Nike-backed startups put girls first in fight against global poverty
Thursday, November 13, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO — For the past two weeks, ten companies have been consulting with mentors, growing their business models and collaborating with one target demographic in mind: girls in impoverished parts of the world, a population that many say is the most marginalized in the world.
On Tuesday, these companies showed off their progress at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco as part of the culminating event of the Girl Effect accelerator, a program launched by the Nike Foundation and the Unreasonable Group. The products and services they offer range from eco-friendly charcoal and menstrual hygiene products to mobile payment platforms and high-tech educational services, and all ten are based in Africa or India.