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Announcing the 2017 Flourish Prizes

Posted 5.17.2017

Announcing the 2017 Flourish Prizes

In 2016, business school students all over the world wrote 425 stories about businesses that are working to achieve the United Nations 17 Global Goals — the world’s “Must-Do List”— and published them A distinguished jury evaluated 48 semi-finalists in February and selected the 17 best-of-the-best–one for each Global Goal.


This June 14–16, at the Fourth Global Forum, we will award the inauguralFlourish Prizes, recognizing these 17 exemplary business innovations. We’re bringing together business leaders, educators, and students to celebrate and showcase their successes. As part of the ceremony, the business leaders will be presented with a beautiful Flourish Prize award, a solar-powered revolving glass sculpture of earth resting on an engraved crystal base.


AIM2Flourish is a global program, but our heart beats from our home base at the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. The AIM2Flourish team is grateful for the Fowler Center Fellows’ extraordinary contributions. Many thanks to Eliza Somsel and Alec Simon, who have staffed the virtual “AIM2Flourish Professor Support” help desk since October 2016. Stephanie Hagen prepared an inspirational report organizing hundreds of AIM2Flourish student reflections. We’re so grateful to Kevin Payne for creating and producing a monthly “AIM2Flourish Dashboard” report. And thank you to Muyiwa Oni, Eliza, Alec, Stephanie, and Kevin for their contributions as AIM2Flourish Story Stewards. We couldn’t have done it without you!


The team would also like to acknowledge the inspiring158 AIM2Flourish stories published to date by Weatherhead School of Management students, including three Flourish Prize winners forGoal 4,Goal 14 andGoal 15.


We’re so proud that AIM2Flourish came to life at the Third Global Forum and succeeded in amplifying the power of Appreciative Inquiry and Business as an Agent of World Benefit by working together. We’re eager to see what we create together in June and in the years ahead.


Click here to read about all the Flourish Prizes winners:17 Amazing Business Innovations for the 17 Global Goals.

Congratulations to the Fowler Center and AIM2Flourish teams for amazing teamwork!


Global Goal #1 —End Poverty

The 2017 Flourish Prize for Goal #1 is awarded to the Sunshine Nut Company in Mozambique, Morocco. This company employs young men and women who were abandoned or orphaned in their youth as a result of years of violent civil war.

Read the AIM2Flourish Story:The Sunshine Nut Company


GlobalGoal #2 —End Hunger

The 2017 Flourish Prize for Goal #2 is awarded to CV. Green Health Agriculture in Indonesia. This company’s innovation broadly supports sustainable agriculture in their region, for example, by delivering affordable rice to consumers.

Read the AIM2Flourish Story:Affordable Organic Rice for Everyone


GlobalGoal #3 —Ensure Healthy Lives and Promote Well-Being

The 2017 Flourish Prize for Goal #3 is Lucky Iron Fish, created in Canada for use in Cambodia and other populations suffering from iron deficiency. Simply drop the lucky iron fish into a cooking pot and it delivers essential iron to combat anemia.

Read the AIM2Flourish Story:An Ironclad Solution


Global Goal #4 —Inclusive and Equitable Education for All Children

The 2017 Flourish Prize for Goal #4 is awarded to Foldscope Instruments of San Francisco California. With the invention of a one dollar paper microscope, Foldscope Instruments makes science available to students everywhere.

Read the AIM2Flourish Story:Unfolding Curiosity with a $1 Microscope


Global Goal #5 —Gender Equality and Women and Girls Empowerment

The 2017 Flourish Prize for Goal #5 is awarded to Serve&Help in Morocco. This company has developed a platform that connects marginalized, out-of-work women with affluent customers who need quality household services.

Read the AIM2Flourish Story:The Journey of Changing Lives


Global Goal #6 —Clean, Safe Water and Sanitation for All

The 2017 Flourish Prize for Goal #6 is awarded to SmartPaani in Nepal. SmartPaani is tackling the water crisis in Kathmandu Valley with aggressive rainwater harvesting, water filtration, and wastewater treatment.

