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Katapult Startup Accelerator Program

Katapult: A Norwegian Accelerator with Global Impact

The Oslo-based Katapult is not just any startup accelerator program. While the likes of Y Combinator, TechStars and Seedcamp have pioneered the acceleration landscape through funding hundreds of small businesses that in some cases have grown into big names themselves, this Norwegian program is a for-profit accelerator that is uniquely focused on creating positive societal impact.
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Bloomberg Sustainable Business Summit: Amsterdam

This year, Bloomberg is bringing its Sustainable Business Summit to Amsterdam for the first time on June 20-21, 2018. Don't miss the opportunity to meet and learn from a diverse group of sustainability experts!
Sardex Digital Currency

Sardex: A Local Currency for a Thriving Community

As part of their round-the-world sailing trip in search of sustainable solutions, the Sailors for Sustainability visited Sardinia. During the financial crisis in 2008, the credit flow dried up and unemployment was on the rise, also in Sardinia. In response, five young men from the Sardinian village of Serramanna set up the Sardex, a local currency for businesses in Sardinia. How does it work?
Sustainable Apparel Forum 2018

Sustainable Apparel Forum 2018

The last years have seen tremendous change within the apparel industry with new sustainable innovations gaining traction. With a greater emphasis on circularity, transparency and supply chain efficiencies coming from fashion and apparel brands, the next 12 months looks set to be another step-change year for the industry. Be part of this change by attending the Innovation Forum's conference on sustainability in the apparel industry on the 24th-25th April 2018, in Amsterdam.
Brewers of Europe Forum

Brewers of Europe Forum: Beer and Beyond

The Brewers of Europe, which unites 29 national associations and represent the interests of Europe’s 8500 breweries is organizing the first Brewers of Europe Forum on 7-8 June 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. The forum will bring together the whole beer community to discuss and share ideas for a brighter future for beer.
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Sunglasses That Help Save the Oceans in Style

With the recent UN resolution on marine litter and microplastics adopted by all 193 member states and studies claiming that our oceans will contain more plastics than fish by 2050, ocean plastics is en vogue. Roughly 13% of these ocean plastics are accounted for by abandoned fishing nets. Not only do these nets contaminate our waters, before disintegrating they lead to “ghost fishing”: entangling and killing hundreds of thousands of sea animals. With fishermen as obvious key stakeholders in this global challenge, entrepreneur François van den Abeele found a way to truly engage them: making stylish sunglasses from plastic waste such as retrieved fishing nets.
Strategic partnerships for the circular economy transition

Partnering for Change is Coming into Fashion

Global fashion retailer C&A, together with its C&A Foundation, is looking to transform the fashion industry. Through financial support, sharing expertise and providing access to specialists, the Foundation aims to support changemakers and drive the sector’s transition to a circular economy.
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Putting Strawberries on a Water Diet without Losing Their Weight

In May 2016, Innocent Drinks was rewarded as the winner of the water category of the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards with its Irri-fresa app. This application supports strawberry farmers in Southern Spain to drastically reduce their water usage. In order to scale up Irri-fresa’s impact, the company has embarked on a journey for which partnering is key.
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OpenIDEO Challenge: Crowdsourcing for Food Waste Solutions

If global food loss and waste were a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Production and distribution is responsible for two-thirds of the food that is wasted. The final third of food waste happens at the consumer level. This is the framing of OpenIDEO’s Food Waste Challenge kicked off on 19th July, generating 457 concrete ideas to combat food waste. OpenIDEO is a global community working together with leading organizations to drive collaboration and innovation leading to the design of solutions for the world’s biggest challenges.
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