ATC is committed to fighting poverty through meaningful work and appropriate technologies.To amplify our impact, ATC incubates social businesses dedicated to furthering this mission.

A Social Enterprise is a business with social impact objectives. While it is allowed to make a profit, a social enterprise is motivated through its business to address a social problem or challenge, rather than profit maximization.

Our Triple-Bottom Line Social Businesses

Economic INclusion

The business creates local economic exchange, jobs, and increased productivity over the long term.

Environmental Regeneration

The business protects or improves the environment, or leverages resource efficiency as part of its products or services.

Social Development

The business benefits local social development by incorporating cultural identity, empowerment, accessibility, awareness, or training etc.

To bring real world solutions to the people who need it most, ATC incubates environmentally sustainable start-ups that serve the developing world.

2014 | Appropriate Energy Solutions

Together, SEA and ATC developed a Last Mile distribution pathway by training rural women in Guatemala in solar technology and entrepreneurial skills. Still in operation, SEA has installed solar power on homes, schools and businesses across the western highlands of Guatemala.

Appropriate Energy Solutions

2019 | Solar Technology for the Developing World

Backed by the USA Department of Energy award, ATC supported the start-up of Solar20 - partnering with Yale University and Makerworks, Ann Arbor to design durable solar kits that last up to 20 years in underserved communities.

2020 | Mayan Power & Light

A non profit association for access to affordable, environmental solutions to poverty in Guatemala. MPL spurred from over 10 years of community projects between ATC and partner organizations, staff, beneficiaries, and local development experts formed the Mayan Power and Light non profit to self-sustain social programs with solar installation, water filtration and social business coaching services for all Guatemalans.

2020 | Aspirational Technology (AT)

Appropriate Energy Solutions

AT combines engineering and sustainable development to create jobs and serve urgent health needs in the developing world. Human-centered design and aspirational branding bring dignity and participation to critical environmental and social issues.

For most Bottom of the Pyramid customers, a solar light, a water filter, or cookstove is more of an aspirational purchase than a pragmatic purchase. This means that in addition to delivering the social benefit, it has to look good! 
-Acumen Academy