Start-up https://business-spirit.news/ en Call for entrepreneurs driving circular city transformations https://business-spirit.news/news/call-for-entrepreneurs-driving-circular-city-transformations <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Call for entrepreneurs driving circular city transformations</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/call-for-entrepreneurs-driving-circular-city-transformations" data-a2a-title="Call for entrepreneurs driving circular city transformations"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook_messenger"><img 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</div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/circular-economy" hreflang="en">Circular Economy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/sustainable-city" hreflang="en">Sustainable City</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/innovation" hreflang="en">Innovation</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Circular Economy" title="Circular Economy" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/54.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Smart city" title="Smart city" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/244.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Call for entrepreneurs driving circular city transformations" title="Call for entrepreneurs driving circular city transformations" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/997.jpg?itok=IcwKnJ3f" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Start-up teams with innovative circular economy solutions in urban areas are invited to apply to the Circular Cities accelerator program.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2957 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2958 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The<a href="https://www.circular-cities.com/" target="_blank"> Circular Cities ClimAccelerator</a> public-private initiative offers an extensive programme and funding for entrepreneurs driving the transformation of cities to become more sustainable and climate-resilient.</p> <p>Start-ups are invited to submit their projects focusing on a circular solution in the textile, food, tourism, mobility, construction sectors and other relevant areas.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2962 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--58-42"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-2960"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2959 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <blockquote> <p>“The Circular Cities ClimAccelerator helped us not only to connect to other leaders in this area, but also to connect to relevant stakeholders such as cities to create valuable partnerships,”</p> </blockquote> <p>says Dominik Campanella, Co-Founder of <a href="https://concular.de/en/" target="_blank">Concular</a>, and participant of the <a href="https://www.circular-cities.com/selected-startups" target="_blank">previous Circular Cities program</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2961 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Proposed business solutions need to be scalable in urban areas, particularly to the markets of the partner cities of the program, which includes Dublin, Berlin and potentially other large cities.</p> <p>Selected teams will go through three stages: working on their business strategy, market validation, and investment readiness.</p> <p>At the first stage, 25 teams will be supported with €3.000 per team, then 15 teams will continue the next phase when they will each receive up to €15.000 grant.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2963 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The final module will be an invite-only option for the best ten projects to present their ideas to investors.</p> <p>Application is open <strong>until 10 April</strong> to enterprises with an advanced business model and minimum viable product with a legal entity registered no longer than five years in Europe.</p> <p>The duration of the program is eight months, starting on 25 April and closing with a demo day on 02 December 2022.</p> <p>The Circular Cities ClimAccelerator program is managed by <a href="https://www.climate-kic.org/" target="_blank">Climate-KIC</a>, Luvent Consulting GmbH, DTU - Technical University of Denmark, UPS, Trinity College Dublin, Trinity's Ideas Workspace, Veolia and primeCROWD investment group.</p> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline image:<a href="https://unsplash.com/photos/avg2nszn-oU" target="_blank"> CHUTTERSNAP </a>on <a href="https://unsplash.com/" target="_blank">Unsplash</a></span></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field 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March</div> Thu, 24 Mar 2022 12:47:33 +0000 Business Spirit Platform reporting 226 at https://business-spirit.news Dutch Impact Accelerator program open for applications https://business-spirit.news/news/dutch-impact-accelerator-program-open-for-applications <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Dutch Impact Accelerator program open for applications </span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/dutch-impact-accelerator-program-open-for-applications" data-a2a-title="Dutch Impact Accelerator program open for applications "><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a 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href="https://www.addtoany.com/share"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"> Share </a></span> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/accelerator" hreflang="en">Accelerator</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/start-up" hreflang="en">Start-up</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/the-netherlands" hreflang="en">The Netherlands</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/innovation" hreflang="en">Innovation</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/sustainable-business" hreflang="en">Sustainable Business</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/impact-ecosystem" hreflang="en">Impact Ecosystem</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/accelerator" hreflang="en">Accelerator</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/start-up" hreflang="en">Start-up</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/impact-innovation" hreflang="en">Impact Innovation</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Circular Economy" title="Circular Economy" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/54.