Business https://business-spirit.news/ en Prosocial disruption delivered by a distillery in Dublin https://business-spirit.news/news/prosocial-disruption-delivered-by-a-distillery-in-dublin <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Prosocial disruption delivered by a distillery in Dublin</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/prosocial-disruption-delivered-by-a-distillery-in-dublin" data-a2a-title="Prosocial disruption delivered by a distillery in Dublin"><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/business-practice" hreflang="en">Business practice</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/sustainable-business" hreflang="en">Sustainable Business</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/sustainable-business" hreflang="en">Sustainable business</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="Prosocial disruption delivered by a distillery in Dublin" title="Prosocial disruption delivered by a distillery in Dublin" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/1024.jpg?itok=-uOowJAW" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Dublin-based company is changing industry practices by designing its spirits through the lenses of science, community and nature.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3034 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--3035 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Viki Baird, Co-Founder of the <a href="https://stillgardendistillery.com/" target="_blank">Stillgarden Distillery</a>, explains their pro-social approach to building and running their business.</p> <p>She says, “We try to promote social activity but in a different way. For example, we transformed an area of wasteland which was near the distillery. It was full of all sorts of junk, and we turned it into a botanical garden and recruited several <strong>‘Social Botanists</strong>’ throughout the first Covid lockdown. We gave people growing kits, which they took away and grew the botanicals at home.”</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3038 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--3036 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/1025.jpg" width="789" height="1030" 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">The Social Botanist project was launched by Stillgarden Distillery in Dublin. Image: Stillgarden Distillery</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--3037 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>When the plants had outgrown the boxes, everyone returned and together with the organisers, they planted them in the botanical garden.</p> <p>After harvesting those botanicals, they collaborated with the botanists to create what they call a ‘Social Gin’.</p> <p>The distillery gave the botanists three different flavours to choose from, all made with the plants they had grown at home. In this way, local people are playing an essential part in creating this community-based drink.</p> <blockquote> <p>The company is on a mission to bring our spirit of prosocial disruption to the world through science, community and nature.</p> </blockquote> <p>Viki explains further: “The science component refers to the fact we have a lab here and lots of excellent equipment like an ultra-sonic ager, and stuff like that which allows us to create different and innovative products.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3039 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>About the nature side of things, one of our main community projects is the Social Botanist Project, which takes place weekly, so we get new people signing up. We also do on-site garden tours where people can come along for 10 euro, and for that price, they get to look at the garden and enjoy a free drink on our terrace.”</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-3045"> <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--3044 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Viki details how the <a href="https://stillgarden21.wpengine.com/community-projects" target="_blank">Social Botanist Project</a> works:</p> <p>“We have hydroponic boxes, and we plant them up for people to take away. There are about eight different botanicals and a special light in each one which helps them grow quicker. It is vital that they grow quickly to enable people working on the same projects to keep up and meet up.</p> <p>While driving through this area, you can spot some of these boxes on people’s windowsills.</p> <p>For us, it means people are getting involved and also inspires us to look for other areas of wasteland where we can plant botanicals and engage more social botanists.”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3043 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-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3041 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <blockquote> <p>“We try to reuse as much as possible and use this mindset in every aspect of our business.</p> </blockquote> <p>This includes the packaging we get in, which we reuse where possible in our delivery system. Also, when we make our espresso martini, we take used coffee grains from local coffee shops and reuse those to create this specific drink.</p> <p>Some of our other gins utilise many healthy materials, which we dry after making our gin and use in tea bags. If there is something we can’t reuse from our ingredients, we give it to local farmers for chicken feed.”</p> <p>They also run a return your bottle scheme where they give people a discount if they return their bottle and their stopper, andreuse these items rather than put them into the bottle bank.</p> <p>Viki shares why they have taken this unique approach:</p> <p>“Because we are called Stillgarden, we always wanted to have a garden on our premises.</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--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3042 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/1026.jpg" width="395" height="592" 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">Viki Baird, Co-Founder of the Stillgarden Distillery</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3046 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>During the first Covid lockdown, people came to us, just chatting with us, saying they were bored and looking for something to do during the downtime.”</p> <p>Since they have reopened, there is a great variety of outdoor and indoor experiences that they can offer to visitors, including garden tours and gin tasting.