Map Project has been awarded the SAS Scholarship. The three winners from Denmark, Norway and Sweden were selected from thousands of applicants. The Scholarship includes a tailormade trip to support the development of their ideas and products, which will be planned with the support of a mentor.
“On a personal level, this has been an amazing journey. To think that what was just an idea about three years ago is now being recognized and so much closer to being realized is exciting! I am fortunate to work with a great team and co-founder, and that so many want to see us succeed and contribute to the achievement of our vision,” says Karoline Beronius, CEO & Co-founder of Map Project.
The Map Project team is excited to be awarded for their work to make addresses available to everyone, everywhere! It means a lot to gain this recognition, but also the support recieved in reaching out to develop new partnerships and iterate their product with end-users and potential business customers in the field.
“We rely on modern communication technology to work with our partners and developers that are located on other continents. However, nothing compares to face-to-face meetings when it comes to building trust and partnerships and setting processes for good collaboration. The SAS Scholarship is very timely, as we are about to start testing and observations in target markets,” says Maria Cheadle, CTO & co-founder.
4 billion people suffer from not having an adequate address, or indeed not knowing their address or how to use it. Without an address, it is difficult to exercise your civil and socio-economic rights, get access to new goods and services (e.g. financial services and insurance), or even explain to emergency services how to find you.
Without effective addressing systems, it is challenging for the government to organize and structure society, or for authorities and institutions to be inclusive and reach all citizens.
Map Project is working on solving these challenges in collaboration with local partners. The team is developing a system that provides addresses to everyone, everywhere. They provide addressing as a service to businesses and organizations. For individuals, it will always be free!
Map Project and partners are contributing to socio-economic development, safer and more inclusive cities, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. See UN SDG (especially 8, 9, 10, 11, 16 and 17).
About SAS Scholarship
SAS Scholarship is a program where three winners with sustainable and innovative ideas and an ambition to improve the world are paired with influential mentors. Together, each winner and mentor tailor a trip around the world. The mentors provide support with knowledge, experience and their network and, in collaboration with SAS, unique trips and experiences are formed that can contribute to the realization of each idea.