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San Diego, Calif. (April 15, 2019) – For the 8th year Katerva has been scouring the globe to identify the most promising sustainable disruptive innovations, the kind of innovation that makes our world a better place, and leads us towards sustainability. Reuters Environment Forum had this to say about us: "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 innovations to advance the planet towards sustainability." 

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Money may make the world go around, but fair values and free markets make it a more enjoyable ride. Recent economic events have thrusted many global economic weaknesses into the spotlight. This category includes works to implant transparency, remove barriers, and internalize costs. The pinnacle of economic sustainability is making market price equal true value. 

This is how we at Katerva introduce our Economy category, which connects directly with Sustainable Development Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

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We have been thinking about how we can best support you, our nominees. One way we felt we might be able to do that is to give some grounding to your entrepreneurial journey: Knowledge in a Nutshell: from ideation to business model generation, from market development and financing your start-up to building your team. 

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The continued growth of the global human population demands changes to infrastructure and living spaces. As well, food, energy, communications, water, and other resource delivery systems need to be upgraded and streamlined. This category covers the creation of energy efficient and sustainable remakes of the current systems in place to house and support people.

This is how we at Katerva introduce our Smart Cities Awards Category.

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“Entire societies develop for the better when women are enabled to be fully contributing community members. Strides in gender equality lead to strides against all forms of discrimination. This category covers programming and initiatives designed to improve the overall state of women, provide them with more opportunities, and defend their right to equal treatment alongside men.”

This is how Katerva introduces its Gender Equality category - and Gender equality and women's empowerment is of course also the UN 5th Sustainable Development Goal (you can check out the current status on how we are doing against it here). 

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