5 Startups Improving Society Through Technology

In our social entrepreneurship series, The World at Work, Mashable interviews the faces behind the startups and projects that are working to make a global impact.
These companies have harnessed technology to empower people all over the world, whether it's rewarding volunteers with prizes or empowering travelers to deliver much-needed aid while visiting developing countries.

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  • Entrepreneurs have a role to play in solving our nation's problems - Baltimore Sun
    ... one of a growing number of startups based here ... profit by narrowing achievement gaps in society. ... achieving big social goals: improving ...
    12/19/2014 - 5:29 am | View Link
  • Uber for Health Care? Think Again - Huffington Post
    Clearly there are some health care startups that ... calls does have validity in improving health ... Society and the medical community realize ...
    12/17/2014 - 4:40 am | View Link
  • Fynd crowdsources your tech support, gives IT pros more ... - Yahoo! Singapore
    ... is the biggest story for startups in 2014, period. Here’s why If done well, these companies bring real impact to society by improving the lot...
    12/16/2014 - 9:50 am | View Link
  • Ag-tech could change how the world eats - PhysOrg.com
    ... tycoons buying up farmland to startups selling ... be jobs cost (but) society generally benefits when productivity is increased." Improving ...
    12/14/2014 - 7:55 am | View Link
  • John Sculley On Why Billion Dollar Start-Up Opportunities Abound And ... - Forbes.com
    Which is the basis of our society and the American Dream. ... of Steve was taking complexity and simplifying it down, always around improving the ...
    12/12/2014 - 10:07 am | View Link
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  • Easy Internet of Things Integration By @AgilePoint | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]
    Today's enterprise is being driven by disruptive competitive and human capital requirements to provide enterprise application access through not only desktops, but also mobile devices.
    12/17/2014 - 11:51 pm | View Link
  • Fynd crowdsources your tech support, gives IT pros more opportunities
    Fynd brings on-demand tech support to your doorstep. The question is whether there's enough demand for it to thrive.
    12/16/2014 - 9:42 pm | View Link
  • Technology Changing How the World Eats
    Blue River Technology mechanical engineer Bryon Majusiak installs the batteries on the tool bar of a lettuce thinning robot at the Blue River Technology headquarters on Nov. 20, 2014 in Sunnyvale, Calif.
    12/14/2014 - 1:09 am | View Link
  • Ag-tech could change how the world eats
    A harvester runs among rows of ripe tomatoes at Burns Farm in Stockton, Calif. Silicon Valley investors have been pouring millions of dollars into the sustainable agricultural movement.
    12/14/2014 - 12:29 am | View Link
  • Gangnam becomes hot spot for Korean startups
    (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon). In this Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 photo, an imported car is parked on a road side at the Gangnam district in Seoul, South Korea. Gangnam has a special significance in South Korea as the place where a globalized youth culture e...
    12/11/2014 - 9:31 pm | View Link
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  • These 3 SA startups are among the world’s most inspiring
    Notable examples include Open Utility, the peer-to-peer renewable energy trading platform, which raised a funding round just last month and Lift Lab’s, Liftware device, a tremor-cancelling spoon aimed at improving ... and Civil Society, said: “The ...
    12/3/2014 - 8:31 pm | View Link
  • ‘Future Cities’ crowdfunding start-up Spacehive raises £1.3m
    Entitled Spacehive and founded by former Sunday Times architectural correspondent Chris Gourlay, the platform allows users to crowdfund civic projects in cities, with a view to improving the ... social venture investor Big Society Capital.
    11/10/2014 - 5:03 am | View Link
  • Beyond the bottom line: Giving back drives millennial startups
    and Deloitte's 2014 millennial survey found that 63 percent of millennials donate to charities and believe that businesses should focus on improving society, not just making a profit. Unlocking potential One lone photo spurred the launch of Unlocked Furniture.
    07/16/2014 - 10:44 am | View Link
  • UC Berkeley student-run organization aims to help undergrads launch startups
    Fiance, co-founder of the UC Berkeley chapter of Kairos Society, a nonprofit entrepreneurial organization ... Free Ventures won third place in the Improving Student Life category, along with a $2,500 grant. Students will have the opportunity to work ...
    09/16/2013 - 4:51 pm | View Link
  • Established Firms Need to Think More Like Startups to Attract Millennials
    This generation wants to know what your organization stands for in improving society, what it stands for in action, as opposed to blowing smoke. Millennials want to know how they will make a positive difference in the world if they join your business ...
    05/14/2013 - 1:00 pm | View Link
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  • International AIDS Society
    The Centre for the Oversight of LGBT and HIV Rights in Peru: a strategy to improve the Situation of Human Rights of Key Affected Populations: My role as an academic ...
    12/20/2014 - 4:29 pm | View Website
  • improve
    im·prove (ĭm-pro͞ov′) v. im·proved, im·prov·ing, im·proves v.tr. 1. To raise to a more desirable or more excellent quality or condition; make better ...
    12/20/2014 - 4:29 pm | View Website
  • Pet Partners
    Pet Partners touches people's lives and improves their health through positive interactions with animals.
    12/20/2014 - 4:29 pm | View Website
  • American Geriatrics Society
    The AGS is one of the largest professional organization of health care providers. Dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all older adults. Has over 6,000 ...
    12/20/2014 - 4:19 am | View Website
  • Royal Society
    The President, Council, and Fellows of the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge, commonly known as the Royal Society, is a learned society for ...
    12/20/2014 - 2:46 am | View Website
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