GLOBAL • CLIMATE CHANGE
MAY 18, 2021
Climate change shouldn’t be a question of believing in it or not. Just by turning on the news, we can see natural disasters and extreme weather conditions causing havoc in many parts of the world- from Australian bushfires, floods in Indonesia, to hurricanes in Central America.
Even with a worldwide pandemic significantly lowering CO2 emissions it is clear that this isn’t a long term solution. However, it showed what power humanity has in tackling this issue, if we work together with corporations and governments. A single person switching to reusable cutlery or driving an electric car isn’t going to do much, but raising collective awareness will start to undo the unprecedented damage that has been done by human activity since the mid-20th century.
Entrepreneurs from many emerging markets have already started working on technological solutions to issues connected to or caused by climate change. The population of these countries is predicted to be disproportionately impacted by the rising temperatures, draughts, extinction of species etc. Not only are these markets less able to afford the consequences of climate changes, but they are limited in their ability to prevent them as well. The World Health Organization (WHO) raised concerns about the impacts of climate change on countries with weak healthcare systems, as malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea and heat stress alone could cause around 250,000 additional deaths per year between the years 2030 and 2050.
Seedstars believes the combination of innovation, technology and entrepreneurship must play a leading role in developing solutions to both mitigate and adapt to climate change. We are, thus, committed to supporting entrepreneurs who are working on tackling one of the hardest challenges of our day and age. Even as consumers are getting more familiar with sustainability and are requesting action from larger players, startups working in CleanTech are struggling to raise capital needed for scaling up.
After heavily investing, and ultimately, losing a lot of money in technology focused on the environment in the early 2000s, VCs are reluctant to invest. The total funding of CleanTech startups has been decreasing over the last decade, with around $6.6. billion invested in 2018. However, as fears of climate change grow, corporate investors and governments alike have recognized the urgency of the situation. We can no longer afford to passively watch as our planet deteriorates because of human activities. Startups working on CO2 emission are just a small part of the community of entrepreneurs fighting climate change. Others work on solutions in waste management, green transportation, clean energy and agriculture, which is the largest consumer of freshwater and arable land in the world.
Our own efforts in going greener are not limited to just supporting startups, but also running our programs more sustainably, building greener innovation ecosystems, and elevating the cause and the entrepreneurs working on it. To further our impact, we work with public and private organizations to support their collaboration with entrepreneurs tackling their climate related issues. Together with the UN Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) and SAFEEM we have hosted the Youth Climate Innovation Lab Demo Day where eleven selected startups specializing in a variety of sectors related to climate action pitched their solution. All of the pitches are available here.
We are also collaborating with ClimateLaunchpad, the world’s largest green business idea competition. They are currently running in 55 countries around the world on a mission to unlock CleanTech potential. The competition creates a stage for ideas addressing climate change and offers support from partners around the globe, world-class training, coaching and a vast network. Applications for the 2021 competition are open to startups with innovative ideas in renewable energy, a sustainable transition in the food chain, a mind shift in urban mobility or any other focused on climate change.
During last year’s Finale of the Seedstars World Competition, we have awarded the Land Restoration Prize in partnership with the DOEN Foundation, which was focused on solutions in the land restoration and land degradation space. Three selected startups received 1:1 mentorship throughout the Investment Readiness Program and the winner of the Prize- Zafree Papers closed a significant round of funding.
This year’s Prize is on a slightly broader topic of Climate Action, and there have been several startups throughout all stages of the competition presenting solutions oriented towards mitigation of climate change. Here are just a few:
These are just some solutions from our vast network of startups, but because climate change doesn’t have a clear-cut solution, startups are working in sectors that couldn’t be more different such as sustainable fashion and waste management. The winner of the Climate Action Prize, MapMy Apple has created an app that acts as a personal horticultural consultant for growers. They look after orchards 24/7 and provide prognosis of diseases and pests and create optimal spraying programs which could save growers a significant amount of money and therefore help small and medium apple producers to avoid risks connected to agriculture. They have pitched their solution during the CEE Regional Finals which are available to watch here.
Climate change will surely continue to be an important topic of discussion in both the entrepreneurship and the global community. Find out more about what to expect in the startup ecosystems in terms of climate action by registering for the Grand Finale on May 20th at 2 pm CEST.
GLOBAL • EDUCATION & CONSULTING
Startups are Bringing Digital Education to Emerging Markets
Digital education is making education more accessible, affordable and valuable for students across emerging markets.
AFRICA • FINANCIAL SERVICES
Why Bridging The Financial Inclusion Gap Includes Education On Financial Literacy
QuickCheck not only bridges the financial inclusion gap but also educates people about financial instruments and the risks related to loans and overindebtedness as financial literacy isn’t part of the curriculum in many countries.
