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Winning Water Tech Removes Contaminants Using Bubbles, Wastewater Minerals, Biomaterials
Winning Water Tech Removes Contaminants Using Bubbles, Wastewater Minerals, Biomaterials

CLEANTECH - Last week, Veolia, The Water Council and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) announced the first-ever “Pow!

Trending: Zero-Waste Ale, Restaurant Save Food From Landfills in the UK
Trending: Zero-Waste Ale, Restaurant Save Food From Landfills in the UK

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Food waste has been one of the trendiest topics in sustainability of late, as more and more people have become aware that as much as one third of the world’s food is being wasted. The UN set a target to halve global food waste as one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which the CEOs of Nestlé, Tesco, Unilever, and other leaders formed Champions 12.3 to pursue.

MIT Climate CoLab Looking to Crowdsource Makings of National, Global Climate Action Plans
MIT Climate CoLab Looking to Crowdsource Makings of National, Global Climate Action Plans

COLLABORATION - The Climate CoLab — an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) launched in 2009 — has launched its annual set of contests seeking high-impact proposals on how people, organizations and governments can collaborate to tackle major climate change challenges. Entries can win prizes — including a $10,000 cash award and a chance to present at MIT — and also feed into larger climate action plans for countries and the whole world, which the community will build on the platform later this year.

Campbell Soup Launches $125M Venture Capital Fund for Food Startups
Campbell Soup Launches $125M Venture Capital Fund for Food Startups

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Campbell Soup Company has announced that it is launching a $125 million venture capital (VC) fund to invest in food startups. The fund, under the banner Acre Venture Partners L.P., will be managed by unidentified outsiders independent of Campbell, although the food giant is its sole limited partner.

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Unilever Foundry Seeking 50 New Stellar Marketing Tech Startups
Unilever Foundry Seeking 50 New Stellar Marketing Tech Startups

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Unilever Foundry — Unilever’s startup technology incubator — has launched a search for the world’s top 50 marketing technology startups to pitch to industry leaders at Lions Innovation in Cannes in June. As part of the Unilever Foundry 50, the startups will have an exclusive opportunity to showcase their technology, pitch their solutions to brand and agency leaders from around the world and catalyze new partnerships.

Back to the Roots 'Ready to Grow' Thanks to $5M Seed Round
Back to the Roots 'Ready to Grow' Thanks to $5M Seed Round

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Back to the Roots®, an Oakland, California startup spearheading a movement to reconnect people with food, announced today that it has completed a $5 million strategic seed financing round, led by Tony Robbins’ and Peter Guber’s startup accelerator, Agency of Trillions, along with additional new angel investors. Previous investors — TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie, Annie’s founder John Foraker, and Clif Bar CEO Kevin Cleary — also joined the round.

HPE Living Progress Challenge Calling for Tech Solutions to Address Global Problems
HPE Living Progress Challenge Calling for Tech Solutions to Address Global Problems

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Amidst increasing risks and heightened uncertainty, diverse perspectives are essential to solving the complex problems facing the world today. That is the thinking behind Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)’s Living Progress Challenge, which is asking people from all over the world: What software applications and digital services would you create to improve people’s lives?

Trending: ReKindness, Hubbub Creating Circular Model for Clothes Through Swapping, Upcycling
Trending: ReKindness, Hubbub Creating Circular Model for Clothes Through Swapping, Upcycling

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - There are new options for Americans and Brits alike who want to “re-fashion” their wardrobes. ReKindness is an Atlanta, Georgia-based startup that is allowing members to swap clothes through its online platform. On the other side of the pond, environmental charity Hubbub is running events to help people learn how to repair and upcycle clothes and accessories, in addition to “clothes swapping boutiques.”

UK Lagoon Project Set to Harness the Changing Tides of Renewable Energy
UK Lagoon Project Set to Harness the Changing Tides of Renewable Energy

CLEANTECH - As President John F. Kennedy so eloquently said in 1963, in response to critics of a proposed dam project: "A rising tide lifts all boats."A current case in point that could significantly benefit the clean energy space: Tidal lagoons — an ancient, natural source of potential power that can be harnessed sustainably for the 21st century and beyond.

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This Startup is Giving Ugly Watermelons a Refreshing Purpose
This Startup is Giving Ugly Watermelons a Refreshing Purpose

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Grocery stores in Europe and North America have slowly begun to target the food waste epidemic by showcasing “ugly” produce: French supermarket chain Intermarché led the pack in 2014 with its ingenious “Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables” campaign, UK-based Asda followed suit with its “Wonky Veg” campaign, and the trend came Stateside last summer when West Coast supermarket chain Raley’s partnered with Calif.-based startup Imperfect to pilot the “

10 Startups Selected as Water Data Challenge Finalists
10 Startups Selected as Water Data Challenge Finalists

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - 10 promising startups that deliver water-focused data and analytics solutions have been selected as finalists in Imagine H2O’s Water Data Challenge, competing for $50,000 in cash awards. The final winners will be announced at Imagine H2O’s WaterGala event in San Francisco on March 16, 2016. In the meantime, the startups will participate the non-profit organization’s specialized water innovation accelerator program which will provide mentorship and grant them access to industry events as well as introductions to investors, utility partners, and beta customers.

Silicon Valley Hackathon Seeks Smart City Solutions
Silicon Valley Hackathon Seeks Smart City Solutions

CLEANTECH - TiE Silicon Valley, a not for profit organization dedicated to "fostering entrepreneurship in the Bay Area and globally," has announced an upcoming hackathon event focused on tackling three real-world issues within the “smart city” space: smart parking, waste disposal management and water access management.The event will begin in January 2016 and will last for two weeks. Winners will be invited to attend TiECon 2016, TiE's largest annual conference, and will also have an opportunity to win prizes and publicity.

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?

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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.”

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.

Spoiler Alert: Can This App Close the Food Waste Loop?
Spoiler Alert: Can This App Close the Food Waste Loop?

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Despite recent food-saving innovations such as FreshPaper, efforts to promote “ugly produce” and industry-wide commitments to reduce food waste, millions of tons of food are still discarded every year.

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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.

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