</p> <p>Eventually, these projects inspired them to do their community-based projects, and the reaction to their efforts was overwhelmingly positive, getting great support from their customers and the local community.</p> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline image: Geraud Pfeiffer, Pexels</span></p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3048 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <hr /> <p>This content is a piece of an article originally published in the <a href="https://business-spirit.news/shop/make-change-happen-winter-2021-22" target="_blank">"Make change happen</a>" issue of <a href="https://business-spirit.news/profit-with-purpose-magazine" target="_blank">Profit with Purpose Magazine</a>.</p> <p>The <a href="https://business-spirit.news/shop/city-next-summer-2022" target="_blank">Summer 2022 edition</a> of the magazine is focusing on making cities sustainable and inclusive, and is available <a href="https://business-spirit.news/shop/city-next-summer-2022" target="_blank">here &gt;&gt;&gt;</a></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. June</div> Tue, 21 Jun 2022 12:32:14 +0000 Bronagh Loughlin 233 at https://business-spirit.news How to keep the spark alive while changing the World? https://business-spirit.news/news/how-to-keep-the-spark-alive-while-changing-the-world <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>How to keep the spark alive while changing the World?</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/how-to-keep-the-spark-alive-while-changing-the-world" data-a2a-title="How to keep the spark alive while changing the World?"><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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href="/topic/leadership" hreflang="en">Leadership</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="How to keep the spark alive while changing the World?" title="How to keep the spark alive while changing the World?" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/1021.jpg?itok=EB80FZw9" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Impact-driven leaders are more exposed to experiencing stress and anxiety, which means they need to be aware of how to prevent and manage burnout. </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3023 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--3024 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Business leaders do not exactly have a 9 to 5 schedule, and coupling it with the pressure to make a positive impact can be extremely stressful.</p> <p>But being a purpose-driven leader is more than simply selling a product or your brand to consumers.</p> <p>According to <a href="https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/S1479-3660(2013)0000020015/full/html" target="_blank">research </a>from Steve Bagi on Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Leadership, sometimes burnout among leaders results from their expectations to be innovative and enthusiastic constantly about encouraging their organisation to continue to move forward.</p> <blockquote> <p>A big challenge for leaders in the impact space is maintaining a healthy lifestyle while working for a mission or towards a cause they deeply care about.</p> </blockquote> <p>Symptoms of burnout include feeling overwhelmed and unsatisfied about achievements, stressed out, mentally and physically exhausted.</p> <p>Those working in the climate action and social impact arena may actually be more prone to these feelings and states of mind.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3027 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-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3025 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-subtitle">Eco-anxiety</p> <p>Besides business-related issues, there is an increasing trend of experiencing eco-anxiety.</p> <p>This emotional status is defined as the fear of environmental damage or ecological disaster, linked to extreme worry about current and future harm to nature caused by human activity and climate change.</p> <blockquote> <p>Researchers use the term “eco-anxiety” to describe chronic or severe anxiety related to humans’ relationship with the environment.</p> </blockquote> </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-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3026 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/1022.jpg" width="600" height="600" 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">Eco-anxiety can increase stress and lead to burnout. Image: Getty Images</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3028 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>This type of anxiety can be derived from the awareness of a rising risk of extreme weather events, losses of livelihood or housing, fear for future generations, and feelings of helplessness.</p> <p>The increasing number of environmental crisis issues are not only frustrating, frightening or shocking to some people but can become the source of constant anxiety.</p> <p>They can also feel guilty or anxious about the impact of their generation on the environment. For the most part, it is said to affect young people.</p> <p>However, it is also likely to impact those working in sustainability, regardless of their age bracket. These emotions can result in leaders feeling increased stress, overworking to meet objectives and then experiencing burnout to a point where they find it hard to get back up again.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3029 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-subtitle">Keep going</p> <p>There are some simple, practical ways how to keep the spark alive. The key is to find what works for you and be conscious about keeping it on your agenda.</p> <p>The emotional attachment to what you are working on can make you more involved and prioritise the big mission over your own self-care.</p> <p>Disconnecting from work and taking part in non-work-related social activities can be more difficult for impact-driven entrepreneurs and employees.</p> <p>Establishing a <strong>work zone area</strong> can help if you do not have an office or work remotely. In addition, when you finish for the day and close that door or shut down the work computer, it is best to leave the work in that room or space.</p> <p>A great way to escape a vicious circle of being constantly at work is to schedule time for yourself.