The Grand Finale of the Seedstars World Competition 2020/21 is here!
The Grand Finale of the Seedstars World competition is here! Discover the most promising startups of the largest startup competition in emerging markets.
GLOBAL • AGRICULTURE
Improving Efficiency and Sustainability of Farming Businesses Through Digital Solutions
Gamaya leverages the agronomy and crop knowledge of our partners and uses remote sensing technology to reach scalability.
Seedstars World Competition 2020/21 announces Malaysian FinTech startup Finology as Global Winner of $500K funding
After almost a year-long virtual run, the Seedstars World Competition 2020/21 announced this year’s Global Winner, Malaysian FinTech startup Finology, a startup that enables seamless access to financial products via the use of proprietary technology
GLOBAL • EDUCATION & CONSULTING
Early Childhood Development for a Better Society
Ensuring early childhood development and wellbeing means a better society down the line, and technological solutions can help not only children but also parents, caregivers, and teachers.
GLOBAL • WATER & SANITATION
Water Preservation As Means To Living In A More Sustainable Way
An idea born when Ramzi had to prepare his child’s bottle at 3 in the morning that changed it all and set off a passion to improve global water management.
GLOBAL • AGRICULTURE
How Blockchain Can Help To Create Sustainable And Transparent Supply Chains
Pierre-Yves Bridel and Peter Gustavsson went on to create OriginFood in 2018, a startup that develops solutions for tracking, tracing and certifying food products, based on blockchain technology.
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA • EDUCATION & CONSULTING
How Learning From Every Single Person You Meet Can Change Your Life
We spoke with Hossam Taher, CEO of Orcas, an app that helps learners in K-12 discover the best tutors in their area.
GLOBAL • AGRICULTURE
FoodTech in the Grand Finale
Find out how startups are revolutionizing Food and AgriTech by tuning into the Grand Finale, in partnership with VAUD.
GLOBAL • OTHER
Why Women in Entrepreneurship Isn’t Just a Catchphrase
We believe that gender equality shouldn’t just be a buzzword pulled out in March. Find out who this year's winner of the Women Entrepreneur Prize is.
GLOBAL • ECOSYSTEM ENABLER
Vaud is the Leading European Innovation Ecosystem: Here is How You Can Fit Right In
Seedstars has organized a webinar in partnership with the canton of Vaud on how they can help companies leverage government support for starting or expanding their business in Switzerland or Europe.
GLOBAL • FOOD & BEVERAGES
Innovation in FoodTech as a Way to Stop World Hunger
It may seem unbelievable that in 2021, when humanity has come such a long way in terms of technology and innovation, world hunger is still an issue.
GLOBAL • TECH
Discover Canton of Vaud as a leading European center for Innovation in Switzerland
You're invited to attend this webinar where you'll learn about our region as well as opportunities for potentially expanding your business and benefit from our innovation & start-up ecosystem.
AFRICA • OTHER
Women Empowerment and Gender Equality in Africa
Watch now an amazing panel discussion on Women Empowerment and Gender Equality in Africa.
ASIA • OTHER
Women Empowerment and Gender Equality in Asia
Learn more about Women Empowerment and Gender Equality in Asia.
LATIN AMERICA • OTHER
Women Empowerment and Entrepreneurship in Latin America
Watch now an amazing panel discussion in Women Empowerment and Entrepreneurship in Latin America.
GLOBAL • TECH
Take a Closer Look at the Seedstars World Competition 2020/21 Grand Finale
The 2020/21 edition of the Seedstars World Competition Grand Finale will be the second one held completely online. To find out more about the agenda and speakers keep reading and don’t forget to register for the Grand Finale
GLOBAL • TECH
Seven themes of the Seedstars World 2020/21 Grand Finale
The seven themes we are tackling this time are: 21st-century education, women empowerment, climate action, childhood development, FoodTech, EdTech, and ICT Accessibility.
GLOBAL • TECH
The five startup finalists of the Seedstars World Competition 2020/21
These five startups have proven that no matter how difficult times may get, innovation is still at the forefront. We can’t wait to see them at the Grand Finale
AFRICA • AUTOMOTIVE
The most promising startups from Africa are here!
The winner from Tanzania, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Zambia, or Ivory Coast will get the chance to pitch with other startups globally for an investment of up to $500k.
CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE • FINANCIAL SERVICES
Watch the best startups from CEE pitching!
Finalists from Uzbekistan, Russia, Georgia, and Armenia are battling for the chance to represent their region in the Grand Finale of the Competition
ASIA • FINANCIAL SERVICES
The best startups in Asia are ready to compete in the Regional Final!
The entrepreneurs from Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Malaysia, and Pakistan are competing for an investment of up to $500k.