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Sustainability" title="Sustainability" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Dutch Impact Accelerator program open for applications " title="Dutch Impact Accelerator program open for applications " class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/987.png?itok=DDoKcww6" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Start-ups who combine ‘doing good and doing business’ can join an intense hybrid program in The Netherlands that will enable them to grow faster.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2921 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2922 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Two key players, <a href="https://www.impactcity.nl/en/" target="_blank">ImpactCity The Hague</a> and <a href="https://www.startupbootcamp.org/" target="_blank">Startupbootcamp</a> launched a joint initiative focusing on increasing the growth of sustainable start-ups in The Netherlands and strengthening the position of The Hague as the leader in building the impact ecosystem in Europe.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.impactcityaccelerator.com/" target="_blank">ImpactCity Accelerator</a> program is open to impact innovators already based in or those planning to establish themselves in The Hague.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2925 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--42-58"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2923 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>“The city invests in an attractive climate for start-ups and has acquired a recognizable economic profile with ImpactCity,” says Saskia Bruines, alderman at the Municipality of The Hague.</p> <p>Ten selected start-ups will get the chance to work on de-risking their value proposition and find the best way to solve a problem while also focusing on their growth strategy to scale their model.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--video paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2924"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/8-yyfubJfpI?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Introduction of the ImpactCity Accelerator</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2926 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The intense hybrid program will take place mainly online but will also use the facilities of ImpactCity The Hague for in-person activities.</p> <p>Mercedes de Miranda, Director of Business Development at Startupbootcamp see The Hague as an outstanding place ‘when it comes to the number of impact start-up entrepreneurs who work for a better world.”</p> <p>She highlighted that they came on board as partners based on their overwhelmingly positive experience at the ImpactFest in 2021, the flagship event of <a href="https://www.impactfest.nl/" target="_blank">ImpactCity</a> and the largest event in Europe where sustainable, innovative parties come together.</p> <p><a href="https://www.impactcityaccelerator.com/" target="_blank">Application is open until 11th March</a>, and sessions will be held from April to the end of June.</p> <p>Throughout the three months, entrepreneurs are matched with mentors and get the chance to access a worldwide network.</p> <p>At the final Demo Day event, participants get to present their work to ImpactCity, investors, potential partners and other stakeholders.</p> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline image: ImpactCity The Hague</span></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2022. March</div> Wed, 09 Mar 2022 12:51:22 +0000 Business Spirit Platform reporting 222 at https://business-spirit.news First Impact Syndicate in Ireland to invest €10M in sustainability start-ups https://business-spirit.news/news/first-impact-syndicate-in-ireland-to-invest-eu10m-in-sustainability-start-ups <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>First Impact Syndicate in Ireland to invest €10M in sustainability start-ups</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/first-impact-syndicate-in-ireland-to-invest-eu10m-in-sustainability-start-ups" data-a2a-title="First Impact Syndicate in Ireland to invest €10M in sustainability start-ups"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img 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src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_dd" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"> Share </a></span> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/impact-investing" hreflang="en">Impact investing</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/ireland" hreflang="en">Ireland</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/start-up" hreflang="en">Start-up</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/esg" hreflang="en">ESG</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/impact-investors" hreflang="en">Impact investors</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/angel-investors" hreflang="en">Angel Investors</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/social-innovation" hreflang="en">Social