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2020 Winner & Finalists

Meet the top competitors of the 2020 Social Innovation Competition! Congratulations to Farah Brunache from Lagatos as official the winner of the Competition. Also  huge congratulations to the other finalists for their inspiring inventions that help people around the world!





Lagatos provides daily access to the Internet for digitally divided communities. It is a private browser that pays consumers to give others access to on-demand content.


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Impaction's mission is to connect people to jobs in the social impact space and provides “easy” ways people can give back to their local communities.


Because International manufactures and distributes simple and innovative products and works with entrepreneurs to leverage innovation to fight poverty.


Andrew Kroes

Andrew is the President of Because International. Andrew was involved in inventing and developing The Shoe That Grows. He and loves connecting with other entrepreneurs who are tackling problems of all types.

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Shivani Chokshi

 Shivani is the CEO and Co-Founder of Impaction. She holds a Masters in Public Policy from George Washington University. She is also currently working as a Budget and Grants Analyst at Chicago Public Schools. 

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Sukanya  Ananthanarayanan

Sukanya is the Co-Founder of Impaction. She holds a Masters in Human Resource Management and Labor Relations. She is also currently working as a HR Generalist in Dallas.

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Emily Allen

Emily is the International Programs Manager for Because International.  She has been an entrepreneur owning multiple businesses over the last 15 years.  She is currently involved in the Pursuit Incubator program.

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Kelsey Otero

Kelsey Otero is the Associate Director of Social Innovation at Marquette University.  She  earned her MBA from Marquette University.  In 2019 she was recognized as one of Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 winners.

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