The Winners!

Drum roll please... The time has come to announce the 9 super people who've shown us the most potential for greatness (yep GREATness!) in innovative & environmental business.

Prizes include €10k, mentoring from competition partners Ashoka, a trip to Ben & Jerry's HQ in Vermont to celebrate our 35th Birthday aaand... their business featured on a tub of Ben & Jerry's ice cream to be launched in 2014!!!

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MAC-UK CoderDojo Peerby MittLiv Dazin Green Riders Elefunds New Solar Pump Mr. Green
MAC-UK

MAC-UK

Charlie Alcock, UK

MAC-UK is a national registered charity and tackles some really serious stuff. Their aim to have mental health support accessible to all young people who offend as well as being fully integrated into all services offered to this marginalized group. They work to achieve this vision by making it their mission to take mental health services out of the clinic and into the community to reach young people for who help seeking is an inconceivable task.

The statistics speak for themselves, 1 in 3 young people who offend have an unmet mental health need at the time of offence. Serious youth violence is a mental health issue as much as a justice one.

It takes mental health to street level by delivering interventions to young offenders on benches, buses and stairwells: anywhere where they feel comfortable.

Website: www.mac-uk.org

CoderDojo

CoderDojo

James Whelton, Ireland

CoderDojo is a pretty cool organisation, with the aim of teaching young people how to learn computer code – now that’s smart! Described as an Irish led global movement of computer clubs where young people aged between 7 and 17 learn how to code, develop websites, apps, games and more, in a social, collaborative learning environment. CoderDojo is creating a generation of open source developers, designers and entrepreneurs and seeding a skilled workforce.

A team of volunteers give up their time and expertise to teach young people with a passion for technology and its real world applications. CoderDojo is not simply addressing the global skills gap at its root cause but it also developing children’s creative problem-solving skills and practical creative skills ļ¬lling voids left by the many education systems. Companies like Microsoft, Github, Big Fish Games all run CoderDojos in their offices!

Website: www.coderdojo.com

Peerby

Peerby

Daan Weddepohl, Netherlands

Peerby is a mega cool new peer-to-peer lending technology platform in the Netherland. By using Peerby, members can borrow and share items needed or owned with neighbours in a safe and fun environment.

The theory goes - you don’t always own what you need and you don’t always need what you own, right?! Whether it’s a barbecue, a power drill, a tent or a dress, we will find a neighbour that’s willing to lend it out to you within 30 minutes of where you are. Peerby say that becoming a member has the same CO2 impact as planting 100 trees!

So what’s so innovative? Peerby’s uniqueness lies in its proactive approach: you don’t just post the item you’re looking for; the site asks your 100 closest Peerby neighbours if they have the item. This way we achieve a higher success rate than any other sharing platform – neat huh!

Website: https://peerby.com/

 

MittLiv

Mitt Liv

Sofia Appelgren, Sweden

Mitt Liv (meaning ‘my life’) is an inspiring social enterprise in Sweden, enabling immigrants to gain employment, through education and mentorship. They work with 21 of the largest companies with diversity.

The organization reaches out to the most driven of immigrant girls in Sweden to launch them into the labour market. Mitt Liv seek out those immigrants with “true will” and ambition and enrol them in a for-profit program called Mitt Liv (My Life). Mitt Liv partners with traditional companies to build mentor relationships between these girls and company employees, as well as to expand educational opportunities into the extracurricular space through short courses on Swedish society, life-planning, and labour market competitiveness. Now that’s smart!

Website: www.mittliv.com

Dazin

Dazin

Deepak Ashwani, Denmark

Dazin is a seriously innovative company, tackling the important issues of both fuel security and health in developing countries. They aim to provide renewable fuel cookies made from agricultural and forestry waste as a cooking energy, the fuel being free for rural households and at below market prices for urban & commercial customers. A scary fact is that smoke from traditional open fires accounts for 4 million deaths annually in the world, impacting mostly women and children.

Dazin manufactures and distributes fuel cookies that every household in Bhutan and in other Asian regions can use to meet cooking energy needs. Biomass, collected through communities, is condensed into fuel cookies in local decentralized factories. Free efficient Philips stoves and fuel is provided in return to those giving free biomass. The system reduces wood and imported Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) consumption as households adopt clean, renewable energy source using gasifying stoves that reduce CO2 emissions and sequester carbon in soils.