Innovation</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/impact-investing" hreflang="en">Impact Investing</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/ireland" hreflang="en">Ireland</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Sustainability" title="Sustainability" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="First Impact Syndicate in Ireland to invest €10M in sustainability start-ups" title="First Impact Syndicate in Ireland to invest €10M in sustainability start-ups" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/972.jpg?itok=c9WnG5U4" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Angel invetsors in Ireland will provide funding and supports to enterprises building on environmental, social and governance factors. </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2876 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2877 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The <a href="https://www.hban.org/" target="_blank">Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN)</a> is launching a new Impact Syndicate aiming to collectively invest €10M in Irish enterprises focusing on ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) factors besides traditional financial returns.</p> <p>The Impact Syndicate will be officially launched at the online <a href="https://www.hban.org/conference" target="_blank">All-Island Conference</a> on 2 February 2022.</p> <p>Over the next three years, the syndicate will consider pitches from start-ups located in Ireland focusing on climate, agri-tech and food supply chain, energy, blue economy, health and cleantech.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2880 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--58-42"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2878 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/973.jpg" width="1500" height="1228" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">L-Faye Walsh Drouillard, co-chair of HBAN Impact Syndicate; R-Julian Seymour, Syndicates Manager, HBAN</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2879 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <blockquote> <p>“Investors and entrepreneurs alike want to make a meaningful impact.</p> </blockquote> <p>The global focus on ESG has created a market with almost boundless opportunities for growth, and we want to help Irish businesses to be a part of that story,” Julian Seymour, Syndicates Manager, HBAN, said about the launch. Seymour added that HBAN Impact Syndicate aims to support ground-breaking innovations that integrate ESG factors into their core business.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2881 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Based on the <a href="https://www.ifc.org/wps/wcm/connect/corp_ext_content/ifc_external_corporate_site/home" target="_blank">International Finance Corporation (IFC)</a> estimations in 2020, the global market for Impact Investing reached up to $2.1 trillion in assets under management and that continues to grow.</p> <p>Faye Walsh Drouillard, impact investor and co-founder of <a href="https://www.wakeupcapital.com/" target="_blank">WakeUp Capital</a>, will co-chair the syndicate and become the first female chair of a HBAN syndicate.</p> <blockquote> <p>“Impact investing provides exciting financial potential for investors, while also enabling them to make a difference in the community and even the planet,”</p> </blockquote> <p>says Walsh about the importance of this step.</p> <p>“I am passionate about supporting entrepreneurs to drive real social and environmental change, and impact investing is central to this.”</p> <p>Walsh has been involved with impact investing throughout her entire carrier and feels that by co-chairing the Impact Syndicate with highly experienced WakeUp Capital co-founder Mark Peters, they can facilitate growth in this area in Ireland. Besides helping sustainability start-ups scale, the syndicate also encourages angel investors to get involved.</p> <p>At the All-Island conference, HBAN will host sessions focusing on impact investing and demystifying angel investment, which they hope will encourage existing and first-time angel investors to join their network and consider its Impact Syndicate.</p> <p>Speakers at the conference include Marcia Dawood, chair of the Angel Capital Association in the US; serial entrepreneur Norman Crowley, founder of Crowley Carbon; and Loretta McCarthy, whose investor consortium Golden Seeds backs early-stage female-led businesses in the US.</p> <p>HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network) is responsible for promoting business angel investment on the island of Ireland and a joint initiative of Enterprise Ireland, InterTradeIreland and Invest Northern Ireland.</p> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline image: <a href="https://www.pexels.com/" target="_blank">Pexels</a></span></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2022. January</div> Mon, 31 Jan 2022 20:46:37 +0000 Business Spirit Platform reporting 217 at https://business-spirit.news Dating app for vegans and vegetarians breaks record with over half a million users https://business-spirit.news/news/dating-app-for-vegans-and-vegetarians-breaks-record-with-over-half-a-million-users <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Dating app for vegans and vegetarians breaks record with over half a million users</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/dating-app-for-vegans-and-vegetarians-breaks-record-with-over-half-a-million-users" data-a2a-title="Dating app for vegans and vegetarians breaks record with over half a million