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. Juliana has dedicated herself to supporting the environment and developing a vision to “generate an ecological and sustainable awareness through a new form of design.” Julio’s clients ask for products associated with social responsibility and community support.

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 Their answer: an accelerator focused on supporting entrepreneurs trying to address global issues, like climate change or sustainably providing food and water to our planet’s growing population.

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


Since taking a minority investment from SoftBank back in 2018 (an investment which reportedly valued the company at $1 billion) and transforming from ParkJockey into REEF Technology, the company added a booming cloud kitchen business to support the increase in virtual restaurant chains.

Accelerating Sustainable Food Business Solutions to Reshape Our Cities

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The UN predicts that by 2050, this proportion will rise to more than two thirds. This year saw the launch of Feeding the City Accelerate in the UK, which aims to support more established small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) working in the realm of sustainable food to scale.

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

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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. We created a tech solution that provides clinical decision support to physicians so they can manage patients’ cognitive health. BrainCheck (Dreamit Healthtech Fall 2016) raised $8M in funding.

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TechCrunch: Where top VCs are investing in construction robotics

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Of the sub-verticals in construction that tend to cost the most (structural support like concrete and steel or mechanical and plumbing), not many can be automated because of the complexity of the task. According to UN forecasts, the number of people living in cities is expected to double by 2050, growing from 3.5 We have also staffed our URBAN-X accelerator program with dedicated experts to provide software and hardware support.