Website: http://www.i-m.co/hrrigtrup/dazin/

Green Riders

Green Riders

Oskari Räisänen, Finland

GreenRiders is the smart way to get around in Finland. It is a travel platform that provides an effective, trusted, and socially rewarding way for people to decrease the amount of carbon emissions created through personal transportation such as private vehicle, taxi and rental car rides. It’s the “missing link of public transportation”.

GreenRiders' mission is to create innovative, reliable, and cost-effective software solutions in partnership with businesses with the shared goal of improving peoples' lives, combining social responsibilities, and achieving personal fulfillment. The service is active in Finland with a view to go international. Go Go GreenRiders!

Website: www.greenriders.fi

Elefunds

Elefunds

Yannick Sonnenberg, Germany

Elefunds is a easy, cool way for people to donate to charity, and for charities to fundraise. They provide online fundraising tools for charities connecting companies, customers and social networks in a unique and efficient way.

Elefunds always displays a set of three charities from different fields of charitable work (e.g. emergency relief, animal care, nature conservation, education & human rights). The suggested donation amount is automatically calculated by an algorithm which relates it to the basic grand total and is adjustable with only a few clicks.

Elefunds further provides a donation receipt as well as the opportunity to share the good deed on Facebook or Twitter – now that’s what we call socially good! The donation is withdrawn the same way as the original payment in only one transaction, with 19% of customers opting for the donation!

Website: https://elefunds.de/

New Solar Pump

New Solar Pump

Dietmar Jr. Stuck, Austria

NSP (New Solar Pump) is an innovative organisation committed to helping poor communities to access clean water. Their product is a solar pump station for drinking water supply and irrigation specifically for sustainable development aid in developing countries, neat huh?!

Here’s the problem: currently in regions in Africa where NSP aims to operate, 90% of pumps are hand pumps which are high maintenance and inefficient.

NSP delivers water by using the renewable energy of sun while at the same time considering lower technology standards in developing countries by using maintenance free pump system and pumping water for free! The smallest NSP system can supply people up to 1,000 people in developing countries with clean water, now that’s cool!

Since July 2012, 800 people benefited from clean water for drinking and agriculture uses in Mozambique, working with the development organisation ‘World Vision’ to install their first system.

Website: www.newsolarpump.com

Mr. Green

Mr. Green

Valentin Fisler, Switzerland

Mr. Green is a company with both the environment and the customer at its heart. Operating in Switzerland, they collect all your recyclable material in a Mr. Green bag from the convenience of your home. Forget about sorting and lugging your recycling to the different collection points, those days are over!

They aim to make recycling easier and better. Mr. Green collects all bags from homes and businesses, sorts the waste and gives it to their recycling partners. With this system the customers become heroes themselves because they can recycle waste like plastics, cork, drink boxes which are not recyclable for others. We all want to do our bit for the planet, and Mr. Green makes doing this a lot more simple!

Website: www.mr-green.ch

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Introducing our brand new Cores!

A Soft Salted Caramel Core Surrounded by Chocolate & Vanilla Ice Creams with Chocolate & Blondie Brownie Chunks.

Ever hear the age-old question, ‘which came first, the chicken or the egg?’ Well, for a while now, the big question over at Ben & Jerry’s HQ has been ‘which came first, the blondie or the brownie?’ Turns out, it doesn’t really matter, especially if we make a flavour with both in there …& we did.

A Soft Caramel Core Surrounded by Chocolate & Caramel Ice Creams with Chocolatey Chunks.

It’s time to lose yourself in the sensuously sweet caramel core of Karamel Sutra and swim through its waves of caramel & chocolate ice creams. It’s like digging for treasure & striking gold with every spoonful! (Looks like we’ve just given spooning a whole new meaning!) Join our core. All you need is a spoon!

A Raspberry Jam Core Surrounded by Peanut Butter & Vanilla Ice Creams with Chocolatey Covered Peanut Butter Cups.

Well, if this isn’t a cause – ahem, I mean ‘Cores’ for celebration, then we don’t know what is! We’ve finally brought peanut butter to a freezer near you with the latest addition to our Cores family, Peanut Butter Me Up!