This article showcases Startup Pill’s top picks for the best Social Impact startups. These startups are taking a variety of approaches to innovating inside of the Social Impact industry and around the world. They are all exceptional startups well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
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Top Social Impact Startups
StudyFree is a SaaS platform that connects students with international opportunities worldwide. We created a digital sales machine, democratized international education and we did it at scale.
The company makes the admission process much easier, helps students to save up to $100,000 on tuition fees, and allows flexible financing of education via scholarships, bank loans, or income-sharing agreements. StudyFree includes: – A platform with a structured description of international study programs in 34 countries; – A scoring algorithm that evaluates the applicant’s profile, provides recommendations on enhancing it, and matches the student with programs with the highest admission chances; – Assistance in preparing all necessary documents; – Access to the marketplace, including learning centers and financial partners; – Access to mentors who can help understand the local community, education process, and help to adapt to a new environment.
All these services/products are provided to customers through the automated admission platform with almost zero involvement of manual work.. .
Unown is an end-to-end platform for the non-ownership economy. We believe that through leasing, we can use resources smarter and create higher value per asset.
We enable brands to secure their share in the growing secondary markets. They lease out their assets through our revenue share model and get access to deep usage data.
We enable customers to experience fashion with a completely new mindset. Our service allows them to rotate their wardrobe while maintaining an efficient and conscious lifestyle..
Rocky: Growth mindset and daily reflection. The AI coaching app
Rocky AI (Techstars 2019 company) is the ‘digital coach in my pocket’. Rocky provides affordable coaching to young leaders through daily guided-coaching conversations, sharpening their soft skills.
In 2020 Rocky.ai was selected as TC Topic in the category Education / Social Impact for Techcrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2020. Start your personal growth journey and download Rocky.ai at your Google and Apple app stores.
Contact us if you are a coach or self-improvement book author and are looking for a partnership.. .
Handprint delivers Impact as a Service. As a double-sided market, Handprint connects companies to causes they and their consumers care about.
Once a project is selected, companies can make each sale greener through plug-ins (e.g. for e-commerce platforms like Shopify and WooCommerce) that communicate the company’s sustainability pledge and action at a critical juncture of the consumer journey, the moment of payment..
Radish is an app-based ecosystem for people to engage with friends, family and colleagues, but also with their employer, their college, their sorority, their church, their soccer club — and their community. It’s of the new breed, employee-first (user-first) apps – useful at work and outside of work — and take it with you for life.
It’s lightly gamified, purposeful, engaging and competitive. It is about experiences — but also about impact.
We’re on a mission to create $1 billion per year in social impact.. .
When you’re facing a crucial decision, Millie connects you to the power of mentors. From our global network, we create your dream team—the people who guide you to the world’s leading schools, careers, and lifestyles.
Join our community, and you’ll receive a personalized education through our tech-enabled platform, experienced counselors, and high-achieving tutors. We’re the big brother and big sister you wish you had.
No more quarter-life crisis We help students gain acceptance to top colleges and universities, but we also go deeper, determining the schools that fit and will make you happy. We support you in creating your life path, from your internship choices to your future career.
Learn on the go Imagine a learning platform that’s as interactive as Instagram. Developed at Columbia Business School and London Business School, Millie brings tutors and tech to you so that learning feels as comfortable as chatting over coffee.
We support all students One of every ten students receives Millie education for free. We’re committed to creating a positive social impact and uniting our world across borders.
We believe in the power of lifelong learning, the strength of community, and the potential of each individual.. .
Piantando sells plants connected to initiatives for the preservation of the planet engaged in the following areas: land, water, climate, biodiversity and local communities. Each plant is equivalent to a transparent and unique contribution, destined to an initiative certified by our Value Chain.
Everyone become ambassadors of a new way of living green and understanding their commitment to the planet.. .
A curated e-marketplace for premium fashion and lifestyle brands by African and black diaspora designers. Think: a unique and exciting collective of premium designers of African descent, housed in a dot com universe that welcomes all of humankind to explore, learn, shop and play.
We are a company founded on growing community and driving social change; for good. ADJOAA celebrates the curiosity, complexity and craft-person-ship of African and Black diaspora designers, as both innovators and cultural taste-makers of discerning, premium designs.
