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Q&A: Gliimpse Wants to Translate Your Medical Records Into Actionable Data
Q&A: Gliimpse Wants to Translate Your Medical Records Into Actionable Data

CLEANTECH - Medical records, electronic or otherwise, might as well be Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics to, well, just about anyone other than a medical professional. This makes it next to impossible for us to make sense of our personal health data.But a startup called Gliimpse says it has developed the “Rosetta Stone” for medical records, which helps translate the esoteric information into fluid, actionable data. I recently caught up with Gliimpse co-founder and CEO Anil Sethi, and co-founder and president Karthik Hariharan.

Off-Grid Solar Startup Bringing Affordable, Reliable Electricity to Haiti
Off-Grid Solar Startup Bringing Affordable, Reliable Electricity to Haiti

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Haitian off-grid utility startup RE-VOLT is on a mission to bring affordable and reliable electricity to families in rural Haiti and is running a crowdfunding campaign to help fund the expansion of its service to more customers, according to a recent announcement.RE-VOLT recently launched a campaign on crowdfunding site Indiegogo in order to raise the working capital necessary to grow its customer base on La Gonave to 2,000 households or 10,000 people by January 2016.

Trending: Tricking People Into Making Healthier Choices
Trending: Tricking People Into Making Healthier Choices

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - A new cup will use aromas and a patented “sweet taste technology” to trick people who prefer sugary drinks into thinking they are drinking a fruit-flavored water. The Right Cup, designed to help people drink more water, will launch its crowdfunding campaign in a few weeks.

Investors Gave This Sustainable Food Startup $108M to Do the 'Impossible'
Investors Gave This Sustainable Food Startup $108M to Do the 'Impossible'

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Sustainable food startup Impossible Foods recently raised $108 million in Series D funding, bringing their total funding to date to $183 million. The Redwood City, California-based company is creating meat and dairy alternatives from plant ingredients that are remarkably similar to the real thing.

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Skeleton Tech's Graphene-Based Ultracapacitors Could Revolutionize Long-Life Storage
Skeleton Tech's Graphene-Based Ultracapacitors Could Revolutionize Long-Life Storage

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Out of 37 nominated startups, Skeleton Technologies won the Gold ECO15 London Award at the Ecosummit 2015 conference. The company manufactures high-performance, graphene-based ultracapacitors — energy storage devices with much higher power and longer life cycles than batteries.

Have an Idea for the Future of Food? Unilever, Cargill, General Mills, and More Want to Hear It
Have an Idea for the Future of Food? Unilever, Cargill, General Mills, and More Want to Hear It

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Startups that are innovating around nutritious, sustainable food are invited to pitch for a £3000 cash prize and a three-month mentoring program with the Unilever Foundry. The competition is open to innovators tackling food system challenges such as heart health, obesity, under-nutrition, food waste, and sustainability of the food chain.

Forbes Names 6 Social Entrepreneurs Finalists in Under 30 $1M Change the World Competition
Forbes Names 6 Social Entrepreneurs Finalists in Under 30 $1M Change the World Competition

CLEANTECH - More than 2,500 young social entrepreneurs applied to the Forbes Under 30 $1M Change the World Competition. Six finalists will compete on the main stage at Forbes’ second annual Under 30 Summit for a portion of the $1 million prize money.

Kickstarter Becomes a Public Benefit Corporation
Kickstarter Becomes a Public Benefit Corporation

LEADERSHIP - Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has announced it is reincorporating as a public benefit corporation, The New York Times reports, a legal designation that protects for-profit companies that want to do well and do good at the same time by affording them the freedom to pursue corporate purposes beyond maximizing profits.

Startup Working to Provide Jobs to Refugees Resettled in the US
Startup Working to Provide Jobs to Refugees Resettled in the US

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The ongoing plight of the millions of refugees fleeing Syria and other parts of the world has captured the world’s attention, but what happens once they’ve found somewhere safe to settle?In the midst of the refugee crisis, socially conscious jewelry brand Liberti USA is asking you to support the American dream and help resettled refugees exercise their right to work.

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27 African Startups Prove Worthy Grassroots Solutions for Sustainable Development
27 African Startups Prove Worthy Grassroots Solutions for Sustainable Development

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - 27 African social and environmental startups were recognized with awards last week at the 2015 SEED Africa Symposium. The recipients’ business models benefit local communities and help meet sustainable development challenges. Two of the awards were specifically designated for women-led ventures that focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

German Startup Franchises Biogas Bag Business in Africa
German Startup Franchises Biogas Bag Business in Africa

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - German social enterprise B-Energy has developed portable “digester” bags that produce methane gas out of food waste or animal droppings, which can help low-income entrepreneurs in the global South make a living through a franchise model, BBC News reports.The bags, which are heat and fire resistant, come with a tap and pipe that users can attach to a gas stove. They hold up to 1.2 cubic meters of gas — enough for about five hours of cooking.

