Social media is playing an increasingly prominent role in modern entrepreneurship, allowing businesses to generate their own exposure, funding and interaction with customers in ways that would - until relatively recently - have been utterly inconceivable.
And the tool is still evolving. Aside from being a powerful vessel for a company’s voice and vision, other elements of social media such as crowdfunding are allowing social enterprises to directly tap into and foster communities who are eager to support and form a connection with social change. Now, businesses can make their stories - and the stories of those they are trying to help - available and more personally relatable to a larger number of people than ever before.
It’s a two-way street, one that gives you the option to follow the progress and champion the cause of the Chivas Venture finalist to your heart - all at the click of a button. Here is where you can follow all of the 30 game-changing startups on social media:
Xinca: The startup from Argentina, turning garbage into shoes.
Words with Hearts: The eco-friendly stationers in Australia funding women’s and girls' education projects.
Beeodiversity: The social enterprise creating a buzz about bees and biodiversity in Belgium.
Livre: The Brazilian business creating a future where driving a wheelchair brings freedom and fun.
Sea Harmony: The Bulgarian company using mussels to bring life back to the oceans.
Bioestibas: Delivering a greener future made of flower stalks in Colombia.
Sens Food: The Czech Republic organisation making insects edible for a food of the future.
SoloCoco: Coconut oil with a conscious from the Dominican Republic.
Green City Solutions: The German company whose artificial trees are a breath of fresh air.
Laddroller: This Greek company sees a future where wheelchair users can stand up.
Now Money: A company from the Gulf of Mexico who are including by banking the unbanked.
BYT: This Hong Kong company are Turning unwanted clothes into fashion that cares.
Now Technologies: Giving hope and mobility at the blink of an eye to those in Hungary.
Intendu: The Israeli pioneers transforming brain rehabilitation…
Factelier: We're reviving craft in rural Japan through fashion.
Sanivation: This Kentan company are creating a future where poop is turned into fuel.
FOLO farms: These Malaysian organic vegetables are powered by food waste.
WeaRobot: The Mexican organisation giving people the power of movement.
RecyclePoints: A Nigerian innovator that sees the hidden value of everyday waste.
African Clean Energy: This Dutch family company are cooking up some positive (solar) energy.
NexBio: The start-up from Poland creating a future where crops yield healthy food in abundance.
Sun Concept: When the sun comes up these Portuguese innovators use it for social good…
SoWat: A company based in Romania that envisages a future where the world’s thirst for clean water is quenched.
SmartHead: This Slovakia based community see a future where everyone is inspired to do good.
iDrop Water: Changing the way safe drinking water in South Africa is bought and sold.
Sea2see: We’re cleaning up the Spanish ocean in style.
Siam Organics: Transforming Thai farmers' lives, one grain at a time.
Olio: The UK based company starting a food sharing revolution.
DayOne Response: A US organisation bringing clean drinking water to disaster victims from day one.
First Respond: The startup making First Aid a social norm in China.