We’re on a mission to find, evaluate, and help accelerate purpose-driven entrepreneurs working with frontier technologies that fundamentally improve the way we live and the planet we live on (or even beyond it).
WHAT WE DO
We work with a global network of senior executives, leading scientists, investors, serial entrepreneurs, and seasoned policy experts to source and evaluate disruptive sustainable innovations wherever they may surface in the world.
We’re systematically going after the industries with the largest planetary footprint while regenerating the ecosystems essential to our lives. Our primary areas of focus are:
HOW WE DO IT – AWARDS PROCESS
For the past 13 years, Katerva has worked to unify fragmented innovation networks across science, engineering, business, and policy, creating a global clearinghouse for disruptive innovation.
Those who participate in our network do so for one or more of the following reasons:
- To find new strategic and/or financial investment opportunities;
- On the flip side, some want to introduce us to technologies/solutions that they’ve recently invested in and want to bring further attention to;
- To gain access to some of the most remarkable and disruptive innovators of our time;
- To join a curated network of some of the key movers and shapers of the next economy;
- Because they believe that it’s only by working collaboratively that we, as a society, can identify and scale solutions to complex systemic challenges.
Our foundation as an organization is built upon the selfish and selfless motivations listed above coupled with sheer intellectual curiosity, from our Spotters to Expert Panels, allowing us to crowdsource our efforts. This intentional choice reflects the essence of our namesake - Katerva - derived from the Latin word for 'crowd.'
PRIOR FINALISTS AND WINNERS
From climate change to sustainable energy sources, improved health and well-being for everyone, job creation and human productivity, education, food systems, broad financial empowerment, gender equality or space exploration and utilisation, we’re excited about the future.
Please see below to get a sense of some of the organizations that have caught our attention over the years (and have, in many instances, gone on to become billion-dollar enterprises).
Food and Water
This category includes projects changing what we eat, how we eat, and how we get our food.
Energy and Environment
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
This category 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
This category covers initiatives related to maintaining and improving the quality of life for all people regardless of race, color or creed.
Cities and Mobility
A society in which everyone can live and move freely, safely and pollution-free. This category 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.