We create sustainable technology based solutions to local peace and development challenges in conflict and post conflict contexts as well as divided societies. These solutions are based on innovation and collaborative work. The PeaceStartup approach has been proven as a successful method by which real sustainable solutions are innovated and implemented.
2015 Business for Peace Award
At PeaceStartup Foundation, we aim to become a reference driver and the best partner to create, support and scale business opportunities in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in conflict, post-conflict and divided societies.
3 PeaceStartup Cycles held in Colombia and many more to come in other regions
The methodology developed by the PeaceStartup Foundation can be applied worldwide. It has been broadly tested in Colombia with excellent results.
We take ideas and turn them into
results in a matter of 4 phases
The starting point is to build strong and multi-actor partnerships that will enable a more comprehensive and sustainable approach to peacebuilding and development solutions.
The initial discussions consist of roundtables with local stakeholders and partners. Together we work to identify the largest challenges to peace building and development in a conflict, post conflict or divided society. We then select the most salient and pressing issues that we believe businesses can apply ICTs to provide sustainable, scalable, and successful innovative solutions.
Phase three kicks off an intense hackathon, where teams are grouped to collaborate on a technological solution to the problem presented. Alongside mentors, teams take their ideas from conception to fruition, culminated by presenting a short pitch explaining why their solution is the most effective.
Mentors and along with the PeaceStartup team continue to work with the groups that created the top solutions. This includes guidance and trainings to assist the teams in moving forward with their respective technological solutions. They will continue to receive mentorship as they move from conceptual phase to creation, and finally taking the product to market.
6 global and over 30 local allies
158 entrepreneurs and 70 mentors
For the Cycles in Quibdo and Villavicencio (Colombia), we developed several maps that provide open data in view to better understand the context. This pilot project enabled us to plan and define the role of data in peacebuilding and the achievement of the SDGs.
WE BUILD ALLIANCES TO CREATE AND FOSTER A GLOBAL MULTI-ACTOR ECOSYSTEM OF PEACE BUSINESSES WHO WILL MAKE A CHANGE THROUGH A COMBINATION OF RESEARCH, COLLABORATIVE THINKING AND INNOVATIVE BUSINESS SOLUTIONS TO PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT