Updated Oct 07, 2020

Rachel Elsinga

Equilo harnesses big data & AI to automate delivery of customized gender equality and social inclusion analysis & recommendations. Instant dashboard access empowers organizations to outcomes, while mitigating risk and cutting costs.

Equilo provides better, faster, and more cost-effective gender equality and social inclusion analysis customized for geography and sector. Equilo empowers organizations to achieve better outcomes by instantly delivering critical context-specific research, evidence-based recommendations, and project management tools to improve impact. This web-based application harnesses machine learning and art...
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Equilo provides better, faster, and more cost-effective gender equality and social inclusion analysis customized for geography and sector. Equilo empowers organizations to achieve better outcomes by instantly delivering critical context-specific research, evidence-based recommendations, and project management tools to improve impact. This web-based application harnesses machine learning and artificial neural networks to pull project-specific analysis from our Super GRL (Gender Resource Library) database and deliver it directly to the user dashboard complete with data visualization, business case, recommended actions, and M&E indicators. Applying a gender lens to development projects, social impact investing, and humanitarian relief efforts helps decision makers by identifying opportunities to improve outcomes and impact. The result: Accelerating gender equality. Amplifying impact. Catalyzing change.  
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Stage 3: Proof of Concept

We launch Equilo Dash in September 2020. This is live for gender equality country context subscriptions. We are currently adding sector content to include for next roll-out. We use the TAAP framework which includes GBV as a theme across sectors.

Focus Areas:

Gender Equity, Data/Analytics, Technology and 2 MoreSEE ALL

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1
Customer
5
Employees
$475,000
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

Most development agencies require gender analyses in order to improve the targeting and effectiveness of their projects & investments. However, procurement delays, shortage of experts, and manual data collection lead to major delays. As a result, planning and budgeting takes place without early-stage gender considerations. Ultimately, the intended beneficiaries--disproportionately women and girls--are excluded and suffer from a reinforced or widened gender inequality gap.

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Solution

Equilo is a web-based platform that delivers customized gender equality and social inclusion analysis and recommendations instantly. This automated solution accelerates integration of these recommendations into development planning, emergency response, and investment decisions by reducing costs and lead times while also mitigating risks and improving outcomes. The objective is to make adoption of these recommendation so easy and beneficial, that it becomes an embedded best practice.

Target Beneficiaries

Empowered women contribute to healthy and productive families, companies, communities, and nations. Therefore, Equilo aims to improve society for all of us through the acceleration of gender equality. Gender equality amplifies both social and economic impacts as is recognized in the UN Sustainable Development Goal #5. The immediate customers are development agencies, NGOs, DFIs, and social impact funds, but the ultimate beneficiaries are those they serve.

Mission and Vision

Gender equality is both a human right and a precondition for catalyzing development and lifting communities out of poverty. We believe that early, action-oriented gender analysis is vital to tackle gender inequality and improve efficiency and outcomes. Equilo inspires transformative gender equality and social inclusion by using technology to tackle real social issues. We want to demonstrate just how important this is in creating a happier, more just world.

Competitive Advantage

This is a manual, and often academic, exercise, which does not achieve the intended results. While the value is recognized, the execution has been lacking. Today’s practice has the following pitfalls: a) delivering an academic report on the status quo gender context without actions and b) delivering an actionable report, but the time it takes to do so means delivery is after project planning and budgeting. In either case, this becomes a “check-the-box” exercise without execution. Both of these outcomes are a considerable waste of resources and a missed opportunity. Productizing and automating this manual process puts the information and decision-making power in the hands of the user. It enables them to convert analysis into action during the planning phase and yield better results for the project and the impacted communities.

Planned Goals and Milestones

We have recently completed our MVP and customer testing. We are currently incorporating the feedback on features and functionality to update the product. We are also expanding our research to include 10 more sectors and all low and low-middle income countries.
Funding Goal1,000,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted500,000,000
New Implemented CountriesColombia, Kenya
New FeatureAdd all sectors for all low and low-middle income countries

The Team Behind the Innovation

Jessica Menon (CEO) and Rachel Elsinga (CFO) manage a team of four female data analysts and researchers. The co-founders bring complementary skill sets and experience with Jessica's 15 years of gender analysis, project management, and field experience and Rachel's corporate advisory and social impact investing experience. Both have Maters in Public Policy in International Development from Georgetown University, which has a rigorous econometrics curriculum, and Rachel has an MBA from the same.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Feb 2019
Funds RaisedPENDING
TITLECustomer Discovery and Research & Developoment
TYPEGrant
FOCUS AREAS
Gender Equity
 
as part of
 America's Seed Fund

Supporting Materials

Equilo-pitch-deck-2019-orientation-null.12.06-Female-Founders-Competition.pdf