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Network Spotlight: Wendy Snowdon, World Health Organization

Wendy Snowdon works in the World Health Organization’s Division of Pacific Technical Support. Her work involves designing, implementing, and measuring ...
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LAUNCH Food December Updates

Above: Innovator Joanna Kane-Potaka at the LAUNCH Food Forum. The LAUNCH Food accelerator period has proven to be a busy ...
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Seeding Magic Within The LAUNCH Food Cohort

LAUNCH Food has seen an unprecedented number of collaborations between innovators in this cohort. Here are just a few of ...
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/ Design and Manufacturing, Events
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Five Insights From LAUNCH Circular 2017

LAUNCH Forums have been described as “brain feasts” — opportunities for innovators and industry leaders to work together, finding ways ...
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Innovator Spotlight: How Robert Oliver Aims To Inspire A Pacific Islands Food Revolution

Above: Robert Oliver at the LAUNCH Food Forum. The food of the Pacific Islands has always been close to Chef ...
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Innovator Spotlight: Telenor Mobile Agriculture Redoubles Focus On Female Farmers

Above: Habib Saqib presents at the LAUNCH Food Forum. Many LAUNCH innovators find and realize new dimensions of their work ...
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/ Design and Manufacturing, Events
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Eight Innovators With The Potential To Disrupt The Mobile, Textile And Furniture Industry

Pictured above: Elena Dieckmann and Ryan Robinson, co-founders of AEROPOWDER IMAGINE A WORLD WHERE YOU RATHER THAN OWNING ALL OF ...
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Network Spotlight: Kush Varshney and Aleksandra Mojsilović, IBM

Kush Varshney and Aleksandra Mojsilović at IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY where they lead research ...
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/ Design and Manufacturing
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Meet 8 New LAUNCH Innovators Transforming Design And Manufacturing

Pictured above: Katrine Hesseldahl and Victor Strimfors, founders of StrataLayer. The LAUNCH Innovation Challenge 2017: Design and Manufacturing for a ...
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LAUNCH Food September Updates

As we round out our LAUNCH Food Accelerator, our innovators are busier than ever. Read on to see what they’re ...
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Network Spotlight: Jackie Saumweber

Jackie Saumweber has served as a LAUNCH Food Council Member since March 2017. Most recently, she worked as a senior ...
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How are you #InnovatingNow? Tell us during Global Innovation Week 2017.

On September 28, 2017 in Washington, DC, in coordination with Global Innovation Week 2017 (September 28 - 29), LAUNCH will ...
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/ Fabric
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Fabrics Innovator Ecovative Launches Grow-It-Yourself Lamp Kickstarter

By Matt Scott On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, LAUNCH Fabrics innovator Ecovative, in partnership with Danielle Trofe Design, kicked off ...
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/ Events, Food, Legends
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With DFAT Investment, LAUNCH Food Innovators Are Ready To Soar

Leaders from across the Pacific, including Julie Bishop, Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs, have come together in the city of ...
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/ Design and Manufacturing, Nordic
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The LAUNCH Family And Our Innovators: What Are The Benefits?

At LAUNCH we are currently reaching out to communities, companies, academia, networks/hubs, incubator, accelerators, embassies and municipalities all around the ...
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/ Food
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Four new food products that are disrupting traditional supply chains

By LAUNCH Editorial Team With our planet’s growing population, rapidly decreasing land availability and increasingly unpredictable climate, we need to ...
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How technology is making us more efficient at growing food

By LAUNCH Editorial Team Growing food is about much more than putting a meal on a plate. Producing high quality ...
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Join The Design Revolution To Enable A Circular Economy

PRESS RELEASE Imagine a world where every product was a service. A future of zero ownership. A future where all ...
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How consumer empowerment leads to corporate and legislative change

By LAUNCH Editorial Team Knowledge is power, so the saying goes. But real change is effected when that knowledge is ...
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Innovators, Industry pioneers and LAUNCH team at the Circular Innovation Summit at Nike headquarters in Portland on March 3, 2017.

