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Ten Emerging Beauty Brands Kick Off This Year’s Target Takeoff Accelerator Program in Minneapolis
Ten Emerging Beauty Brands Kick Off This Year’s Target Takeoff Accelerator Program in Minneapolis

PRESS RELEASE - Here at Target, we’re proud of our ever-growing, differentiated assortment of must-have products. Our teams search far and wide (literally!) to bring guests popular and exclusive items they’ll love. Sometimes that means creating our very own collections, and other times that means seeking out new and exciting brands. This week our second year of Target Takeoff starts to do exactly that! Target Takeoff is a mini retail boot camp that brings 10 up-and-coming startups to Minneapolis to work alongside business mentors to learn the ins and outs of the retail industry. The program is a part of Target’s larger retail accelerator capability—which also includes Techstars and our India-based accelerator in Bangalore.

Trending: More Startups Revolutionizing the Food Industry
Trending: More Startups Revolutionizing the Food Industry

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Everyone’s gotta eat – and it makes for a big industry. Globally, food and agriculture is a $7.8 trillion industry. Its also growing (pun intended): global investments in the food and agriculture sector have grown three-fold since 2004 and, according to McKinsey, on average have demonstrated higher returns to shareholders than other sectors. In the US, agriculture, food and related industries generated 5.5% of the country’s GDP at $992 billion, $137 billion of that coming directly from US farms.

10 Startups to Pitch Sustainable Chemistry, Material Solutions to BASF, J&J, P&G
10 Startups to Pitch Sustainable Chemistry, Material Solutions to BASF, J&J, P&G

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3), a multi-stakeholder collaborative that drives the commercial adoption of sustainable chemistry, has selected the 10 startups that have won the opportunity to pitch their sustainable chemicals, materials, products and manufacturing technologies to large, strategic companies at the GC3’s 3rd Annual Green & Bio-Based Chemistry Technology Showcase & Networking Event.

3M Awards NDSU Engineering Students Top Prize in Disruptive Design Challenge
3M Awards NDSU Engineering Students Top Prize in Disruptive Design Challenge

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - A team of students from North Dakota State University took the top prize last week at 3M’s Disruptive Design Challenge in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Fast Co's World-Changing Ideas Winners Build Empathy, EVs; Repurpose Guns, Flowers
Fast Co's World-Changing Ideas Winners Build Empathy, EVs; Repurpose Guns, Flowers

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - For the second year, Fast Company is celebrating businesses, policies, and nonprofits that are poised help shift society to a more sustainable and more equitable future with its World Changing Ideas Awards. From melted down guns to nitrogen-producing microbes, there’s quite a bit of variety among 2018’s twelve winners.

Trending: Dutch Task Force, Startups Among Latest to Join Food Waste Fight
Trending: Dutch Task Force, Startups Among Latest to Join Food Waste Fight

WASTE NOT - As much as one third of the world’s food is being wasted. The United States alone wastes roughly 63 million tons, or $218 billion, of food annually. As awareness of this issue has grown over in recent years, a variety of initiatives have taken root.

Danone successfully issues a pioneer €300m social bond continuing to invest for sustainable value for all
Danone successfully issues a pioneer €300m social bond continuing to invest for sustainable value for all

PRESS RELEASE - Danone today announces the successful launch of a €300 million bond to finance and refinance projects that include positive social impacts. This innovative Social Bond is the first to be issued by a multinational aligned with the new Social Bond Principles, as set out in June 2017 by the International Capital Market Association. A few weeks after the integration of ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) criteria in the payable margin of its €2bn syndicated loan, this pioneering bond issuance continues to support Danone’s long-term ambition to leading the way to creating and sharing sustainable value. It attracted significant appetite from investors focused on ESG and was subscribed at attractive market conditions.

12 Asian Entrepreneurs Win $10K for Low-Carbon Mobility, Plastic Waste, Energy Ideas
12 Asian Entrepreneurs Win $10K for Low-Carbon Mobility, Plastic Waste, Energy Ideas

CLEANTECH - UN Environment has awarded seed funding to twelve young people with business ideas on how to foster energy-efficient, low-waste and low-carbon lifestyles. Each of the winners of the Asia Pacific Low Carbon Lifestyles Challenge will receive US$10,000 and mentorship to help bring their ideas to fruition.

Problem-Solvers Invited to Ideate, Prototype Blockchain Solutions for Social Good
Problem-Solvers Invited to Ideate, Prototype Blockchain Solutions for Social Good

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Does cryptography hold the key to solving global social and environmental challenges? It certainly holds promise for some. Blockchain has become a hot topic recently, thanks to its variety of potential applications across supply chains, marketing, and more.

