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New Startup Accelerator Will Catalyze Cleantech in the Middle East
New Startup Accelerator Will Catalyze Cleantech in the Middle East

CLEANTECH - Renewable energy company Masdar kicked off its Innovation Week activities by announcing the Middle East’s first startup accelerator focused on sustainability and clean tech.

How Brands Are Tapping the Crowd, Competitors to Accelerate Innovation
How Brands Are Tapping the Crowd, Competitors to Accelerate Innovation

COLLABORATION - In a Tuesday afternoon breakout that brought together a unique and diverse group, Steve Jennings from Better Ventures created a high-energy atmosphere where participants had frank discussions about their experiences and challenges in supporting entrepreneurial communities.Recognising the power of linking entrepreneurs and startups to large corporate companies and the benefits derived from supporting entrepreneurial communities, Jennings guided the panel to speak about their own journeys with this.What are some really good examples of startups or groups that we can learn from?

TOMS Launches Social Entrepreneurship Fund
TOMS Launches Social Entrepreneurship Fund

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Apparel brand TOMS, the poster child of the one-for-one business model, is taking its support for fellow purpose-driven businesses to the next level. The newly launched TOMS Social Entrepreneurship Fund is investing in up-and-coming startups that can make a difference.

Business Incubators Helping Sustainability Startups Thrive
Business Incubators Helping Sustainability Startups Thrive

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - As a newborn startup, going it alone isn’t easy. Although the romantic conception of the birthplace of world-changing, disruptive businesses tends to be Harvard dorm rooms or parents' basements, this just isn’t the case for most fledgling firms.And having a great idea doesn’t guarantee that it will translate into a viable long-standing company. Often the devil is in the most mundane details, such as accounting, office space and legal services. In response to these growing needs, dozens of business “incubators” have sprouted up across the country to help nurture startups into the “next big thing.”

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Beverage Packaging Artisans Get the Spotlight in Coca-Cola's New Short Film
Beverage Packaging Artisans Get the Spotlight in Coca-Cola's New Short Film

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - After spending much of her childhood in landfills near Mexico City, 22-year-old Sandy Yazmin Colohua Gomez is now one of the women who has gained financial independence and confidence through The Coca-Cola Company’s 5by20 initiative. The company has released a short film, 5by20: Meet the Artisans, to share the global impact of the initiative through stories such as Sandy’s.

Fostering Social Enterprise: Minister Brad Duguid on the Buzz North of the Border
Fostering Social Enterprise: Minister Brad Duguid on the Buzz North of the Border

COLLABORATION - Canada’s most populous province has become a leader in the social enterprise sector in North America, with over 10,000 social enterprises in operation employing an estimated 160,000 people. Ontario’s government has leant considerable support to the sector, directly and indirectly, to make this happen.To learn more about how and why, I spoke with Minister Brad Duguid of the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure.

Startup Exploring Multibillion-Dollar Opportunity for Coal Ash
Startup Exploring Multibillion-Dollar Opportunity for Coal Ash

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Coal ash is the United States’ second-largest waste stream, after household garbage. It needs to be stored safely to prevent arsenic, lead, mercury and other toxins from leaching into farmlands, rivers, lakes, and other public water sources. Coal-fired power plants in the United States generate 140 million tons of coal ash each year – leaving an estimated 3.5 billion tons which now must be managed. Now a startup from Charlotte, North Carolina thinks it might have a profitable solution to this toxic problem.

Q&A: Gliimpse Wants to Translate Your Medical Records Into Actionable Data
Q&A: Gliimpse Wants to Translate Your Medical Records Into Actionable Data

CLEANTECH - Medical records, electronic or otherwise, might as well be Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics to, well, just about anyone other than a medical professional. This makes it next to impossible for us to make sense of our personal health data.But a startup called Gliimpse says it has developed the “Rosetta Stone” for medical records, which helps translate the esoteric information into fluid, actionable data. I recently caught up with Gliimpse co-founder and CEO Anil Sethi, and co-founder and president Karthik Hariharan.

Off-Grid Solar Startup Bringing Affordable, Reliable Electricity to Haiti
Off-Grid Solar Startup Bringing Affordable, Reliable Electricity to Haiti

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Haitian off-grid utility startup RE-VOLT is on a mission to bring affordable and reliable electricity to families in rural Haiti and is running a crowdfunding campaign to help fund the expansion of its service to more customers, according to a recent announcement.RE-VOLT recently launched a campaign on crowdfunding site Indiegogo in order to raise the working capital necessary to grow its customer base on La Gonave to 2,000 households or 10,000 people by January 2016.

