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The finalists of the Grants4Impact platform took centre stage during June’s Bayer Foundations Alumni day in Berlin.

This is Bayer Foundation’s energiser programme, granting one million euros to social impact pioneers in health and nutrition. Thimo V. Schmitt-Lord, CEO at Bayer Foundations, opened the pitches session explaining how he went with his team on a roadshow around the world to find pioneers and the most innovative solutions to the world’s most significant problems.


“If you want to be a start-up billionaire- you have to solve a billion people’s problem,” Thimo said.


The 11 finalists were: ANJA, Adaptive Nutrition Joint Achievement; BISA, the healthcare app. BISA is a mobile app that will allow people in Ghana and Africa to access to quick health services, like prescriptions and consultations with doctors. COOLAR, electricity-free refrigeration for drugs and food; DIPTERA, insect-based animal feed ingredients production technology; iBreastExam, handheld breast cancer screening device; Leonyte, new standards in pathogen detection; MATIBABU, non-invasive malaria screening device; SafetyNet, SANI SOLAR, sun-powered maintenance-free sanitation system; UNBIOME, probiotic formulations for more nutrition power in food; and Is it fresh?, smart bio-sensors in food packaging to sense the real freshness of food.

COOLAR, iBreastExam and SANISOLAR were the winners, together with BISA and SafetyNet.

Coolar Tech was one of the day’s big winners.


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Passionate about food innovation and sustainability issues, Carlotta was the first to join the Magazine's Impact Comms Programme in 2018/19.


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