users"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook_messenger"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/messenger.svg" border="0" alt="Messenger" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/messenger_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Messenger" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/twitter.svg" border="0" alt="Twitter" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/twitter_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Twitter" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_dd" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"> Share </a></span> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/vegetarian" hreflang="en">Vegetarian</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/plant-based-diet" hreflang="en">Plant-based diet</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/application" hreflang="en">Application</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/business" hreflang="en">Business</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/start-up" hreflang="en">Start-up</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/digital-technology" hreflang="en">Digital technology</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/start-up" hreflang="en">Start-up</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/technology" hreflang="en">Technology</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Dating app for vegans and vegetarians breaks record with over half a million users" title="Dating app for vegans and vegetarians breaks record with over half a million users" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/962.jpg?itok=dQCzchW6" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Specialised dating app taps into growing plant-based diet trends to reach over two million pair matching.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2846 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2845 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p><a href="https://www.veggly.net/" target="_blank">Veggly</a>, a global dating app designed for vegans and vegetarians, has revealed that they doubled in size since late 2020, reaching over 500,000 users worldwide.</p> <p>The unique matchmaking platform was created to help people prefer a plant-based diet to find love or simply connect with like-minded peers.</p> <p>Commenting on the new user milestone, Founder of Veggly, Alex Felipelli, said: “It is the best time in history to be a vegan looking for love!”</p> <p>Felipelli believes that one of the reasons behind their success is the continued global growth of veganism.</p> <blockquote> <p>“So many of us want to be with someone who shares the same love for animals, so it’s no surprise we have hit the 500,000 user mark so quickly!”</p> </blockquote> <p>he adds.</p> <p>Veggly is set to continue its rapid growth and launched an enhanced 2.0 version with many extra features to make the matchmaking process even more effective and fun.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2849 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--25-75"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2847 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/963.png" width="432" height="751" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Veggly, a global dating app designed for vegans and vegetarians; Image: Veggly</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2848 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The new version will offer users a cleaner and smoother experience with fresh visuals while maintaining the familiar style of the app.</p> <p>The new range of improvements is based on user feedback from around the world and includes new customisation settings to enhance further the app's ability to find the best match.</p> <p>They also re-launched a new series of blog posts sharing heart-warming success stories of couples who met on the app.</p> <p>One of the stories is about a Brazilian couple who <a href="https://www.veggly.net/brazilian-couple-welcomes-first-baby-after-meeting-on-veggly/" target="_blank">welcomed their first baby</a> thanks to the match made on the platform.</p> <p>Thanks to their active volunteer base, the app has been made available in Spanish, German, Portuguese, French, Italian, Danish and Polish, with many more languages on the way.</p> <p>At present, this is the only vegan and vegetarian dating app available on mainstream digital stores.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2850 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline image: Photo by <a href="https://www.pexels.com/@ba-tik?utm_content=attributionCopyText&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_source=pexels">Ba Tik</a> from <a href="https://www.pexels.com/photo/woman-in-gray-tank-top-holding-white-ceramic-mug-3754293/?utm_content=attributionCopyText&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_source=pexels">Pexels</a></span></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2021. December</div> Wed, 15 Dec 2021 17:28:59 +0000 Business Spirit Platform reporting 213 at https://business-spirit.news Early-stage startups in Berlin can apply for business award https://business-spirit.news/news/early-stage-startups-in-berlin-can-apply-for-business-award <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Early-stage startups in Berlin can apply for business award</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/early-stage-startups-in-berlin-can-apply-for-business-award" data-a2a-title="Early-stage startups in Berlin can apply for business award"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook_messenger"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/messenger.svg" border="0" alt="Messenger" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/messenger_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Messenger" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/twitter.svg" border="0" alt="Twitter" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/twitter_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Twitter" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_dd" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"> Share </a></span> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/berlin" hreflang="en">Berlin</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/start-up" hreflang="en">Start-up</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/business" hreflang="en">Business</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/award" hreflang="en">Award</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/awards" hreflang="en">Awards</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/business" hreflang="en">Business</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/start-up" hreflang="en">Start-up</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/berlin" hreflang="en">Berlin</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Early-stage startups in Berlin can apply for business award" title="Early-stage startups in Berlin can apply for business award" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/915.jpg?itok=XrHmXAKp" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">The Berlin Newcomer Startup Award is open for business ideas that are not yet on the market.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2793 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2794 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The<a href="https://newcomeraward.de/" target="_blank"> Berlin Newcomer Startup Award 2021</a>, managed by <a href="https://singabusinesslab.de/" target="_blank">Singa Business Lab</a>, is looking for newcomers with great business ideas who are not yet on the market.</p> <p>Early-stage businesses that are on the verge of turning their concept into reality, but who may still be lacking capital, contacts or advice can apply for the award to receive support and get recognised.</p> <p>With digital event formats ranging from Q&amp;A sessions and networking events to the pitches at the award show, organisers want to enable more people to get involved.</p> <p>The winner of the award can access up to 10.000€ seed capital, and additional coaching budgets, while the amount of seed capital in total is 27.500€ to be split between finalists.</p> <p>Besides finalist projects get to enjoy more visibility and opportunities for networking and co-creation sessions.</p> <p>Applications can be <a href="https://newcomeraward.de/" target="_blank">submitted online</a> by the end of <strong>2nd November</strong>.</p> <p>Eligibility criteria to apply for the Berlin Newcomer Startup Award:</p> <ul> <li>Live in Berlin, Germany.</li> <li>Moved to Germany within the last 8 years, i.e. in 2013 or later.</li> <li>The applicant has the nationality of one of the countries from the DAC List of ODA Recipients.</li> <li>Aged over 18 years.</li> </ul> <p>The six finalists preselected by the jury will be presented on the award's website for 2 weeks where public can vote on their favorite project.</p> <p>Winner of the public voting will we rewarded with an extra prize of 5.000€ and 2.500€ additional budget for coaching and consulting.</p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2021. November</div> Tue, 02 Nov 2021 11:11:00 +0000 Business Spirit Platform reporting 209 at https://business-spirit.news €800,000 Social Enterprise Start-up Fund is open for innovative projects in Ireland https://business-spirit.news/news/eu800-000-social-enterprise-start-up-fund-is-open-for-innovative-projects-in-ireland <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>€800,000 Social Enterprise Start-up Fund is open for innovative projects in Ireland</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/eu800-000-social-enterprise-start-up-fund-is-open-for-innovative-projects-in-ireland" data-a2a-title="€800,000 Social Enterprise Start-up Fund is open for innovative projects in Ireland"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook_messenger"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/messenger.svg" border="0" alt="Messenger" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/messenger_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Messenger" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/twitter.svg" border="0" alt="Twitter" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/twitter_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Twitter" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_dd" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"> Share </a></span> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/social-enterprise" hreflang="en">social enterprise</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/social-innovation" hreflang="en">Social Innovation</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/social-entrepreneurship" hreflang="en">Social Entrepreneurship</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/ireland" hreflang="en">Ireland</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/funding" hreflang="en">Funding</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/start-up" hreflang="en">Start-up</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/social-enterprise" hreflang="en">Social Enterprise</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/funding" hreflang="en">Funding</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/ireland" hreflang="en">Ireland</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Sustainability" title="Sustainability" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="€800,000 Social Enterprise Start-up Fund is open for innovative projects in Ireland" title="€800,000 Social Enterprise Start-up Fund is open for innovative projects in Ireland" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/727.jpg?itok=_uoDtJqh" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">A new support package with grants and training is available for early-stage social enterprises with a clear ambition to address a critical social issue in Ireland.