AREAS OF FOCUS
With a soaring population, there is real concern that not enough food will exist in the next few decades. We look for solutions that better link the end-consumer with the market producers to minimize wastage and ensure the right quantities are produced.
Limited housing and high upfront costs to build new houses are becoming a real-threat to rapidly developing cities. Additionally, moving people throughout a city in a cost-effective manner and limiting traffic bottlenecks is important to increasing.
Technology has the ability to allow us to re-imagine the way cities are built and improve the way they function. We are looking for any other technology solutions that address the needs of a future, smart city.
Fragmented health systems and data limit the ability to prevent, treat and understand the needs of the population. We look for solutions that address ways to bring together disjointed systems and data into central and easy-to-manage solutions such as a platform that provides patients with information on where to access healthcare in addition to the quality of those services in addition to tools that health providers can use to identify potential spikes in diseases.
The quantity and quality of academic centers for learning are limited. We are looking for solutions that fill both of these gaps. How can technology be used to identify where additional and what type of schools are required (and at what level?) and to assess the quality of the education being provided?
Technology has the ability to connect individuals to the financial market for the first time. There are a number of solutions we are interested at looking at from how to better connect individuals through novel ways to the banking system (e.g. mobile payments, unique bar-codes) to methods to bring the informal economy - the majority of the market - into the formal economy through innovative credit scoring methods to other mechanisms.