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3032 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--3030 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/1023.jpg" width="458" height="304" 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">Taking time off is just as important as working. Image: Zach Betten, Unsplash</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--3031 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Taking <strong>time off</strong> is arguably just as crucial as working. It enables you to recharge your batteries so you can come back the next day pumped full of energy with renewed enthusiasm.</p> <blockquote> <p>Being available 24 hours, 7 days of the week is not sustainable regardless of your reason for burning the candle on both ends.</p> </blockquote> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3033 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Setting <strong>boundaries </strong>and knowing when to say ‘no’ is essential in avoiding burning out. Committing to more than we can handle is increasingly common as we as humans want to live up to people’s expectations of us.</p> <p>Another thing that may help you when it comes to leaving work behind is if you have a <strong>hobby </strong>that takes your mind off from your to do list.</p> <p class="font-subtitle">Be empathetic to others and yourself</p> <p>Having a mission is not always enough to keep up motivation, although creating a safe and supportive environment will see you, your team and the organisation thrive.</p> <p>According to a study from 2020 carried out by Kronos HR specialist company, employees are calling out for empathetic leadership to combat burnout. This is likely to still ring true, even in the post-COVID-19 working environment.</p> <p>To stop putting so much pressure on yourself and understand that you are a human being could be a significant step toward lowering the risk of burnout.</p> <p>It is okay not to be perfect and not get every single task done perfectly.</p> <blockquote> <p>More research has found perfectionism and burnout often go hand in hand. So trying not to sweat the small things can prove to be valuable.</p> </blockquote> <p>Being conscious and addressing burnout will help you find coping strategies, and even if you find yourself in this state, you may come back a stronger leader without considering it a defeat.</p> <p>This mentality applies to managing your team, so dealing with burnout can become part of your culture and help you achieve your goals while working towards your mission together.</p> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline image: Getty Image</span></p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--3047 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <hr /> <p>This content is a piece of an article originally published in the <a href="https://business-spirit.news/shop/make-change-happen-winter-2021-22" target="_blank">"Make change happen</a>" issue of <a href="https://business-spirit.news/profit-with-purpose-magazine" target="_blank">Profit with Purpose Magazine</a>.</p> <p>The <a href="https://business-spirit.news/shop/city-next-summer-2022" target="_blank">Summer 2022 edition</a> of the magazine is focusing on making cities sustainable and inclusive, and is available <a href="https://business-spirit.news/shop/city-next-summer-2022" target="_blank">here &gt;&gt;&gt;</a></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. June</div> Tue, 21 Jun 2022 11:41:22 +0000 Bronagh Loughlin 232 at https://business-spirit.news 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 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hreflang="en">Accelerator</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/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 field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2022. March</div> Thu, 24 Mar 2022 12:47:33 +0000 Business Spirit Platform reporting 226 at https://business-spirit.news Innovative circular program to scale up under new leadership https://business-spirit.news/news/innovative-circular-program-to-scale-up-under-new-leadership <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Innovative circular program to scale up under new leadership </span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/innovative-circular-program-to-scale-up-under-new-leadership" data-a2a-title="Innovative circular program to scale up under new leadership "><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" 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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/business" hreflang="en">Business</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="Innovative circular program to scale up under new leadership " title="Innovative circular program to scale up under new leadership " class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/994.png?itok=uWrpI4Vh" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">System change specialist appointed to lead game-changing circular economy initiative in the UK.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2948 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--2949 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The trial program of the re-use model ‘<a href="https://returnrefillrepeat.com/" target="_blank">Re</a>’ that already saved over 4 million plastic bottles from landfills, has brought Doug Morwood system change specialist, to take the initiative to the next level as MD.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.ukri.org/" target="_blank">UK Research and Innovation’s</a> (UKRI) Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging (SSPP) Challenge has recently announced £3 million in funding to further develop ‘Re’ across the UK and save over 100 million bottles from landfills within the next three years.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2952 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--33-66"> <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--2950 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/995.jpg" width="450" height="450" 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">Doug Morwood system change specialist, new MD for the &#039;Re&#039; circular economy program.</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--2951 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Newly appointed MD Morwood aims higher than expected and wants to ‘reduce single-use plastic on a grand scale.'</p> <p>“I am honoured to join the Re team and look forward to delivering a truly circular economy system for the UK.