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2202 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2203 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Minister for <a href="https://www.gov.ie/en/organisation/department-of-rural-and-community-development/" target="_blank">Rural and Community Development in Ireland</a>, Heather Humphreys, TD, announced the launch of the €800,000 <a href="https://rethinkireland.ie/current_fund/social-enterprise-start-up-fund/" target="_blank">Social Enterprise Start-up Fund</a> on July 15th 2021.</p> <p>The purpose of this specific support package is to offer cash and training programmes for social enterprises to realise their potential, expand their businesses and create jobs.</p> <p>Minister Humphreys said at the launch that the Fund would have a two-year lifespan to provide small grants and other business supports tailored to help early-stage social enterprises overcome challenges when they are starting their projects.</p> <blockquote> <p>“Twenty-five social enterprises from across Ireland will receive cash grants of between €9,500 and €12,000, as well as access to a six-month tailored training programme.”</p> </blockquote> <p>“The programme itself comes under the Dormant Accounts Fund in my Department. It will be delivered by Rethink Ireland, who have a great track record in administering supports to social enterprises.”</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2215 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Deirdre Mortell, CEO of <a href="https://rethinkireland.ie/" target="_blank">Rethink Ireland</a>, a national organisation supporting Ireland’s best social innovations through various financial and business supports, welcomed the announcement.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2206 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--42-58"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2205 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/729.jpg" width="800" height="667" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Deirdre Mortell, CEO of Rethink Ireland; Image: Rethink Ireland</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2204 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>''At Rethink Ireland we believe that social enterprises can play a pivotal role in supporting the transition to a more inclusive, sustainable and green economy.</p> <p>We're delighted to be partnering with the Department of Rural and Community Development to provide much-needed start-up funding and supports as part of today's commitment to the Social Enterprise sector in Ireland,” adds Mortell.</p> <p>Up to 25 social enterprises will receive cash grants of €9,000 each in 2021, and all successful applicants will win a place on the National Accelerator Programme managed by Rethink Ireland.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2216 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The programme will empower the most innovative and impactful start-up social enterprises across Ireland to design a competitive business plan, expand their network, increase financial sustainability and communicate their vision and mission to a broader audience.</p> <p>Applicants must address a critical social issue with an innovative solution in an Irish context and have the potential and a desire to scale or replicate in Ireland.</p> <p>Ideally, projects should be beyond the idea phase, presenting some market research, at least a prototype, and a minimum amount of sales activity.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-2218"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2217 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Applications are open from July 15th until August 3rd 2021, to not-for-profit nature organisations based in Ireland.</p> <p>Applicants are invited to complete a short <a href="https://rethinkireland.ie/current_fund/social-enterprise-start-up-fund/" target="_blank">online application </a>form.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2219 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>An application webinar clinic is held to support potential applicants with any questions they may have on Tuesday, July 20th, from 11 am to 12 pm.</p> <p>Awardees will be selected from the shortlist of projects which have met the required criteria.</p> <p>Rethink Ireland created the Fund in partnership with the Department of Rural and Community Development via the Dormant Accounts Fund.</p> <p>According to Rethink Ireland’s research, this type of funding and support is critical to ensuring social enterprises have the best chance of reaching sustainability and maximising impact in their communities.</p> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline image: <a href="https://unsplash.com/photos/dWYU3i-mqEo" target="_blank">Annie Spratt on Unsplash</a></span></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2021. 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field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">The Impact Shakers Awards shine a light on businesses with a positive impact on society and the environment.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2104 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2105 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The inaugural <a href="https://www.impactshakersawards.com/" target="_blank">Impact Shakers Awards</a> aiming to create a supportive environment for impact-driven start-ups and scale-ups, announced its winners.</p> <p>The award is inspired by the doughnut economics model that maps human prosperity according to a social foundation and an ecological ceiling.