Marie Ekeland launches 2050, a new fund with radically ambitious, long-term goals

TechCrunch

Marie Ekeland has unveiled her next act — and it’s a new fund called 2050. With 2050, Ekeland is going back to the drawing board with a different vision when it comes to investment thesis, fund structure and the firm’s own values. Arguably, this is the most interesting part of 2050.

Disrupting Environmental Destruction

TechStars

The World In 2050. What will the world look like in 2050? We need a technology revolution to help us get on that path to a sustainable 2050,” says August Ritter, Program Director for The Sustainability Accelerator , a partnership between Techstars and The Nature Conservancy. “We We need the best minds of this generation working to transform the world by 2050 into a place where both people and nature can thrive.”. Source: Ben Duke.

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AppHarvest is now APPH: Rise of the Rest’s First Publicly Traded Company

Revolution

the company’s DNA is wired with an urgency that meets the moment: the United Nations has predicted that by 2050 we will need up to 50% more food to meet a rising population and growing middle class. On February 1st, the AppHarvest team?—?led led by Founder & CEO Jonathan Webb ?—?rang

EO Impact Day: ‘Reimagine Success’ for your business and the planet

Entrepreneurs' Organization

If we don’t consider these questions, we risk failing to tackle the most important challenges of our lives.” . • “If the world needs to be net zero by 2050, all of us must start today.

AI-driven energy startup Octopus hits $2B mark after $200M investment from Tokyo Gas

TechCrunch

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has set a target of reaching net-zero by 2050. You’ve heard of challenger banks? Now meet the challenger energy suppliers. The U.K.’s s Octopus Energy has attained a $2.06 billion valuation (£1.5

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Salesforce leads $15M investment in Asian HR tech platform Darwinbox

TechCrunch

“India is home to one of the world’s youngest populations, and by 2050, it is expected to account for over 18% of the global working age population,” said Arundhati Bhattacharya, chairperson and CEO, Salesforce India, in a statement.

ZeroAvia’s hydrogen-powered vision for aviation nets $21.4 million from Amazon, Shell and Bill Gates-backed fund

TechCrunch

“By 2050 everybody wants to be zero emission and net zero. 2050 is one vehicle lifetime away. ZeroAvia , the company that’s on a mission to move the world to zero-emission, hydrogen-fueled flight, has just received some corporate jet fuel in the form of a new $21.4 million cash infusion.

Two European companies are mapping a future service for direct air capture to sequestration of CO2

TechCrunch

There is growing awareness of the need to build capacity to remove CO 2 from the atmosphere to achieve net zero by 2050.

Accelerating Sustainable Food Business Solutions to Reshape Our Cities

Impact Hub

The UN predicts that by 2050, this proportion will rise to more than two thirds. 2007 marked an important milestone for the Earth’s cities. It happened without us realizing at the time.

The UrbanTech Movement is Transforming Cities

Gust

More than half of the world’s population now lives in cities, and the number of urban citizens around the world is projected to rise to 66% by 2050. Urbanization is a defining process of modern life. In the US, over 80% of the population lives in urban areas with 1 in 7 Americans living in New York, Los. Read more >. The post The UrbanTech Movement is Transforming Cities appeared first on The Gust Blog. Investors' Insights

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TechCrunch: Where top VCs are investing in construction robotics

Dream It

According to UN forecasts, the number of people living in cities is expected to double by 2050, growing from 3.5

Hopper raises $170M and partners with Capital One on a new cardholder travel booking portal

TechCrunch

And the answer was we’d be done in 2070, and then even if you double the number of people doing it, it was 2050.” Canadian travel startup Hopper has raised a $170 million Series F round, led by Capital One. The U.S.

Now Is the Time for Racial Equity in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Forward Cities

For those that need to hear the business case for racial equity, REI shared a great reality check- “by 2050, (I’ll be about 70 y.o.), By Kaliah Ligon, Forward Cities Local Director – Indianapolis, IN. Last week’s Forward Cities conference in Pittsburgh highlighted the need for equity and inclusion in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

BrainCheck Raised $8M in Series A Funding to Help Doctors Assess the Cognitive Health of Patients

Dream It

According to United Nations data, by 2050, one in six people in the world will be over age 65, up from one in 11 right now. Meanwhile, in Europe and North America, by 2050, one in four people could be 65 or older. BrainCheck (Dreamit Healthtech Fall 2016) raised $8M in funding. The startup helps physicians assess and track the mental health of their patients.

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New York’s Climate and Community Protection Act

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

What this bill does is commit New York State to some of the most agressive goals of any city, state, or region: This is a legally binding legislative act to achieve an 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and a goal of net zero. The lawmakers in Albany have passed legislation known as the Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA) and it is sitting on the Governor’s desk awaiting signature. There is plenty of debate on whether CCPA is good policy or bad policy.

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Forward Cities

The 2019 Institute for Policy Study on the national racial wealth gap reported if the trajectory of the past three decades continues, by 2050 the median White family will have $174,000 of wealth, while Latino median wealth will be $8,600 and Black median wealth will be $600.

REEF Technology raises $700M from SoftBank and others to remake parking lots

TechCrunch

Roughly two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050, and the world’s largest cities are cracking under the pressures of economic, civil, and environmental transformations that they have not been able to address effectively.

[H2Pro in New Atlas] H2Pro’s dollar-a-kilo green hydrogen: a 20-year leap in clean energy?

OurCrowd

The Hydrogen Council’s current projections don’t expect that kind of price drop until 2050, and even then it’s a best-case scenario.

The house is on fire: the multi-faceted problem of climate change

Impact Hub

By 2050, it is estimated that 140 million people (from Ethiopia, Bangladesh and Mexico, for instance) could become climate migrants if we don’t take action very soon. It is predicted that South Asia alone could have 40 million internal climate migrants by 2050. An area the size of Belgium is burning in the Arctic. Not a day goes by without the news reminding us that we’re facing an environmental emergency in the form of climate change.

Neuroglee gets $2.3 million to develop digital therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases

TechCrunch

There are now about 50 million people with dementia globally , a number the World Health Organization expects to triple by 2050. Alzheimer’s is the leading cause of dementia and caregivers are often overwhelmed, without enough support.

Innovative businesses that support local communities

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

World Bank experts say that without urgent action, global waste will increase by 70 percent of current levels by 2050. YLAI Network members Juliana Nieva de Castillo from Tucumán, Argentina and Julio César Bueno Cruz from Cali, Colombia illustrate two forms of social innovation and community support through unique business concepts. Recycling and Design. Juliana Nieva de Castillo created Ecomué Diseño Sustentable, a business that designs and builds furniture out of recycled materials.

Minna Technologies, a subscription management tool for banking customers, raises $18.8M

TechCrunch

IDC predicts that by 2050, 50% of the world’s largest enterprises will focus the majority of their businesses on digitally enhanced products, services and experiences.

Plastic: The Problem And Its Impact

Impact Hub

Plastic waste is expected to quadruple from 2010 to 2050 and global recycling capacity will only cover 1/3 of the waste. By 2050, it is predicted that there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans. WWF and Impact Hub join forces for the oceans. This blog post is part of a wider campaign aiming to share knowledge about environmental challenges within our communities.