Stories About Entrepreneurship

Found 331 stories. Page 12 of 17.

Timberland Welcomes African Entrepreneurs as a part of Mandela Washington Fellowship
Timberland Welcomes African Entrepreneurs as a part of Mandela Washington Fellowship

PRESS RELEASE - Last week, outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland hosted 25 of Africa’s most talented, emerging leaders at its Stratham, NH headquarters to share the company’s values-driven approach to business. Each of the entrepreneurs is a recipient of the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training and networking. Through this program, some of the brightest entrepreneurs from various countries across sub-Saharan Africa were invited to explore innovative ideas from various business leaders at Timberland.

Project JUST Platform Expanding to Meet Demand for Ethical Fashion - and It Needs Your Help
Project JUST Platform Expanding to Meet Demand for Ethical Fashion - and It Needs Your Help

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Project JUST, an online platform that reviews fashion brands (75 to date) for their supply chain ethics and sustainability to help consumers make more informed choices, is crowdfunding to help expand its offering.

These 6 Startups Just Won £180,000 for Driving Innovation in the Sharing Economy
These 6 Startups Just Won £180,000 for Driving Innovation in the Sharing Economy

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Innovate UK’s IC tomorrow competition sought innovative ideas to grow trust in the sharing economy and support it in the fields of tourism, travel, home improvements, construction and data. Six winning startups were selected from over 200 entries – the most ever received in an IC tomorrow competition.

Shell Launches Digital Tool to ‘Springboard’ … Low-Carbon Startups?
Shell Launches Digital Tool to ‘Springboard’ … Low-Carbon Startups?

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the low-carbon, clean energy and sustainability sectors can now use a handy interactive online tool to identify funding opportunities most relevant to their sector, development stage and financial requirements. The Access to Finance Navigator was recently launched by none other than energy giant Royal Dutch Shell, building on the company’s existing funding and awards offerings.

Advertisement
The Regenerative Business Prize: Search Is On for Company That Exemplifies Principles of Regeneration
The Regenerative Business Prize: Search Is On for Company That Exemplifies Principles of Regeneration

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Regenerative Business Alliance — a subsidiary of the Carol Sanford Institute (CSI) — has launched the search for its 1st annual Regenerative Business Prizewinner. This prize will recognize a business that is taking on practices of enlightened disruption, drawing on the regenerative principles of living systems.

DHL Launches Sustainable Logistics, Robotics Innovation Challenges
DHL Launches Sustainable Logistics, Robotics Innovation Challenges

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - ‘Smart minds’ are invited to submit ideas for self-driving delivery carts or sustainable logistics concepts towards two new innovation challenges from shipping company DHL. Anyone who is at least 18 years of age may join the competition by submitting a written document and video explaining their idea by September 28, 2016. Winners will receive a monetary prize out of a pool of combined 20,000 Euro, will be able to jointly develop their proof-of-concept with DHL, and will display their solutions at DHL Innovation Day on November 17, 2016.

Unilever Foundry Selects 50 Social Impact, Retail Innovation, Marketing Tech Startups
Unilever Foundry Selects 50 Social Impact, Retail Innovation, Marketing Tech Startups

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Following a competitive search for the world’s top 50 marketing technology startups, Unilever announced its 2016 Foundry 50 on June 8th. Selected from 4,500 startups Unilever has reviewed over the past two years, the finalists are distributed across five innovation areas: Brand and Content Innovation; Data, Insights and Personalization; Engaging Millennials; Social Impact; and the Future of Retail.

PrintEco: Partnering with Competitors to Double Down on Sustainable Printing
PrintEco: Partnering with Competitors to Double Down on Sustainable Printing

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Two years ago a story was penned here on Sustainable Brands about a partnership between my company, PrintEco - a small startup with an app to enable more efficient printing - and Domtar, one of the largest paper & pulp manufacturers in North America. It was certainly a unique combination: a paper company promoting a paper-saving software.

The Journey to Creating a Scalable Social Enterprise
The Journey to Creating a Scalable Social Enterprise

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - In today's startup world, high burn rates and the need to raise multiple rounds of funding have become the norm. It's believed that this is the only path to "scalability" — a word that has lost its meaning through a decade of abuse. Before a company, particularly a social enterprise, can become scalable it must have a sustainable foundation that solves a significant problem at a micro level. DivvyUp is a sock company that began out of Florida State University’s entrepreneurship program and is a great example of how to build a viable base to mitigate the risks that comes with growing into a national brand.

Advertisement
Smarter Soap, Soccer Balls, Seats and Supply Chains: The 2016 SBIO Semi-Finalists, Part 2
Smarter Soap, Soccer Balls, Seats and Supply Chains: The 2016 SBIO Semi-Finalists, Part 2

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Sustainable Brands ’16 San Diego is coming up June 6-9, and part of the fun includes this year’s competition for game-changing, purpose-driven startups — the SB Innovation Open, hosted by Target. In part two of our two-part introduction to our inspiring semi-finalists (meet the rest in part one), we meet a soccer ball manufacturer fighting poverty; a truly natural, earth-friendly soap; a clean way to extract copper, and more.

COMMON Partners to Accelerate Social Purpose Businesses, Lead ‘Paradigm Shift’
COMMON Partners to Accelerate Social Purpose Businesses, Lead ‘Paradigm Shift’

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - A new strategic partnership aims to bolster social purpose startups and launch more products that are better for the planet.