</p> <p>We must move beyond the linear system that results in so much waste, both in terms of materials and energy,” said Morwood on his appointment as Managing Director for the ‘Re’ program.</p> <p>The new MD aims to lead a data-driven change and engage various stakeholders in a ‘re-use revolution’ within and beyond the border of the UK.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2954 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-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2953 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>He believes that engaging small and big brands alongside retailers is critical in changing the current wasteful practices, and with 'Re' they ‘have to offer a compelling alternative to the current linear system that damages our environment so much.”</p> <p>Morwood adds:</p> <blockquote> <p>“Bringing businesses together to tackle the climate and waste crises is the only way we can solve the problem; collaboration is crucial."</p> </blockquote> <p>Customers can also easily join the movement by using the<a href="https://www.refill.org.uk/" target="_blank"> Refill App</a>, managed by the <a href="https://www.citytosea.org.uk/" target="_blank">City to Sea project</a>, showing users the nearest refill station and places to eat, drink, and shop using less plastic.</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--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2955 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/996.png" width="600" height="600" 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">Advanced Refill Stations – interactive stations where customers can fill a ‘Re Smart Bottle’ with a product of their choice; Image: &#039;Re&#039; program</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2956 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Co-Founder of <a href="https://beautykitchen.co.uk/" target="_blank">Beauty Kitchen</a> and the ‘Re’ program, Jo-Anne Chidley, is excited about expanding the impact of this project and seeing the build-up of a team under the visionary leadership of Morwood.</p> <p>She emphasises that ‘this is an open initiative for all brands in the cosmetics, beauty and personal care industries’ and that they will support implementing the ‘Re’ system and help partners deliver change and ‘enter this ecosystem.’</p> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">HeadlineImage: <a href="https://returnrefillrepeat.com/" target="_blank">'Re' program</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. March</div> Tue, 15 Mar 2022 08:18:25 +0000 Business Spirit Platform reporting 225 at https://business-spirit.news How can freelancing bridge social inequalities? https://business-spirit.news/news/how-can-freelancing-bridge-social-inequalities <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>How can freelancing bridge social inequalities?</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/how-can-freelancing-bridge-social-inequalities" data-a2a-title="How can freelancing bridge social inequalities?"><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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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/freelancing" hreflang="en">Freelancing</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/digital-technology" hreflang="en">Digital technology</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/business" hreflang="en">Business</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/social-innovation" hreflang="en">Social Innovation</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/bcorp" hreflang="en">BCorp</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/freelancing" hreflang="en">Freelancing</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/tech-for-good" hreflang="en">Tech for Good</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="How can freelancing bridge social inequalities?" title="How can freelancing bridge social inequalities?" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/990.png?itok=th-2Ooyq" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Leveraging digital technology, social innovator designed a platform that matches freelancers with purposeful organisations while offering decent work for people worldwide.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2933 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--2934 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Geoffrey Hucker, Founder and CEO of the <a href="https://www.workforimpact.com/" target="_blank">Work for Impact</a> (WFI) freelance platform, wanted to design a solution that matches freelancers with impactful organisations with whom they share similar values.</p> <p>He developed a solution specifically for socially, environmentally responsible and non-profit organisa¬tions to source talent while offering decent work for people regardless of their social situation or location.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2937 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--66-33"> <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--2935 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-subtitle">From shock to action</p> <p>Hucker's passion for social change dates back to 2002 when he was dismayed to witness first-hand the disparity of wealth in Ethiopia. An airline pilot by trade, he always had an interest in Ethiopian history, and when he visited Addis Ababa, it was at the height of the HIV AIDS pandemic.</p> <p>He saw a beautiful country rich in history and culture, but he was shocked at the plight of the vulnerable street kids.</p> <p>“Through a series of events, I ended up in a small orphanage, the Kidane Mehret Chil¬dren's Home,” he recalls.</p> <p>“The kids there were the same age as my son at the time, probably 5 or 6, so I connected with them. I hung out and played soccer. When I went to leave, one of the kids said to me, ‘You white people come, but you never come back. Please come back’. So I came back a month later. What had happened was that some of the kids had passed away from AIDS.”</p> <p>Hucker remembers this as an eye-opening experience.</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--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2936 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/991.png" width="327" height="547" 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">Geoffrey Hucker, Founder of Work for Impact online freelance platform</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </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-2939"> <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--2938 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>“There I am flying around the world as an airline pilot and staying in 5-star hotels, thinking nothing of spending $20 on a meal and here are these beautiful kids who are dying because they didn’t have $20 for a month of medicine.