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San Diego, Calif. (June 8, 2018) – Following a rigorous process including just over 1,000 nominations and a review by an international panel of experts and advisors, the 10 Category Winners of the 2018 Katerva Awards have been identified. In its seventh year, the Katerva Award identifies, evaluates and advances the most promising early-stage innovations that are solving the most complex and intractable problems facing the world today.

"We are excited and very honored to have reached the status of Category Winner,” said Mary Grikas, Vice President Global Communications of SolarReserve. "It is wonderful to be in the company of others who are working to make a difference and have a positive impact on our planet.”

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In this sixth year of the Katerva Awards over 500 nominations were received across the ten award categories: Energy & Power; Food; Environment; Transportation; Smart Cities; Economy; Materials, Resources and Water; Behavioral Change; Gender Equality; and Human Development.

Katerva's prestigious Awards Council identifying the 2017 Katerva Award Grand Prize Winner: Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE). SHE has developed an environmentally sustainable menstrual pad with a scalable business model that uses agro waste readily available in developing countries.

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Open source schooling gives educational opportunities to everyone

A new breed of companies and social organizations are showing how innovation can be scaled for both business opportunities and global good. Led by resolute and independent thinkers, these companies are making dents in conventional ways of thinking to defy and fight for global change.

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Katerva Award winner and finalists selected to have an immediate, scalable impact on health, food chain, economics and energy

Meat from plants, a new banking system for social change, good energy from food waste: A new breed of companies are showing how innovation can be scaled for both business opportunities and global good. Led by resolute and independent thinkers, these companies are making dents in conventional ways of thinking to defy and fight for global change.

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A new breed of companies are showing how innovation can be scaled for both business opportunities and global good. Led by resolute and independent thinkers, these companies are making dents in conventional ways of thinking to defy and fight for global change.

The Katerva Award identifies 10 of these companies as finalists annually in its global competition –– referred to by Reuters as "the Nobel Prize for Sustainability" –– with The Ocean Cleanup, as the winning company this year. (Impact investors: Katerva has done the due diligence for you.)

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