</p> <p>Winning teams were selected by an expert panel of jury and public voting in twelve categories reflecting on the concept of the doughnut economy: Energy, Water, Food, Health, Education, Income &amp; Work, Peace &amp; Justice, Political Voice, Social Equity, Gender Equality, Housing &amp; Networks.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2108 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--58-42"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2106 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/662.png" width="894" height="632" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Twelve winners of the Impact Shakers Awards 2021 European edition</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2107 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The twelve selected start-ups will be invited to participate in an intensive bootcamp to secure alternative funding and get access to a prize package with valuable tools and workshops for impact entrepreneurs valued at 20.000 euros.</p> <p>They also will become part of the global Impact Shakers ecosystem and receive access to unique networking opportunities with highly sought after mentors, business angels and impact founders across the globe.</p> <p>Winning start-ups:</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2109 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <ul> <li>Energy: <a href="https://charmimpact.com/#" target="_blank">Charm Impact</a> (Borehamwood, UK) is an impact investing platform that crowdsources loans for clean energy start-ups in developing countries.</li> <li>Water: <a href="https://bitagreen.io/" target="_blank">BitaGreen</a> (Leuven, Belgium) offers nature-based solutions for urban water management and quality of life.</li> <li>Health: <a href="https://reshub.ie/#" target="_blank">ResHub</a> (Dublin, Ireland) ResHub is a resident engagement for Aged Care Providers who provide residential care to older adults, from independent living, assisted living, senior living to nursing home settings. •</li> <li>Gender equality: <a href="https://www.taskher.co.uk/" target="_blank">TaskHer</a> (London, UK) champions women in skilled manual trades.</li> </ul> <blockquote> <p>“We are absolutely thrilled that the work TaskHer is doing has been acknowledged by such a notable panel of judges and awarding body. This award for Gender Equality further validates the pressing need to shift the gender imbalance in this multi-billion pound industry.</p> </blockquote> <p>Thank you very much to everyone who voted for TaskHer, it means so much to us.”- the TaskHer team recalls winning the award.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2110 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <ul> <li>Food: <a href="https://lam-on.com/" target="_blank">LAM'ON</a> (Sofia, Bulgaria) Ltd produces and sells 100% biodegradable and suitable for compost laminating film called LAM'ON and packaging foil - PACK'ON.</li> <li>Political voice: <a href="https://thenewsroom.ai/#" target="_blank">The Newsroom</a> (Lissabon, Portugal) The Newsroom fights misinformation and promotes plurality online.</li> <li>Housing: <a href="https://www.nestful.io/" target="_blank">nestful </a>(London, UK) helps those seeking affordable accommodation to co-live with seniors aged 50+ with rooms to spare.</li> <li>Education: <a href="https://ecolytiq.com/" target="_blank">Ecolytiq</a> (Berlin, Germany) Ecolytiq enables banks, fintech companies and financial service providers to show their customers the personal impact of their purchasing behaviour on the environment in real-time.</li> </ul> <p>David Lais, Co-founder and CPO at Ecolytiq, explains why this award is an important step on their journey:</p> <blockquote> <p>”One of the most powerful tools at our disposal in fighting climate change is education. It is through education that we create awareness and inspire the action needed to solve one of humanity's most pressing issues. That is why we are so happy the Impact Shakers see it the same way we do!”</p> </blockquote> <ul> <li>Income &amp; work: <a href="https://www.lightningreach.org/#" target="_blank">Lightning Social Ventures</a> (London, UK) helps people in financial hardship to receive super fast support and recover from shocks.</li> <li>Peace &amp; justice: <a href="https://www.amurabi.eu/en/" target="_blank">Amurabi</a> (Paris, France) bridges the gap between the law and its users: empowering all users to actually understand and exercise their rights.</li> <li>Networks: <a href="https://maanch.com/#" target="_blank">Maanch </a>(Londen, Verenigd Koninkrijk) develops technology to measure, monitor and report on the impact of investments, organisations and philanthropy, through the lens of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.</li> <li>Social equality: <a href="https://www.tiiqu.com/" target="_blank">TIIQU</a> (London, UK) is a trust mechanism continuously fed by blockchain-based certificates. They build trusted ecosystems for a modern, inclusive and fair society.</li> </ul> <p>The awards are a part of the broader<a href="https://www.impactshakersawards.com/about" target="_blank"> Impact Shakers</a> ecosystem, the driving force behind the awards, which tackles complex societal challenges through inclusive entrepreneurship and aims to expand opportunities and capacity further to grow.</p> <p>The organisation is currently developing their impact investment projects and will launch an accelerator later this year. Organisers will also introduce the Impact Shakers Awards in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region after the Summer.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2111 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline image: Photo by Ian Schneider on <a href="https://unsplash.com/photos/TamMbr4okv4" target="_blank">Unsplash</a></span></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2021. July</div> Thu, 01 Jul 2021 15:48:57 +0000 Business Spirit Platform reporting 154 at https://business-spirit.news