</p> <p>It touched something really deep in my soul, and it led me on a journey. So I started working with the orphanage in Addis Ababa, which was run by Franciscan Sisters of the Heart of Jesus.”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2940 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>He wanted to do more and founded an organisation in 2007 called <a href="https://beyondtheorphanage.org/" target="_blank">Beyond the Orphanage</a>, which is based on a foster care/kinship model that looks at the children holistically and helps them become happy and well-educated adults. However, as it turned out, employment opportunities are often limited because of their location.</p> <blockquote> <p>Not to be defeated, Hucker wondered how he could level the playing field to ensure social and economic background would not determine the future of these bright young people.</p> </blockquote> <p>These experiences were the seeds to found the Work for Impact platform in April 2020.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2941 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-subtitle">The power of remote freelancing to change lives</p> <p>The working landscape has changed irrevocably for employees and organisations since the Covid pandemic.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2944 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--2942 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/992.png" width="1347" height="1025" 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">The Work for Impact platform offers equality and empowerment to skilled professionals while improving unemployment issues and job readiness in low-income countries. Image: Getty Images</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--2943 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Remote working is on the rise alongside the trend that socially and ethically responsible organisations are the first choice for many job-seekers.</p> <p>“We only work with for-purpose organisations. They need to adhere to the triple bottom line (People, Planet, Profit), be a social enterprise, BCorp or Not for Profit organisations, trying to do good for the world, not just making a profit.</p> <p>We connect them with on-demand talent passionate about working with for-purpose organisations.”</p> <p>The platform operates in a transparent and straightforward way to support its clients and freelancers.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2945 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <blockquote> <p>“Just because you were born in a remote part of Ethiopia does not mean that you are not talented in coding, designing or writing. And if you are based in Africa, you can still work for an Irish business or a company in New York.</p> </blockquote> <p>In many cases, it may only mean you haven’t had the opportunities.”</p> <p>Aside from the charitable, ethical and socially responsible work practices, there are other advantages to using this platform, like having access to a global talent pool that you can scale up or down very quickly as required.</p> <p>“We have talent in 170 countries, and we use time zones to work to our benefit and also different price points. We give 6% of our revenue to our charity partners, and we also give back through our Pathways in-house program,” Hucker explains.</p> <p>This initiative is based on the premise that the future of work doesn’t require a conventional career path or even physical presence at a specific workplace. Instead, it focuses on the skills and experiences to perform a role.</p> <p>Giving hope and creating opportunities for young people in developing countries has been the driving force behind Hucker's work for the last twenty years.</p> <p>Through his dedication, hard work and support from his team, he has changed the lives of many children, providing safe homes, education and a future that previously would have been only a dream.</p> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline image: <a href="https://www.istockphoto.com/" target="_blank">Getty Images</a></span></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-2947"> <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--2946 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Read the full interview with more insights in the <a href="https://business-spirit.news/shop/winter-2021-22-edition" target="_blank">Winter 2021/22 issue</a> of the <a href="https://business-spirit.news/profit-with-purpose-magazine" target="_blank">Profit with Purpose Magazine </a>&gt;&gt;</p> </div> </div> </div> </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> Mon, 14 Mar 2022 10:47:00 +0000 Sinead Connolly 224 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="/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 Business guide to address the Ukraine humanitarian crisis https://business-spirit.news/news/business-guide-to-address-the-ukraine-humanitarian-crisis <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Business guide to address the Ukraine humanitarian crisis</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/business-guide-to-address-the-ukraine-humanitarian-crisis" data-a2a-title="Business guide to address the Ukraine humanitarian crisis"><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/business" hreflang="en">Business</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/ukraine" hreflang="en">Ukraine</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/humanitarian-action" hreflang="en">Humanitarian action</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/business" hreflang="en">Business</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="Business guide to address the Ukraine humanitarian crisis" title="Business guide to address the Ukraine humanitarian crisis" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/983.jpg?itok=wE5ojtdp" 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 Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) appeals to the private sector to help people affected by the Russian military offensive in Ukraine.