We are looking to revolutionise the fashion industry by tackling systemic barriers and building a global platform where curators, creators, writers and image-makers from underrepresented backgrounds will have representation.. .
Norvergence is a non-profit organization that works to bring attention to pressing environmental issues. Norvergence is playing a crucial role in developing a society where every individual should know his/her responsibility towards nature.
With creative programs and more online resources, the team Norvergence is trying very hard to aware the people about how to adopt a nature-friendly life cycle. Further, Norvergence promotes tactics or solutions that will help to create a sustainable society.
The members of the team empower indigenous people by equipping them with education and training.. .
Partnering with publishers, agencies and creative communities at the forefront of cultural trends, the Newlife platform is a statistical container that processes cultural data provided by a community of 35,000+ contributors from more than 107 countries. Its mission is to research, attribute, qualify, compensate and coordinate cultural value between creators, consumers and manufacturers for a fair and sustainable future with creativity at its core.
The Newlife.ai app collects feedback from a decentralised network of peer-curators, cultural scientists and creators, forming a democratic consensus on cultural value. Data is collected via a simple and accessible protocol: Users touch their screen based on how much they like content, creators, or brands, feeding the Newgraph dataset with a continuous stream of cultural curation inputs.
One press at a time, contributors are shaping the graph, like bees collecting pollen to a hive that will be used for the fair attribution and redistribution of cultural value, whether it’s happening on the Newlife app or anywhere else, online or offline.. .
My Community Capital
My Community Capital is a social service that makes it easy to set up new social activities and meet people local to you. It’s all about helping you meet new people and learn new skills through fun, relaxed social activities designed by the community.
They’re currently supporting new activity creation in Crystal Palace and surrounding areas. My Community Capital was founded in 2019 and is based in London, England, UK..
SenseIT is the first automatic functional testing tool for web accessibility on the market. Within minutes, the system automatically detects and analyzes all function errors on a website by imitating users with disabilities in accordance with the global guidelines for web accessibility (WCAG2.0).
We save businesses over 80% of their web accessibility costs.. .
Activism Always’ AI platform produces analytics and recommendations to support the social media engagement of mission driven organizations. This sector understands the value of data in operations, but the majority of organizations lack resources to perform data analytics.
Activism Always’ hybrid service combines an internal AI platform with strategy analytics, maximizing organizations’ data capabilities and impact.. .
paywith.glass is a fintech infrastructure solution providing a modern effective global replacement for SWIFT. Financial services have changed dramatically over the 50 years since SWIFT was built and the job to be done now goes far beyond settlement, clearing and reconciliation messaging.
Today’s financial services infrastructure must integrate low-cost instant global settlement, solutions to serve the unbanked, support for e-commerce, micro-payments, IoT payments, real-time KYC/AML and global multi-currency Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) transactions. paywith.glass is designed for today’s instant world and the era of digital currencies and soars past all minimal requirements for a modern global financial transaction infrastructure solution.
It is modern intelligent infrastructure powered by Artificial Intelligence and Distributed Ledger Technology, which sits on top of proprietary distributed cloud architecture. The solution provides an easy to use API and includes a native white-label mobile super-application, interfaces for PoS & e-Commerce integration, KYC/AML support and native issuance, circulation and instantaneous cross-currency transactions of CBDCs.
paywith.glass offers several unique benefits including • Native support for the issuance, distribution/circulation and instantaneous cross-currency/cross-border transactions of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC) • Instant settlement, clearing and reconciliation of all transactions • Direct cross-provider interoperability • Seamless FX conversion at inter-bank rates (with 0% FX commission) • International micro payments (exceeding United Nations SDG 10.c target) • Advanced cryptographic technologies, without using crypto currencies • Integrated real-time KYC/AML support on all transactions without impacting performance • Advanced AI-powered continuous authentication and fraud-detection technologies paywith.glass is intelligent global financial infrastructure, built to empower billions of people to transact instantly, with currency fluidity, from anywhere on Earth, at any time… it is the Internet, for the world’s money..
