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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Create a More Sustainable Future: The 2019 class of Techstars Sustainability Accelerator in partnership with The Nature Conservancy

TechStars

Their agroforestry analytics and project development tools support farmers in the design, implementation, and management of tree-crop systems to increase farm profitability and ecological capacity. Regen Network is a digital platform that connects farmers, brands, and institutions to make regenerative ecological agreements based on verifiable data so that we can rapidly accelerate the adoption of regenerative agriculture and conservation, and reverse global climate change.

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.

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.

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.

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.

LaunchPad Lift Spotlight: May West

TechStars

The more they researched the plant, the more fixated they became on the ecological implications of milkweed as well. Highlights of student-led ventures participating in LaunchPad Lift, part of the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars entrepreneurship program.

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.

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.

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.

NFTs are changing cultural value creation

TechCrunch

But it’s absolutely fair to acknowledge that it does have an ecological impact. Hello and welcome back to Equity , TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.

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.