Nine Innovative Companies Awarded at the Vatican

Source: FSSPX News

The leaders with Cardinal Peter Turkson

The Vatican has launched a “startup incubator” in view of concretely implementing Pope Francis’ ecological creed: for “the growth of scientific and technological innovation to come along with more equality and social inclusion.”


On April 13, 2017, the Pope spoke on TED (Technology Entertainment & Design), sending out an appeal to heads of businesses to fight against social inequalities and climate change.

The pope was not preaching in the desert, he was preaching in Silicon Valley, for that is where two young entrepreneurs, Eric Harr and Stephen Forte, launched the idea of a “startup incubator” based at the Vatican and with the mission of answering to the papal objectives.

“The Laudato Si’ Startup Challenge” was born: it is a project that welcomes businesses whose solutions answer seven challenges: energy, water, cities, human potential, food, ethical finance, and the preservation of the environment.

The director of the project, Paul Orlando, says, “We select companies that are doing their own work and innovation that are making the world better”; they all “fit in one way or another into a number of big global problem areas that the pope identified in his encyclical.” 

On December 4, 2017, the project was launched at the Vatican with Cardinal Peter Turkson presiding, and nine innovative companies were awarded: Aqus, Nokero, Rise, Papr, Scooterino, Protrash, Smart Yields, Mandulis Energy, Innov8tia.

We would love for a similar amount of energy to be consecrated to applying the social doctrine of the Church taught by Francis’ predecessors in the 19th and 20th centuries, in favor of the family: a just salary that provides for the family without obliging the mother to work.