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The Magis cocktail hour will feature a showcase of innovations to benefit humanity and the social entrepreneurs who invented them.

The SCU Center for Science, Technology, and Society, through our flagship program, the Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®), has helped numerous enterprises which develop and distribute clean cookstoves, solar technology, water filters, free cataract eye surgeries, and other innovations to help the poor. Come to Magis and engage in meaningful conversation with the following social enterprises. 

Blue Planet Network

Blue Planet Network

Worldwide
Lisa Nash
GSBI 2013

Blue Planet Network empowers funders, implementers, and communities in need on our online platform to improve the planning, selection, funding, management & monitoring of water & sanitation programs. This leads to more lasting impact at lower costs.
Digital Divide Data

Digital Divide Data

Cambodia, Laos
Michael Chertoff
GSBI 2004

DDD provides job and educational opportunities to our staff that empower them for brighter futures.
Literacy Bridge

Literacy Bridge

Ghana
Cliff Schmidt
GSBI 2010, 2013

Literacy Bridge provides last-mile distance education to remote, rural villages. An innovative audio computer, the Talking Book, provides impoverished families easy access to on-demand, practical knowledge on sustainable farming methods and key health practices to improve their health and income.
 
Sankara Eye Hospitals

Sankara Eye Hospitals

India
Geeta Kumar
GSBI 2014

Sankara currently operates 13 eye hospitals in India. Our mission is to eliminate curable blindness across India by scaling to 20 Sankara Community Eye Hospitals serving over a million rural poor every year. 
 
MyRain

MyRain

India
Steele Lorenz
GSBI 2013

MyRain is a wholesale distributer of agricultural technologies for small plot farmers in Tamil Nadu, India.It combines technology with education in order to lift agricultural communities out of poverty while reducing the ecological impact of cultivation. MyRain's strong focus on product education, availability, price, and service helps small plot farmers achieve long-term technology adoption, economic prosperity, and environmental sustainability.
ReliaTech

ReliaTech

USA
Karen Lincoln
GSBI Online Current Class 2015

ReliaTech collects and refurbishes computers and provides them at little or no cost to low-income individuals, disadvantaged entrepreneurs, schools, churches, senior centers, and other nonprofit organizations. Employees and interns are students and graduates of The Stride Center which trains low income individuals for ITC careers. 
Thrive Solar

Thrive Solar

India 
Sohrab Kaklia
GSBI 2007

THRIVE Energy Technologies designs, develops, manufactures and promotes low-cost solar powered LED-based lighting systems to replace kerosene lamps. The Lighting Systems are primarily distributed through partner NGOs who implement a rent-to-own system designed by THRIVE Energy Technologies.
We Care Solar

WE CARE Solar

Nigeria 
Laura Stachel
GSBI 2010

WE CARE Solar provides solar electric kits for medical lighting and communication that are reliable, robust, and low-cost, enabling timely and appropriate emergency care in maternal health facilities and settings without reliable electricity.




 






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