From a palm oil alternative and a handheld x-ray to an animal-free egg white and a repurposed airport, the seventh fast company annual world changing ideas awards honor creative solutions to some of the biggest issues facing us today.

COLUMBUS, OH, May 09, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ — The winners of Fast Company’s 2023 World Changing Ideas Awards were announced today, honoring sustainable designs, innovative products, bold social initiatives, and other creative projects that are changing the way we work, live, and interact with the world.

Fleri, a membership-based family care platform for immigrants, has been named an honorable mention in the North America category of Fast Company’s 2023 World Changing Ideas Awards. The annual awards recognize innovative products, sustainable designs, bold social initiatives, and creative projects that are making a positive impact on the world. Fleri was recognized for its Cross-Border Health Marketplace, a unique platform that offers a hassle-free alternative to cash transfers, enabling immigrants to directly pay for healthcare access for their dependents in their home countries. Fleri Care Memberships provide access to trusted and affordable healthcare providers in emerging countries, personalized care coordination, and integrated care plans, and offer two membership tiers: Community and Premium. Fleri is committed to expanding access to quality healthcare for immigrants worldwide and is currently available for immigrants across the diasora with loved ones in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, The Gambia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, with plans to expand to additional countries in the coming months.

This year’s World Changing Ideas Awards showcase 45 winners, 216 finalists, and more than 300 honorable mentions—with health, climate, energy, and AI among the most popular categories. A panel of Fast Company editors and reporters selected winners and finalists from a pool of more than 2,200 entries across urban design, education, nature, politics, technology, corporate social responsibility, and more. Several new categories were added this year including rapid response, crypto and blockchain, agriculture, and workplace. The 2023 awards feature entries from across the globe, from Italy to Singapore to New Zealand.

Fast Company’s Spring 2023 issue (on newsstands May 9, 2023) will showcase some of the world’s most inventive entrepreneurs and forward-thinking companies that are actively tackling global challenges. The solutions cover everything from water reuse in urban environments and modular housing to an initiative combating book bans and a program that spotlights trans-friendly salons around the world.

“We are honored to be recognized by Fast Company for our efforts to improve access to quality healthcare for immigrants and their loved ones,” said Sam Baddoo, CEO and Founder of Fleri. “At Fleri, we are dedicated to creating innovative solutions that empower immigrants to care for their families without jeopardizing their own financial futures. This recognition inspires us to continue pushing forward with our mission to expand access to quality healthcare for immigrants worldwide.”

“It’s thrilling to see the creativity and innovation that are so abundant among this year’s honorees,” says Fast Company editor-in-chief Brendan Vaughan. “While it’s easy to feel discouraged by the state of the world, the entrepreneurs, companies, and nonprofits featured in this package show the limitless potential to address society’s most urgent problems. Our journalists have highlighted some of the most exciting and impactful work being done today—from housing to equity to sustainability—and we look forward to seeing not only how these projects evolve but how they inspire others to develop solutions of their own.”

About the World Changing Ideas Awards: World Changing Ideas is one of Fast Company’s major annual awards programs and is focused on social good, seeking to elevate finished products and brave concepts that make the world better. A panel of judges from across sectors choose winners, finalists, and honorable mentions based on feasibility and the potential for impact. With the goals of awarding ingenuity and fostering innovation, Fast Company draws attention to ideas with great potential and helps them expand their reach to inspire more people to start working on solving the problems that affect us all.

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About Fleri: Fleri is a membership-based family care platform designed to help immigrants better support their loved ones overseas. As a member, immigrants can find providers and pay for healthcare access for their loved ones overseas. With access to a dedicated family care coordinator and the best healthcare providers across Africa, Fleri brings peace of mind to immigrants in the diaspora and quality care to their loved ones overseas. Fleri is committed to expanding access to its memberships and to providing innovative diaspora-financed solutions that empower immigrants to care for loved ones without jeopardizing their own financial futures.


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