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As the bicycle resurged as a major source of transportation in the U.S., Bryan Papé saw a sustainable business opportunity. Through his company, MiiR, he helped design a sleek but practical bike and launched a buy one get one program—for every bike purchased, one is given to underserved communities in the U.S. or Africa.

MiiR linked up with World Bicycle Relief in Africa and the Boise Bicycle Project in his hometown of Boise, Idaho to bring bikes to those who can’t afford them.

He founded MiiR in 2010 as a Seattle company with functional products with tangible social impact. The company launched with earth-friendly reusable water bottles, then he partnered with the nonprofit One Day’s Wages to donate a dollar of each sale to bring clean water to areas in Africa.

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Year after year, three female students sat through college engineering and math classes asking themselves the same question—where are the girls? The students—Jennifer Kessler, Alice, Brooks, and Bettina Chen—realized they all shared childhood experiences that drew them to technology, business, and math, fields typically dominated by men despite women’s educational asecendence. So they invented a toy girls can build from the ground up to inspire them to take on male-dominated fields.

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A new website helps connect you with the solar power companies that want to use your spacious roof (and pay you for the privilege).

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Visiting the Doctor Digitally with the Help of a New Startup

Visiting the doctor digitally could lower health care costs considerably. A new startup is making it happen.

There are many reasons people avoid the emergency room—the endless waiting, the stench, the feeling of being lost in a sea of aches and pains. But what if you could skip the visit to the emergency room and your doctor altogether—at least in the flesh?

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One Man's Discarded Trinkets Become Art—in a Dumpster

Downsizing his studio, a collage artist turns discarded belongings into a public art exhibition.

When Brooklyn-based collage artist Mac Premo was preparing to move from his longtime studio to a much smaller one, he knew he had to get rid of hundreds of items from his past. But instead of simply tossing everything in the trash, he decided to catalog each item and the memories associated with them.

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