Peak retail group, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has formed a partnership with clean-tech startup Greener to help retail and hospitality small businesses move towards net-zero emissions. The deal will see them co-design a new digital solution, Greener Business, to help ARA members understand and prioritise the steps they can take to reduce their carbon… Read more »
Byron Bay plastics reduction startup Zero Co has turned its attention to what’s under the kitchen sink to what’s in the bathroom vanity, launching the world’s first refillable and single-use plastic (SUP)-free shampoo, conditioner, lotion and other body products. Zero Co founder Mike Smith said the beauty industry is a significant contributor to Australia’s plastic… Read more »
Deep tech incubator Cicada Innovations is on the hunt for ideas to make grain growing more sustainable
Cicada Innovations is launching a grain agtech challenge to uncover innovative deep tech solutions that will help to drive sustainability and improve profitability in the grain growing industry. The GrowLab Grains Challenge, a collaboration with the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC), is now seeking applications from entrepreneurs, grain growers, and researchers. Successful applicants will take part in… Read more »
Canva has become the first Australian company to sign tech giant Amazon’s The Climate Pledge to reach net-zero carbon by 2040 and meet The Paris Agreement a decade ahead of schedule. The Australian tech powerhouse, which has a strong philanthropic, environmental and social focus, including its 30-something co-founders giving away the fortune they’ve built, Cameron Adams, co-founder… Read more »
Sustainability-focused tech startup Greener has raised $1 million in a seed round. The funds raised will be used to accelerate the development of the Greener app, secure further commercial partnerships, and prepare the world-first solution for a national launch next year. The Greener app makes it easier for consumers to identify brands with a focus… Read more »
Venture capital investor OneVentures is sharpening its focus on ESG (environmental, social, governance) principles in the startups it invests in to drive change in the sector. Managing director Dr Michelle Deaker, said it’s time for Australian VC firms to align their investment strategies to responsible investment practices and recognise that where they put their moment… Read more »
‘An enormous responsibility’: Canva’s global sustainability lead explains how he turned a vision into action
For Earth Day 2021, we asked Canva to share the story of how they’re tackling their goals to leave a better planet under the direction of their Global Sustainability Lead, Jared Ingersoll. Here’s what he said Canva said it would be carbon neutral by 2020 — and it was. The US$15 billion company’s next big… Read more »
As communities across the world continue to battle the Covid-19 pandemic with some countries managing and mitigating the spread, another global crisis remains – climate change. This constant threat to the environment is what motivated co-founders Catherine Long and Joanna Auburn to launch their GreenTech startup, Trace. Self-proclaimed “climate conscious hypocrites,” both founders were taking… Read more »
The Founder Institute, the world’s largest pre-seed accelerator, is moving its next Sydney program online as the innovation hub hunts for sustainability startups. Aspiring entrepreneurs or teams interested in building a startup with sustainability focus, supported by some of Sydney’s top mentors can apply to the Spring Founder Institute program here, and/or attend a free online… Read more »
Fast food billionaire Jack Cowin has partnered with the CSIRO’s innovation fund to create a plant-based burger The JV business, v2food, has been tasked with developing the ‘v2whopper’. Fast food meat alternatives are expected to generate $7.5 billion in revenue by 2025. Jack Cowin became a billionaire selling burgers through his Hungry Jacks fast food… Read more »
Kusaga Athletic was born out of the frustration with the poor quality of shirts given out to hundreds of thousands of participants at global races and events each year.
Leading investment totals for IoT agtechs is The Yield, which applies its flagship ‘Sensing+’ technology to detect the microclimate of an ecosystem
NAB Foundation has announced that it has opened applications for its second round of its 2017 grants, focusing on regional sustainability.
CreativeHQ is adding to its range of accelerators with Lightning Lab Electric, focused on businesses working across the areas of electricity & sustainable energy.