📚 Worth Reading (or Watching)
This week’s Worth Reading is a big shout out to three companies and entrepreneurs that presented at our July Startups Driving Sustainability Showcase!
Open Water, Topl, and Next Energy Technologies gave in-depth presentations on sustainable consumer product such as bottled water, traceability of food and food supply chain, and sustainable buildings. Check them out!
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🚀 Funding and Congrats!
Climate X raised $1.5 million in pre-seed funding.
Aruna raised $35m funding from Prosus Ventures, East Ventures, AC Ventures,MDI, and Vertex Ventures. Aruna is the largest tech-enabled platform connecting small fisheries in Indonesia.
Just Salad closed a new equity raise and will use the funds to expand its footprint and zero waste programs.
Interos, a supply chain risk management and operational resilience technology company, raised $100m in Series C financing.
Tau, a sustainable manufacturing company with a focus of electrification of transport and decarbonization of energy, closed Series A funding.
💡 Startup Spotlight
“Drive better, data-backed decisions with scalable automated waste analysis”
👀 Quick Hits
European Union policymakers increasingly focus on climate actions including sustainable fuels, so are gas industry lobbyists.
IBM released its annual environmental report detailing its 21 environmental sustainability goals. Goals span from energy conservation to renewables procurement.
Interesting article on Private Equity industry’s view on ESG vs financial returns.
Athens is creating the first ever Chief Heat Officer in Europe. The main responsibility of the role is to identify solutions to cool the city and help develop policies to combat climate crisis.
“The Covid-19 pandemic is estimated to generate up to 7,200 tons of medical waste every day.” A new study by MIT looks into the environmental cost of Covid-19 and new ways to manage the medical waste.
AeroShield: a clear (and energy efficient) window to the future
Just Salad: Pioneering Zero Waste in Restaurants
A Good Company: mitigating mindless consumption
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Aladdin Sustainability Investor Lead at BlackRock
Climatetech Financial Analyst at Climate Collective
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Environmental Data Analyst at Arc’teryx
Multiple Roles at Rheaply
Senior Product Marketing Manager, Carbon Buyer at Indigo
Head of Sales at LimeLoop
Multiple Roles at Cervest
Brand Partnerships Manager at TerraCycle
Head of Sales at Lizee
Business Developer & Sales at Resortecs
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