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2905 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--2906 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The UN <a href="https://www.unocha.org/" target="_blank">Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)</a> has launched a Business Guide document as part of their humanitarian response to the military offensive in Ukraine.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.connectingbusiness.org/publications/ocha-business-guide-ukraine-humanitarian-crisis" target="_blank">OCHA Business Guide</a> refers to the need for immediate action, stating that “the intense military escalation has resulted in loss of life, injuries and mass movement of the civilian population throughout Ukraine and to neighbouring countries, as well as severe destruction and damage to civilian infrastructure and residential housing”.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2909 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--2907 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/984.png" width="426" height="395" 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">OCHA Business Guide: Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis, Image: OCHA</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--2908 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>OCHA appeals to corporates and enterprises to join forces with their humanitarian projects to provide financial support and assistance for the most vulnerable people in regions affected by the war.</p> <p>One of the five highlighted actions is joining the <a href="https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/Ukraine%20Flash%20Appeal%202022.pdf" target="_blank">Ukraine Flash Appeal</a> that runs for a duration of three months, from March to May 2022.</p> <p>The goal is to raise US$1.1 billion that would be required to help more than 6 million people impacted by the drastic Russian Federation military attacks started on 24 February 2022.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2910 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Other options to express support included in the brief are making financial and in-kind contribution, advocating and making a commercial offer.</p> <p>The organisation asks that financial contributions be made through the <a href="https://crisisrelief.un.org/ukraine-crisis" target="_blank">UN Ukraine Humanitarian Fund </a>(UHF).</p> <p>The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) coordinates humanitarian action to ensure that crisis-affected people receive assistance and protection.</p> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:11px">Headline image: Annie Spratt on <a href="https://unsplash.com/photos/gq5PECP8pHE" 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 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March</div> Fri, 04 Mar 2022 14:04:02 +0000 Business Spirit Platform reporting 220 at https://business-spirit.news Open call for innovators who want to shape the future of cities https://business-spirit.news/news/open-call-for-innovators-who-want-to-shape-the-future-of-cities <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Open call for innovators who want to shape the future of cities</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/open-call-for-innovators-who-want-to-shape-the-future-of-cities" data-a2a-title="Open call for innovators who want to shape the future of cities"><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" 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class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Open call for innovators who want to shape the future of cities" title="Open call for innovators who want to shape the future of cities" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/976.jpg?itok=e08fw-i0" 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 Urban Future international gathering of changemakers is looking for impact entrepreneurs with projects making cities greener and more accesible.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2882 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--2883 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The <a href="https://urban-future.org/" target="_blank">Urban Future</a> event, the largest meeting for ‘City Changers’ will return as a live event in Helsingborg, Sweden, on the 1-3 June, bringing together thinkers and doers shaping the future of cities.</p> <p>Organisers are calling innovators and entrepreneurs with an idea to transform cities to become more sustainable and accessible. They are looking for projects that are tackling environmental or social issues in an urban space, touching the lives of citizens and passionate about driving change.</p> <p><a href="https://urban-future.org/news/call-social-businesses/" target="_blank">The application</a> is open until February 6, and 10 selected businesses will receive two complimentary conference tickets and have their travel and accommodation expenses covered.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2886 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--66-33"> <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--2885 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Gerald Babel-Sutter co-founded the Urban Future global gathering in 2014 with the aim to bring together the brightest minds who strive to make their cities more sustainable and livable.</p> <blockquote> <p>“We usually choose our topics based on the main struggles City Changers go through when driving sustainability in cities,”</p> </blockquote> <p>said Babel-Sutter about how they decided on the focus of this year’s event.</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--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2884 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/977.jpg" width="1000" 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">Gerald Babel-Sutter, co-founder of Urban Future </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2887 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The 2022 conference tracks combine the expertise of more than 450 leading urban shapers and will be structured around the following topics: Leadership; Changing Structures; Impact Entrepreneurs; Revitalising Neighbourhoods; Building New Districts; Skills for CityChangers.</p> <p>One of the highlights of the agenda will be the transformation story of the host city, Helsingborg and how they managed to fundamentally change their operation within ten years to become a top-class hub for innovation.</p> <p>“We immediately liked the fact that Helsingborg was so open with what it had tried and what worked and what didn’t,” Gerald continues.