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Trending: Startups Want to Redesign the Way We Eat Veg
Trending: Startups Want to Redesign the Way We Eat Veg

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - With the global population predicted to reach nine billion by 2050 and the realities of climate change quickly unfolding, the pressure is on to find new solutions that allow us to meet growing demand while reducing environmental impacts. Food companies and government have an important role in initiating change, but startups are quickly emerging as the champions of tomorrow’s food system.

Trending: New Circular Solutions for Polyester, Almonds Drive Textiles, Plastics Towards Zero Waste
Trending: New Circular Solutions for Polyester, Almonds Drive Textiles, Plastics Towards Zero Waste

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The potential of a circular economy continues to unfold as new technologies are help transform everything from post-consumer textiles to almond shells into high-quality raw materials. CARBIOS, a pioneer in the field of bioplasturgy, has taken its enzymatic depolymerization process to the next level, rendering it applicable to PET polyester fibers from textile waste.

AB InBev Brews Up New Sustainability Goals, Innovation Accelerator to Tackle Global Challenges
AB InBev Brews Up New Sustainability Goals, Innovation Accelerator to Tackle Global Challenges

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Having achieved all of its previous sustainability goals over the past decade, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) is hitting refresh on its sustainability goals, announcing a new set of 2025 targets for smart agriculture, water stewardship, circular packaging and climate action.

Chobani Incubator Unveils Names of Next 9 Startups Poised to Disrupt Food Industry
Chobani Incubator Unveils Names of Next 9 Startups Poised to Disrupt Food Industry

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Yogurt manufacturer Chobani has unveiled the nine food startups participating in its third Chobani Incubator. The Spring 2018 class is comprised of companies disrupting and improving high-potential food categories in the US, from new and innovative snack products to healthier energy drinks and nutritious foods that can help kids learn to love veggies.

Trending: Startups, Government Put Planned Obsolescence in Its Place
Trending: Startups, Government Put Planned Obsolescence in Its Place

WASTE NOT - As increasing emphasis is being placed on circularity, the concept of planned obsolescence is being called into question. While it has long been criticized by consumers, brands and governments are finally beginning to recognize that the short-term strategy has no place in the low-carbon economy — and are taking action to promote transparency and resource efficiency.

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Sustainable Funding for Private Green Businesses
Sustainable Funding for Private Green Businesses

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Financing tends to be on the top of the list of hurdles for sustainable companies looking to scale. A business does not survive on a mission alone, and in order to generate profits and revenue, it needs capital to operate. But for sustainable enterprises setting out to meet the triple bottle line (“Planet, People, Profit”) while minimizing impacts, attracting and raising funding can be a particularly challenging task.

Forget Bitcoin, Planting Trees Can Offer Amazing Returns
Forget Bitcoin, Planting Trees Can Offer Amazing Returns

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - A new report has found that money actually does grow on trees. Businesses are making money from planting trees and growing sales as rapidly as 10 times per year.

Heathrow Launches Innovation Prize to Support Plans for Sustainable Growth
Heathrow Launches Innovation Prize to Support Plans for Sustainable Growth

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - A year after the launch of its Heathrow 2.0 sustainability leadership strategy, Heathrow Airport is encouraging UK businesses and organizations to apply for the first Sustainable Innovation Prize.

4 Sustainability-Driven Startups Vie for $50K in Women Who Tech Challenge
4 Sustainability-Driven Startups Vie for $50K in Women Who Tech Challenge

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Furthering its mission to close the funding gap and help women launch startups and raise capital, nonprofit Women Who Tech has released the names of the 10 finalists selected for the sixth Women Startup Challenge. The finalists will pitch their ideas in a Shark Tank-style competition to top investors and an audience of tech industry executives at Google’s New York campus in March.

2018 Circulars Honors 7 Innovators Accelerating a Waste-Free Future
2018 Circulars Honors 7 Innovators Accelerating a Waste-Free Future

THE NEXT ECONOMY - At the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos, WEF, the Forum of Young Global Leaders and Accenture revealed the winners of the 2018 Circulars. The awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made notable contributions to the circular economy. The fourth annual awards ceremony showcased advances from the private and public sectors that drive innovation and growth while reducing dependence on scarce natural resources.

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Turn Any Venture Into a Brand — by Caring Deeply About a Mutual Cause
Turn Any Venture Into a Brand — by Caring Deeply About a Mutual Cause

WALKING THE TALK - This is an excerpt from Fabian Geyrhalter’s upcoming book, Bigger Than This: How to Turn Any Venture Into an Admired Brand. One of eight traits discussed in Bigger Than This is ‘cause,’ which we dive into here …

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