LAUNCH Circular Innovation Pop-up Series

by Davar Ardalan Dynamic conversations that explore game-changing systems shifts towards a circular economy On March 2-3, the LAUNCH Circular ...
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/ Events, Food
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Engaging VR/AR Pioneers on the Future of Food

LAUNCH Legends roundtable included VR pioneers in the Bay Area, DFAT’s innovationXchange, co-President of the VR/AR Association in San Francisco, ...
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/ Events, Food
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Launching Nutrition Solutions at the LAUNCH Food Forum

We’re reporting this week from the LAUNCH Food Forum in San Francisco. We’re here with our Innovators and the LAUNCH ...
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How innovation is solving the food waste crisis

By LAUNCH Editorial Team Each mouthful of food we eat has its own story. Just think about your last meal ...
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How culinary storytelling is set to spark a Pacific Islands food revolution

By LAUNCH Editorial Team Chef Robert Oliver has been investigating ways to put food at the heart of discussions to ...
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LAUNCH Circular Innovation Summit brings together global brands

By Davar Ardalan Constraints on the planet are driving demand for resource-efficient and closed-loop products, services, and corporate models. But ...
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Building a Brighter Food Future with the LAUNCH Food Innovators

Between September and December of 2016, nearly 300 innovators submitted proposals to the LAUNCH Food challenge. The applicant pool spanned ...
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Disrupting the Future of Chemistry

The results are in! The LAUNCH 2016 Chemistry Innovation Challenge has ended and five winning innovations will help accelerate a ...
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Happy 2017 from LAUNCH!

From all of us at LAUNCH, happy 2017! We couldn’t have done it without your support! Together we launched three ...
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/ Food
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LAUNCH Food: 280 Innovations For A Healthier World

How can we improve health outcomes by enabling people across the world to make healthy food choices? In September, the ...
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Six Innovators Disrupt How We Reuse, Recover and Recycle Waste

Imagine a world where bacteria helped recycle plastic. Or a world where designers could access fabrics that would otherwise end ...
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The LAUNCH Food Countdown Begins

Could your innovation help disrupt the way we do food? Learn how to develop and submit your idea here. As ...
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LAUNCH Legends: A Global Call for Immersive Storytelling

LAUNCH Food is thrilled to request global proposals following our recent VR/AR Reality Hack in Canberra, AU. The Hack created ...
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Cooking For Impact With Robert Oliver: A World Food Day Q&A

By Kendra Yoshinaga Since 19 September 2016, we’ve been asking people to contribute to our Global Food Diary: a crowdsourced ...
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/ Closing the Loop, Nordic, Press Releases
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Meet this year’s six LAUNCH Nordic Innovators!

By Sissel Mai Ødegaard The LAUNCH Nordic Innovation Challenge 2016: Closing the Loop received 120 submissions from innovators based in ...
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LAUNCH Chemistry and Predictive Design: It’s time to focus on data.

By Keira Havens Recently, Rafa Gomez Bombarelli, a post-doctoral researcher at Harvard University’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, joined ...
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LAUNCH Magazine

We live in a world that revolves around its countless moving parts. It is ripe with creative ideas, unique perspectives ...
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#LAUNCHFood: Malnutrition By The Numbers

With our newest cycle, LAUNCH is taking on a challenge we’ve never tackled before: food. Why food? Let’s walk through ...
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Picturing Global Health With LAUNCH Food

By Kendra Yoshinaga Update September 19, 2016 at 1 p.m. Pacific Standard Time: The Global Food Diary response has been ...
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#LAUNCHChemistry: How the World is Made & Making it Better

By Keira Havens Have you ever been curious about where the things you use come from? You’re in good company: ...
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#LAUNCHChemistry Kicks Off in Philadelphia

By Matt Scott The expo hall at the Pennsylvania Convention Center this past Monday was a maze of giant platforms ...
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LAUNCH Takes ‘Virtual’ To The Next Level

By Kendra Yoshinaga As a virtual team, LAUNCH is able to work all over the world at the same time ...
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Join #LAUNCHChemistry: Smarter Chemistry for a Greener Future

By Matt Scott LAUNCH is looking to transform the system of chemistry. Beginning today and through October 31, the 2016 ...
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Kiverdi is Turning Carbon Dioxide into Food for the World

By Eleanor Greene Kiverdi has created a bioprocess which recycles carbon dioxide into high-value oils, raw renewable materials, and proteins, ...
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From Surfboards to Luxury Cars, Connora Technologies is Solving Problems Through Green Chemistry

By Eleanor Greene In 2014, Rey Banatao brought Connora Technologies’ first thermoset polymers, called Recyclamines, to LAUNCH’s Green Chemistry cycle ...
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/ Green Chemistry
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BioAmber: Making Bio-Based Plastics the New Normal

by Eleanor Greene When BioAmber came to LAUNCH for 2014’s Chemistry cycle, this sustainable chemicals company was looking for major ...
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/ Closing the Loop, Nordic
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Closing the Loop – how do we create a more sustainable society?

Imagine a world where instead of owning everything you leased it. We know it sounds a bit crazy. But what ...
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/ Beyond Waste
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SEaB Energy Can Turn Waste to Electricity in Your Backyard

by Eleanor Greene In 2012 Sandra Sassow participated in LAUNCH’s Beyond Waste cycle on behalf of her company, SEaB Energy ...
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This Professor’s Innovation Brings Biomedical Testing to Your Mobile Phone

by Eleanor Greene Back in 2010, Dr. Aydogan Ozcan’s innovation, LUCAS by Holomic LLC, was chosen by LAUNCH advisors as ...
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HYDRA PLATFORM: Data driven solutions for a complex world

by Eleanor Greene Six years ago, Julien Harou, innovator and professor at The University of Manchester (UK), participated in LAUNCH’s ...
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/ Beyond Waste, Energy, Fabric, Health, Water
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Where Are They Now? LAUNCH Innovators are changing the world for good.

As the LAUNCH team gears up for the start of our 2016 cycles, we thought we would take a look ...
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LAUNCH Nordic 2016 – Closing the Loop

Everybody is talking about the potentials in the Circular Economy. But how do we create closed loop systems and material ...
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/ Fabric, Green Chemistry
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Innovators from Two Cycles Team Up to Make Surfing Sustainable

by Eleanor Greene What happens when two innovators collaborate? They can make history. That’s what Ecovative, from System Challenge: Fabric ...
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Rupesh Shah Joins LAUNCH as Executive Director

Dear LAUNCH Community, I am honored to be taking the reins at LAUNCH as Executive Director! Having spent the last ...
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/ Materials, Nordic
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10 INNOVATIONS THAT COULD CREATE A BETTER WORLD OF MATERIALS

IKEA GROUP, NIKE INC., NASA, NOVOZYMES, KVADRAT, LEADING SCIENTISTS, INVESTORS, NORDIC AND U.S. GOV. REPRESENTATIVES WILL TEAM UP IN MALMÖ ...
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LAUNCH Program Recognized for Supporting Small Business Innovation

This year the LAUNCH program and 23 small businesses, six individuals and two supporting programs are being recognized with a ...
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/ Green Chemistry
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Connora Technologies Wins Best in Show at California Technology Council’s First Pitch: Renewables

Congratulations to Connora Technlogies for winning Best in Show at the the California Tehnology Council's First Pitch: Renewables event. The ...
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/ Green Chemistry
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LAUNCH partners with Infocast on its Sustainable Chemicals & Plastics Adoption & Applications Summit

North America is projected to emerge as the global leader of the rapidly growing bio-based & sustainable chemicals and plastics ...
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/ Beyond Waste
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SEaB Energy’s smart city technology to be piloted in Canary Wharf, London

"SEaB Energy, a leading smart city innovator, has been selected to pilot their containerised, waste-to-energy technology at Canary Wharf after ...
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/ Green Chemistry
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Bayer MaterialScience Chooses BioAmber as a Supplier of Bio-succinic Acid for Production of PURs

"BioAmber Inc. has been chosen by Bayer MaterialScience as the supplier of bio-succinic acid used to produce a new range ...
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Cross Sector Collaboration Aims to Revolutionize Sustainable Materials

NASA, IKEA Group, Novozymes, Nike Inc., Kvadrat, Nordic Government Institutions, leading scientists, designers and materials innovators join the LAUNCH Nordic ...
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/ Green Chemistry
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LAUNCH Initiative Supports Breakthrough Innovations to Advance Green Chemistry

LAUNCH founders NASA, NIKE, Inc., the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State will host ...
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/ Beyond Waste, Fabric
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Forbes 30 Under 30 List Recognizes LAUNCH Alumni

