Anastasia Volkova
Funding

Carbon software agtech Regrow raises $23.5 million series A

- August 18, 2021 2 MIN READ

Agtech startup Regrow has raised US$17 million (A$23.5m) in a series A for its carbon measurement software for the agri-food supply chain sector. The raise was led by new US climate change focused VC Ajax Strategies, Tenacious Ventures and Cargill. Existing investors include Microsoft’s venture fund M12, the Jeremey and Hannelore Grantham Environmental Trust’s Neglected… Read more »

Accelerator

Here are the 6 startups tackling climate change in EnergyLab’s new accelerator

- August 17, 2021 2 MIN READ

EnergyLab’s new Climate Solutions Accelerator has chosen six startups for its six-month program. The companies have also received a combined $500,000 in pre-seed investment. Three of the six are Sydney-based, with two from Brisbane and another from California. Three of the startups have a female CEO. The startups involved are: Circle Harvest, which is creating… Read more »

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News & Analysis

A VC explains why he backed the new alt-meat startup by Shoes of Prey founder Michael Fox

- August 12, 2021 4 MIN READ

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report released this week was described as a “code red for humanity”. We’ve been collectively called upon to drastically reduce emissions in order to stabilise rising temperatures that are already beginning to cause natural events of biblical proportions. Meaningful emissions cuts won’t happen unless we come up with strategies… Read more »

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Insights

Here’s what you need to know about the worrying new IPCC report on climate change

- August 10, 2021 5 MIN READ

Earth has warmed 1.09℃ since pre-industrial times and many changes such as sea-level rise and glacier melt are now virtually irreversible, according to the most sobering report yet by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report also found escape from human-caused climate change is no longer possible. Climate change is now affecting every… Read more »

Innovation

The City of Sydney is opening a massive tech innovation hub in Salesforce Tower to help tackle climate change

- August 2, 2021 2 MIN READ

The soaring 56-storey Salesforce Tower at Sydney’s Circular Quay will be home to a new innovation hub focused on tackling climate change. Named ‘Greenhouse’, the hub spans 3,800sqm on first three floors at 180 George Street and is due to open next year. It will offer affordable office space for climate tech startups and scaleups,… Read more »

News & Analysis

Some of the biggest names in tech and VC have penned an open letter to the government about climate change

- May 13, 2021 4 MIN READ

A coalition of business, technology, venture capital and social impact leaders, led by Canva co-founder Cameron Adams, have written an open letter to the Morrison government calling on Canberra to stop investing in fossil fuels and abandon its “gas-led recovery”. The letter seeks a renewable energy target of 100% by 2030, with Australia reaching net… Read more »

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Food delivery

Online food delivery is turning into a massive environmental problem and burgers are the biggest culprit

- January 20, 2021 4 MIN READ

Over the past few years, Australians have embraced online food delivery services such as UberEats, Deliveroo and Menulog. But home-delivered food comes with a climate cost, and single-use packaging is one of the biggest contributors. Our research found Australians placed 27 million online food orders in 2018. By 2024, this number is projected to increase… Read more »

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News & Analysis

Environmental tech founders are uniting to tackle climate change

- January 28, 2020 2 MIN READ

A group of leading Sydney tech organisations have vowed to ramp up efforts to tackle climate change and environmental issue with a new group, The Envirotech Alliance. Advocacy group TechSydney, startup hub Fishburners, energytech org Spark Club, Girl Geek Academy and PR Launch Group are leading the alliance, which hopes to bring together hundreds of professionals… Read more »

News & Analysis

Mike Cannon-Brookes and some of the biggest names in Australian tech are backing Startmate’s new climate change program

- November 11, 2019 2 MIN READ

As fires rage across Australia’s eastern seaboard, with three lives lost, more than 150 homes destroyed and Sydney braced for “catastrophic” conditions on Tuesday, some of the country’s leading tech titans are backing a new initiative from accelerator Startmate, which is looking to back 10 startups focused on tackling climate change. The Startmate Climate Cohort,… Read more »

News & Analysis

Mike Cannon-Brookes commits Atlassian to net zero carbon emissions by 2050

- September 24, 2019 2 MIN READ

Australian software giant Atlassian is working towards net zero carbon emissions target by 2050, co-founder Michael Cannon-Brookes says, on top of the company’s pledge to use 100% renewable energy by 2025. Speaking to Leigh Sales on ABC TV’s 7.30 last night ahead of attending the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York, Atlassian’s co-CEO… Read more »

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News & Analysis

Some of the biggest names in tech and startups are among 2600 businesses joining today’s climate change strike

- September 20, 2019 2 MIN READ

  Tech unicorns Atlassian and Canva, along with leading startups Car Next Door, Future Super, Koala, Linktree and Sendle are among more than 2600 Australian businesses backing today’s student-led climate change strike under the Not Business As Usual coalition in an remarkable groundswell of business support. Millions of children worldwide are expected to take part… Read more »

News & Analysis

‘Don’t @#$% the Planet’: Atlassian co-opts its famed motto for climate change

- September 3, 2019 2 MIN READ

Atlassian co-founders and co-CEOs Mike Cannon-Brooke and Scott Farquhar. Australian software giant Atlassian will give staff a day’s paid leave later this month if they want to take part in a global climate strike being organised by student activists. Mike Cannon-Brookes, the Nasdaq-listed startup’s co-founder and co-CEO has also enlisted the company’s famed motto: “Don’t… Read more »