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Zirconia – Immortalizing Steel

Zirconia immortalizes steel. The modern, industrial world is built on steel, which before Zirconia was destined to all rust away. The breakthrough this team is bringing to market is a non-toxic, economically sustainable, spray-on ceramic that glassifies the surface of steel, applied indoors or outdoors at room temperature, applicable to new construction as well as existing, rusty surfaces. With...

Doing your business in Uganda

Talking about doing your business, Americans take for granted how simple it is to “do your business”, flush, and get on with the day? Not the case in Uganda. The dirty truth is that only 6% of 36 million Ugandans have access to safe, clean sanitation facilities. The 3 million people in Kampala share just 1,000 flushable toilets. Fledge9 introduces Joelex, a Ugandan startup with a mission to not...

Pivot: From biodiesel to used cooking oil

One of the exciting outcomes from Fledge is the discovery of a new, better business model that an entrepreneur never gave a second thought.  For Fledge9, this extra exciting, as the Biogen Kenya applied four times with a business making biodiesel, and we fully expected them to leave the program with that business. Five weeks later, we have a new name, Zijani, a new logo, but more importantly, a...

2017: the year of the take off for Sustainable Fashion brands?

Two of our impactful startups from Fledge 8 in Lima: Pieta and Ayni expanded into retail this year. They’ve also have had international Press recognition ( see Bloomberg and Press Pieta ). Pieta opened 3 Popup Stores in Lima and expects to open 2 more in 2018 plus a store in Cusco. Ayni on the other hand, opened a store in Lima this year with 2 more to come next year. They also have plans to...

Announcing – Spring acquires Kick

Vancouver Incubator Bringing a Global Startup Education to Entrepreneurs Around the World Spring University Launches Canada’s First Global Startup School in 30+ Cities Around the World, Now Accepting Applications for Courses Starting in April VANCOUVER, BC — (April 12, 2016) – When someone with an idea wants to become an entrepreneur where do they go? Spring Activator is...

What is Impact?

Fledge is an impact accelerator, working with mission-driven for-profit startups from around the world, helping them achieve their impacts by teaching them how to succeed in their businesses. But what do we mean by impact? “What is impact?” is a question asked each year at SOCAP, at every Big Path Capital event, every Toniic gathering and Investors Circle national meeting.  This...

Clothing is now recyclable

Humans have been wearing clothes for millennia.  Every piece of clothing for the history of mankind has been worn, washed, and ultimately thrown away.  Some may get reused by others for a while, but until today, all clothing has eventually become trash. That all ended today.  Today Levi Strauss & Co (better known as simply “Levi’s”) announced the first ever pair of recycled...

Measuring Impact, four years later

One of the biggest challenges of impact investing is in measuring the impact of the investments.  One would think that this would be an easy, solved problem, but it is far from simple.  The impact ecosystem is still working through multiple methods of measurements, few of which provide a single value which can be summed, compared, and tracked over time. The Pinchot Impact Index is one proposed...

Companies That Don’t Manage Utilities Strategically Are Throwing Money Away

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reported that companies waste 30% of the energy they consume. For many businesses, this is equivalent to overspending on energy by that amount to achieve current production levels. You’d think that increasingly sophisticated technology would help reduce this waste. However, overspending is often the result of decentralized and siloed decision...

Life of a Kenyan small business in 12 charts

An excerpt from the LelapaFund Blog: After a hectic six months discovering Kenya’s small business scene, LelapaFund is happy to share some insights from the ground with our community. Over 300 companies have joined our pipeline, learnt about a new form of raising equity capital – crowdinvesting – and are actively structuring their companies to benefit from it. Thanks to the countless meetings...

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