May 28, 2022

A UK-based incubator focused on non-profit startups solving climate-related challenges through open source data initiatives has announced six startups to run through its 2022 program.

The projects and platforms selected for the Climate-Driven Data Acceleration Program include a startup trying to stop deforestation in Africa’s rainforests; One that hopes to help websites and cloud services accelerate their transition to renewable energy; the second supports more responsible carbon accounting and new pricing models in the energy sector; Many progressive think tanks are asking politicians to curb disinformation about the fossil fuel industry; and a climate-focused online education initiative to catalyze activism through education.

The Subak Incubator, launched last summer, aims to make a tangible difference to non-profit climate action by bringing together environmentally minded entrepreneurs and projects with an ecosystem of tech innovators who know how to scale projects and make a global impact.

The Incubator was founded by Baroness Briony Worthington, lead author of the UK Climate Change Act 2008, and is funded by the Quadrature Climate Foundation, a corporate launch by algorithmic trading company Quadrature Capital and a climate-focused social responsibility initiative. 2019

Among the founders and mentors/advisers (also referred to as “partners”) associated with the program are former politicians, engineers and venture capitalists, including former Google DeepMind Engineer, Songkick Tech Builders, former Facebook VP Policy, UK. the government is involved. and former Microsoft Director of Startups UK and CEO of Code First: Girls With Others.

Subak argues that open data is an important tool to overcome the climate crisis.

The One-Year+ Accelerator program is specifically for startups that want to use data to fight climate change and instead be more open to all kinds of climate startups (e.g. green or green products). ways to share. industrial processes, etc.).

The idea is that as humanity runs out of time to avoid a catastrophic rise in temperature, swapping out data drives could quickly make a difference. (Hence: “We are looking for organizations with data supporting our theory of change and who Creating Open Data Assets as the main result of his work,” Subak writes on his website.)

The six startups that make it into Subak’s 2022 program will receive up to £110K (~$145K) in unlimited grants, as well as mentoring and support to grow their impact.

Here’s a rundown of the six startups that made it into this year’s program:

  • Project Canopy: A non-profit organization that aims to be a “data broker for the Congo Basin Rainforest”—a forest area covering 2.5 million square kilometers in six countries and the world’s largest tropical carbon sink—to detect illegal logging in real time . time through machine learning to parse satellite imagery for The startup aims to provide rich, real-time analysis to local politicians, conservation groups, NGOs, etc. to provide them with actionable information to combat deforestation and biodiversity loss.
  • AimHi Earth: A “learning for work” organization creates accessible climate learning that aims to “allow us to understand the bigger picture of climate change, how to communicate it, and how to make a difference – both individually and collectively.” “
  • Green Web Foundation: A non-profit organization developing tools and an open database to measure the carbon emissions of websites and cloud services to try to accelerate the transition to a fossil-fuel-free Internet by 2030.
  • EnergyTag: Another energy-focused startup with a mission to accelerate the transition to renewable energy. It aims to encourage investment in technology needed to decarbonize the energy grid by recording energy 24/7, 7 days a week. This creates an internationally recognized standard for hourly certification that allows energy consumers to test their electricity source every hour of the day, enabling accurate carbon accounting and new market models such as nodal support pricing.
  • Autonomy: An independent think tank that develops tools and research to address climate change, the future of work and economic planning, aiming to create data and policy solutions to support sustainable jobs and the transition to a just, green transition.
  • Instraat: Another progressive think tank based in Poland. He focused on the local energy sector, using open energy data to drive policy debate, and made a proper transition to net zero. Poland is heavily dependent on coal-fired power plants, but the startup says it is developing a single data source for the local energy sector “to prove that the coal economy is unprofitable in the short term.” long-term perspective”

Project Canopy co-founder Jules Caron said in a statement about his participation in the program: “A few months ago, Project Canopy had just a few people with a PDF file. Joining subaku is really our turning point. Subak’s funding and support will enable us to put data at the center of decision making for the rainforests in the Congo Basin, which is key to global climate change mitigation. Critical to our progress against climate change, which is why we are so excited to join Subak.”

The first five startups were announced by Subak as founding organizations at their launch last year, namely: new car, zero transition, ashes, and open climate reform I— and Subak says the five will continue to participate in the program, sharing data and lessons with the network to support future colleagues.

The Subak program is divided into three phases: the first three months, referred to as “fast track” (when up to £20,000 is split in two); then nine months of “development” (up to £60,000 unlocked depending on milestones at this stage); Then there is an “optional tailor-made” element called “collaboration”, also known as the ongoing alumni and collaboration program, where each selected startup receives an additional £40,000 in potential support.

More information about the Subak timetable is available through the FAQ.

With the debut of the Data-for-Climate Accelerator in the UK, Subak is building a global network of incubators to support its program and has already opened its first international center in Australia.

Meanwhile, policymakers in the EU are focusing on opening up data as part of the Green Deal bloc’s strategy to cut carbon emissions to zero by 2050. For example, encouraging and enabling the reuse of industrial and real-time sensor data, as well as transforming data and promoting efficiency gains by supporting collaboration across industries and the public and private sectors.

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