Under 30 Impact Challenge

The Rise Fund was proud to partner with Forbes and Echoing Green to host the first-ever Under 30 Impact Challenge, awarding up to $500,000 in value to a creative entrepreneur under the age of 30 who is driving positive social and environmental impact through a successful for-profit enterprise.

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2017 Under 30 Impact Challenge is Drinkwell.

Drinkwell founder Minhaj Chowdhury with Forbes editor Randall Lane, The Rise Fund CEO Bill McGlashan, and Echoing Green President Cheryl Dorsey at the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Boston, October 2, 2017.
Drinkwell founder Minhaj Chowdhury with Forbes editor Randall Lane, The Rise Fund CEO Bill McGlashan, and Echoing Green President Cheryl Dorsey at the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Boston, October 2, 2017.

Drinkwell is a market-leading water technology company operating in India and Bangladesh that is combating the arsenic, fluoride, and iron water contamination crisis in the region. Drinkwell’s technology has been used to deploy 231 systems via 17 franchises that provide over 1 million liters of safe drinking water to over 250,000 people, while creating 500 jobs with zero reported cases of arsenicosis and/or fluorosis across India and Bangladesh.

Drinkwell will receive $500,000 in value from The Rise Fund and Forbes. The Bridgespan Group will also support Drinkwell by offering pro bono impact strategy consulting services.

The Under 30 Impact Challenge attracted nearly 200 submissions from businesses operating in 100 countries around the world.

A few snapshots of our applicant pool:

Other founders are citizens of Afghanistan, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, China, DRC, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Italy, Iraq, Jamaica, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Nepal, Philippines, Portugal, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Somalia, South Korea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, and Tunisia.

Under 30 Impact Challenge finalists (L-R) Kushagra Srivastava, Chakr Innovation (India); Minhaj Chowdhury, Drinkwell (India/Bangladesh); and Alloysius Attah, Farmerline (Ghana).
Under 30 Impact Challenge finalists (L-R) Kushagra Srivastava, Chakr Innovation (India); Minhaj Chowdhury, Drinkwell (India/Bangladesh); and Alloysius Attah, Farmerline (Ghana).
Randall Lane, Editor of Forbes, with the judges of the Under 30 Impact Challenge, Bill McGlashan, Founder and Managing Partner of TPG Growth and Co-Founder and CEO of The Rise Fund, and Cheryl Dorsey, President of Echoing Green.
Randall Lane, Editor of Forbes, with the judges of the Under 30 Impact Challenge, Bill McGlashan, Founder and Managing Partner of TPG Growth and Co-Founder and CEO of The Rise Fund, and Cheryl Dorsey, President of Echoing Green.
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