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Accelerating Solutions for Humanity

In a rapidly changing world where our social, economic and environmental security are being threatened by exponentially increasing global challenges, The Burnham Prize for Global Innovation identifies, honors and accelerates the most promising and disruptive new innovations that are solving the most complex problems facing humanity.

Led by Katerva and based in San Diego, California, The Burnham Prize is a centerpiece of a new global platform to reset our path to a better future by matching information, influence and investment with sustainable solutions that improve the human condition.

Why Disruptive Innovation

Why Now?

OUR SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL SECURITY ARE AT RISK.

We live in a perilous time. Humanity and local communities are rapidly evolving in dangerous ways we never conceived. Our social, economic and environmental security are being threatened by exponentially increasing global challenges that can only be addressed through immediate and substantive action.

Why The Prize?

IDENTIFYING, HONORING AND ACCELERATING PROMISING AND DISRUPTIVE NEW INNOVATIONS.

Our greatest hope for a better future lies in the hands of true innovators. The Burnham Prize for Global Innovation identifies, honors and accelerates the most promising and disruptive new innovations that are solving the most complex problems facing the world today.

Why Katerva?

A CENTERPIECE OF A GLOBAL MOVEMENT TO SET A NEW PATH TO A BETTER FUTURE.

Only through a change in our approach will we see a change in the world. The Burnham Prize for Global Innovation is a centerpiece of a global movement led by Katerva to set a new path to a better future by matching people, information, influence and investment with innovators to accelerate tranformational world-changing technologies and solutions.

Why San Diego?

BASED IN THE HEART OF AN INSPIRED COMMUNITY OF VISIONARIES.

Katerva is building a global network of regional, community-minded visionaries and social entrepreneurs. As the host city for The Burnham Prize for Global Innovation, San Diego represents the very essence of the Prize and its promise.

Community Before Self: Honoring a Legacy

The Burnham Prize is named in honor of Malin Burnham, a social entrepreneur who has championed the concept of community before self – a philosophy that underpins a belief that innovators, investors and everyone in between can integrate widespread social well-being that benefits humanity while also creating economic value.

Mr. Burnham has been awarded numerous honors, some of which include: Junior Achievement/San Diego Business Hall of Fame, 2002; Philanthropist of the Year, National Society of Fund Raising Executives, 2000; Civic Entrepreneur of the Year, Economic Development Corporation, 1999; Mr. San Diego, Rotary Club of San Diego, 1998, Gold Spike Award, Stanford University, 1996, and inducted into the Stanford Real Estate Hall of Fame, 2012.

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