Updated: Aug 26, 2019
innovation, with technology as a key facilitator, can have a sustainable deflationary effect on the cost of infrastructure required to address critical global social and environmental issues
that collaborative partnerships are necessary to achieve sustainable outcomes at scale.
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs)
The achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals will require all hands on deck. It will require different sectors and actors working together in an integrated manner by pooling financial resources, knowledge and expertise.
The 17th SDG, "strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development", states that the need to develop multi-stakeholder partnerships to share knowledge, expertise, technology, and financial support is seen as critical to the overall success of the SDGs.
To this end Artesian is proud to be partnering with Mirvac and Inco for the new Impact Accelerator which has announced it is accepting applications entrepreneurs and startups innovating at the crossroads of urbanization, green technology and social impact.
The Impact Accelerator provides the opportunity for startups and entrepreneurs to be part of Mirvac’s ecosystem, as well as the potential for seed stage funding at the end of the nine-month program from either Mirvac Ventures or Artesian Venture Partner.
Mirvac - is a leading, diversified Australian property group, with an integrated development and asset management capability with unmatched experience and expertise in sustainable real estate development. As part of Mirvac’s sustainability strategy, This Changes Everything, they have set challenging goals to be net positive in carbon and water, send zero waste to landfill and invest $100m in the social sector by 2030.
Inco - is a leader in the support of entrepreneurs reconciling economic profit with social and environmental impact and supports a community of 2000+ start-ups worldwide. A global reference in the funding, training and support of environmental and social start-ups across the world, INCO has developed a transversal expertise towards each of the necessary steps required to found, kickstart and scale inclusive and sustainable startups.
Artesian - is Australia's largest and most active early stage venture capital firm. Artesian is often the first investor into startups that have passionate founders with big ideas & commitment but no product, customers or revenue. Artesian is a full-stack VC firm with the capacity to invest from seed to exit, following-on into startups demonstrating traction & scalability and assisting these startups in attracting co-investors, talent, customers & partners. Artesian builds collaborative relationships with accelerators, incubators, university programs, angel groups, corporates, industry groups and other co-investors. Artesian also provides a pre-screened and de-risked pipeline of co-investment opportunities for later stage investments by its funds' limited partners.
The Impact Accelerator will take applications from startups focused on the following issues:
Resource Transformation - How can we reset the mindset, thinking of waste as a resource? How can use the circular economy to improve the built environment?
Energy optimisation and production - How can we engage and empower people to monitor and manage their footprint?
Seamless transportation - How can buildings be transformed to serve and encourage shared mobility? Can new property development models reduce the need for transportation?
Data collection and analysis - How can we collect, visualise, exploit and share data to make buildings more user-centric? How can we bring experiences to buildings
Community connection - How can technology improve urban community engagement and interactions? How can we reduce homelessness and loneliness among urban dwellers?
Sustainable Procurement - Can we leverage supply chains to make design and procurement more efficient and sustainable?
Alternative design and conception - How can alternative design and procurement models open affordable housing opportunities for underprivileged communities?
Future of work - How can we bring experiences to buildings relating to environmental or social impact?