Social impact and environmental sustainability are now having measurable effects on almost every industry worldwide, and as a consequence, represent some of the most exciting areas to build a startup today. But most of the early-stage impact entrepreneurs we speak to aren't yet aware of the wealth of resources that are available to help them.
With applications for the Impact and Sustainability Founder Institute now open, we're excited to release the Impact and Sustainability Startup Resource Guide, which is currently in Draft v1 below! It was developed by the Impact and Sustainability Founder Institute and local leaders:
This is just a draft, and while we spent many hours on this research, more input is needed. Please leave your comments on this collaborative Google document to help us complete the list. There are definitely omissions on this current version.
There is no one right way to build a technology company, but for the sake of simplicity we have outlined a basic, common, sequential framework.
1. Idea Stage
This is where new entrepreneurs get inspired, learn best practices, develop skills, validate ideas, and begin to build their team and product.
2. Launch Stage
In this stage, entrepreneurs establish and formalize the company, develop the product, get feedback from customers, and prepare for the next step.
3. Growth Stage
Here, a startup proves their utility, receives recognition, and scales up. This usually requires funding, angels, VCs, and ways to connect them to startups.
4. Impact and Sustainability Startup Success Stories
Successful homegrown companies that have raised significant institutional funding, employ a large workforce, or have achieved liquidity.
- Back Market
- Empower Eco
- Helion Energy
- Mainstream Renewable Power
- Redwood Materials
- TNG FinTech Group
To facilitate the steps, every ecosystem needs strong supporters.
1. Impact and Sustainability Startup Leaders
Successful local founders who lead the ecosystem & frequently mentor newbies.
- Andrea Monti
- Andrea Orsag
- Cathy Xiao Chen
- Chris Sherwin
- Chris Wedding
- Claudia van´t Hullenaar
- Hannah Mansour
- Ida Svenonius
- Jessie Coates
- Jo Appleby
- Joanna Buczkowska-McCumber
- Juan Parodi
- Justin Bean
- Katherine Brown
- Kristine Nagle
- Malin Berge
- Mark Griffiths
- Nicola Cerantola
- Nisaa Jetha
- Riddhima Bhatnagar
2. Impact and Sustainability Government Startup Resources
Public organizations that facilitate local economic development
- Chamber of Sustainable Commerce
- Dubai Chamber of Commerce Sustainability Network
- Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy Netherlands
- Ministry of Environment Denmark
- Ministry of Environmental Protection Israel
- Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment Singapore
- Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development Luxembourg
- NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
- Office of the Federal Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO)
- Sustainability Victoria
- The Government of Japan - Sustainability
- UK Government - Sustainability
- US Green Chamber of Commerce
Major local business or tech universities and employers that attract and retain local talent.
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Learn more about the Startup Ecosystem Canvas here, and leave us your thoughts on the Impact and Sustainability Canvas on this collaborative Google document (This is just a draft, and more input is needed!)