Humanitas Technologies

Phil Chow

Abu Dhabi
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Provide a summary of the concept, how it works/could work, and why it could be successful

My team and I are building primary data pipelines to power next-generation philanthropy
tools. We collect primary nonprofit data, turn that into smart recommendations that can
help optimize funding allocations for foundations and government units. We have worldleading
engineers, diplomats, humanitarians, and academics involved in our work.

Explain briefly the specific problem(s) you are trying to solve, and how your solution impacts or will impact the region

We are making primary data from the nonprofit sector to be more trusted, frequent, and
comparable. Our vision is enable humanity to understand, predict, and solve all global
issues – with use cases ranging from public health epidemics like Opioid to persistent
societal challenges like violent extremism, homelessness, and plastics pollution.

Geographical Scope: where is the innovation currently operating/where would it first be applied and where would it scale?

Started in Jordan & Lebanon. Expanding across MENA. Then US, Europe and SE Asia.

Please state the current status of your initiative

Currently scaling up/expanding

Beneficiaries: Explain who would benefit from this solution and indicate whether you would be working with a local partner or organization to implement (if so,specify)

Any stakeholder that overlaps with local communities. Ie individuals, businesses,
nonprofits, and governments. We mainly focus on the end-to-end, ie leading family
businesses and the most grassroots organizations via youth volunteers.

Describe the scalability and innovation elements of your initiative

Our solution is fully scalable, with aspiration to digitize every single grassroots around the
world. Our technical innovation is training light-weight AI models to enable philanthropy to
be evidence-based. Our social innovation is rewiring the incentive structure to mobilize
local youth groups to serve as our volunteer for data collection.

Please state your innovation sponsor (if applicable)

As a global humanitarian startup, we are invested by leading philanthropic families from
around the world.

What are your key resources at this stage and what resources would you need to implement/scale?

Talents, advisors, and distribution channels. Always looking to activate our humanitarian
work in new countries starting with that country’s leading philanthropic family businesses
as strategic customers.

What are your key challenges and risks at this stage?

Educating the traditional donor community of our tech-backed solution.

What are your goals and timeline?

Finalize MOU with UN’s Executive Office of Secretary-General (EOSG) by Sept 2019.
Disburse $30m USD by end of 2020. Reorient the entire giving ecosystem for at least one
global issue by end of 2021.

Why should this innovation be selected?

We are already attracting the smartest engineers in the world to work with my team and I
to change the paradigm of aid. We need all the value-aligned pieces to be more
coordinated to drive urgency and provide tangible solutions to the world’s structural,
seemingly “impossible” challenges.

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