Subscription carbon offsetting platform Ecologi hits $8M total raised, includes General Catalyst

TechCrunch

startup Ecologi , which uses the funds to plant 1 million trees every 10 days in places like Africa and Latin America, as well as doing things like protecting peatlands in Indonesia. In April, Ecologi closed a seed investment round of $5.75

empowering underresourced communities through waste innovation: a q&a with Dr. Caroline Baillie of the University of San Diego

Venture Well

Caroline Bailie of the University of San Diego teaches students to design waste innovation solutions for the social and ecological challenges of discarded trash in California’s Tijuana Estuary canyons.

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LandscapeHub Raises $9M Series A

Hyde Park Angels

HPA Deal Lead Peter Layton is a former partner at Goldman Sachs and CEO of Tallgrass Group, the parent company of various corporations specializing in different aspects of ecological restoration.

Reporter Garret Ellison on Stamp Sand and Lake Superior

StartupNation

It’s an ecological disaster. On this segment of “The Pre W. Smith Show,” MLive reporter Garret Ellison and Jeff Sloan discuss how stamp sand is affecting Lake Superior. Listen to the conversation on the Great Voice. .

The Future of Conservation NGOs Innovation Challenge is on!

Impact Hub

To remain relevant and legitimate, in addition to effectively dealing with the present global ecological crisis, conservation NGOs need to radically shift. Vienna, March 27, 2022.

One social entrepreneur and activist’s mission to defend the environment and indigenous communities in Venezuela

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

By Bryce Kelly. 2017 YLAI Fellow Victor Rujano Bautista is the co-founder of Culturas Indígenas y Medio Ambiente Sustentable (CIMAS), an organization committed to promoting and defending the human rights of indigenous peoples and the protection of the environment in the Venezuelan state of Zulia.

bluShift Aerospace launches its first rocket powered by biofuels

TechCrunch

These differ from traditional fuels in that they offer safety advantages during handling, and ecological advantages during production and use.

Entrepreneurs reflect on value of i2E’s e3 mini-accelerator

Innovation 2 Enterprise

PLANT SEADS – Tulsa-based Plant Seads – an acronym for Sustainable Ecology, Adaptive Design – has a mission to create long-term sustainable vertical gardening solutions to benefit the environment. We have a mission at i2E to invest in entrepreneurs and help them build successful high growth companies right here in Oklahoma.

Life of Purpose: Madison Bachman Followed Her Passion to Research Baboons

StartupNation

The organization embraces innovation, education, ecological research, and natural landscape restoration.

Should we be growing trees in the desert to combat climate change?

TechCrunch

There is a current debate about whether drylands are suitable for reforestation for the purpose of global climate mitigation purposes,” said Niall Hanan, professor of dryland ecology in the Plant and Environmental Sciences Department at New Mexico State University.

Assembling a Tulip: Can you engineer thriving Web3 communities of humans (DAOs) using code?

This is going to be BIG.

Our purpose at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse is to expose our local community to the waterfront—to a new activity build around an ecological resource that should be publicly enjoyed for free. A few years ago, I was a member of a co-working space.

Pancake aims to make customers flip for its virtual home design platform

TechCrunch

Pancake plans to use its funding to further develop its platform and add new features like an ecological footprint calculator so customers can see how sustainable their designs are.

Climate Crisis: Extinction Rebellion

Continuations

Tell the truth: Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change. Change politics: Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice. I recently recorded a podcast about the climate crisis where I made the point that we should not think about innovation versus activism, we need both.

How to avoid greenwashing your business

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

defends the region’s environment and natural resources and the right of every citizen to enjoy a healthy, safe and ecologically balanced environment. How to avoid greenwashing your business. By Shannon Courtney.

Accelerating Sustainable Food Business Solutions to Reshape Our Cities

Impact Hub

Among those selected for the first program is Sutton Community Farm , whose agro-ecological and organic farm in South London provides both restaurants and individuals with healthy, fresh vegetable boxes with a low carbon footprint. 2007 marked an important milestone for the Earth’s cities.

Ocean Solutions Accelerator doubles down on blue economy with new track for later-stage companies

TechCrunch

Renewed attention and funding on climate change, ecological stewardship, and alternative energy sources from the new Biden administration change the equations for startups and services in related industries; all of a sudden an idea that seemed wild a couple years ago makes perfect sense.

Cruz Foam’s shell-based Styrofoam alternative brings in $3.4M seed with DiCaprio and Kutcher

TechCrunch

EPS is toxic both ecologically and reputationally, but the next best thing is three times the price; Cruz Foam can slip in with an option that’s not wildly more expensive, but is as green as it gets.

Embracing aluminum containers, Uni wants to completely remove plastic packaging from your home

TechCrunch

Most personal care brands barely get caught in the third of those ecological safety nets, but Uni is picking a fight with the industry to change all that. We’ve been hearing it for 30 years — reduce, re-use, recycle.

Founders from MIT With a Plan to Change How We Grow and Eat Food

Both Sides of the Table

Tack on the challenges with land, bee population decline, heavy use of ecologically destructive fertilizers and pesticides and extreme food waste and this adds up to a real global challenge. . In our industry we always talk about funding big ideas or funding things with more meaning. It’s something Yves Sisteron & I have been talking about for years at Upfront Ventures.

