We are delighted to announce the winner of the Allia Award for Social Entrepreneurship 2016 as Cambridge based technology company Simprints Technology Ltd.
The award names the initiative which has delivered or will deliver the most impressive impact on society in terms of social, environmental and economic impact.
The Allia Award for Social Entrepreneurship 2016 was presented by Caroline Hyde and Jonathan Dimbleby at the Cambridge News Business Excellence Awards in Kings College, Cambridge last night. The winner, Simprints Technology Ltd. is a nonprofit tech company committed to ‘improving the lives of the poor by quickly and accurately linking people to their digital records’; eliminating a critical bottleneck in the delivery of mobile services in healthcare, microfinance, and aid distribution.
Simprints mobile fingerprint scanner is designed to help medics and aid workers identify patients in locations where records are often poorly maintained. The scanner is accompanied by an Android App which links to central databases for storing information. Each scanner costs around $50.
The technology has already attracted the attention of the UN, as well as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which awarded the company $250k in funding.
“Our first project is live in Bangladesh and we’ve got several others lined up,” said Simprints’ Sebastian Manhart. “We think it could be useful in disaster relief situations too.”
Other finalists in the category included Harry Specters, a chocolatier providing jobs to autistic people, currently participating in the Social Incubator East programme at Future Business Centre Cambridge, and Overstream Clean, a mobile cleaning and gardening service offering accessible employment to those who have experienced or homelessness or who are in a vulnerable housing situation.
Presenting on the evening, Caroline Hyde, Director for Workspace and Enterprise Support at Allia said of the three finalists;
“It is vital to raise the profile and awareness of the growing number of innovative social ventures that are delivering huge impact for people and planet for a stronger and more sustainable society. Whether these initiatives are operating at a local, national or international level they have all demonstrated significant ability or potential to make a transformational difference.”
Congratulations to finalists and winners across all categories, including Future Business Centre Venture Arcus Global, who picked up the award for Small Business of the Year.