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.

Our Story

Our background and how we started.

Who We Are

Our extensive team of people behind this organisation.

Awards

Who we have recognised as potential game changers

Sprints

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

WHAT WE DO

We drive innovation by connecting the brightest minds

We want to build a smart future. To achieve that, we’re building a unique ecosystem that connects change-makers to investors and/or leading organizations.

 

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.

When we Started and Why

Katerva launched in 2011 to drive innovation by connecting innovators, corporations and investors worldwide.

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.

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.”

Innovation Sprints

Katerva also leverages its global network to find and scale creative solutions to complex social, economic and environmental challenges. Put simply, we help the global crowd, be they experts or laypeople, old or young, to create the breakthroughs that pull the future forward.

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THE KATERVA AWARDS

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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INNOVATION SPRINTS

A competition platform that puts many minds to work solving tough problems.

Government

More effective and efficient results than RFPs to meet your mandates.

Corporate

Your hub for innovation and crowdsourcing solutions to business challenges.

Non-Profit

Activate your cause and build a community of solvers to advance your mission.

What is an Innovation Sprint?

A Katerva Innovation Sprint is a highly structured and intense quest to seek and scale a disruptive solution to a specific social, environmental or business challenge.

What Does the Process Look Like?

Phase 1: Problem Definition through Solution Delivered

Phase 1 begins by working with the client and its partners to define the problem that they’re seeking to address. Once the problem is defined, the focus then shifts to scouring the world in search of new and emerging solutions that either individually or in combination with others could be used to solve the problem. This discovery process is done through a combination of deliberate targeting of key influencers, investors, innovators and experts and wider PR and communication to maximize our audience and the quality of submissions. All submissions go through a thorough vetting process and then are rated and ranked. The most attractive solution providers are invited to pitch their offerings to a curated group of investors and other key stakeholders with a view to attract investment and scale their businesses going forward.

Phase 2: Implementation and Scaling

Phase 2 takes the output of Phase 1 – a small set of solution providers – and hands it off to an investment and impact growth team who are responsible for finding the investment necessary to implement and scale the solution. Like with Phase 1, this work is done in concert with the client and its partners to ensure their needs and interests are central to the process.

A more detailed overview of the Sprint process is as follows:

Phase 1: 

  1. Define: A Sprint begins with a clearly defined problem to which no known solution exists yet if one was to be found it would significantly and measurably improve the lives of millions.
  1. Collaborate: With the problem defined, it’s time to identify and engage key operatives and partner organizations with a shared interest in resolving it.
  1. Baseline: This stage allows researchers and data analysts to establish context and a knowledge baseline for addressing the problem. This stage matches our researchers, analysts and other Sprint participants with domain and industry professionals, policy professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs for knowledge exchange and exploration of specific areas to probe for solutions and insights into best practice, novel practice, and emergent opportunities that are just beginning to show up on various ‘radars.’
  1. Discover: This stage allows the Sprint participants to use their baseline understanding, intellectual curiosity, and personal / professional networks to search for solutions that can address the problem directly, or in combination with other potential solutions. This may result in finding a product, tool, application, or approach that already exists, or potentially some promising research that can be translated into an active solution.
  1. Evaluate: This stage allows us to take all that we have researched, found, and examined and then to narrow the potential list of ideas and solutions. This is done in collaboration with key opinion leaders, market experts, and industry mavens and takes into account overall potential impact, feasibility of implementation, viability of business metrics, and end-user desirability. This part of the process culminates in presentations to an esteemed group of judges who choose the opportunities that move onto the next stage of the process.
  1. Deliver: Working in partnership with the client and relevant partners, the team assembles the key component parts into a holistic and systemic solution that creates the desired outcome.

Phase 2

  1. Scale: Working again in partnership with the client and relevant financial partners, this – the seventh and final – stage of the process is focused on (a) determining funding requirements for implementation and scaling; (b) negotiating commercial terms between solution providers and investors; and then helping structure and syndicate any resultant deals. The end goal is societal impact, sustainability, and market appropriate economics.

Recent projects involving members of the Katerva team:

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Water Management

Energy

Marine Protection

Last Mile Connectivity

Saltire prize for wave and tidal energy

Recycling Behavior Change

Organic Produce Accessability

THE CHALLENGE PROCESS

The challenge process typically involves the following set of activities:

DEFINE


A Sprint begins with a clearly defined problem to which no known solution exists yet if one was to be found it would significantly and measurably improve the lives of millions.

COLLABORATE


With the problem defined, it’s time to identify and engage key operatives and partner organizations with a shared interest in resolving it.

BASELINE


This stage allows researchers and data analysts to establish context and a knowledge baseline for addressing the problem. This stage matches our researchers, analysts and other Sprint participants with domain and industry professionals, policy professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs for knowledge exchange and exploration of specific areas to probe for solutions and insights into best practice, novel practice, and emergent opportunities that are just beginning to show up on various ‘radars.’

DISCOVER


This stage allows the Sprint participants to use their baseline understanding, intellectual curiosity, and personal/professional networks to search for solutions that can address the problem directly, or in combination with other potential solutions. This may result in finding a product, tool, application, or approach that already exists, or potentially some promising research that can be translated into an active solution.

EVALUATE


This stage allows us to take all that we have researched, found, and examined and then to narrow the potential list of ideas and solutions. This is done in collaboration with key opinion leaders, market experts, and industry mavens and takes into account overall potential impact, feasibility of implementation, viability of business metrics, and end-user desirability. This part of the process culminates in presentations to an esteemed group of judges who choose the opportunities that move onto the next stage of the process.

IMAGINEER


Working in partnership with the client and relevant partners, the team assembles the key component parts into a holistic and systemic solution that creates the desired outcome.

SCALE


Working again in partnership with the client and relevant financial partners, this – the seventh and final – stage of the process is focused on (a) determining funding requirements for implementation and scaling; (b) negotiating commercial terms between solution providers and investors; and then helping structure and syndicate any resultant deals. The end goal is societal impact, sustainability, and market appropriate economics.

CONTACT US

We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about our services. Please contact us by completing our contact form.

Alternatively, you can get in touch by:
TELEPHONE: +1.619.618.1264 (USA)
                        +31.10.841.3743 (Europe)
                        +971.50.839.0499 (Middle East and North Africa)

EMAIL: hello@katerva.net

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    INNOVATORS

    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.

    Innovator Form

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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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    INVESTORS

    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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