DrizzleX provides a water-metering solution that enables water conservation in residential buildings without individual apartment meters. Its solution generates data-driven transparency about water usage by combining its proprietary FlowDX smart water sensors with a SaaS dashboard displaying data, comparative trends, alerts, and AI-powered insights.
The DrizzleX solution provides building managers with tools to detect and pinpoint leaks in real time, gauge tenants’ water usage, create tenant behavioral change, and help shift water billing to tenants while protecting the environment.. .
The Nile List
Nile is a digital platform that makes it easy for conscientious online shoppers and Black-owned ecommerce brands to connect online. Users can employ advanced filtering options to search and browse thousands of Black e-commerce brands on our site, and brands can reach their target audiences with greater ease.
The problem Nile solves is two-sided. For conscientious consumers, there is a growing demand to support Black-owned businesses in all aspects, particularly when shopping online.
Yet, information about Black brands is disjointed and siloed. Plainly speaking, it’s harder to buy Black than it is to buy from Amazon, so where do consumers end up shopping online? Amazon.
For Black ecommerce brands, the problem is even more pressing. Amongst the vast retail noise on the internet, they can’t find their target customers.
Our platform aggregates information about Black brands to make it easy for consumers to find them, and to make it easy for brands to market to interested buyers. Without Nile, users spend more time searching for Black brands on search engines or directories that are focused on local businesses and services, and businesses have a harder time reaching a prime (inter)national audience for their products..
We are pioneering a new way of shopping known as e-social trading that delivers a smarter and more collaborative shopping experience. Although the service is available for use by the general public, GivU (www.givu.mx) was specifically built and tailored to satisfy the shopping needs and wants of the millennial generation.
To this generation of users, collaborating and engaging in the sharing economy are already the norm. Millennials have embraced the idea of community that the sharing economy is rooted in, and have a greater awareness of the environmental impacts of overconsumption compared with previous generations.
GivU has demonstrated that it is not only possible, but also practical to buy products without spending your disposable income. Allowing GivU to offer a shopping alternative where customers are able to take care of their cash flow, while still enjoying the experience of buying and improving their quality of life.
www.givu.mxlike a traditional e-commerce marketplace, rather than transacting in dollars users are required to sell a product to acquire credits known as Givs. One Giv is roughly equivalent to one USD and they are not exchangeable.
GivU is a new social e-commerce platform where users can get products they want using the products they already own. GivU’s product catalog is built and brought to life by the community.
The catalog increases as the community increases, providing a different window shopping experience every time a Giver goes into the platform. The site currently has more than 700 products that are either new or like new.
Koloko helps to simplify the processes of the pedagogical everyday life and supports qualitatively and quantitatively the field of early childhood education. With a central point of contact, a comprehensive platform is created within a short time, on which institutions throughout Germany can present themselves to job seekers.
Koloko brings new impulses into the field of early childhood education and makes them tangible — for everyone.. .
We provide two distinct but related services to impact lenders and farmers. Our services include assessing farmers’ creditworthiness and offering lenders the opportunity to loan to creditworthy farming operation(s).
AgroFides is a business development and capital resourcing partner. We leverage technology and agricultural expertise to assess creditworthiness and support small and medium-scale farmers in developing countries and emerging markets secure capital and services.
We assess the creditworthiness of farmers by addressing the five key components of credit. We evaluate the character of farmers and their seriousness about their farming operation(s).
We then assess the capital that the farmers have invested in their farming operation(s). We consider all collateral available for a potential loan.
AgroFides consider the borrower’s capacity to repay a loan and finally ensure that the condition, that is, the terms of the loans are appropriate. The information from the five Cs is used in developing multiple models making up the FidesScore.
We provide the Fides Score to lenders in order to help them identify which farming operation(s) to lend to. What is a Fides Score? The Fides Score is a platform for collecting and analyzing pertinent data about farmers in order to generate a “trust” score for the farmers.
Players of video games are super-talented. The global labour market needs those skills.
Game Academy bridges the two. The venture is an alumni of the LocalGlobeVC/Atomico/London School of Economics-supported ZincVC venture builder programme; a member of the U.K.
Department for Education/NESTA CareerTech Challenge and UfI VocSeed Tech 2020 portfolio.. .
