Gamechangers Ecuador 2017

Who are the most innovative companies in Ecuador?

Nominate the business you think is “changing the game” in any sector, local or internationally, digital or traditional, and in any way.

Explore the winners with Peter Fisk at Reinvention 2017

Inspirations from local companies in Ecuador

Nevado Roses … the Ecuadorian farm Nevado Roses, owned by Roberto Nevado and his son John. In 2005 John Nevado was chosen by The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to join their Young Global Leaders Initiative for his work in sustainable agriculture. Since January 1998, Nevada produces best quality roses in two farms located at altitudes between 2750 and 2950 metres above sea level, and 140 kilometres South of Quito (Ecuador).

At the moment, the farms continue their expansion to 40 hectares with 2.8 million rose plants in 36 varieties. The nursery itself is constructed as a closed eco-system, where most waste is recycled and the fertilization is accomplished with chicken droppings.

Mashpi Lodge … a luxury cocoon in the clouds, located in the Andean cloudforest of Ecuador, close to Quito: a sanctuary for your senses. It is part of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, and an unexpected oasis of urban comfort for just 47 guests in a truly unique location: a mega-biodiverse private forest reserve located within the Metropolitan District of Quito.

Guests at the lodge can now explore the Andean Cloudforest by Sky Bike. If you’re brave enough, you can take this human-powered, two-seat bike across the Cloudforest and see the canopy of the rainforest up close. The current bike is the result of five prototypes inspired by an article in Popular Mechanics.

Pacari Chocolate is a Ecuadorian family-owned company which aims to make the highest quality fine flavour chocolate in the world. Made from tree to bar in Ecuador, this fair trade, sustainable, socially responsible, certified organic dark chocolate has won over 180 International Chocolate Awards since 2012.

Santiago Peralta and Carla Barboto built a business based on socially and environmentally sustainable principles to ensure that the production of chocolate supports the well-being of the local community and the land. The word Pacari means “nature” in Quechua, an indigenous language of the Andean region.

Zero Mass Water … When a family in Guayaquil turns on the tap for water, it doesn’t flow from city pipes … there are none … instead Zero Mass Water have created a new type of solar panel that turns moisture in the air into clean drinking water.

“We started this company to provide water to everyone, everywhere,” says Cody Friesen, CEO of the startup making the new solar panel, called Source. “Everybody’s heard about the latest nanofilter this…or whatever the latest pump technology is,” he says. “None of those end up being sort of the leapfrog technology that addresses the fact that drinking water is a fundamental human right, and yet we have one person dying every 10 seconds from waterborne illness on the planet.”

Dinero Electrónico … Ecuador is the world’s first country with a public digital cash system, circulating low-fee paperless currency. M-Pesa-like products have been hailed for bringing millions of people into the formal financial system, enabling commerce between people in different locations, and cutting theft and tax avoidance.

Anyway Ecuador clothing for outdoor sports, hard and rugged from the hills south of Quito

Yachay in Ecuador is known as the “City of Knowledge.” It’s around 120 kilometers north of the capital Quito and aims to become an international hub for high-tech innovation.   A planned city for technological innovation and knowledge intensive businesses combining the best ideas, human talent and state-of-the-art infrastructure, which shall create the worldwide scientific applications necessary to achieve Good Living (Buen Vivir).

“A place that believes in dreaming and not in setting limits. Where every challenge makes us free to show our full potential, together”. A republic of opportunities, called Ecuador.

 

“A place that believes in dreaming and not in setting limits. Where every challenge makes us free to show our full potential, together”. A republic of opportunities, called Ecuador.