Read the AIM2Flourish Story:Driving Change Through Water Conservation and Biotechnology


Global Goal #7 –Affordable, Reliable, and Sustainable Energy

The 2017 Flourish Prize for Goal #7 goes to d.light. This company’s affordable solar lighting and equipment brightens the night around the world.

Read the AIM2Flourish Story:Light for Everyone


Global Goal#8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

The 2017 Flourish Prize for Goal #8 to CINIA, a social enterprise in Mexico. CINIA hires workers who have a variety of physical and mental disabilities and helps them be productive members of society.

Read the AIM2Flourish Story:CINIA- A Company Where Disability is a Labor Competence


GlobalGoal #9 —Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

The 2017 Flourish Prize for Goal #9 to BIOCONEXION in Argentina. This company connects local farmers growing indigenous crops with eager customers; a relationship that results in numerous economic, social and environmental benefits, as well as nutritious, delicious food.

Read the AIM2Flourish Story:Uniting People Through Land


GlobalGoal #10 —Reduced Inequality

The 2017 Flourish Prize for Goal #10 to Cipla, Ltd., a pharmaceutical company based in India. Cipla’s breakthrough 3-in-1 anti-HIV/AIDS cocktail brought the cost of HIV treatment to under one dollar a day, bringing life-saving therapy to millions of people in the developing world.

Read the AIM2Flourish Story:Low-Cost Strategy for High-Cost Drugs


GlobalGoal #11 —Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable cities.

The 2017 Flourish Prize for Goal #11 to Conceptos Plásticos in Colombia. This company’s innovation transforms discarded plastic into Lego-like blocks that can be used to build affordable, fire and earthquake-resistant homes from locally-sourced materials.

Read the AIM2Flourish Story:Recycled Material Converted in Housing


Global Goal #12 —Sustainable Consumption and Production.

The 2017 Flourish Prize for Goal #12 goes to GreenHope in Indonesia. This company makes biodegradable plastic bags for supermarkets out of tapioca from locally-farmed cassava plants. Not only does the company’s innovation support regional farmers, the bags biodegrade in sunlight in mere weeks!

Read the AIM2Flourish Story:The Alchemy of Bio Degradable Plastic for a Greener World


Global Goal #13 —Fighting Climate Change

The 2017 Flourish Prize for Goal #13 to Gram Power in India. Gram Power couples “Smart Meters” with solar-powered micro-grids to provide clean, reliable energy to low-income people.

Read the AIM2Flourish Story:Serving Energy Customers with Power Distribution at the Bottom of the Pyramid


Global Goal #14 —Life Under Water

This goal urges us to conserve the world’s oceans, seas and marine resources. The 2017 Flourish Prize for Goal #14 goes to Bureo Skateboards in Chile. This company designs and makes sustainable skateboards from reclaimed plastic pollution, especially discarded fishing nets.

Read the AIM2Flourish Story:Skateboards for Plastic Free Oceans


GlobalGoal #15 —Life on Land

This goal is about preserving farmland, protecting our forests, combating desertification, and halting biodiversity loss. The 2017 Flourish Prize for Goal #15 is awarded to SunCulture in Kenya. SunCulture provides Kenyan famers with solar-powered water pumps and drip irrigation systems that reduce costs, increase yields, and lengthen growing seasons.

Read the AIM2Flourish Story:Reducing Costs and Tripling Crops


Global Goal #16 —Peace,Justice & Strong Institutions

The 2017 Flourish Prize for Goal #16 goes to Buza Ice Cream in Israel, a business run by an Arab person and a Jewish person. These co-owners are a living example of how peace can be achieved… through business.

Read the AIM2Flourish Story:Building Peace for the Love of Ice Cream


Global Goal #17 —Partnerships for the Goals

This goal celebrates all of the ways that nations, businesses, and society collaborate to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The 2017 Flourish Prize for Goal #17 is awarded to MPOWERD, a solar-light company that is working in partnership with two non-profits: New Course and Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust. This partnership helps women in Kenya rise out of poverty and become independent by selling low-cost, inflatable solar lanterns.

Read the AIM2Flourish Story:Solar Lights for Women


Congratulations to the Fowler Center and AIM2Flourish team for great teamwork!

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