Congratulations to the Winners!
Over 2000 voters, 31 senior experts and 11 distinguished jury members have selected the following 2 Winners out of 74 applications. Read more about the best company and startup from around the world that conserve tropical forest biodiversity.
Location: Ecuador | Entrepreneur: Tyler Gage
Runa creates livelihoods for indigenous farmers in the Ecuadorian Amazon by creating markets for indigenous products, including guayusa tea. Since inception in 2009, Runa has generated over $100,000 of direct income to over 2,000 farming families and planted over 150,000 trees.
Location: Panama | Entrepreneur: Andrew Parrucci
Planting Empowerment develops agroforestry projects that are managed to deliver financial, social and environmental benefits. To date, Planting Empowerment has planted 27,500 trees and ensured that farmers are earning 45% more income.
*The jury and experts did not select a winner or finalists from the limited applications in the Idea category as they did not meet the winning criteria. Therefore, this category has been withdrawn.