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IKEA Bootcamp Giving US Startups 'Head Start' Into Incubator Program
IKEA Bootcamp Giving US Startups 'Head Start' Into Incubator Program

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Late last month, IKEA and entrepreneurial cooperative Rainmaking announced the launch of a new startup accelerator, IKEA Bootcamp, which will run from September 18 until December 8, 2017. The program will see startups create solutions for three challenges outlined by IKEA: creating products that are affordable, accessible and have positive impact on both people and planet.

Arizona State University (ASU), City of Phoenix Launch Circular Innovation Incubator
Arizona State University (ASU), City of Phoenix Launch Circular Innovation Incubator

WASTE NOT - Arizona State University (ASU) continues to blaze new sustainability trails with the launch of a new innovation incubator program in partnership with the City of Phoenix, Arizona.

Nestlé Lends Expertise to Terra Startup Accelerator to Shape Future of Food, Agriculture Industries
Nestlé Lends Expertise to Terra Startup Accelerator to Shape Future of Food, Agriculture Industries

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Expanding its commitment to innovation in the food industry, Nestlé has teamed up with Rabobank and Rocketspace to support startups through the Terra Food + Agtech Accelerator Program. The food giant will collaborate with Terra to select and coach the most forward-thinking and disruptive startups in the food and agricultural industries.

Trending: Circular Economy Takes Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
Trending: Circular Economy Takes Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Not all circular news is good news. As a new startup accelerator launches to drive forward sustainable solutions to everyday challenges, a prominent defender of the circular cause lands himself a spot in federal prison for copyright infringement. The UK’s first-ever sustainability accelerator fund — the cleverly named Sustainable Accelerator — has been met by enthusiastic reception, successfully raising over £700,000 through crowding.

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Sustainable Brands Announces 2017 SB Innovation Open Winner
Sustainable Brands Announces 2017 SB Innovation Open Winner

PRESS RELEASE -   Detroit Ento wins startup competition at SB’17 Detroit  

IKEA, Rainmaking Launch New Startup Accelerator Bootcamp
IKEA, Rainmaking Launch New Startup Accelerator Bootcamp

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Startup accelerators designed to bolster support for the low-carbon transition seem to be popping up almost daily — within the last two months alone, H&M, Levi Strauss, Plug & Play, Target and even the

Levi Strauss Funnels $350,000 in Grants Towards Sustainable Apparel Projects
Levi Strauss Funnels $350,000 in Grants Towards Sustainable Apparel Projects

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Levi Strauss & Co. continues to drive the apparel industry towards a more sustainable, circular model, announcing that it has awarded more than $350,000 grants to the inaugural class of its LS&Co. Collaboratory fellowship program. The funding will go towards new approaches and innovations in the apparel supply chain.

SB’17 Detroit Highlights, Day 1: Redefining the Good Life with Courage, Reinvention and Pashon
SB’17 Detroit Highlights, Day 1: Redefining the Good Life with Courage, Reinvention and Pashon

WALKING THE TALK - We jump-started an incredibly action-packed week here at SB'17 Detroit with powerful plenaries from thought leaders, researchers and on-the-ground change-makers working to Redefine the Good Life in Detroit and beyond.

Trending: Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Corona Roll Out New Partnerships to Keep Oceans Plastic-Free
Trending: Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Corona Roll Out New Partnerships to Keep Oceans Plastic-Free

COLLABORATION - The problem of marine plastics continues to be a top priority across the globe, spurring even more businesses and organizations to dig in their heels and find create new solutions to the growing issue. Continuing its efforts to keep plastics out of the ocean, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has teamed up with The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit to launch a $2 million New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize.

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Trending: Europe, China Roll Out Regulations to Create Safe, Responsible Sharing Economy
Trending: Europe, China Roll Out Regulations to Create Safe, Responsible Sharing Economy

THE NEXT ECONOMY - At this stage in the game, there’s no stopping the sharing economy, but organizations and government in the UK and China are working to create a safer, more responsible space that allows consumers, businesses and investors to fully take advantage of its benefits through the rolling out of greater regulation. Back in 2016, UK trade body Sharing Economy UK (SEUK) launched its TrustSeal — the world’s first kitemark for the sharing economy in an effort to make the industry a safer space for consumers.

Global Opportunity Explorer Platform Brings Together Investors, Entrepreneurs to Deliver on SDGs
Global Opportunity Explorer Platform Brings Together Investors, Entrepreneurs to Deliver on SDGs

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - What if there was an easier way to connect revolutionary solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges with the capital needed to initiate real change? That’s exactly what the Global Opportunity Explorer sets out to do.

