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Puente Desarrollo Internacional

Collaborative community needs databases to direct NGOs and local governments to more problems they can solve.

Founded: 2018 by Hope Tambala, Paul Anthony, Scott Coppa

Puente Desarrollo Internacional
  • Program Area

    Health & Healthcare, Environment, Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development, Public Service & Civic Engagement
  • Location of Impact

    Dominican Republic
  • Headquarters Location

    South Bend, Indiana, United States
  • Product Platforms

    Web, Mobile Apps, Open Source
  • Budget

    $0 to $500,000
  • Founder Demographics

    Racial or Ethnicity Minority

Puente was founded in 2018 by former Peace Corps Volunteers in the Dominican Republic who saw firsthand that community development is still disorganized and inefficient in most international communities. A lack of reliable, community-level data makes it exceedingly difficult for NGOs and other local decision-makers to allocate aid and development resources efficiently. Puente's mobile data collection toolkit makes it easy for NGOs and local volunteers to map the needs and resources of their focus communities, allowing them to make smarter decisions on who to help and what to offer. Four partner organizations currently use Puente's data to maximize their impact by finding and monitoring medical patients, identifying families in need of clean water filters and bathrooms, and more.

Funders and Awards

Zell Lurie Institute - Founders Fund, McCloskey New Venture Competition Award Winner, >$50,000 in private donations received in year one, >$10,000 software and services revenue earned in year one