2017 IIC Finalists Announced; Celebration Details Released

August 18, 2017

The MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge has concluded judging of Inclusive Innovation organizations from across the globe. Nearly 160 expert Core Judges scored and commented on each completed application. Now the 16 top-scoring Finalists will advance to our Champion Committee, who will select four Grand Prize Winners to each receive $150,000. The remaining 12 Finalists will each receive $35,000. On October 12, the IIC will announce and celebrate the Winners at a gala event at HUBweek in Boston.

Read more about each finalist and their unique contribution to inclusive innovation here, and also in this MIT Sloan article, These 16 Companies Want to Make Technology Work for Everyone. 

In addition, register and plan to join us Otober 12.  At the evening gala, MIT's IDE and IIC honor technology-driven solutions creating an economy that works for the many and not just the few in the digital age. 

During the IIC Celebration, renowned leaders in the Inclusive Innovation movement will deliver talks focused on how to ensure that the benefits of digital progress are shared by all.  Featured speakers include Eric Schmidt (Executive Chairman of Alphabet Inc.), Sheila Marcelo (Founder and CEO of, and Leila Janah (Founder and CEO of Sama Group and LXMI). 

The 16 finalists in four categories are:

Skills Development & Opportunity Matching

  • iHub Limited
  • LaunchCode
  • Leap Skills Academy
  • New Day

Income Growth & Job Creation
  • Hogaru
  • Logistimo
  • SkillSmart
  • Tuteria

Technology Access

  • AdmitHub
  • African Renewable Energy Distributor Ltd
  • Digital Citizen Fund
  • Dot Learn

Financial Inclusion

  • AID:Tech
  • EFL
  • Nomanini
  • Tala

Learn more about the event by watching this video and reading this article on Medium.