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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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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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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Manufacturers transition to minimal-flashing solar roof mounts

Solar Power World

Back in 2012, solar roof mount manufacturer QuickBOLT (SolarRoofHook at the time)… The post Manufacturers transition to minimal-flashing solar roof mounts appeared first on Solar Power World.

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.

It’s time to collaborate on climate and economic justice solutions


Indeed, recent research suggests closer to 9 million people died from exposure to air pollution caused by burning fossil fuel each year from 2012 to 2018. It’s time to collaborate on climate and economic justice solutions. Davida Herzl. Mon, 04/19/2021 - 01:15.

Michigan reinstates property tax exemption for solar installations

Solar Power World

While attending the 7th Annual Michigan Energy Innovators Gala, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed House Bills 4465 and 4069 and Senate Bill 47 that will reinstate the property tax exemption for renewable energy systems that was previously in effect from 2002 until 2012.

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.

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.

7th International Conference on Flood and Urban Water Management (FRIAR 2020)


The conference started at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London 2008 and was reconvened in Milan in 2010, Dubrovnik in 2012, Poznan in 2014, Venice in 2016 and A Coruna 2018. FRIAR 2020 is the seventh conference of this successful series.

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.

California makes $27 million in funding available for zero-emission trucks


Existing vehicles must be engine model years 1992 to 2012, and must be scrapped in exchange for a zero-emission replacement vehicle. The state of California is offering $27 million in funding to replace polluting trucks with zero-emission vehicles. This is the first installment of $90 million that will be made available for the Zero-Emission Class 8 Freight and Port Drayage Trucks category, which includes freight trucks (including drayage), waste haulers, dump trucks and concrete mixers.

Mosaic Completes $331 Million Solar Loan Securitization


This securitization follows Mosaic’s recent announcement of surpassing $4 billion in loans funded through its platform since 2012. Since 2012, Mosaic has helped more than 125,000 households go solar with its financing products. Marks the company’s most successful issuance to date.

More US wind power capacity was installed in 2020 than in any other year

Renewable Energy World

GW added in 2012. production tax credit (PTC) at the end of 2020 primarily drove investments in wind turbine capacity that year, just as previous tax credit reductions led to significant wind capacity additions in 2012 and 2019.

QuickBOLT is hiring salespeople in Midwest and East Coast markets

Solar Power World

Over 600,000 QuickBOLTs have been sold in the United States since 2012. Solar rooftop mount provider QuickBOLT is expanding its presence in both the East Coast and Midwest after introducing a new and improved product at Solar Power International 2019. The company plans to hire salespeople on the East Coast and in the Midwest. The… The post QuickBOLT is hiring salespeople in Midwest and East Coast markets appeared first on Solar Power World.

Ideanomics acquires wireless charging specialist WAVE


WAVE has had systems deployed since 2012, and has demonstrated the ability to integrate high-power charging systems into heavy-duty EVs from several commercial EV manufacturers.

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.

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.

Fitting sails and slowing down could cut shipping emissions by up to 40%, says IMechE report

Envirotec Magazine

Recent figures from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) showed emissions rising by 10% between 2012 and 2018. Computer-generated image of a ship retro-fitted with sails (image credit: Smart Green Shipping). Fitting sails to cargo ships and sailing more slowly could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping industry by up to 40% or possibly more as technologies improve, according to a new report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Tugende helps Uganda’s motorcycle taxi drivers survive the lockdown – and raises $6 million to grow again 

Impact Alpha

Tugende has made more than 35,000 motorcycle loans in the East Africa countries since launching 2012, helping thousands of. ImpactAlpha, October 12 – It was looking like a stellar year for Tugende.

£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. .


Sponsored content: Ionizer tech inhibits SARS-Cov-2

Envirotec Magazine

In 2012, Panasonic conducted a virus clearance test with a third-party organization and confirmed the effectiveness of each of its technology in terms of biological characteristics.

The most reliable air quality monitor?

Envirotec Magazine

Access to their own reference station, and the ongoing development of AQMesh since it first commercially launched in 2012, has also enabled the team to continually review the product’s long-term performance.


Fast Fashion: The Damage It’s Caused and How to Stop It

The Environmental Blog

In 2012, they produced 840 million articles of clothing. Fashion is an industry that sometimes flies under the radar in terms of its environmental impact. And while it has always had these effects, the industry has increased production drastically in the last few years alone.

Air sampler flow calibration

Envirotec Magazine

When working in legal and regulatory sectors, then an ISO 17025 accredited calibration maybe the diligent route to satisfy the compliance measurement requirements utilised in regulations such as OSHA, NIOSH, ASTM, ARCA, CAR 2012, ISO 13137 or HSG 248.

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Multi-level solar policies can transform Native American energy mix in the Southwest and beyond 2019 Regional Solar Policy Report

Solar Power World

American Indian land comprises approximately 2% of the United States but contains an estimated 5% of the country’s renewable energy resources, according to a 2012 DOE Department of Indian Energy report, “Developing Clean Energy Projects on Tribal Lands.”

Food waste startup backed by Oprah Winfrey snags $250 million


Apeel, which got its start in 2012 with a grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has attracted funding from many high-profile funds, such as Andreessen Horowitz, as well as several firms that have championed a focus on climate tech including S2G Ventures, DBL Partners and Powerplant Ventures.

What Meal Kits Tell Us About the Energy Intensity of the Food System


Since 2012, there’s been a surge in meal-kit delivery options. When you get meal-kits delivered to your home, are they a net benefit to the environment? Or are these time savers carbon-heavy? Online buying and delivery is now the norm. There’s a surge in interest in healthy eating.