Impact Journey is a program designed by Casa do Impacto and co-created with the Amélia de Mello Foundation with the support of Sovena Group and the José de Mello Foundation to bring young people closer to opportunities in the world of Impact through scholarships and training sessions.
Teams of young people aged between 18 and 30 were challenged to respond with innovative solutions to four areas of action: Agribusiness, Water, Education and Prevention, and lifestyles.
Get to know each of the ten teams selected:
- >> 2gether: proposes a digital wellness platform that promises to transform health services. The platform can provide personalized responses to individual needs using Artificial Intelligence and cross-referencing studies/treatments with each user’s indicators. Doctors are provided with a report indicating possible diagnoses, medicines, and other indicators that may prove relevant. / Prevention and Lifestyles
- >> Aphrodite: focuses on the issue of infertility and aims to increase knowledge about it as well as the perception and search for social support, and the use of positive coping strategies, thus improving the couple’s mental health and quality of life. / Prevention and Lifestyles
- >> Careplace: is an online platform that functions as a marketplace that makes it easier to find, compare, and hire senior companies – home care providers, nursing homes, senior residences, daycare centers – and medical equipment. Geriatrics companies, for their part, can accept orders from the marketplace and use functionalities to manage operations, users, clients, recruitment, and invoicing efficiently, reducing costs and guaranteeing the quality of services. / Prevention and Lifestyles
- >> Circular Foods: aims to combat food waste and the lack of healthy and affordable options by working directly in factories and reintegrating leftovers from the production chain into new solutions. / Agroindustry
- >> Criatura: Reduces waste by creating Criatura infusions using national natural products discarded by the big markets and raw materials with organic certification. / Agroindustry
- >> Edi: a digital platform that allows teachers to create and modify their content for students autonomously. / Education
- >> Espaço Faia commits to being a education project based on a continuous methodology of non-formal Education to accompany young people in developing socio-emotional skills through contact with nature. / Education
- >> Nó: with the aim of bringing young people closer to the job market, they propose to create a digital platform that promotes short-term empirical experiences to understand what they want professionally. / Education
- >> Nualma: develops sexy lingerie adapted to the needs of women that had breast cancer. This proposal combines a sexy and fun design with safe antibacterial materials that empower these women without compromising their physical, mental, and sexual health. / Prevention and Lifestyles
- >> Water Dial: develops an intelligent system that measures water consumption, providing detailed analysis of this consumption and determining whether watering is necessary by measuring soil moisture levels. This system helps to save water and optimize the time and effort spent on maintaining green spaces. / Water
The three teams that won will receive financial support of €5,000, an Inspiring Journey with the London School of Economics, tickets for the Web Summit 2023, incubation for a year at Casa do Impacto, and access to the impact network and support from the most significant national impact platform.
Here are the winners:
- >> 2Gether;
- >> Circular Foods;
- >> Nó.
We are very proud of all these teams’ work over the days of the Impact Journey. The evolution is notorious, and it doesn’t stop here.
The success of this program has given us the certainty that Impact Entrepreneurship has become widespread and is attracting more people. The potential for Impact on young people is the touchstone for what we can expect in the future—realizing that there are many young teams with ideas and the will to make them a reality gives us extra motivation to support projects like these that can really change the world.
The panel of judges was made up of representatives of the entities involved in the program who brought a very pertinent vision to the Demoday – Inês Sequeira, Founder and Director of Casa do Impacto; Jorge Quintas, Secretary General of the Amélia de Mello Foundation; Joana Oom de Sousa, Strategy, Procurement and Sustainability Director at the Sovena Group; Ana Lopes, Corporate Sustainability Senior Manager at the José de Mello Group; Jwana Godinho, Founder Access Lab & It’s About Impact. We want to thank everyone for their contribution during the Q&A and for the value, they added to the debate.
We’re looking forward to finding out what all these entrepreneurs will do and the Impact they will make—looking forward to hearing about all the ideas that are still out there, waiting for their moment.