ZIPZERO Global Limited
Imagine that every single purchase you made helped pay for your essential utility bills. Electricity, internet, phone, TV, gas & council tax… with ZIPZERO all of them can be paid off directly by sharing your shopping receipts! – Snap a photo of any receipt from any merchant with the ZIPZERO app (iOS & Android).
– Get at least 0.5% back towards paying any utility bill. – For online shopping, simply forward your order confirmation to ZIPZERO.
ZIPZERO offers a permanent solution to the universal burden of fixed monthly expenses by redirecting the $1+ trillion spent on advertising & lead generation back to the consumer. ZIPZERO is disrupting a massively profitable and oligopolistic industry – dominated by Google & Facebook on one end (digital advertising) and Kantar & Nielsen on the other (consumer data capture) – while channelling marketing dollars towards a highly impactful societal cause.
In its workings, ZIPZERO is building the world’s largest and most comprehensive live consumer data platform.. .
ForeQuest is a pioneering geo-based AdTech platform built to distribute Advertising through a radical shift in the user-offer interaction paradigm. ForeQuest’s innovative model (patent pending) leverages the blend of real-time Big Data, proprietary real estate psychographic metrics, and an exciting AR user experience designed for maximum retention.
The result is a conversion boosting platform that offers brands a powerful way to engage with their audiences.. .
Rivers of the Sky
Our Impact We are looking to address some of the core issues that we face as a species by shedding light on the world’s biggest corporations accountable for business models that are linked to forest destruction, loss of biodiversity, climate change and the marginalization of Indigenous Peoples’ and local communities’ rights and livelihoods. Our core mission, strategies, and commitment to activism are more necessary than ever to respond to the growing scale of ecological and social crises being fuelled by profit-driven interests.
The ultimate goal of these impact campaigns, however, is not only to shift the individual perception of the people but to shift the policies and practices of entire industrial sectors. Core to this approach is building and maintaining authentic and effective partnerships with local, Indigenous and frontline communities and their allies across the globe..
Life Coach Kanika Kohli
Kanika Kohli, is a PGDEM (Gold Medallist), Inner Most Shift Coach, NLP Certified, Life Coach, ICF ACSTH Hailing from a business family with experience of building value for the country generation after generation, Kanika chose a different path and was black sheep of sorts in the family when she decided to go out and work for someone else. The starting was humble as a Key Account Manager at one of the leading MNC banks in India, a decade and a half ago! With her degree in Finance from IMT Ghaziabad followed by studying strategy and capital structure courses from Manchester Business School and London Business School, Kanika carved an enriching professional journey for herself.
The journey was a worthwhile one for Kanika with her work with clients in the US, Singapore and Far-East in Consulting and coaching business managers and leaders in becoming successful using their innate talents. Kanika began her entrepreneurial journey 6 years ago with her venture promoting Vegan lifestyle.
In the Vegan space, Kanika mentors people on health and lifestyle transformation. Kanika now successfully runs a multi crore business in contractual manpower and consulting services business alongside being a Life and Inner Most shift Coach to individuals.
Kanika finds her calling in helping people effectively through aspects such as career coaching that helps to connect them with their own unique self and drive the innermost shift and grow in their lives to achieve their desired outcomes in their respective field of career interest. In her journey as a Career Coach, Kanika makes it all about the client and helps them find the best for themselves..
Oceans Republic Company Limited
Manufacturer and Exporter of eco-friendly, biodegradable, recyclable products. Majorly exports bamboo made products from Vietnam to the rest of the world.
Connected with several largest logistics companies. Ships worldwide.
A young and dynamic company with a mission of ending single usage of plastic. Participates in ocean cleanup..
Hella Creative is leveraging its collective strength to impact the community. It is a collective of Bay Area friends and family that banned together to support one another at the height of COVID-19.
Hella Creative started an online group to socialize, collaborate, and develop new ideas. There is only one rule in all of this, keep it positive and look out for each other..
Hopalai created Kobi, a true learning app for the beginning readers who experience reading difficulties such as Dyslexia. Many children have great difficulty automating the correct recognition of similar shapes.
Colour helps the brain to distinguish letters faster and the child is able to progress. Kobi takes on any text with adjustable colouring of individual letters.