Trending: Australia, US Finding New Ways to Chip Away at Food Waste
Trending: Australia, US Finding New Ways to Chip Away at Food Waste

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Approximately 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted around the world each year, putting unnecessary strain on natural resources, needlessly producing greenhouse gas emissions and contributing to climate change. Two startups in Australia and the US are working to change that with the opening of a rescued-food supermarket and the launch of a technology that turns food waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer. Perishable food rescue organization OzHarvest has opened Australia’s first ever rescued-food supermarket — The OzHarvest Market — in Kensington, Sydney.

18 Eco-Tourism Startups Qualify for Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism Accelerator Program
18 Eco-Tourism Startups Qualify for Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism Accelerator Program

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Mekong Business Initiative (MBI) and Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) have announced the 18 tourism startups from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos who will participate in the upcoming Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism (MIST) startup accelerator program. Assessed by US-based Travel Startups Incubator, applications were weighed against criteria such as potential for investment, business plan quality and strength, sustainability and other socio-economic criteria.

Plug and Play Accelerator Reveals 12 New Startups Changing the Face of Fashion
Plug and Play Accelerator Reveals 12 New Startups Changing the Face of Fashion

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Just weeks after the launch of McDonough Innovation’s Fashion for Good innovation and practical action lab in Amsterdam, the 12 startups selected to participate in the Plug and Play — Fashion for Good accelerator have been announced.

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J&J Reveals Winners of First Africa Innovation Challenge
J&J Reveals Winners of First Africa Innovation Challenge

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - At the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, Johnson & Johnson revealed the winners of its first Africa Innovation Challenge, an initiative designed to drive innovative and sustainable health solutions that will benefit African communities. The Challenge is part of the company’s comprehensive approach to collaborate with and support Africa’s vibrant innovation, education and health systems institutions.

Sustainable Brands Seeks Entrepreneurs for Startup Business Competition
Sustainable Brands Seeks Entrepreneurs for Startup Business Competition

PRESS RELEASE - SAN FRANCISCO, March 9, 2017 – Sustainable Brands® recently opened submissions for its internationally recognized startup business competition Sustainable Brands Innovation Open (SBIO). Co-sponsored by Whirlpool, and judging platform YouNoodle, the competition will culminate at SB’17 Detroit, May 22-25, with venture finalists presenting their early operational plans to business leaders and investors in the Sustainable Brands community.

Ford Provides $50k In Grants To High School Community Projects
Ford Provides $50k In Grants To High School Community Projects

PRESS RELEASE - The Ford Motor Company Fund’s NGL (Next-Generation Learning) program has teamed with the company’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) program to provide $50,000 in grants to high school student-led community programs designed to promote sustainability and innovation. One first-place project will receive $20k in funding from Ford NGL, while a second-place project will get $10k, and four third-place initiatives will be given $5k apiece.

Trending: Biomimetic Design Breakthroughs for Wind Energy, Protective Materials
Trending: Biomimetic Design Breakthroughs for Wind Energy, Protective Materials

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Mother Nature knows best: Even more companies across industries are harnessing biomimicry principles to drive forward renewable energy and develop strong, durable materials that provide protection and promise higher performance. Tyer Wind, a startup based in Tunisia, has developed a new wind turbine technology based on the flapping of hummingbird wings. Instead of converting linear motion into a circular motion, the turbines mimic the mechanical action of hummingbird wings — a figure-eight pattern — which generates energy on both the upstroke and downstroke.

6 Startups Revolutionizing Ag, Waste Named Finalists for African Entrepreneurship Award
6 Startups Revolutionizing Ag, Waste Named Finalists for African Entrepreneurship Award

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Six African SMEs have been nominated as finalists for the African Finance & Investment Forum (AFIF) Entrepreneurship Award 2017, supported by the Rabobank Foundation. Out of the 51 projects from around the continent and following a few rounds of selection, the jury has selected these ground-breaking projects from Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania for their social, economic and ecological impact, and their potential for growth and jobs creation nationally and regionally.

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Enriched Pro Bono Services Improving Employee Motivation at Japanese Consultancies
Enriched Pro Bono Services Improving Employee Motivation at Japanese Consultancies

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Leading Japanese consulting companies including Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting (DTC) and Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting (MURC) are actively enhancing their pro bono businesses. Rather than it being simply voluntary work, their aim is to use their employees’ specialized skills to help social businesses and the NPO/NGO sector, thereby increasing their employees’ positive motivations and, as a side effect, enhancing their companies’ social reputations.

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