Business has the potential to revolutionize the decisions each of us make every day. Whilst of course there are thousands of brilliant pioneers out there whose work we adore, we thought we’d highlight five of the most impactful revolutionaries in the exciting world of the start-up.
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“The mission of CodeClubWorld.org is to give every child in the world the chance to learn to code by providing project materials and a volunteering framework that supports the running of after-school coding clubs.”
Clare Sutcliffe and Linda Sandvik began to mentor children between the ages of 9 and 11 in 2012. Their belief was that the understanding of creative technology will be critical in our digital future. 2,718 Code Clubs have been set up worldwide since then, and the mission continues to expand into new countries via new volunteers.
The Freecycle Network™
“It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills.”
Deron Beal sent an email to some friends and a few nonprofit organizations in 2003 announcing The Freecycle Network™, which has since grown into an international platform with over seven million members. Their focus on transparency, simplicity, and a complete lack of cost perpetuates a strong system of reuse and recycling.
“We’re tackling a big problem: car overpopulation. Our transportation system is inefficient and unsustainable.”
Start-ups are at their best when they tackle a problem at its root. Getaround users rent cars from each other on demand, which can help to reduce traffic congestion, parking scarcity, material waste, and of course, pollution. Rental prices are competitive and it’s free to list your own car.
“We aim to produce the world’s cleanest and most economical energy storage systems. Compressing air creates heat energy. Until now, this was wasted, drastically reducing efficiency.”
Developing breakthrough, high-efficiency storage systems using compressed air, LightSail Energy was started by Steve Crane, Edwin P Berlin Jr, and Danielle Fong, who began her Princeton PhD at the age of 17. LightSail is dramatically changing the energy landscape to promote the usage of green power, which is the lowest cost source of energy across most of the world.
“More than 3,000 children’s lives could be saved every day with something as simple as a bar of soap and clean water. That’s why we at SoapBox Soaps will donate one bar of soap, fresh water, or vitamin supplements to a child in need for every bar purchased.”
In a similar mold to TOMS Shoes, SoapBox Soaps has instilled a beneficial harmony to the often dichotomous capitalism and charity. Donations across Haiti, Ecuador, Honduras, Canada, Kenya, Uganda, Thailand, India, South Africa, Zambia, and the USA are only the beginning.
It’s the focus on positive, meaningful change that identifies these start-ups and many others as life-changing – the future of business seems to lie in tackling the biggest problems of the modern world with simple, direct solutions.