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Golden Cat – Fresh Produce from Rwanda

How can one company solve the problems of poverty, hunger, and food safety and all it does is grow fresh fruits and vegetables. Golden Cat is a two year old mission-driven, company doing just that, in Rwanda. Rwanda is a poor, but quickly developing country.  80% of the population are smallholder farmers.  Half of the 11 million people are under the age of 18. In order to feed this growing...

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...

Childcare costs more than college

In America, childcare costs more than college, more than rent, and too often, more than the job pays a new mom who is trying to reenter the workforce. The “solutions” for this are far from perfect: high-interest credit cards, dipping into savings, or worse, postponing a career and giving up future earnings. Fledge9 proudly introduces Bridge Care Finance, a new consumer lending platform lowering...

A quintessential startup pivot

How Fledge helps startups varies from company to company.  One of the best stories from Fledge9 is BioGen Kenya.  They applied (three times) with a plan to turn used cooking oil into biodiesel.  They launched and are operating that business in Nairobi, expecting to come to Fledge to learn how to raise money to expand. Digging into the opportunity, we learned that last year Nairobi passed a law...

Meet the Fledge9 fledglings

The fledglings are back in Seattle, from Monday, April 10th through Friday, June 9th.  Six exciting startups from five different countries: [hr]  Africa Business Radio is a multi platforms digital radio combining the power of the traditional online with mobile and social media to reach a wider community of businesses, corporate organizations, platform, entrepreneurs, institutional elders, venture...

A family of funds

Fledge is now more than just an accelerator, it is a family of seed investment funds. This new structure came about after talking to hundreds of impact investors, nearly all of which have specific areas of interest, either by geography and/or sector.  With a large collect of funds, those investors can allocate their capital to the topics that best match those interests. To start with, all of...

Why Seattle?

Why would an entrepreneur drop everything to be in Seattle for two months?  How can that be best for a young company? Simple, success for startups lies beyond the founding team.  Success lies in finding customers, investors, and partners.  More often than not, finding such people is a serendipitous process centered around networking.  To build a bigger network, you need to get out of your circle...

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...

Meet the Fledge7 fledglings

The seventh session of Fledge has started.  Seven new teams hailing from five countries: Uganda, Malawi, Tanzania, the Philippines, and the United States.  Seven more mission-driven, for-profit fledgling companies, with big dreams. African Chicken is a distributed grower of chickens in Tanzania, working with dozens of smallholder women farmers, providing them chicks, then aggregating and...

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