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RippleNami - StartUp of the Year

 

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Company: RippleNami, Inc., Cardiff, CA
Company Description: RippleNami, a B2B technology company, is working in developing nations to deliver blockchain and mapping solutions that solve critical problems, has a simple mission: connecting unconnected people with an easy-to-use technology solution that leverages the mass adoption of cell phones.
Nomination Category: Company/Organization Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Startup of the Year - Business Products Industries

Nomination Title: RippleNami - Connecting the Unconnected Across the World

Describe for the judges the activities and accomplishments of the nominated organization since the beginning of July last year (up to 525 words). Begin this section with the date since July 1 2014 on which this organization began operations:

A RIPPLE means movement and NAMI means “with me” in Swahili - Create a movement with me.

RippleNami, a B2B technology company, is working in developing nations to deliver blockchain and mapping solutions that solve critical problems, has a simple mission: connecting unconnected people with an easy-to-use technology solution that leverages the mass adoption of cell phones. Its technology allows organizations and the common person to obtain a digital identity then map whatever resources or situations they need to find to survive - real time. RippleNami makes it possible to break down data silos, solve problems, make critical decisions and use our technology solution to collaborate like never before.

With a concept developed by Phil Gahn, a dynamic, compassionate leader, and a business plan driving operations/sales created/executed by seasoned startup specialist Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, RippleNami was born in 2015.

Combining Gahn’s desire to improve the world through data with Connolly-LaBelle’s business acumen, RippleNami is making waves through significant global improvements.

Since July 2016, RippleNami has:
•Transitioned company from concept to operational global growth company
•Led product and technology teams in release of web and mobile applications
•Established corporate contracting and development procedures
•Hired/managed all senior department leaders
• Developed strategic growth roadmap and successfully raised Angel and Preferred Series Seed round

In one year, RippleNami’s innovative technology solution positively impacted 20 million people in Africa and 2.8 million veterans in the U.K. while also aiding refugee relief efforts in Europe and government infrastructures in Somalia.

Already, RippleNami is making global impact. In the past year, RippleNami:
•Grew revenue by 200 percent
•Secured 13 major customers
•Released web and mobile app versions of its mapping solution
•Provided access to 22+ million users
•Signed 20 global channel partners
•Opened two global offices: Nairobi, Kenya and Leeds, England, with Singapore up next
•Increased the pipeline 3x equaling $200 million in recurring revenue
•Positively impacted people in Burundi, Kenya, Ethiopia and 2.8 million veterans in the U.K. while also aiding refugee relief efforts in Europe and government infrastructures in Somalia.

With such powerful, rapid results, RippleNami is expected to breakeven by Q317.

RippleNami’s endless application possibilities put the power of big data and sophisticated technology directly into the hands of organizations, thereby empowering them to facilitate change. It’s clearly working. By arming users in developing countries with real-time, easily-accessible information, people around the world can connect and foster positive change. RippleNami’s cost-effective platform connects users with millions of real-time actionable data points, making it accessible on simple, easy-to-use maps.

RippleNami is redefining the way people and data interact. Its products fundamentally change how users experience digital information pertaining to real world conditions and circumstances. RippleNami is the first easy-to-use, intuitive visualization platform that allows anyone to obtain an identity and map their world.

The only solution of its kind, RippleNami delivers real-time information on any device, empowering users to solve problems, make critical decisions and collaborate like never before.

Provide a brief biography of the person or persons who lead the nominated company (up to 125 words):

Jaye Connolly-LaBelle serves as president and chief executive officer of RippleNami, Inc., a global technology company that is redefining mapping. RippleNami is dedicated to connecting to the unconnected through its proprietary, revolutionary visualization platform that consolidates big data, easily providing organizations and users with information that matters. In just under six months, RippleNami positively impacted 22+ million users (including farmers, women, children, refugees and veterans) throughout Africa and Europe. Jaye is a fearless leader and was not afraid to dip her toe in the sand when she set out to do social good. She had a vision of connecting 5 billion unconnected people with an easy-to-use blockchain and mapping solution that leverages the mass adoption of cell phone. First stop: why not Africa?

Choose one (even if both apply): The CEO (or other principal manager) of this company is a woman, and at least 40% of the management team is comprised of women.