KATERVA helps clients find innovative solutions to complex social, environmental and business challenges.

Additionally, we help innovators on our platform find the support they need to grow.

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Who we have recognised as potential game changers


Our quest to find disruptive solutions to solve a specific need.


2021 Katerva Awards - Winners

We are proud to announce the results of the 2021 Katerva Awards. Having been referred to as “the Nobel Prize of Sustainability,” the awards feature ideas that leap efficiency, lifestyle, and create action that is a generation ahead of current thinking.

This is the eleventh year of the Awards and over the course of the year Katerva has received and processed thousands of nominations across five categories:  cities & mobility; education & human development; energy & environment; food & water; and health & wellbeing.

We are proud to announce Nature's Fynd as the overall winner of the Katerva Award 2021. Congratulations!


We thank everyone who voted and participated in this year’s award. There were so many incredible companies that are innovating to make our future more sustainable.

Some of the world’s leading scientists and experts in sustainability, business, policy and investment have followed a rigorous evaluation and the finalists in each of the five categories, including the overall winner, are:




Affectiva (Smart Eye)




Natures Fynd



Congratulations to all!

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When we Started and Why

Katerva launched in 2009 to drive innovation by connecting innovators, corporations and investors worldwide.

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What's in A Name

The name Katerva (Ca-tair-vah) comes from the Latin word caterva — meaning “crowd.” It is the global community that makes it possible for us to accomplish our mission.

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Katerva Awards

The primary mechanism Katerva uses to affect its aims is its awards program — arguably the most comprehensive of its kind anywhere in the world. Quoting Reuters, “If the Nobel Society had an award for sustainable innovations, it would resemble the Katerva Awards, an international prize for the most promising ideas and efforts to advance the planet towards sustainability.”

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We drive innovation by connecting the brightest minds

At the heart of Katerva is a carefully curated global network of the movers and shapers of the next economy. It includes entrepreneurs and innovators, academics and researchers, business and thought leaders, policymakers, NGOs and investors.

These relationships across continents and industries are strategically placed close to where innovation is happening thereby giving Katerva wide and early access to the most disruptive innovations of our time. Together with our partners and clients, we are creating a unique ecosystem designed to develop and implement the technologies of tomorrow.

Put simply, we help find unicorns before they become them.

We’ll admit – this wasn’t our primary goal when we started out. Our goal was to find the most disruptive innovations that can transport society and the planet for the better. But it turns out that these are also very often the companies that grow rapidly because their ideas are so transformative.

We recognize these disruptive innovations by way of our annual awards program. Over the past ten years, 32% of our 'for profit' winners have gone on to become unicorns.


The Katerva Awards Sectors

For the past decade, we’ve been helping to accelerate ideas that leap efficiency, lifestyle, and create an action that is a generation ahead of current thinking.

To get a sense of some of the amazing things we have come across over the years – many of which have gone to become billion-dollar enterprises – please see below.

Food and Water
Food and Water

A society in which everyone is provided with clean water and safe, nourishing food. This includes projects changing what we eat, how we eat, and how we get our food.

Food and Water
Cities and Mobility
Cities and Mobility

A society in which everyone can live and move freely, safely and pollution-free. This includes buildings, landscapes, materials, and programs that make cities—and living in them—cleaner, more efficient, more beautiful, and more equitable for their citizens. It also covers innovations and efforts leading to safe and accessible, low- or zero-carbon transportation forms and efforts to improve current methods of mass transportation of materials.

Cities and Mobility
Energy and Environment
Energy and Environment

A society in which everyone can enjoy clean and sustainable resources and energy. This category includes solar, wind, and any other innovative ideas to create clean power (either for personal use or at a large scale) or new systems for better electricity capture, storage or distribution. It also covers technologies and programs to protect and regenerate forests, oceans, our atmosphere, and other limited environments as well as initiatives to create sustainable land use processes.

Energy and Environment
Health and Wellbeing
Health and Wellbeing

A society in which everyone can enjoy a long and healthy life. This includes products and technologies that improve either personal or global well-being and longevity, from apps to devices, to new medical equipment and treatments.

Health and Wellbeing
Human and Economic Development
Human and Economic Development

A society in which everyone is able and willing to contribute to society. This category covers all initiatives related to maintaining and improving the quality of life for all people regardless of race, color or creed.

Human and Economic Development
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    Welcome! We’re keen to learn more about your innovation and the impact it can have. We’re equally keen to introduce your innovation to a global network of corporations, one or more of whom might be looking for exactly what it is you have to offer. A world of opportunity awaits. With that in mind, let’s get started.

    To get onto our platform, please answer each of the following questions. Assuming you have most, if not all of the information at hand, this process shouldn’t take you more than 15-20 minutes.

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    a. URL: Please provide a direct link to the innovation / product page (avoid links to press or blogs).
    What is the problem or opportunity that your innovation is designed to address? Please be as specific as possible.
    a. How big is the problem or opportunity – how many people does it affect?
    b. What’s the market potential for your solution? In answering this, please explain how you calculated market potential. Please include estimates from external sources whenever possible (i.e., size of the target market / forecasted growth rate / your current and forecasted market share).
    What is unique about your innovation / product?
    a. What gives your solution a competitive advantage? Please note that an effective answer typically involves intellectual property barriers and / or an ability to reach the target market more efficiently than the competition is able to.
    b. How sustainable is your competitive advantage? In answering this, please provide third-party validation when possible.
    c. Does your company have proprietary intellectual property in the form of patent, trademarks, copyrights, etc.? What do you own? What can you protect?
    Why is now the most opportune time to invest in, partner with or buy your innovation / product?
    a. Most people tend to think of ‘the competition’ when people ask them about risks facing their business opportunity. However, competition is only one risk. Other risks include changes or shifts in technology, governmental and regulatory policies, labor market conditions, business climate changes, etc.
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    Welcome! Through various levels of partnership, we provide investment partners with exposure to our ecosystem and access to qualified and strategically aligned early-and-growth stage startups.

    To learn more about our partnership levels and on how to gain access to bespoke dealflow please contact us.

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