Forbes has announced their 30 Under 30 list which features a pair of LAUNCH innovators from past challenges. Eben Bayer, ...
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USAID is incubating start-ups to tackle poverty problems

USAID is incubating start-ups to tackle poverty problems ...
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LAUNCH NORDIC SELECTS INNOVATORS TO HELP REVOLUTIONIZE MATERIALS AND MANUFACTURING

IKEA Group, NOVOZYMES, KVADRAT, LEADING SCIENTISTS, INVESTORS AND NORDIC GOV. REPRESENTATIVES WILL TEAM UP IN MALMØ TO SUPPORT NINE LAUNCH ...
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/ Fabric
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LAUNCH Systems Alumni Ecovative Works With Danielle Trofe Design to Create Mushroom Table Lamp

Wired.com features LAUNCH Alumni Ecovative in this article titled "This Lamp Is Grown From Mushrooms". Ecovative worked with Brooklyn-based studio ...
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The U.S. Department of State Releases Their “State of Global Partnerships Report” LAUNCH is Featured on Pages 22-23

The U.S. Department of State has released their "State of Global Partnerships Report". LAUNCH is featured on Pages 22-23. Check ...
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Nike named as one of the world’s most innovative companies, for setting a sustainability example.

Nike was named by Fast Company as one of the World's Most Innovative Companies ...
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10 Sustainable Business Stories Too Important to Miss

Andrew Winston at the Harvard Business Review has written a great top ten list meant "...to summarize some of the ...
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/ Fabric
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LAUNCH surfaces 10 innovations that could change the world

The Guardian describes why "wasted milk may one day be converted to a silk-like fiber replacement for cotton, thanks to ...
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/ Water
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Philippines wants Chapel Hill startup’s help with typhoon relief efforts

"Aquagenx, a UNC-spinoff that provides microbial water testing products, is deploying its "compartment bag test" at the request of the ...
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/ Fabric
LAUNCH: Systems Innovator Ecovative Wins Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

LAUNCH: Systems Innovator Ecovative Wins Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

We are proud to share that Ecovative, a LAUNCH: Systems innovator, has won the Buckminster Fuller Challenge this year. "Each ...
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/ Fabric
4 Lessons From Space Missions for Launching Your Startup

4 Lessons From Space Missions for Launching Your Startup

"The careful orchestration required for a space mission, from pre-launch through final landing, is similar to a startup’s process of ...
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/ Fabric
10 Innovations Poised to Change Sustainable Industries

10 Innovations Poised to Change Sustainable Industries

Mashable discusses this year's LAUNCH Systems Challenge innovations and asks, "Do you think these innovations might actually change the world?" ...
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Watch the live video and join the conversation!

Join us from 9am-12:30pm PDT on September 27 and 28 for the LAUNCH: Systems Challenge 2013 Forum. We'll be livestreaming ...
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LAUNCH Valuation Report

The LAUNCH Valuation Report aims to capture the impact of LAUNCH as a social entrepreneurship enterprise beyond conventional return on ...
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Congratulations to the 2013 Top 10 LAUNCH Systems Challenge Innovators

Congratulations to the 2013 Top 10 LAUNCH Systems Challenge Innovators

Congratulations to the 2013 Top 10 LAUNCH Systems Challenge Innovators Ambercycle Recycling Artificial Honey Bee Silks by CSIRO BARKTEX by ...
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/ Energy
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Promethean Power Continues to Make Progress

As you may recall from our last update, 6 months ago we had just closed our Joint Venture with India's ...
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/ Fabric
Tell Us What You Think!

Tell Us What You Think!

There is a vibrant LAUNCH innovations conversation happening throughout Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, and Flickr. Let us know what you ...
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Vote on LAUNCH Innovations

Public Voting for the Systems Challenge is ON!

