We received over 600 submissions from around the globe across all 10 challenges. After a rigorous review, 21 start-ups were selected to join the first 100+ Accelerator class. Kicking off in New York this week, the start-ups will attend a three-day workshop that offers lean start-up training, network advice, and technical expertise. The program is intended to provide the start-ups with the tools, resources and contacts they need to implement & scale these solutions across our businesses & partners.
“We were blown away by both the number and quality of the startups that applied to the accelerator. Even our most experienced subject matter experts had a tough time prioritizing which companies they wanted to participate in the program this year but we narrowed it down to 21 finalists from 12 countries across 5 continents. All of the finalists are passionate about solving critical sustainability challenges,” said Maisie Devine, Global Director of the 100+ Accelerator.
Each start-up will also receive up to 90K euros investment and the opportunity for follow-on investment from our company and partners at a demo day in 2019. This demo day will offer the best of our 21 bootcamp companies a chance to pitch their company and solution in front of our top 250 leaders and an external audience that will include large companies, potential customers, public and private investors and firms, NGOs, Government officials, and the general public.
“After reading the UN Climate Report this past week, it is clear that we all need to move even faster toward achieving a sustainable future for our planet. Through the 100+ program, we will leverage our global reach and resources to accelerate progress toward the SDGs and our 2025 Sustainability Goals. And we are excited to work with all these innovating partners,” said Carlos Brito, Chief Executive Officer.
We’re excited to introduce our first 100+ Accelerator partners in Europe (in alpabetical order):
Desolenator – Solar powered water purification Do Eat – edible and sustainable packaging Pure Value – Sustainable reusable promotional display solution