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Congratulations to the Winner of the StartupXs ChangeMakers Seed Funding 2023!

We want to thank everyone who participated and helped
to make the competition a success!

We are happy to announce that the winner of the ChangeMakers Seed Funding 2023 competition is the team at Khaalisisi

This waste management platform, based in Kathmandu, Nepal, is selected from more than 1000 submissions from 80 different countries. 

“We were overwhelmed by the sheer number of excellent submissions and the remarkable quality of the proposals we were given. The decision of selecting just one winner was hard, however, in the end, Khaalisisi was the one that stood out the most to us, and we are sure they will put the prize to good use.” 

– Erik Detiger, Founder and Managing Director of Philantropia

Khaalisisi is a social enterprise that works as a bridge between waste entrepreneurs and waste sellers. Their new venture, “Denim for Difference,” recycles old jeans by repurposing them into items such as purses, handbags, schoolbags, cushion covers, and organizers. The project provides employment for single women in the local area, giving them an opportunity to make money from their creativity. In addition to reducing waste pollution, this initiative also helps to address issues of unemployment, providing a source of income for those who might otherwise be marginalized.

Click here to see the winning application entry

Click here to see how the idea for “Denim for Difference” came about.

Honorable mentions:

ARC CTET (Australia): The ARC Training Centre for Cell and Tissue Engineering Technologies allows Australia to deliver industry-aligned innovations resulting in the creation of human capital, next-generation jobs, patents, and spin-off companies in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

Saathi (India): Saathi creates hygiene products that are good for the body, community, and environment in a sustainable and responsible way.

MasterG and Daughters Pvt. Ltd. (India): MasterG and Daughters provide affordable design-based skill education to marginalized people across rural and urban India and enable them with a dignified and sustainable livelihood.

Huesofthemind Mental Wellbeing Foundation (India): They work for mental health to spread awareness and reduce the stigma around it and make resources available and more affordable and act as a tool for Self-help, especially amongst children and the youth.

WeavAir (Canada): WeavAir offers proactive end-to-end software & hardware solutions for air distribution systems that prevent the spread of air contamination and infection while saving energy and reducing operational and maintenance costs.

Havasar (Armenia): It is a mobile app that contains accessible forms of public school materials for children with visual, hearing, and intellectual disabilities.

Once again, we’d like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Khaalisisi and thank each and every one of you for your outstanding contributions. We were absolutely blown away by the sheer quality of all the entries and anticipate seeing you in upcoming events and contests. Don’t forget to keep checking in with StartupXs for any and all new opportunities and competitions!

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