Innovative businesses that support local communities

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

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. World Bank experts say that without urgent action, global waste will increase by 70 percent of current levels by 2050. With a focus on sustainability, Juliana’s vision may inspire others to take action to diminish the quantity of waste in communities around the world.

New York’s Climate and Community Protection Act

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

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. All you need to do is Google “New York’s Climate and Community Protection Act” and read the NY Post ( against ) and the NY Daily News ( for ) and you will see the various sides of the debate. But legislators and activists and the business community should not stop there.

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Disrupting Environmental Destruction


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.

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. Photo: Sutton Community Farm. The program was born out of the passion for and expertise around sustainable food among the Impact Hub King’s Cross community.

Nia Richards

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. I grew up in a rare household in my community—two parents, master’s degrees, entrepreneurs, living in the inner city. How has that impacted the community? ESHIP Communities

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


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.

Now Is the Time for Racial Equity in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Forward Cities

I came away with a greater respect for the very real health and opportunity barriers faced by so many people in our communities and thinking about the implications of those barriers on the work I do.”. 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.

Plastic: The Problem And Its Impact

Impact Hub

This blog post is part of a wider campaign aiming to share knowledge about environmental challenges within our communities. 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.