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Each session of Fledge ends with a Demo Day where the fledglings take to the stage to tell a short (5-7 minute) story. As all of the fledglings are mission-driven for-profit companies, these stories tend to be highly inspirational, more akin to mini-TED talks than to the typical investor pitches.

Six more fledglings told their stories on stage on the Impact Hub Seattle stage in front of a live audience of investors, mentors, friends, and family.

  1. Bieera Energy (Kenya) is literally electrifying rural Kenya with microhydro, spinning out an electric company from Kisii University
  2. Briotech (Seattle) produces a disinfectant that is not only not toxic to humans, it is a chemical the body uses as part of its immune system.
  3. Chicken Basket (Kenya) is a two-stop shop, distributing day-old chicks, feed, and medicines to smallholder farmers, then aggregating and selling live, butchered, and fried chicken in and around Kisumu, Kenya
  4. Fuchsia Shoes (Seattle) manufactures beautiful shoes by artisans in Pakistan, and sells these shoes though e-commerce in the United States
  5. Kalahari Honey (Botswana) helps create the people-wildlife divide functioning by creating living fences made of bees, while creating income for smallholder farmers through honey.
  6. Oreeggs (Uganda) is the largest wholesale suppliers of eggs, both for eating as as day-old chicks for farmers in Eastern Uganda.

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Can’t make it to the Fledge14 Demo Day? Not a problem, there are seven years of talks waiting for you on-demand online

Relax, click on a play list, sit back, and be inspired.

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The Nature-Accelerator‘s first Demo Day. Eight fledglings from Italy, Spain, UK, Romania, USA/Georgia, Uganda, and Tanzania told their stories on-stage at the University of Padova‘s Botanical Gardens.

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Back in Lima, Peru, five Peruvian startups, and one each from: Nicaragua, Nigeria, Rwanda, and the United States: big open data analysis, delivery for small businesses, renewable energy, honey, livestock, mechanizing Africa agriculture with drones.

This is far more than a typical startup pitch event. It is an inspirational evening showcasing the stories of nine mission-driven for-profit companies, why they do what they do, and why their work is important to you, your family, and the world.

This is far more than a typical startup pitch event. It is an inspirational evening showcasing the stories of nine mission-driven for-profit companies, why they do what they do, and why their work is important to you, your family, and the world.

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Back in Seattle, two American startups and four from Africa: putting an end to rust, making childcare affordable, turning waste oil into value, bringing toilets to people pooping in the streets, exporting produce from Africa to Europe, and a 21st Century media company telling these stories and more.

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After five years and eight demo days, there are over eight hours of videos containing nearly 100 videos. To help you find the best of, we’ve compiled the Best of… playlist:

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Fledge8 is the first session of Fledge in Lima, Peru (and the first of many upcoming sessions outside of Seattle). Eight impactful LatAm startups based in Peru, Chile, Ecuador, and Mexico. Sustainable fashion, sustainable agriculture, clean water, clean homes, and an amazing traditional spirit. See how the best way to do good for Latin America is through business.

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Once again the fledglings take to the stage to (quickly) share their stories. A fast-paced, TED-like set of inspirational stories, from seven impactful, global startups. Recycling oil, crowdfunding for farmers, a breakthrough in green wallboard, plus chickens, fish, livestock, and green red bricks. See how businesses can do good by doing business.

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Watch the 2015 fledglings tell their inspirational (TED-like) stories. An all-international group of entrepreneurs, visiting Seattle from: Argentina, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, and Zambia; solving problems of: poverty, hunger, waste, and deforestation using for-profit capitalism.

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In the second half of 2014 the fledglings from Fledge5 tell their stories on the Impact Hub Seattle stage.

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For the first time, half the fledglings are from overseas, and, all of that half are doing business in Tanzania. The other three were from across the U.S., but by the end of the program, all three were based in Seattle.

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Choose to repeat anything three times, and you make a tradition. Fledge3, the third-ever session of Fledge took great pains to figure out what to keep and what to change in this third-ever Demo Day.

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It works! The first Fledge was a success, and with it came Fledge2, the second-ever session of Fledge, the first to be based in the brand new Impact Hub Seattle.

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This very first session of Fledge had its showcase on-stage at the (then) Intiman Theater in the Seattle Center, the location of the 1962 World’s Fair, as part of the Next50 celebration of the 50th anniversary of that event.

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The whole playlist of fledglings

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