</p> <p>“Helsingborg has understood that to reach their goals, they need to experiment and make mistakes along the way. In Sweden’s first municipal innovation hub <a href="https://innovation.helsingborg.se/en/hbgworks/" target="_blank">Hbg Works</a>, any idea to improve the City can be tested. A no-strings-attached vision fund invites residents to join in and realise their city development dreams.”</p> <p>The Urban Future event takes place in different countries each year, offering a place for urban impact innovators to connect and exchange ideas.</p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">ű</span></p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline image: <a href="https://urban-future.org/" target="_blank">Urban Future</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. February</div> Thu, 03 Feb 2022 16:30:58 +0000 Business Spirit Platform reporting 218 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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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 New program preparing Dublin-based businesses for rapidly growing Green Economy https://business-spirit.news/news/new-program-preparing-dublin-based-businesses-for-rapidly-growing-green-economy <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>New program preparing Dublin-based businesses for rapidly growing Green Economy</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/new-program-preparing-dublin-based-businesses-for-rapidly-growing-green-economy" data-a2a-title="New program preparing Dublin-based businesses for rapidly growing Green Economy"><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/business" hreflang="en">Business</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/circular-economy" hreflang="en">Circular Economy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/dublin" hreflang="en">Dublin</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/training" hreflang="en">Training</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/sustainability" hreflang="en">Sustainability</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/circular-economy" hreflang="en">Circular Economy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/business" hreflang="en">Business</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/sustainable-business" hreflang="en">Sustainable business</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="Event" title="Event" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/242.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="New program preparing Dublin-based businesses for rapidly growing Green Economy" title="New program preparing Dublin-based businesses for rapidly growing Green Economy" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/971.jpg?itok=T4RwJdJ4" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Micro and small enterprises in Dublin can join a new Circular Economy training program to become more sustainable and unlock business potential.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2871 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--2872 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The <a href="http://modos.ie/" target="_blank">MODOS Circular Economy</a> training and mentoring program provides practical knowledge and networking opportunities to SMEs in the Dublin City and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown areas in March and April 2022.</p> <p>With business trends shifting rapidly towards sustainability, it is inevitable for all shapes and sizes of enterprises to take up this challenge and turn it into an opportunity for innovation and growth.</p> <p>The four interactive online training modules are designed to help embed sustainability into business strategy efficiently and effectively while fostering innovation and profitability.</p> <p>Up to twenty participants per program will learn from highly renowned experts about Circular Economy, carbon management, resource efficiency, supply chain sustainability, and engagement.</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-2874"> <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--2873 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>“MODOS helped me to apply circular economy principles in my business. I was able to appraise in real terms how small changes in processes can yield big results (and higher margins). Completing the <a href="https://www.localenterprise.ie/DublinCity/Training-Events/Management-Development/Modos-Circular-Economy-Dublin-Training-Programme-2022.html" target="_blank">MODOS program</a> was an important step in working towards the goal of carbon neutrality for my company,” says John Burke from Burke’s of Rathnew <a href="https://homevalue.ie/" target="_blank">Homevalue</a> business about his experience of the training.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2875 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Besides the learning sessions, enterprises can benefit from networking, mentoring and an opportunity to promote their sustainability credentials.</p> <p>Free to join online information sessions will be held on 2nd and 3rd February 2022, where businesses can learn more insights.</p> <p>The program is designed for businesses active in all sectors who have been trading for a minimum of 6 months, with 1 to 250 employees.</p> <p>Kate Purcell from Green Aware, who participated in a previous MODOS training, said that</p> <blockquote> <p>’the information and guidance provided during MODOS were instantly practical’ and that ’the course resources are relevant to every organisation, no matter where they are on their sustainability journey.’</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://www.dublincity.ie/business" target="_blank">Dublin City Council</a> and <a href="https://www.dlrcoco.ie/" target="_blank">Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council </a>brought the program to life in response to the challenges facing micro and small enterprises in building their capacity and understanding of Green Business and the Circular Economy.</p> <p>With funding from the Environmental Protection Agency, the cost of the programme is subsidised, making the course more accessible.</p> <p> </p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline Image: <a href="https://unsplash.com/photos/VtKoSy_XzNU" target="_blank">LinkedIn Sales Solutions 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">2022. January</div> Fri, 28 Jan 2022 12:51:15 +0000 Business Spirit Platform reporting 216 at https://business-spirit.news