for people of color in the legal marijuana industry through community organizing, policy advocacy, and economic development.

The Hood Incubator
United States


Sabrina Mutukisna

Drive upward economic mobility for young Americans of color by building an ecosystem of youth-driven food businesses to deliver lunch to Fortune 500 companies.

The Town Kitchen PBC
United States


Samuel Sinyangwe

End systemic racism and police violence in America by developing cutting-edge, data-driven strategies to enact policy solutions.

We The Protesters
United States


Jack Amend

Reverse the runaway consumption of fossil fuels that powers the internet today by certifying companies large and small with renewable energy solutions for their websites.

Web Neutral Project
United States

 

Go Deeper

Hover over each finalist (or tap, on mobile devices) to read about their bold idea for social change. For a quick glance, check out the icon key outlined here.

Fellowship Cohorts

Black Male Achievement

Climate

Global

Issue Areas

Arts and Culture

Civil and Human Rights

Education

Environment

Food and Agriculture

Health and Healthcare

Poverty Alleviation and Economic Development

Public Service and Civic Engagement

Structures

For-Profit

Hybrid

Nonprofit

 

Aeropower in the lab. Founders Ryan Robinson and Elena Dieckmann are 2017 Finalists for the Climate Fellowship. Photo courtesy GLA