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Tom Cridland: Entrepreneurship Must Be Taught in Schools in Wake of Brexit
Tom Cridland: Entrepreneurship Must Be Taught in Schools in Wake of Brexit

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The story of fashion startup Tom Cridland is an impressive one. Established with the help of a $9,000 UK government loan just two years ago, the ethical apparel business has quickly become a $1m turnover organisation with a star-studded roster of famous clients, including Daniel Craig, Leonardo DiCaprio and Miley Cyrus.

Four Game-Changing Tech Startups Win HPE's First Living Progress Challenge
Four Game-Changing Tech Startups Win HPE's First Living Progress Challenge

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) launched the Living Progress Challenge (LPC) last year to inspire entrepreneurs across the globe to create software applications and digital services that improve lives.

Molekule: The World's First Air Purifier to Eliminate Pollutants on a Molecular Level
Molekule: The World's First Air Purifier to Eliminate Pollutants on a Molecular Level

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - San Francisco-based technology startup Molekule recently introduced the world’s first molecular air purifier, bringing a patented technology to the category that eliminates a full spectrum of indoor pollutants by breaking them down on a molecular level. According to the EPA, a backer of the new product, air indoors can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air and since on average, people spend 90 percent of their time indoors, that exposure is harmful to health and well-being.

Accenture Leading Effort to Bring Renewable Energy to Off-Grid Communities in Africa
Accenture Leading Effort to Bring Renewable Energy to Off-Grid Communities in Africa

COLLABORATION - Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP) is a consortium featuring Accenture, the University of Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) and The Rural Development Company, which have joined forces on a renewable energy initiative in Uganda and South Africa that leverages solar-powered microgrids to deliver clean, affordable electricity to local populations.

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All Innovation Is Not Created Equal
All Innovation Is Not Created Equal

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - All around today’s business world, there’s a lot of talk about “innovation.” Supply chains, service delivery, formulation, marketing, and countless other areas of business are undergoing rapid change from a variety of angles. Innovation is the new go-to for both entering a market and maintaining a competitive lead. Where “differentiation” may have been the buzzword not too long ago, innovation requires us to actually be different, not just look different.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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