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Trending: Tricking People Into Making Healthier Choices
Trending: Tricking People Into Making Healthier Choices

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - A new cup will use aromas and a patented “sweet taste technology” to trick people who prefer sugary drinks into thinking they are drinking a fruit-flavored water. The Right Cup, designed to help people drink more water, will launch its crowdfunding campaign in a few weeks.

Investors Gave This Sustainable Food Startup $108M to Do the 'Impossible'
Investors Gave This Sustainable Food Startup $108M to Do the 'Impossible'

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Sustainable food startup Impossible Foods recently raised $108 million in Series D funding, bringing their total funding to date to $183 million. The Redwood City, California-based company is creating meat and dairy alternatives from plant ingredients that are remarkably similar to the real thing.

Skeleton Tech's Graphene-Based Ultracapacitors Could Revolutionize Long-Life Storage
Skeleton Tech's Graphene-Based Ultracapacitors Could Revolutionize Long-Life Storage

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Out of 37 nominated startups, Skeleton Technologies won the Gold ECO15 London Award at the Ecosummit 2015 conference. The company manufactures high-performance, graphene-based ultracapacitors — energy storage devices with much higher power and longer life cycles than batteries.

Have an Idea for the Future of Food? Unilever, Cargill, General Mills, and More Want to Hear It
Have an Idea for the Future of Food? Unilever, Cargill, General Mills, and More Want to Hear It

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Startups that are innovating around nutritious, sustainable food are invited to pitch for a £3000 cash prize and a three-month mentoring program with the Unilever Foundry. The competition is open to innovators tackling food system challenges such as heart health, obesity, under-nutrition, food waste, and sustainability of the food chain.

Forbes Names 6 Social Entrepreneurs Finalists in Under 30 $1M Change the World Competition
Forbes Names 6 Social Entrepreneurs Finalists in Under 30 $1M Change the World Competition

CLEANTECH - More than 2,500 young social entrepreneurs applied to the Forbes Under 30 $1M Change the World Competition. Six finalists will compete on the main stage at Forbes’ second annual Under 30 Summit for a portion of the $1 million prize money.

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Kickstarter Becomes a Public Benefit Corporation
Kickstarter Becomes a Public Benefit Corporation

LEADERSHIP - Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has announced it is reincorporating as a public benefit corporation, The New York Times reports, a legal designation that protects for-profit companies that want to do well and do good at the same time by affording them the freedom to pursue corporate purposes beyond maximizing profits.

Startup Working to Provide Jobs to Refugees Resettled in the US
Startup Working to Provide Jobs to Refugees Resettled in the US

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The ongoing plight of the millions of refugees fleeing Syria and other parts of the world has captured the world’s attention, but what happens once they’ve found somewhere safe to settle?In the midst of the refugee crisis, socially conscious jewelry brand Liberti USA is asking you to support the American dream and help resettled refugees exercise their right to work.

27 African Startups Prove Worthy Grassroots Solutions for Sustainable Development
27 African Startups Prove Worthy Grassroots Solutions for Sustainable Development

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - 27 African social and environmental startups were recognized with awards last week at the 2015 SEED Africa Symposium. The recipients’ business models benefit local communities and help meet sustainable development challenges. Two of the awards were specifically designated for women-led ventures that focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

German Startup Franchises Biogas Bag Business in Africa
German Startup Franchises Biogas Bag Business in Africa

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - German social enterprise B-Energy has developed portable “digester” bags that produce methane gas out of food waste or animal droppings, which can help low-income entrepreneurs in the global South make a living through a franchise model, BBC News reports.The bags, which are heat and fire resistant, come with a tap and pipe that users can attach to a gas stove. They hold up to 1.2 cubic meters of gas — enough for about five hours of cooking.

Trending: 'Freaky Friday' Technologies Grow Metal, Create Batteries from Trees
Trending: 'Freaky Friday' Technologies Grow Metal, Create Batteries from Trees

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - We know from the emerging discipline of biomimicry that natural systems can stimulate sustainable designs for human use. Two recent innovations use trees for inspiration and materials in unconventional products that may revolutionize very different industries: large-scale metal production, and battery technology to suit cars and wearable devices.

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Bureo's Upcycled Sunglasses Campaign Funded Within Hours of Launch
Bureo's Upcycled Sunglasses Campaign Funded Within Hours of Launch

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - We have been following Chile-based startup Bureo from its launch in late 2013 to its first incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign last year. Now the company, which got its start upcycling plastic marine waste lining Chile’s waters and shores, has expanded its product range to sunglasses.

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