If a Social Impact Innovation Is Created and Not Distributed, Can It Have Any Effect? Check Out the D-Prize
If a Social Impact Innovation Is Created and Not Distributed, Can It Have Any Effect? Check Out the D-Prize

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Recently, we added a competition called the D-Prize to our Idea Accelerator. This prize, whose tagline is “Distribution equals development,” is a terrific idea that is so needed in our world today. Why? There is no shortage of excellent, incentivizing prizes in the world — competitions that inspire innovation and ingenuity to make the world a better place. The XPrize is a pioneer in the social innovation competition arena, describing itself as a “catalyst for the benefit of humanity.”

FSC Certification Creates Competitive Advantages, Raises Standards in Forest Management
FSC Certification Creates Competitive Advantages, Raises Standards in Forest Management

SUPPLY CHAIN - Businesses face myriad ongoing challenges: Apart from the day-to-day fluctuations in market dynamics, entrepreneurs must deal with economies of scale, inter- and intra-market competition and regulatory compliance. Yet some voluntary compliance can unleash a competitive advantage expedites addressing the other challenges. Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification is precisely one such step: Especially in a time when consumer interest in sustainable materials continues to grow, FSC-certified wood and paper make sense economically, socially and environmentally.

Bolt Threads Raises $50M Series C, Partners with Patagonia to Pioneer Sustainable Textiles
Bolt Threads Raises $50M Series C, Partners with Patagonia to Pioneer Sustainable Textiles

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - You’ve probably heard plenty of startups claim they can “revolutionize” their industry, but in the case of Bolt Threads, they may actually be right. The California-based biotechnology startup is already manufacturing its Engineered Silk™ protein at scale and made two big announcements this week at TechCrunch Disrupt NY: the conclusion of a $50 million Series C financing round, and a new partnership with apparel brand Patagonia.

Advertisement
11 Purpose-Driven Startups Poised to Change the World: Meet the 2016 SB Innovation Open Semi-Finalists
11 Purpose-Driven Startups Poised to Change the World: Meet the 2016 SB Innovation Open Semi-Finalists

BUSINESS CASE - It's time once again for the Sustainable Brands Innovation Open (SBIO) — our annual competition for startups that positively impact people, planet and profit, sponsored by Target — and we’re excited about our 11 semi-finalists in what has been our most competitive selection process yet. This year, we have startups poised to revolutionize several industries, from natural body care products to responsible mineral mining, to repurposing previously wasted food and clothing.

Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Finalists Revolutionizing Healthcare, Farming, Housing in Developing Areas
Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Finalists Revolutionizing Healthcare, Farming, Housing in Developing Areas

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards, now in its third year, has attracted the highest number of entries to date. The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), which runs the competition with Unilever and Ashoka, says it received over 900 entries from over 99 countries from young entrepreneurs creating a safer, healthier and brighter future.

More Entrepreneurs Waging the Food Waste Fight
More Entrepreneurs Waging the Food Waste Fight

WASTE NOT - Campaigns near and far have been educating people on the – well, wastefulness – of food waste. Bad for both our wallets and the environment, the amount of food that is purchased by consumers only to go uneaten and get thrown out is estimated at 16 percent in European Union countries and up to 25 percent in the United States. The average family in the United Kingdom discards £700-worth (over US$1,000) of food a year, while the average American family of four tosses $1,365 to $2,275 per year.

How Design Can Save the World
How Design Can Save the World

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Cedar Anderson loves bees. So much so he spent 10 years developing a product called Honey Flow that allows beekeepers to easily extract honey with little to no intrusion on the bees (or the beekeeper). In 2015, Anderson raised over $12 million worth of backing (over 17,000% of his goal) on Indiegogo to develop his Flow Hive; by using design to make bees’ lives a little easier, he might just contribute to the preservation of an entire species.

Apparel Startup Forgoes Ad Budget to Plant Trees, Feed Kids, Provide Water
Apparel Startup Forgoes Ad Budget to Plant Trees, Feed Kids, Provide Water

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - When you’re shopping for your next hoodie, this startup is hoping you’ll choose to plant as many as 93 trees: ch8se (choose) is a new experimental fashion brand from Amsterdam that has decided to donate its would-be advertising budget towards planting trees or providing food or water to those in need. “This is an attempt to democratise consumer activism. We believe that conscious consumerism is our most effective tool for making a change and it's currently extremely under-utilized,” ch8se co-founder David Eros told Sustainable Brands in an e-mail.

Advertisement
Can This App Help Consumers, Retailers Redefine Our Relationship with Stuff?
Can This App Help Consumers, Retailers Redefine Our Relationship with Stuff?

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Are we truly stuffed? Our obsession with ownership means we have become somewhat attracted to clutter. It is estimated that the average US home contains 300,000 items, yet this still isn’t enough for 1 in 10 Americans who have to additionally rent offsite storage.

Advertisement

Featured Brand Voices

Have Sustainable Brands delivered right to your inbox.
We offer free, twice weekly newsletters designed to help you create and maintain your company's competitive edge by adopting smarter, more sustainable business strategies and practices.
Copyright ©2007-2021 Sustainable Life Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Sustainable Brands® is a registered trademark of Sustainable Life Media, Inc.