Katerva (2011?; San Diego; 12 staff, 14 interns; katerva.net)

The name Katerva (Ca-tair-vah) comes from the Latin word Caterva — meaning “crowd; the global community that makes it possible for us to accomplish our mission.”  Finds, evaluates and accelerates disruptive sustainable innovations.  Looks for ideas that leap efficiency and lifestyle and create action that is a generation ahead of current thinking.

Bestows the Katerva Award, which seeks to be “the Nobel Prize in Sustainability” and boost sustainable business ideas and projects. The 2015 Award went to Ocean Cleanup, which is using giant sieves to collect plastic debris from the Pacific Ocean’s garbage patch. In 2018 it went to Protix which uses insects to develop sustainable products to be integrated into the food system. Their products include an insect-based pet food, as well as products used in animal agriculture such as fish and chicken feed.

Award Categories:

  • Behavioral Change
  • Economy
  • Energy & Power
  • Environment
  • Food
  • Gender Equality
  • Human Development
  • Materials, Resources, Water
  • Smart Cities
  • Transportation

Leadership: Terry Waghorn (Founder & Managing Director)

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