Trending: 'Freaky Friday' Technologies Grow Metal, Create Batteries from Trees
Trending: 'Freaky Friday' Technologies Grow Metal, Create Batteries from Trees

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - We know from the emerging discipline of biomimicry that natural systems can stimulate sustainable designs for human use. Two recent innovations use trees for inspiration and materials in unconventional products that may revolutionize very different industries: large-scale metal production, and battery technology to suit cars and wearable devices.

Bureo's Upcycled Sunglasses Campaign Funded Within Hours of Launch
Bureo's Upcycled Sunglasses Campaign Funded Within Hours of Launch

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - We have been following Chile-based startup Bureo from its launch in late 2013 to its first incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign last year. Now the company, which got its start upcycling plastic marine waste lining Chile’s waters and shores, has expanded its product range to sunglasses.

Startup Develops Solar-Powered ‘Smart’ Garden Watering System
Startup Develops Solar-Powered ‘Smart’ Garden Watering System

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Agriculture consumes close to 70 percent of water demand, but a significant 10 percent goes to domestic applications, such as maintaining lawns and other landscaping.Arguably, the best and most sustainable course of action is to let your lawn die and plant indigenous landscapes but, realistically, not everyone is going to do that. The next-best thing, however, would be to find a way to maintain non-native landscaping using as little water as possible.A company called Blue Marble hopes to help people do just that by leveraging Internet of Things technology to conserve water during domestic irrigation.

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Want an Impactful Business? Focus on Design of Culture
Want an Impactful Business? Focus on Design of Culture

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Many business leaders today are trying to step up their game and do more than create profitable businesses; they are attempting to use their skills to better the world. Yet in the current business culture, return on capital and financial profit are the sole metric of success. But we can apply tools from cultural evolution to “redesign” business culture — beginning with startups — so that businesses are better equipped to solve social problems.

Investor-Spurned Startup Turns to the Crowd to Fund Eco-Friendly Lunch Box
Investor-Spurned Startup Turns to the Crowd to Fund Eco-Friendly Lunch Box

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - San Francisco Bay Area startup ECOlunchbox has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $30,000 to bring to market its Blue Water Bento collection, a new line of lunch containers that combine no-leak silicone lids with non-toxic stainless steel bottoms.

First-Ever White House Demo Day Showcases Innovative U.S. Startups
First-Ever White House Demo Day Showcases Innovative U.S. Startups

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Today, President Obama hosted the first-ever White House Demo Day focused on inclusive entrepreneurship, welcoming startup founders from diverse walks of life and from across the country to showcase their innovations. The President also announced new public- and private-sector commitments that promise to provide more Americans with the opportunity to pursue their bold, game-changing ideas.

MadeRight Helping Apparel Designers Customize Sustainable Supply Chains
MadeRight Helping Apparel Designers Customize Sustainable Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - If you’re a small-scale designer or apparel brand, managing your supply chain efficiently and sustainably can be a challenge. MadeRight, a startup that recently launched out of Y Combinator, wants to change that.MadeRight is helping designers simplify the textile manufacturing process through its consortium of ethical, global factories and its procedures to streamline product movement.

Tech Startup Helping Costco Cut Water Use by 22%
Tech Startup Helping Costco Cut Water Use by 22%

CLEANTECH - As water-dependent companies seek to cut their usage and survive through punishing droughts, Costco is finding solutions with the help of the latest computing technologies – the cloud, data algorithms, wireless tech and low-cost sensors. Through a partnership with Washington-based startup Apana, the retail giant is employing innovative water-conservation technology to cut water use and generate significant cost savings.Costco first tested the Apana technology on several of its buildings in Mexico. After saving thousands of dollars at each facility, the company has now expanded its use of the technology to over 50 buildings in North America.

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This Startup Wants to Sell You a Solar-Powered Scooter
This Startup Wants to Sell You a Solar-Powered Scooter

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Canadian startup Daymark has developed a fully electric, solar-powered scooter capable of playing music from built-in speakers, charging your phone and traveling up to 10 miles using its 24V battery pack, which is available in lithium or lead acid varieties.The Photon scooter re-charges under daylight during any kind of weather, gaining approximately 0.2 miles for every hour of exposure the 6W solar panel receives.

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