This intervention significantly contributes to successful decoding, comprehension and boosts motivation of the child. In time, this leads to reading fluency and a better understanding of what was read..
PermaTree SuperFoods S.A.
As social-enterprise we see our goal to enhance sustainable development by transforming the territory by creating a social, economic and environmental IMPACT in Ecuador. We create added value PLANT BASED SUPERFOODS from Banana, Turmeric and Ginger powder, Soursop and Guayusa leaf teas, by exporting it to the EU or US market.
Focused on the highest quality regarding beneficial properties for the well-being. For this we are currently building own Dehydration-Processing-Plant for Fruits, Seeds and Vegetables, generating added value to the local raw material directly in the production area/territory.
HACCP Certification. The Processing-Plant (size 1000 m2) is built on the side with the superfoods-showroom and coffee-shop which works also as coworking-space.
We work directly with 400 small scale farming families (sustainable agroforestry) who benefit of 300% more income and training, technical assistance, health care, pension plans. Direct beneficiaries 2’000.
Indirect 50’000.. .
Gane is the new mobile cellular service provider for Developing Countries where consumers earn free service by interacting with ads, learning new skills and using their embedded multi-currency wallet that rewards users for their behavior. CEO has founded/exited from 3 companies in the telecom industry including Telesat, which was Colombia’s first and largest internet service provider, founded in 1995 and selling to Bellsouth for $90M.
Gane’s seed round received the first check in November 2020 from a lead strategic investor who owns largest call centers in the region and has been in the mobile industry for 25 years. Launching in Mexico 1Q21, Gane already has several major advantages such as a partnership with Telefonica/ATT, allowing them to utilize their mobile infrastructure and access to 100,000 storefronts nationwide.
Partnerships also include the 4 largest independent media agencies in Mexico, which are thrilled to finally have mobile reach and big data for this massive audience. In addition to high revenue, Gane will create tremendous value and positive impact for those who need it most, in a region where mobile internet has not been affordable nor education accessible to the majority of the population until now..
CitizenUp is an intelligent online platform that engages citizens and organisations by matching them with volunteering actions, challenges and missions, based on their interests and availability. The start-up aims to transform philanthropy, SDG and Corporate Social Responsibility action into SMART Social Impact – impact that is Showcased, Measured, Awarded, Reported and Tangible.
CitizenUp takes a citizen-centric, community-based and impact-oriented approach to achieving this, allowing volunteers to help out at their own pace and to the best of their abilities and available capacity. Through gamification, the platform encourages people to be ‘Citizen Heroes’ – engaged volunteer citizens!.
The first ever wellness company creating awesome stuff to inspire mental wellness and positivity. The company’s app is currently in beta.
upps™ was founded by entrepreneur, author, and TED Speaker, Mandy Antoniacci Be the first to receive motivation and launch updates at upps.com.. .
StreetWize VR is a leader in safety training software for primary school students, high school students, adult drivers in organizations, bus drivers and more. The training takes place in hyper-realistic immersive environments.
A study in 2018 have been conducted to validate StreeWize’s training scenarios and was peer reviewed at the IsraHCI 2019 conference, the study shows improved results for VR road safety training over traditional frontal instruction in terms of written test results for a group of 130 students. The company was founded in 2019 and is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel..
Africa Reframed enables customers to source authentic and fully released visual content produced by African contributors. The quality level is of international, high and consistent level since contributors have been trained and groomed through our online learning platform.
We are looking for partners/investors sharing our vision of Africa Reframed as a value-driven, profitable business which strives to alter the global community’s perception of the African continent while also building sustainable job opportunities for photographers across Africa.. .
DaanMatch is a scalable B2B multi-side platform for benefactors and beneficiaries. A comprehensive database that leverages machine learning matching algorithms similar to those used for online dating sites with accessible, “familiar-to-users” mobile technologies to verify and audit nonprofit organizations (NGO).
DaanMatch helps development-minded donors, including corporations who are new to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) determine their funding focus and choose development goals that fit with their mission and provide them with portfolios of programs and projects that match, implemented by organizations who do great work. Decisions are guided by data and supported by objective evidence.
