SOCAP 2012: Entrepreneurship Gone Global

Better Ventures

What was also strikingly evident at SOCAP 2012 is exactly how global social entrepreneurship has become! This year at SOCAP was especially exciting since it gave a special voice to all the intrepid entrepreneurs out there, busy changing the world one idea at a time. From entrepreneurs to investors and startup incubators to accelerators – there are Latin American, Asian, African, European, and North American voices.

Hub Ventures Announces Dates for Spring 2012 Cohort

Better Ventures

Entrepreneurs with World-Changing Ideas Encouraged to Apply SAN FRANCISCO, CA – January 17, 2012 – Hub Ventures (, a startup accelerator for entrepreneurs building a better world, announced that it is taking applications for its upcoming Spring 2012 cohort. The Spring 2012 cohort will emphasize similar “technology for good” companies but will consider many types of impact oriented businesses.


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3-in-1 Transforming Solar Robot makes a perfect gift for your kid

Eco Friend

Being a huge fan of R2D2 sculptures and those shape-shifting contraptions, any artwork or gadget that involves transformation has always inspired me. However, when such products aspire to blend educational… The post 3-in-1 Transforming Solar Robot makes a perfect gift for your kid appeared first on Eco Friend. Eco Gadgets Guide 3-in-1 Transforming solar robot Eco gadgets Gadgets Robot Robots solar cells solar robot transformer

eStatico hair trimmer relies on static energy for a quick, clean haircut

Eco Friend

Designed by Pierre Paslier, the eStatico concept hair trimmer allows semi-bald men give themselves a smart-looking, barber-free haircut. Aside from serving the aforesaid purpose, it relies on static electric to… The post eStatico hair trimmer relies on static energy for a quick, clean haircut appeared first on Eco Friend.

Hub Ventures Joins Global Accelerator Network and Announces Spring 2012 Program

Better Ventures

Alliance Fuels the Growth of World-Changing Startups in the Bay Area SAN FRANCISCO, CA – February 6, 2012 – Hub Ventures (, the leading startup accelerator for entrepreneurs building a better world, announced that it is now a member of the Global Accelerator Network (GAN), an alliance championed by TechStars and originally created as part of the White House’s Startup America Initiative.

CITRIS Berkeley Foundry and Hub Ventures Announce Collaboration to Accelerate UC Innovations for a Better World

Better Ventures

BERKELEY, CA and SAN FRANCISCO CA – October 3, 2012 – Today CITRIS Berkeley Foundry and Hub Ventures ( announced an innovative collaboration to accelerate startups using information technology to address our most pressing social, environmental, and health care problems.

Hub Ventures Announces Unique Collaboration to Accelerate Human Safety Innovation

Better Ventures

SAN FRANCISCO, CA and GROSSE POINTE, MI – February 13, 2012 – Hub Ventures (, a startup accelerator for entrepreneurs building a better world, today announced an innovative collaboration with Lakeland Ventures Development (LVD) of Grosse Pointe, MI ( ). Hub Ventures is now taking applications for its Spring 2012 cohort, and entrepreneurs can apply at through March 5.

Trump's COVID Denial Mirrors Romney’s Climate Denial in 2012, Hurting Election Bid


Back in 2012, climate science denial created an “October Surprise” moment for the presidential election and a turning point against the presidential prospects of Republican candidate Mitt Romney. Read time: 7 mins Originally published by The Real News Network.


Premature Nuclear Reactor Retirements Could Effect Nuclear Waste Disposal

Jim Conca

Since 2012, 12 commercial reactors have shut down in the U.S., with 27 more planned by 2026, a loss of at least 37,000 MW of capacity and about 5 trillion kWhs from their expected life.

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Seed preservation is vital for a sustainable food system


With a background in social work, Hare-RedCorn was brought on to the Pawnee Seed Preservation Project in 2012 as a seed-keeper, to carry the conversation forward with youth and families. "Our seeds are more than just food for us. Yes, they are nutrition.