With an enthusiastic tweet of, "Public. Voting. Now. Please share, we need you. http://vote.launch.org " we have turned on public ...
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/ Fabric
Designer Eric Benson Describes the LAUNCH 2020 Summit

Designer Eric Benson Describes the LAUNCH 2020 Summit

"LAUNCH 2020 hoped to harness the collective wisdom of the experts in the room to encourage innovation, collaboration, and transparency ...
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/ Health

Bioneedle Posts Video “Vaccination Technology of the 21st Century”

Bioneedle, an innovator chosen during our LAUNCH: Health Challenge has released this lnformative and lighthearted video about how they are ...
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/ Energy
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HALO Fuel Cell: A Charger For Your Outdoor Needs

"Get lost in the woods, but don’t lose your charge! The HALO powers devices for the outdoor enthusiast and emergency ...
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/ Beyond Waste
LAUNCH Alumni SEaB Energy Wins Resource Revolution Award

LAUNCH Alumni SEaB Energy Wins Resource Revolution Award

SEaB Energy, a LAUNCH: Beyond Waste alumni won this year's Resource Revolution Award with their micro-anaerobic digestion system that can ...
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/ Energy
This Device Turns A Charcoal Stove Into A Cell Phone Charger

This Device Turns A Charcoal Stove Into A Cell Phone Charger

Popular Science has posted an article featuring LAUNCH: Energy alumni Point Source Power. Enthusiastically, PopSci explains that, "VOTO is a ...
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LAUNCH named one of ‘Top 25 Innovations in Government’ by Harvard’s Ash Center

LAUNCH named one of ‘Top 25 Innovations in Government’ by Harvard’s Ash Center

The LAUNCH team is proud to have been chosen as a leading example of innovation in the US federal goverment ...
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The LAUNCH Approach: Fostering "A Collective Genius for a Better World"

The LAUNCH Approach: Fostering “A Collective Genius for a Better World”

by Liz Muller I was recently invited to participate in a special LAUNCH event, which was held at Nike's headquarters ...
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/ Fabric
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Nike, NASA, U.S. State Department and USAID seek innovations to revolutionize sustainable materials

Nike hosts LAUNCH 2020 Summit to collaborate across the system of materials ...
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/ Fabric
LAUNCH Seeks Innovations That Will Transform the System of Fabrics

LAUNCH Seeks Innovations That Will Transform the System of Fabrics

We are interested in innovations with potential to scale in 2 years, as well as game-changing early stage technologies and ...
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/ Energy
LAUNCH Energy Alumni SEaB Energy Featured on Fuel Greener

LAUNCH Energy Alumni SEaB Energy Featured on Fuel Greener

Running under the headline of "SEaB Energy – allowing your business to convert its waste into energy. For free." is ...
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/ Health
Asthmapolis Raises $5 Million in Series A Funding

Asthmapolis Raises $5 Million in Series A Funding

“Asthma alone is a $50 billion problem in the United States. We look forward to accelerating our commercial efforts to ...
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/ Energy
Gram Power Talks About the Power of LAUNCH

Gram Power Talks About the Power of LAUNCH

Yashraj Khaitan of Gram Power presented an integrated microgrid technology at LAUNCH: Energy on November 12, 2011. After receiving an ...
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Words of Wisdom from the Big Think

The core team met with a variety of sustainability experts on March 1st, 2012. The all-day round table discussion, we ...
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LAUNCH: We know WHY. Do you?

LAUNCH: We know WHY. Do you?

Last week, we held our West Coast LAUNCHpad Salon with the LAUNCH team to talk lessons learned from two successful ...
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/ Health
Breath of Opportunity for Innovative Asthma Management

Breath of Opportunity for Innovative Asthma Management

Asthmapolis was one of the companies selected to participate in the LAUNCH Health program which began last fall with the ...
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/ Beyond Waste
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LAUNCH Heads West

Beth, Diane and Victor, members of The LAUNCH Team, visited the Jet Propulsion Laboratory last week (January) as part of ...
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/ Energy
LAUNCH - Powering Innovation & Success Through Energetic Support

LAUNCH – Powering Innovation & Success Through Energetic Support

Hydrovolts was recently featured at LAUNCH: Energy at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida as one of ten transformative innovations ...
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/ Energy, Events
Launching Towards An Energized Future

Launching Towards An Energized Future

This is our future. Instant non-battery charges. Heat generated pumping. Charging mobile phones and LED lights with a cookstove. Collective ...
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/ Energy
Recipe for the Future

Recipe for the Future

Start with the partnership of four forward-thinking organizations. Add in ten teams of innovators with clear visions and unwavering passion ...
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Why talking about (and practicing) “innovation” really does matter