5 Tips for Making Time to Make a Difference

Entrepreneurs' Organization

In less than two years, he has reinvigorated the heritage footwear industry in Kolhapur and the agro-ecologically sensitive honey segment as well as redesigned a branded retail structure for both industries.

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

TechCrunch

For instance, 2050 will contribute to Université Paris Dauphine’s class on the ecological challenges of the 21st century. Marie Ekeland has unveiled her next act — and it’s a new fund called 2050.

The Unified Theory of Food Investing for Tech VCs

This is going to be BIG.

Will they all be part of a movement to get a lot more conscious about our own ecological footprints, where our food comes from, and it's quality? One of the aspects of running a venture fund that I am most excited about is turning over rocks that other VCs might not. I'm less likely to get excited about the next big photo sharing app coming out of YC, and more into going "where no VC has gone before.". Whatever I do, it needs to be in big enough spaces. What are the biggest opportunities?

Press Release: Impact Hub Joins Pact for Impact Summit 2019

Impact Hub

This Global Alliance is created to face the many social and ecological challenges of today and of tomorrow — including climate change, the fight against poverty, precariousness and inequalities, migrations, healthcare, among others. Pact for Impact Conference 2019 marks the beginning of the Global Alliance for a social and inclusive economy.

The lion and the ant: A managerial lesson

Berkonomics

Taxon cycles are sequential phases of expansion and contraction of the ranges of species, associated generally with shifts in ecological distribution.” This story has turned out to be one of the most enduring posts ever for me, well worth repeating. And what a lesson for us all.

Fishy business: Rooser raises $23M for its seafood trading platform

TechCrunch

The fishing market globally was worth $253 billion in 2021, and despite the controversy that swirls around the industry, that figure continues to grow.

25 French unicorns, 25 French unicorns, do I hear 100?

TechCrunch

“And because startups have a role to play in the ecological transition, let’s set another goal: 25 green unicorns by 2030!” Welcome to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s inspired by the daily TechCrunch+ column where it gets its name.

10 Zurich-area investors on Switzerland’s 2020 startup outlook

TechCrunch

I really wish that the business case for social and ecological startups will finally be proven (kind of like Oatly showed with the Blackstone investment). European entrepreneurs who want to launch startups could do worse than Switzerland.

10 Key Buildings in the Brooklyn Innovation Community

This is going to be BIG.

menagerie of creative entrepreneurs occupies the seven-story building, now known as the Metropolitan Exchange, or MEx, including biotechnologists, ecologically minded architects, organic fashion designers and even miniature-cupcake makers. Back in 2006, when I started working on putting together some community groups for entrepreneurs and tech people, I looked for a better name to reference this collection of people.

Hacking Innovation Education in New York

This is going to be BIG.

If schools are going to participate in the growth of NYC’s innovation ecology, they’re going to have to change the way they operate, or they’re going to get lapped and left behind. Business plan competitions are the air guitar championships of the startup world. This is the case when the requirements of these events don’t actually include building a real business or product.

Why Yelp should pay attention to not shooting itself in the face (and what ripping off Foursquare and taking big money from Elevation mean)

This is going to be BIG.

Undoubtedly, that kind of strategy will actually work against Yelp in today’s ecology. Back in July, I wrote a piece called “ Why Yelp (…and every single retail establishment) Should Support Foursquare ”. Whitney McNamara referred to as the “post that launched 1000 VCs”, but it was really meant to open up a dialogue between an innovative little company hyperfocused on an important piece of data—when people show up to venues—and a bigger company dependent on relationships with venues.

Innovative businesses that support local communities

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

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.” 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.

LyteLoop raises $40 million to launch satellites that use light to store data

TechCrunch

Finally, Harlev points out that it’s incredibly power efficient, and also ecologically sound in terms of not requiring million of gallons of water for cooling, both significant downsides of our current data center storage practices.

Flashback Friday: The Art of Engaging

Entrepreneurs' Organization

RT: I hope that as Global Chairman, I will have helped increase the circle of influence for EO, especially when it comes to supporting the ecology of entrepreneurs.

Nana nabs $6M for an online academy and marketplace dedicated to appliance repair

TechCrunch

A lot of the focus in online education — and, let’s face it, education overall — has been about professional development for knowledge workers, education for K-12 and how best to deliver cost-effective, engaging higher learning to those in college and beyond.

Five common misconceptions about building a startup in New York City

This is going to be BIG.

Just because there are a lot of startups living off of a certain ecology in a city doesn’t mean you can’t build a different kind of company in that place. It’s really difficult for me not to get into the thick of discussions about whether or not you can and/or should build a company in New York City. I grew up here, went to school here, and have worked hard over the last 5+ years to help build up the NYC innovation community.

Spain’s ten-year plan to put startups in the economic driving seat

TechCrunch

Spain is preparing to push forward with pro-startup legislation, having recently unveiled a big and bold transformation plan with the headline goal, by 2030, of turning the country into ‘Spain Entrepreneurial Nation’, as the slightly clumsy English translation has it.

Pixxel closes $7.3M seed round and unveils commercial hyperspectral imaging product

TechCrunch

LA and Bangalore-based space startup Pixxel has closed a $7.3 million seed round, including newly committed capital from Techstars, Omnivore VC and more. The company has also announced a new product focus: Hyperspectral imaging.