U.S. Government Is Reviewing Dozens Of Complaints About Tesla Vehicles Accelerating Unprompted

Forbes Green Tech

Some 110 crashes and 52 injuries were allegedly caused by sudden, unprompted acceleration in Tesla vehicles between 2012 and 2019

Climate change is driving a massive decrease in insects


According to a study published in "Nature" by researchers from the University College London (UCL), there was a substantial decline in insect numbers from 1992 to 2012. Researchers have established that climate change and harmful agricultural practices have almost halved the number of insects on the planet. The researchers reviewed records on over 20,000 insect species worldwide

Microsoft's Elizabeth Willmott on the company's carbon neutrality commitment


Microsoft has been committed to reaching carbon neutrality in its operations since 2012. It has since set a goal to reduce its scope 3 emissions by 30 percent. Elizabeth Willmott manages the company's carbon program, which partners with other internal teams and external supply chain companies to expand how it is reducing its climate impacts. Carbon Removal Carbon Removal Corporate Social Responsibility decarbonization Energy & Climate GreenBiz Studio VERGE Renewable Energy Procuremen

Israel’s StoreDot secures $60 million for ‘extreme fast charging’ EV batteries

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, January 5 — Tel Aviv-based StoreDot, launched in 2012, set out to prove its Li-ion battery technology can charge a vehicle in. The post Israel’s StoreDot secures $60 million for ‘extreme fast charging’ EV batteries appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

Largest agrivoltaic research project in U.S. advances renewable energy while empowering local farmers

Solar Power World

The global installed capacity of agrivoltaics, or the co-development of the same area of land for both solar power and agriculture, has grown rapidly from about 5 MW in 2012 to approximately 2,900 MW in 2020.

Samsung SDI begins work on second battery factory in Malaysia


The company started off with producing braun tubes in its early years before shifting to batteries in 2012.”. Samsung SDI has begun constructing its second battery production facility in Malaysia.

Draught-proofing for chimneys picks up Queen’s Award

Envirotec Magazine

After developing and patenting the Chimney Sheep, Phillips took the product to market in 2012 not knowing what demand would be like for her innovation. In 2012, 1700 were sold. Sally Phillips with Herdwick sheep and the Chimney Sheep product.

Dehaat secures $115 million Series D funding for continued expansion in India

Impact Alpha

Gurgaon-based online marketplace Dehaat, launched in 2012, connects 650,000 Indian smallholder. ImpactAlpha, October 28 — More than half of India’s population are farmers. The post Dehaat secures $115 million Series D funding for continued expansion in India appeared first on ImpactAlpha.


Accelerate at Circularity 20: Fast-Pitch Competition


This GreenBiz tradition began in 2012 at its VERGE events, offering a venue where startups make a 2.5-minute pitch of their technology to the audience. Accelerate at Circularity 20: Fast-Pitch Competition.

Op-ed: Let’s close the loop on tariffs to create a sustainable clean energy economy that benefits all

Solar Power World

In 2012, the Obama administration first imposed tariffs on certain imported cells and modules in an attempt to rescue the declining solar manufacturing industry.

India’s LEAD School secures $30 million to scale edtech platform

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, April 27 — Mumbai-based LEAD School launched in 2012 to provide management services to schools serving low-income students. Its mobile app, which. The post India’s LEAD School secures $30 million to scale edtech platform appeared first on Impact Alpha.

10th annual NYCxDESIGN Festival is sure to inspire


A city council initiative first established NYCxDESIGN in 2012. The tenth annual NYCxDESIGN Festival will run May 10-20 this year, attracting thousands of creative folks to New York City. Expect design fairs, group exhibitions, and consulates organizing events to celebrate innovations of international designers. Officials decided to hold the event in May to build on the success of already well known NYC design events, such as ICFF and WantedDesign.

Contractor’s Corner: Best of 2015-2021

Solar Power World

The SPW team started the interview series back in 2012, before podcasts were even recognized as a valuable media resource. It’s the end of an era.

Top-mounted solar attachments gain more traction 2022 Trends in Solar

Solar Power World

Back in 2012, solar mounting manufacturer QuickBOLT developed an attachment for PV projects on shingled roofs that didn’t require the conventional metal sheet for flashing.

Paying farmers a living wage is essential to ensuring sustainable coffee production


In 2012, Starbucks reported its average price for green beans was $2.56 If Starbucks returned to its 2012 broker and farmer prices, it nearly would double family income on most small farms. Paying farmers a living wage is essential to ensuring sustainable coffee production. Dean Cycon.

Mobile Phones Are Driving A Solar Revolution In Papua New Guinea

Forbes Green Tech

The country is turning to small-scale solar installations as a way to provide electricity for communities across the country with a new report by the IFC showing that installations have grown 68% per annum since 2012 Papua New Guinea has emerged as a leader in off grid solar installations.