Why talking about (and practicing) “innovation” really does matter

As someone immersed in the day-to-day work of attempting to drive a large organization’s approach to innovation, I have sometimes ...
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Turbococina in the News

We recently received an update from Turbococina founder René Nuñez Suarez. After attending the LAUNCH Energy Forum René has received ...
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LAUNCH team has been named to FierceGovernment’s “Fierce 15”

LAUNCH team has been named to FierceGovernment’s “Fierce 15”

The "Fierce 15" champions innovation and creativity. The 2012 Fierce 15 winners are: Richard Boly, Director, office of eDiplomacy, State ...
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/ Beyond Waste
Goonj gets WEF award for social entrepreneurship

Goonj gets WEF award for social entrepreneurship

Goonj, a voluntary organisation working with poor communities and helping preserve the environment by recycling cloth and other waste material ...
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/ Health
30 Innovations That Will Change The World: LUCAS

30 Innovations That Will Change The World: LUCAS

LAUNCH innovator LUCAS is rated #7 in 30 Innovations That Will Change The World ...
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/ Health
Asthmapolis Receives FDA Clearance for Asthma Inhaler Sensor Technology and Accompanying Software System

Asthmapolis Receives FDA Clearance for Asthma Inhaler Sensor Technology and Accompanying Software System

Asthmapolis announced today that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance to market its asthma sensor ...
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India’s The Economic Times Highlights Gram Power

Gram Power: Yashraj Khaitan's 'smart microgrid' produces, stores renewable energy on location ...
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/ Water
The Unknown Inventor Whose Work Is Saving The Developing World

The Unknown Inventor Whose Work Is Saving The Developing World

Ashok Gadgil is a professor at UC Berkeley. But in his spare time, he’s come up with solutions for water, ...
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/ Beyond Waste
White House Blog Post - LAUNCHing Ideas for a Waste-less Tomorrow

White House Blog Post – LAUNCHing Ideas for a Waste-less Tomorrow

by Ron Garan As a participant of the first LAUNCH forum, LAUNCH: Water, and someone who recently returned from six ...
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/ Energy
ITN Energy Systems to Present at ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

ITN Energy Systems to Present at ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

ITN Energy Systems, Inc. to Demonstrate Flexible Electrochromics at ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit Technology Showcase ...
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/ Energy
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Hydrovolts Finds Current Energy Where It Wasn’t Possible Before

A plan to capture micro-hydropower bubbling up out of wastewater treatment plants ...
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/ Energy
Solanterns Secures Energy and Environment Partnership Funding

Solanterns Secures Energy and Environment Partnership Funding

We are proud to announce, that the Solanterns Initiative, run by Renewable Energy Ventures (K) Ltd., signed an agreement with ...
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/ Energy
Partnering to LAUNCH Innovative Energy Technologies

Partnering to LAUNCH Innovative Energy Technologies

From November 11-13, the U.S. Department of State is partnering with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), NASA, and ...
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/ Energy, Events
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LAUNCH:Energy Super-Charged!

Sparks fly when innovative thinkers join together to address critical issues — like solving the world’s sustainability problems. ...
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/ Energy, Events
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LAUNCH of New Ideas To Generate, Store, and Distribute Energy

Rebecca Taylor serves as Senior Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to ...
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/ Energy, Events
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LAUNCH: Energy Forum—Fueling Ideas, Propelling Innovation

During the second day of the LAUNCH: Energy Forum, the mood was a bit lighter, as the group had bonded ...
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/ Energy, Events
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LAUNCH: Energy Forum—An Update From Mission Control

During the first day of the LAUNCH: Energy Forum, innovators from around the world gathered in one of NASA's Mission ...
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/ Energy, Press Releases
U.S. Department of State Partners to Host LAUNCH: Energy Forum

U.S. Department of State Partners to Host LAUNCH: Energy Forum

The U.S. Department of State is partnering with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), NASA, and NIKE, Inc. to ...
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/ Energy, Press Releases
USAID Addresses Global Energy Issues Through LAUNCH Challenge

USAID Addresses Global Energy Issues Through LAUNCH Challenge

WASHINGTON D.C. – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), NASA, the U.S. Department of State, and NIKE, Inc. have ...
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/ Energy
U.S. Department of State Profiles LAUNCH: Energy Challenge

