Businesses as forces for social change.
Elix is proud to incubate a variety of social ventures. From closing the gap in access to technology for those with developmental disabilities and the homeless, to promoting sustainability, the one commonality in all of Elix's projects is that they are creating bold and lasting change.
Each year, new versions of existing technology come to market, leading companies, especially those in San Francisco, to upgrade their hardware. Thus, a surplus of older, perfectly functional devices is created. However, much of this technology disappears into storage units. Novis Tech hopes to collect, redistribute, and repurpose these older devices to San Francisco's homeless and the developmentally disabled. Additionally, by working with The Community Technology Network, based in San Francisco, NovisTech hopes to launch a 1:1 device program for homebound seniors. NovisTech has paired devices collectively worth over $15,000 with underserved schools and seniors.
A California native and upset by the state's drought, Tyler Cullen sought to combat excessive water use by founding a water-free car wash service. Through using a plant derived, chemical-free product that removes dirt with just a spray-on and wipe-off application, Tyler Cullen has revolutionized how Marin car owners wash their cars. Originally named Marin Eco Wash, the company has now rebranded and is working on expanding nationwide for other teens to start their own Eco Washes through the Eco Wash Network.
Savvy, a social venture to eliminate political apathy: Savvy hopes to extinguish political apathy in Americans, young and old, and ignite an excitement for politics by creating a mobile app that keeps you updated on local, state, and national elections, and helps mobilize peaceful protests.
Cozy is a social venture designed to help aid the psychological well-being of children in disaster zones. Cozy creates disaster relief packages for children around the world. As a package is bought in the US, one is shipped to a child in need.