Inspiration

 

Want some examples of what we're looking for? Peruse the gallery of inspiring entrepreneurs who've launched a business to solve a challenge in their community.

 
 

Tyler Tawahongva

Tyler founded Cloud Nine Recycling in Tuba City on the Navajo Nation, a business to minimize waste going to landfills from the Navajo and Hopi Nations.  

Mike Hahn

Mike co-founded PayGo Energy in Nairobi, Kenya, a business that provides a pay-as-you-go service model for LPG gas in the household, making it accessible for low-income families that otherwise couldn't afford LPG gas for cooking.

Margie Barton

Margie co-founded Barton Southwest Builders with her husband, a business that aims to minimize reliance on off-reservation construction businesses by training and employing only people within the local community. 

Deidra Peaches & Jake Hoyungowa

Deidra and Jake launched Paper Rocket Productions, a storytelling and filmmaking company serving more than 500 tribes across North America.  

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Baya & Paul Meehan

Baya and Paul established the Shash Dine Eco-Retreat to offer an authentic, traditional, and culturally rich Navajo experience for visitors to the Navajo Nation. 

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Henri Nyakarundi

Henri founded ARED in Kigali, Rwanda, a business that supplies solar-powered kiosks to rural communities in need of electricity to charge their phones or access the internet.

Stacy Jensen

Stacy founded North Leupp Family Farms to support local families with practical and traditional food production that support a healthy lifestyle.

Annie Feighery

Annie co-founded mWater, an organization with an open-access business model, providing a free platform for communities to map and monitor water access sites.