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The SAM Initiative is a proud sponsor of UCLA Anderson’s 2019 Impact Week and Impactathon. Over five days of programming, we heard fromImpact Talk speakers on various aspects of addressing social impact, culminating in Impactathon, a pitch competition. A total of $20,000 in grants were given to these eight social enterprise teams and founders:

Best Overall
Simple Gardens ($6,000): A turn-key urban garden solution combining art and gardening for an in-home food growing system.

Most Likely to Create Impact
One Million Acres ($5,000): A buy-one-save-one program that has already protected 4K acres of rainforest through the sale of handmade bracelet from indigenous communities.

Championing Reducing Inequalities (SDG 10)
Infinite Flow ($2,000): A professional dance group that champions dancers across ability, furthering core values of inclusion and diversity.

Championing Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11)
U Build Ur World ($2,000): A social worker and veteran founder pitching innovative, affordable housing in the form of microvillages for veterans.

Championing Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG 7)
Kilowatt Killer ($1,000): A team including a retired high school teacher and high school students reducing CO2 emissions through a radically affordable, patented home cooling system.

Championing Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 12)
50 Alt 50 ($1,000): Produce shopping app that identifies local farm options for consumers.

Most Innovative Changemaker
Unpacking Racism ($500): An app to inform and let users report instances of racism within the healthcare system.

Best Problem-Mapping
Re-coop ($500): Online platform to match users with cooperative housing options.

And, People's Choice Award
One Million Acres ($2,000).

The SAM Initiative is proud to help these innovators make change happen.