U.S. Department of State Profiles LAUNCH: Energy Challenge

Partnering To Address Global Energy Issues Through the LAUNCH Energy Challenge by Jim Thompson, Deputy Special Representative for Global Partnerships ...
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/ Health
LAUNCH Innovation Wins $300,000 Vodaphone Americas Foundation Wireless Project Prize

LAUNCH Innovation Wins $300,000 Vodaphone Americas Foundation Wireless Project Prize

NETRA is an inexpensive mobile visual testing tool, which is a clip-on eyepiece for mobile phones that can instantly screen ...
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/ Health
BBC News:Health Profiles mChip LAUNCH Innovation

BBC News:Health Profiles mChip LAUNCH Innovation

Tiny blood card offers easier tests for remote areas A cheap and portable blood test could provide a breakthrough for ...
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/ Health
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Washington Post Profiles mChip LAUNCH: Health Innovation

Rapid, cheap HIV test finds success as first of its kind tested in the field The first field trial for ...
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/ Energy
USAID: "Calling All Energy Innovators!"

USAID: “Calling All Energy Innovators!”

USAID and its partners in the LAUNCH program (NASA, the State Department, and NIKE, Inc.) have issued our LAUNCH: Energy ...
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U.S. Department of State partners with LAUNCH

U.S. Department of State partners with LAUNCH

Secretary's Office for the Global Partnership Initiative partners with NASA on LAUNCH: WATER ...
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/ Health
The Atlantic Profiles LAUNCH: Health Innovator, NETRA

The Atlantic Profiles LAUNCH: Health Innovator, NETRA

9 MIT Media Lab Ideas That Are Changing Lives (or Will Soon) We may not know what the future holds, ...
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/ Water
LAUNCH:Water Finalist Registers World's First U.N. Clean Water Carbon Credit Program

LAUNCH:Water Finalist Registers World’s First U.N. Clean Water Carbon Credit Program

(Kigali, Rwanda 20 June 2011) Manna Energy Limited, an international leader in combining carbon finance markets with developing communities, today ...
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Diane Powell Speaks on Federal News Radio

Diane Powell Speaks on Federal News Radio

NASA's LAUNCH aims for innovation Biodegradable needles that dissolve inside the body are just one of the innovative technologies NASA's ...
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Diane Powell Channel 8 News Interview

Diane Powell Channel 8 News Interview

NASA's shuttle program may be over, but that doesn't mean the space agency has stopped in its tracks. NASA has ...
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LAUNCH Team Named as Federal Service Award Medal Finalists

2011 Finalist—Science and Environment Medal Diane Powell and the LAUNCH Team Position: Team lead, LAUNCH, Office of the Chief Technologist ...
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LAUNCH: Health Innovation Technology Profiled by BBC News

A cheap holographic microscope capable of detecting E. coli and other bacteria has been developed by researchers in the US ...
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/ Water
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Heavenly Answers for Earthly Problems

I’m SO excited to share details about NASA’s newest, coolest, never-been-done-before sustainability initiative, LAUNCH:Water. ...
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/ Press Releases
NASA And USAID To Sign Agreement To Tackle Worldwide Problems

NASA And USAID To Sign Agreement To Tackle Worldwide Problems

WASHINGTON -- Reporters are invited to the signing of a formal agreement between NASA and the U.S. Agency for International ...
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NASA and USAID Pledge to Advance International Development with Science and Technology

NASA and USAID Pledge to Advance International Development with Science and Technology

WASHINGTON, D.C. – NASA and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have agreed to expand their joint efforts to ...
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/ Events, Water
Starting With Water, NASA’s LAUNCH Points Directly Toward Earth

Starting With Water, NASA’s LAUNCH Points Directly Toward Earth

When confronted with a challenge, it’s often helpful to achieve some distance from the problem. By taking a few steps ...
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/ Water
Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water to Berkeley Lab’s Ashok Gadgil

Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water to Berkeley Lab’s Ashok Gadgil

A team led by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab)’s Ashok Gadgil is the recipient of the 5th Prince Sultan ...
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/ Beyond Waste
Bridging the Clothing Divide

