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25 Tech-Savvy Social Businesses

From Purpose-Driven IT Companies to Design-Focused LED Lanterns

— September 14, 2011 — Social Good
Once upon a time, enterprises with charitable missions were considered not to be on the forefront of technology, the Internet and social media, but these tech-savvy social businesses show how many groups are on the cutting-edge of both positive change and the tech industry.

It's no surprise that technology (and with the help of Internet tools like social media) can contribute to solving social problems. This list ranges from interesting websites that track the consumer chain to innovative LED lights that are meant to replace dangerous kerosene lamps in places like Rwanda, where they have become ubiquitous.

From articles like "African Abuse Apps" and "Purpose-Driven IT Companies" to showcases of "Design-Focused LED Lanterns," these tech-savvy social businesses show you the best of charitable initiatives and technological innovation.
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Computer Cradle Campaigns
Computer Cradle Campaigns
‘Saving Bletchley Park' is Restoring the Origin of the PC
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Crowdsourced Charity Reviews
Crowdsourced Charity Reviews
GreatNonProfits is a Website that Supports Good Causes
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Social Business Info Portals
Social Business Info Portals
Via3 Offers Publicity and Networking for Ethical Companies
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Global Goods Tracking Sites
Global Goods Tracking Sites
The iuMAP Project Tracks and Maps Global Social Enterprise
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Technological Literacy Programs
Technological Literacy Programs
‘121 Women and Computers' Teaches Valuable Employment
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Conscientious Clothes-Tracking
Conscientious Clothes-Tracking
This Made-By Website Tracks Textiles Transparently
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Empowering Childcare Networks
Empowering Childcare Networks
Cool2Care Matches Personal Assistants with Disabled Children
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Global Empowerment Tutor Sites
Global Empowerment Tutor Sites
EducateNcare Works with Students for a Social Purpose
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Developing World Entrepreneur Webisodes
Developing World Entrepreneur Webisodes
‘Young World Innovators’ Follows African Business
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POS Social Enterprises
POS Social Enterprises
Frogtek Uses Cellphones to Bring Tools to Small-Scale Retailers
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Medicinal Transport Pods
Medicinal Transport Pods
'Matternet' Offers Incredible Solutions to Help the Majority World
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African Artist Assist Sites
African Artist Assist Sites
African Cartel Gives Struggling Artists an Online Outlet
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Crowdfunded Social Enterprises
Crowdfunded Social Enterprises
OC Theory Makes a Difference by Funding Small Businesses
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12
Coffee Connection Sites
Coffee Connection Sites
Coffee CSA Lets You Connect with and Buy from Java Farmers Worldwide
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Social Business Marketplaces
Social Business Marketplaces
ClearlySo is a Website Connecting Investors and Enterprises
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Franchised H2O Solutions
Franchised H2O Solutions
Sarvajal Aims to Solve the Clean Water Problem in India
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Purpose-Driven IT Companies
Purpose-Driven IT Companies
Better The World is a B Corporation Using Technology for Social Good
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African Abuse Apps
African Abuse Apps
Mobi-Reportabuse is a Ghanian Cellphone Service to Report Violence
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Low-Cost Solar Lanterns
Low-Cost Solar Lanterns
D.Light Design Wins Ashden Award for a Lamp Brighter than Kerosene
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Design-Focused LED Lanterns
Design-Focused LED Lanterns
‘d.light’ Offers Affordable Solar Lamps to Rural Communities
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Crowdfunded Social Innovator Sites
Crowdfunded Social Innovator Sites
‘StartSomeGood’ Grows Purpose-Driven Initiatives
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Kerosene-Replacing Lamps
Kerosene-Replacing Lamps
Nuru Uses LED Lights to Create Jobs and Promote Safety in Rural Rwanda
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Jewelry-Funded Water Purifiers
Jewelry-Funded Water Purifiers
The Midomo Launch in Mwingi, Kenya Will Bring Security
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Stripped-Down SUVs
Stripped-Down SUVs
The Mobius One Vehicle Offers Economic Mobility for African Countries
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Literary Smartphone Covers
Literary Smartphone Covers
Speck x Out of Print Novel Cases Bring Back Classic Stories
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