Techstars and The Nature Conservancy announce the 2019 Class of Techstars Sustainability Accelerator
The ten tech companies selected will receive mentorship from TNC and Techstars’ experts.
DENVER – The 2019 Techstars Sustainability Accelerator in Partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) kicked off today with ten tech companies arriving in Denver for the second year of the first-of-its-kind program. The intense, three-month accelerator provides mentorship, investment, and resources to help entrepreneurs rapidly scale-up technology that is solving for a sustainable future across food, water and climate change.
With the world’s population projected to grow to 10 billion people by 2050, technological innovation is critical to ensure a world where people have the food, water, energy and economic growth they need without sacrificing nature. This collaboration between traditionally disconnected sectors is a driver of smart solutions to achieve a path to sustainability.
“From climate change, to water scarcity, to collapsing fisheries, we’re facing some serious environmental challenges. At such a critical time for our planet with enormous challenges looming over the world as we know it, we must work smarter and at a faster pace to be able to scale our conservation efforts. So TNC is excited to welcome the 2019 class for the Techstars Sustainability Accelerator. The creativity, drive, and passion in these entrepreneurs to solve for a sustainable future, is just what we need to disrupt the way we do conservation and put us on a path to a future where both people and nature thrive,” said Sherri Hammons, Chief Technology Officer at TNC.
"At Techstars we believe entrepreneurs create a better future," said Zach Nies, managing director of the Techstars Sustainability Accelerator in Partnership with The Nature Conservancy. "We are excited to welcome ten venture scale companies from around the US and Mexico who are focused on tackling climate change, providing food and water sustainably, building healthy cities, and protecting our land and water. We are honored to work with these entrepreneurs who are creating a more sustainable future for us all."
The program begins today in Denver, Colorado, and caps off on October 30 with Demo Day, when the companies will showcase their technologies and pitch to investors.
The companies are:
2NDNATURE builds stormwater compliance and management software. By embedding its proven science into an enterprise cloud platform, 2NDNATURE helps cities and municipalities accurately measure and improve the quality of urban waterways and streamline compliance. With over $200 million in stormwater assets under management, 2NDNATURE serves over 40 customers across the United States.
AQUAOSO Technologies, PBC
AQUAOSO is building a water resilient future through advanced water risk analytics. They help financial institutions, insurers, investors, corporations and policy makers identify, understand, monitor and mitigate water risk through their software platform.
Bext360 provides comprehensive and measurable accountability for critical supply chains like coffee, seafood, timber, minerals, cotton and palm oil. The SaaS platform provides a traceable fingerprint from producer to consumer using blockchain and quantifiable sustainability measurements.
The health and quality of freshwater basins, rivers, estuaries and coastal areas are under increased pressure due to human activity and climate change. Gybe uses satellite imagery and proprietary ground-based hardware to transform the management, conservation, and restoration of aquatic ecosystems.
Agriculture accounts for 70 percent of water consumption worldwide, and yet it’s among the least digitized sectors of the global economy which limits growers, regulators, and conservation groups. With their software, TAPP H2O, agricultural producers can easily track and trade water allocations, submit regulatory compliance documentation, and quantify conservation practices.
The biggest pollutant of fresh water worldwide is agriculture. microTERRA uses advanced biotechnology and IoT to convert the excess nutrients in agricultural runoff into a high-quality protein that can feed livestock.
Over 300 million tons of carbon is lost annually as waste from food, forestry, and agriculture. mobius is converting this waste into value using green chemistry and biology, creating biodegradable plastics and platform chemicals for applications in agriculture and beyond.
Nori is a marketplace for reversing climate change. They enable companies to pay for removing CO2 from the atmosphere through more sustainable farming practices that improve soil conditions and ensure we can still grow food in 50 years. Nori makes it possible to fix the food system and pull CO2 out of the air.
Propagate Ventures is an agroforestry investment platform focused on bridging the capital and operational needs to integrate tree crops into farmland. Their agroforestry analytics and project development tools support farmers in the design, implementation, and management of tree-crop systems to increase farm profitability and ecological capacity.
Regen Network is a digital platform that connects farmers, brands, and institutions to make regenerative ecological agreements based on verifiable data so that we can rapidly accelerate the adoption of regenerative agriculture and conservation, and reverse global climate change.
This is the second class to participate in the Techstars Sustainability Accelerator, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy which brings together tech leaders, conservationists, entrepreneurs, corporate partners and investors to accelerate the pace of technological innovation for sustainability.
Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Techstars founders connect with other entrepreneurs, experts, mentors, alumni, investors, community leaders, and corporations to grow their companies. Techstars operates three divisions: Techstars Startup Programs, Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Programs, and Techstars Corporate Innovation Partnerships. Techstars accelerator portfolio includes more than 1,900 companies with a market cap of $22 Billion. www.techstars.com
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 79 countries and territories, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.