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In 2018, Nigeria overtook India as the nation with the largest population living in extreme poverty. Among the many problems the rapidly growing country faces is energy security: the country's power grid has failed half a dozen times already in 2019.

Ugwem I. Eneyo grew up in Andoni in the Niger Delta, and she is the founder and CEO of SHYFT Power Solutions, an energy tech firm that develops technology solutions to optimize energy "grid reliability and resiliency.” And despite the steep slope women of color must negotiate to raise VC money, her company is making real progress.

To read more about Eneyo and SHYFT's breakthrough technology, read the recent Forbes article.

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Family farms are a strong tradition in the United States, and the vast majority of American farms are family-owned. Unfortunately, food waste is a big problem with smaller farms, and nearly one-third of the food produced by local families is never consumed.

CropMobster is trying to solve that problem, by connecting communities to reduce waste. For starters, they find buyers for family farms' excess food, both helping their bottom line and getting food to those who need it most. So far they've prevented more than a million servings of local products from going into the waste bin–and they're just getting started.

To learn more about the people behind CropMobster, check out Food Tank's inte...

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Last year, bicycle-sharing startup oBike ceased operations in Singapore, leaving the city with an inconvenient parting gift: thousands of abandoned bicycles, left behind in parks and other public spaces.

But to Myanmar entrepreneur Mike Than Tun Win, it was a problem with a simple solution. Why not distribute the bikes to poor kids in outlying villages so they could bike back and forth to school?

“It’s a common sight to see lines and lines of students walking long distances from home to school in rural villages,” Than told TechCrunch. “Some students can walk up to one hour from home to school....a school bus is almost unheard of to the students in rural villages.”...

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For all of the transformation we've seen in the world of venture capital in recent years, evidence suggests that old ideas persist. Unfortunately, barriers still pervade the space: current figures show that women CEOs net only 3 percent of venture capital, and black women CEOs get only 0.2 percent.

As a CEO in the tech sector, Elaine Kunda experienced a modicum of success. But when she left with plans to become an angel investor, she came to learn how hard it was for female entrepreneurs to get funded.

"It was weird," Kunda says. Many women "were way more competent, capable, and further along in their businesses" than comparable men pitching for VC funds, but were routinely passed over. Kunda ...

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By any estimation, Twotone Grant had a difficult childhood. By the age of 12, Grant was living on the streets, and she spent nearly 8 years drifting in and out of homelessness. Her mother had severe issues with addiction and mental illness, and at times Grant felt like the streets of Los Angeles were the safest place for her to be.

Her harrowing experiences as a child left Grant with a profound sense of empathy for the poor, and when she saw a news story about a homeless man freezing to death, she was compelled to take action. She founded A Light in the Night Community Outreach, a nonprofit providing items like blankets and socks to the homeless people of Albuquerque.

“I want to make sur...

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A 22-year-old entrepreneur in New Jersey is challenging attitudes around the abilities of people with Down’s Syndrome, and he’s doing it by leading by example: John Cronin, who himself has the chromosomal condition, is the co-founder of multimillion-dollar startup John’s Crazy Socks.

Launched at the end of 2016, the business grew out of Cronin’s love of crazy sock designs, combined with his desire to go into business with his father. Originally, the two decided to do something to celebrate Down’s Syndrome Day on March 23rd, and things quickly took off from there.

Mark Cronin, John’s father, knows the value of the good example the two are setting. “Ther...

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