CleanEnviro Summit Singapore


Organised by the National Environment Agency (NEA) Singapore since 2012, the biennial CleanEnviro Summit Singapore (CESG) serves as a global networking platform for thought leaders, senior government officials, regulators and policy makers, and industry captains

Penske Truck Leasing adds Orange EV electric terminal trucks to its fleet offerings


Missouri-based Orange EV was founded in 2012, and says it has deployed over 370 trucks to some 100 fleet customers in 24 states.

Who are net-zero leaders and laggards in food?


Post Holdings sources less than 2% of its energy from renewables, has not responded to any CDP surveys sent since 2012 and has not announced an emissions target. Who are net-zero leaders and laggards in food? Jim Giles. Fri, 05/14/2021 - 02:45.

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Monocultures or mixed species? Surprising new research shows how different forests cope with drought

Envirotec Magazine

Using a long-term experimental forest in Ardross, near Inverness in Scotland, they measured the impact of a spring drought in 2012 on monocultures of two species – Sitka spruce and Scots pine – compared to mixtures of the same two species growing together in different proportions.

Former YASA CEO Chris Harris appointed as electric aviation developer Evolito CEO


Following 15 years of experience building and leading high-tech businesses in the UK, Europe and the US, Dr. Harris joined YASA in 2012.

Right to repair is on the way


In November, Massachusetts passed a resolution to bolster its 2012 automotive right to repair law — the first and only right to repair law on the books in the U.S. Right to repair is on the way. Suz Okie. Mon, 04/05/2021 - 00:40.

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Climate Cruelty and Local Governments

The Environmental Blog

Indeed, since at least Superstorm Sandy in 2012 we’ve seen extreme weather events destroy local infrastructure and strain local first responders. Local governments are uniquely impacted by climate change. They are also uniquely ill-positioned to do anything about it.

Contractors Corner: SUNation

Solar Power World

The 2012 hurricane cost New York $41.9 Barely whisper the name “Sandy” on Long Island and PTSD sets in for many residents. billion in recovery and mitigation expenses, and millions in the Northeast were without power for almost two weeks.

Sponsored Content: Ten years of innovation and leadership

Envirotec Magazine

AQ Mesh has been commercially available since 2012 and the firm says it the most proven and relied-upon small sensor system on the market.

MIT Solve rallies to provide bridge loans and revenue-based financing

Impact Alpha

Menke founded Nairobi-based Access Afya in 2012 to provide affordable, quality health care for emerging markets’ urban poor. ImpactAlpha, July 27 – Melissa Menke had to re-write the entire operational playbook of Access Afya in response to COVID-19.

First Solar Settles Shareholder Suit for $350M


First Solar will pay out $350 million in claims for a class action lawsuit filed in 2012, according to a Monday announcement from the Arizona-based solar panel manufacturer. Between spring 2008 and winter 2012, First Solar shares dropped nearly 90 percent.

Endeavor Catalyst raises $134 million for global entrepreneurs

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, September 17 – Global startup network and investor Endeavor launched its Catalyst initiative in 2012 to back high-impact startups and entrepreneurs designing products and services that fill large market gaps.

Maps enhance flood risk modelling

Envirotec Magazine

Malmsbury, Wiltshire, during the 2012 flooding: The Climate Suite products are intended to provide insight into future flood hazards. Terrain data from aerial mapping company Bluesky is being used to upgrade the first national climate change flood model for the UK.

£335: The Price of Tullow Oil's Environmental Failings — and a Boy’s Funeral


The quarry had been left open by a contractor hired by Tullow Oil Plc , through its subsidiary Tullow Oil BV Kenya , the UK -registered company that has been drilling for oil in the area since 2012. .


5 Green Shipping Initiatives For A More Sustainable Supply Chain

The Environmental Blog

In 2012, the shipping industry burned around 300 million tons of fuel oil, resulting in 949 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Green shipping is the practice of transporting goods by ship using the fewest resources and energy possible in order to protect the environment from pollution.

The Maintenance Needs Of Biodiesel

The Environmental Blog

passenger vehicle sales in 2012. Have you ever heard the term “biodiesel?” A renewable, biodegradable alternative fuel, biodiesel, unlike the regular one, is made from a combination of modified vegetable oils and diesel fuel.

Creating Electric Nissan NV200 Global Markets

Green Living Guy

It was a Concept in September 2012 but it’s on the streets now! First off, Nissan has the all-new 100% electric Panel Van version e-NV200. For as we know, electric vehicles are ideal for urban delivery applications. Also, this vehicle is loved for its use as a delivery van.