In America, not everyone has the same access to education, workforce development, and economic empowerment. NationSwell and Samsung NEXT set out to find some exceptional entrepreneurs who are using technology to close this opportunity gap. The winner will receive $25,000 to further their work, $13,000 in Samsung technology and a one-year membership to the NationSwell Council.

Congratulations to Michelle Ching and Literator, the winners of the Samsung NEXT Innovation Challenge!

Around the globe, lending circles have provided essential credit when banks weren’t an option. Fonta created Sou Sou to modernize this centuries-old process for people who have been excluded from traditional lending services.

Brian created Edovo to give incarcerated people access to education, communication and self-improvement tools. The result? The opportunity for a meaningful rehabilitation.


Parent engagement can help close the education gap. Heejae and the team at TalkingPoints want to empower teachers and families to work together through their multilingual parent-teacher engagement platform.

Most students wait until the end of high school to apply for the scholarships that will allow them to attend college. Preston started RaiseMe so that students could earn micro-scholarships throughout high school.

As a former teacher, Michelle knew technology could be pivotal to the classroom experience. Literator combines user experience design and literacy expertise to meet the diverse needs of teachers and students learning to read.


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