Even though the Rio+20 Conference has been deemed a failure in the media the last few days it should be mentioned that some positive changes are happening. United Nations just announced on the conference this Thursday that more than $50 Million of new renewable energy investments from the private sector have been made.
Grants and Funding
The SXSW Eco Startup Showcase presented by Austin Technology Clean Energy Incubator and Austin Energy is a one-day venture capital pitch competition exhibiting the best of cleantech startups from around the world. We are accepting applications for the Showcase through July 13. Turn the spotlight on your clean technology innovation and entrepreneurship, Startup Showcase at the SXSW Eco in Austin promises […]
Green Machine: Saint-Gobain's NOVA Innovation Competition Taps American Startups in Green Construction
Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building materials company, has partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council – Northern California Chapter (USGBC-NCC) to co-present the company’s NOVA Innovation Competition. The startup competition rewards startup greentech and cleantech businesses around the world offering innovations in sustainable products, advanced materials, high-efficiency building solutions, clean technology and renewable energy sources with cash prizes and access to partnership opportunities with Saint-Gobain.
Build up your Start-up Potential: Compete in the Leading Startup Innovation Competition, Deadline June 30th- Apply here
It’s time we gave solar energy a level playing field.
Mexico’s most important cleantech competition officially launched nearly a month ago, and after over 30 hours of business training in seminars and workshops, the 128 green entrepreneurs presented their business models during the first elimination round.
Collaborate with The Government on Game Changing Solutions: The Presidential Innovation Fellows Program
Last week The White House and the CTO Todd Park announced the new Presidential Innovation Fellows program. The Presidential Innovation Fellows will pair top innovators from the private sector, non-profits, or academia with top innovators in government to collaborate on game-changing solutions that aim to deliver significant results in six months.
There are many benefits of operating a sustainable business, one of which is the ability to receive outside contributions and grants. While a sustainable business – as with any commercial operation – is naturally committed to supporting itself through profit raised from its products and services, it also often shares ideologies more suitable of a non-profit or an NGO.
A sustainable enterprise has a cause distinct from revenue and supports an ideal in addition to the product behind which it stands. Such values often gain favor among government agencies, advocacy organizations, and environmental groups – entities all of which are willing to give out grants to companies that support their cause.
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Top teams from premier MBA programs will present an investment strategy for an institutional investor that will simultaneously create sustainable impact and financial return at the 2012 International Impact Investing Challenge. This event is designed to push the boundaries of impact investing and stimulate thoughtful conversation about the future of the field.
Launch Your Own Environmental Business! The Cherokee Challenge is designed to identify, fund and develop high impact environmental business ventures. Up to three ventures will be offered $20,000 in seed funding from Cherokee and will then be invited to participate in an intensive three month accelerator.
How can we bring social entrepreneurs into mainstream media? By making the social innovation movement a part of the pop culture. Yoxi wants to do exactly that. This company identifies shared value business opportunities and matches brands with the social entrepreneurs to give these impact entrepreneurs a bigger platform to do better.
The EILEEN FISHER Women’s Business Grant program seeks applicants from women-owned businesses that combine the key principles of social consciousness, sustainability, and innovation.
This year, Eileen Fisher Inc. will award up to 5 grants of $12,500 each. On-line applications will be posted on March 1st, 2012 on the Eileen Fisher, Inc. web site. The deadline is May 15th 2012 at 11:59 EST. To apply for this grant, your business must be: innovative, 100% women owned and produce products that foster environmental and economic health in the community.