Available in multiple languages to reflect the diversity of India, DaanMatch enables the automated verification of non-profit data through technology including cloud computing, GPS, machine learning, IoT, and user input. In addition, we theorize using smart contracts to that agreed to terms are met.
Providing a difficult-to-fabricate alternative to traditional validation, DaanMatch allows organizations to show their work which in turn will enable them to tell their story and prove their case for support.. .
Gamy Amy’s mission is to restore ecological integrity of our environment through one mobile game at a time. Through creating virtual and mixed realities of today we aim to raise awareness about environmental issues and topics.
Through our philanthropy platform we work with number of charities and have currently two games in development and testing.. .
LoopMates gives all new way of connecting, sharing with each other. You can post pictures, Chat, post videos, like/share post, create groups and pages, promote your services.
Have live streaming, over web as well via Mobile app. Connect with your known ones easily..
IGE (Indonesia Green Energy)
The first renewable energy donation platform in Indonesia. Indonesiagreen facilitates you to contribute to access to the development of renewable energy projects in Indonesia in an easy and inexpensive way through applications and websites.
Donation Based Crowdfunding: Crowdfunding platform to meet donors and project owners. You can play a role as a donor and pengusug project.
Realizing Clean Energy Project: To Achieve a Clean Energy Project provides great benefits for the community. Transparent Project Supervision: Transparent and Accountable Project Reports that are supervised by experts in the field of renewable energy.
Renewable energy projects to be funded on the IGE platform are projects that have social and environmental impacts. At the initial stage, our platform targets public facilities, schools, boarding schools and places of worship to have a good availability of renewable energy.
In the future we will provide features for institutional donors to jointly build large-scale facilities for the community.. .
Connect Central Oregon
We are the Force Multiplier for Social Engagement; Connecting Technology, Community, and Companies in Central Oregon. We do this through producing and supporting events which build community and provide Service Learning opportunities for youth and adults.
We believe that a socially-engaged community is happier and healthier and that through mentoring and experiential learning, the next generation of leaders is career and community-ready. Our programs include: Ignite Bend BroadcasTeen High Desert Robotics Expositions (HDRex).
SymPiece ia giving every person tools to make measurable impact in the world. We believe in a world where every person lives a life of wellbeing and fullfilment, benefiting themselves and those around.
SymPiece aims to enable crowdsourcing of social development, giving you the power to act on social challenges you are passionate about. Lauching in July 2019, our platform will fund and support new and existing social impact and innovation projects..
Cibic changes the way we live through the way we think, converse, and consume digital media. We repurpose current technological and digital infrastructures to supplement political systems that have not been relativistically iterated upon in conjunction to developments in mobile, internet, wireless, and computational sectors.
For these reasons, we have progressed key features of other social platforms that we believe provide immense value to users, and have looked to successful, user-centric features of Facebook, Instagram, Reddit and Twitter in order to develop user interfaces that attempt to capture audience attention and provide a seamless, familiar mobile first platform that requires little user education.. .
We are a design agency that partners with social impact organizations to build meaningful services for humans. We see the work that you are doing in the world to make a change.
We know it is demanding and complex. We understand the stakes are high, and the missions are profound.
We bring our expertise in human-centered design research, strategy, and design to partner with you to meet your goals and move the needle on social impact work. We collaborate with you to: • Understand the current environment and envision a more impactful future • Design and launch new programs, services, and initiatives • Update existing programs and services We bring expertise in: • Research • Strategy • Brand • Design • Development.
Tiramisu facilitates real-world action through digital connection. We bring people and organizations together to create lasting change with mutual benefit – from wellbeing to sustainability.
Starting in the series of global hackathons at the onset of the #Covid19 crisis and one of the winning projects of the #EUvsVirus hackathon, we are determined to use this moment as an opportunity for positve, lasting impact. Our app will be available on Android and iOS soon!.
Give a Damn Studio
We help drawdown solutions shorten their sales cycle by sparking conversations with their ideal prospects so that we can all cut 50% of CO2 emissions by 2030. We do it through: Designing proven tactics to attract ideal customers.
Filling calendars with warm leads daily. Applying additional design and growth techniques if needed.
No unicorns, just hard work, and celebrations when we reach our goals!. .