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:
Words with Heart (Australia):Eco-friendly print & stationery products funding education projects for women and girls.Twitter: @wordswheartInstagram: @wordswithheartFacebook: @wordswithheartau
BeeOdiversity (Belgium): Monitoring bees to reduce pollution and increase biodiversity.Twitter: @BeeOdiversityFacebook: @BeeOdiversity
Livre (Brazil): Transforming any standard wheelchair into an electric tricycle.Instagram: @kitlivreoficialFacebook: @kitlivre
Bioestibas (Colombia):Eco-friendly pallets manufactured from wasted flower stalks.Twitter: @bioestibas
Sens Foods (Czech Republic):Healthy & sustainable protein bars made with cricket flour.Twitter: @SENSFoodsFacebook: @sensfoods
SoloCoco (Dominican Republic):Employing single mothers to produce sustainable coconut oil.Twitter: @OnlyCoconutsFacebook: @Mysolococo
Green City Solutions (Germany):Using special moss cultures to create 'City Trees' that eat air pollution.Facebook: @mygcsTwitter: @mycitytree
Laddroller (Greece):Light and affordable wheelchair enabling users to stand up.Twitter: @laddrollerFacebook: @laddroller
Now Money (Gulf):Mobile banking experience for low-income communities who are excluded from the financial system.Twitter: @NOWMoneyME
BYT (Hong Kong): Turning unwanted fabrics into luxury fashion that cares.
Twitter: @Redress_Asia, @bytlife
Facebook: @RedressAsia, @EcoChic Design Award, @BYTlife
Instagram: @getredressed, @bytlife_
Youtube: @bytlife, @RedressAsia
NowTechnologies (Hungary): Giving hope and mobility at the blink of an eye.Instagram: @nowtechnologies
Factelier (Japan):Reviving craft in rural Japan through fashion, sold directly from factories to consumers.Twitter: @FactelierFacebook: @Factelier
Sanivation (Kenya):Installing toilets in people's homes and turning poop into fuel.Twitter: @sanivation
WeaRobot (Mexico):Developing affordable, tailor-made exoskeletons supporting movement and rehabilitation.Twitter: @WeaRobot_
African Clean Energy (Netherlands): Clean energy device enabling safe smokeless cooking as well as solar energy for light & phone charging.
DayOne Response (USA): Compact 10-litre backpack that collects and purifies water within 30 minutes, proving invaluable for disaster relief.