Bridging the Clothing Divide

Goonj featured in a David Bornstein article in the New York Times... "Goonj is bringing efficiency and integrity to work ...
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/ Beyond Waste
Launch: Beyond Waste, July 20-22 2012 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

LAUNCH Forum Connects Resource Challenges On Earth and In Space

LAUNCH: Beyond Waste Forum July 20-22, 2012, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Twitter: @Launchorg | #BeyondWaste › Watch Live and Join ...
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/ Beyond Waste
UK Waste Tech Selected by NASA Backed Sustainability Initiative

UK Waste Tech Selected by NASA Backed Sustainability Initiative

MuckBuster technology developed by Southampton, UK based biowaste to energy specialist, SEaB Energy has been selected as one of nine ...
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/ Beyond Waste, Events
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LAUNCH Borg: Collective Genius

From Beth Beck's Blog: We are the LAUNCH Borg, the Collective Genius for a Better World. ...
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/ Beyond Waste
NASA seeks innovations for space waste

NASA seeks innovations for space waste

NASA is turning to innovators for ways to re-purpose waste in space. The space agency is partnering with the State ...
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/ Beyond Waste, Press Releases
Press Release: NASA JPL Hosts Launch: Beyond Waste Forum

Press Release: NASA JPL Hosts Launch: Beyond Waste Forum

PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA and partners from the LAUNCH: Beyond Waste forum will discuss innovative ideas for waste management during ...
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Press Release: USAID AND PARTNERS NASA, NIKE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE ANNOUNCE LAUNCH: BEYOND WASTE INNOVATORS

Press Release: USAID AND PARTNERS NASA, NIKE, DEPARTMENT OF STATE ANNOUNCE LAUNCH: BEYOND WASTE INNOVATORS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and fellow founding partners NASA, the U.S. Department of State, ...
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/ Beyond Waste
The Road to the LAUNCH: Beyond Waste Forum

The Road to the LAUNCH: Beyond Waste Forum

LAUNCH, a public-private partnership, facilitates the discovery of transformative technologies to create a sustainable future. Innovators trying to solve world ...
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/ Energy, Press Releases
Press Release: USAID and Partners Announce Launch: Energy Innovators

Press Release: USAID and Partners Announce Launch: Energy Innovators

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) along with fellow founding partners NASA, the U.S. Department of ...
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/ Beyond Waste
The Next Industrial Revolution Starts in this 20-foot Shipping Container

The Next Industrial Revolution Starts in this 20-foot Shipping Container

The guys at Re-Char, a small startup that makes carbon-negative products, were faced with a problem. They wanted to ship ...
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/ Beyond Waste
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Sanergy Discusses the Business of Waste

LAUNCH Innovator Sanergy is featured in USAID's Frontines publication. Sanergy hosts a marketing event in a Kenyan community to generate ...
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/ Health
OPKO Health Awarded NASA Contract

OPKO Health Awarded NASA Contract

News from LAUNCH: Health Innovator Samuel Sia: OPKO Health, Inc. (OPK) has been awarded a contract and selected to participate ...
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/ Energy
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A ‘Micro’ Solution to India’s Major Energy Woes

Gram Power's Yashraj Khaitan and Jacob Dickinson featured in USAID's Frontlines publication. Yashraj Khaitan (left) and Jacob Dickinson, both founders ...
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Promethean Power’s CEO, Sorin Grama, meets Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Credit: US Embassy in India

Applause for Promethean

Got milk? I know some people who do. Promethean Power Systems is revolutionizing the Indian dairy market with their commercial ...
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/ Water
Fast Company Showcases LAUNCH: Water Innovators on World Water Day

Fast Company Showcases LAUNCH: Water Innovators on World Water Day

In the developing world, a billion people go without clean water. Across the developed world, storms and failing infrastructure threaten ...
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/ Energy
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In rural Rajasthan, Gram Power’s solar-powered microgrid kept the lights working and the buttermilk churning

Indian blackout held no fear for small hamlet where the power stayed on. At the end of July, India experienced ...
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/ Energy
Promethean Power Recognized as an Industry-Changing Technology Pioneer

Promethean Power Recognized as an Industry-Changing Technology Pioneer

World Economic Forum recognizes 23 pioneering tech companies for innovation and leadership in IT/new media, energy/environment and life sciences/health ...
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