There are entrepreneurs and then there are creative entrepreneurs, people who have brought about a social change while creating a profitable business. Young and innovative, they take the cause seriously and the means, not so much.
This exciting article by Fast Company spotlights seven engaging enterprises that treat serious social business in a fun manner. From clean water ATMs to making electricity-generating toilets, these under-35 entrepreneurs are changing the world.
Read the Fast Company article to see how Simon Griffiths is raising money on a crowdfunding platform to improve sanitation in developing nations, how Sebastian Lindstrom is travelling the world to document other people’s social work and much more.
Anand Shah’s company Sarvajal is working to bring clean water to India. But it’s not just giving it away. Instead, it’s creating a network of water entrepreneurs, giving each a clean water franchise to run. Each of these franchisees sets up ‘water ATMs’, where rural Indians can go and see their water being purified and bottled.
Engineers at Cal Tech, including Asghar Aryanfar, have – at the urging of the Gates Foundation – created a new toilet for the developing world that will help stop disease and also generate power, even in the most remote locations.
Simon Griffiths, Jehan Ratnatunga, and Danny Alexander make toilet paper. But it’s toilet paper with a mission. Who Gives A Crap TP is a buy-one, give-one form of bathroom hygiene. Buy their product – funded on Indiegogo through a stunt where Griffiths sat on a toilet until the company reached its goal – and money goes toward helping clean up sanitation in the developing world.