Barclays and Social Venture Circle Host Pitch And Catch For Social Enterprises
At a session called “Beyond the Pitch” hosted by Barclays at the Social Venture Circle annual conference in Berkeley, California today, social entrepreneurs pitched to a room full of investors ready to catch.
Daniel Jones of Bext360 at Beyond the Pitch
The ten enterprises that pitched were:
Roar for Good, led by Yasmine Mustafa. The enterprise works to make workplaces safer for hospitality housekeeping staff, more than half of whom report being sexually harassed on the job. The system is built around a handy panic button that instantly calls colleagues and hotel security staff to come to the rescue instantly.
Dropcountr, led by Robb Barnitt. This startup is deploying IOT and cloud-based technology to the home in partnership with leading water utilities to reduce water waste.
Resource Fiber, led by David Knight. This company is growing bamboo in Alabama at scale with farming partners and turning the bamboo into a range of products that permanently sequester carbon.
Pandia Health led by Sophia Yen. Dr. Yen’s startup provides monthly shipping of birth control pills to women. For women lacking a prescription, a telemedicine program makes that possible. This allows women to eliminate pill anxiety and stay consistent without the hassle and potential embarrassment of visiting the pharmacy.
Eagle Protect led by Stephen Ardagh. This New Zealand-based company makes genuinely sterile disposable gloves that are more durable and have much less mass, thereby reducing waste and improving sanitary conditions for food preparation and medical procedures.
Inirv Labs by Akshita Iyer. This female-led enterprise makes old, dumb stoves smart, allowing users to turn off the stove—or check to confirm that it is off—remotely. Leaving the stove on is the leading cash of house fires, killing hundreds of people every year.
Route Dynamics led by Rob Kaimowitz. This startup tech company provides enhanced in-air rerouting technology reducing jet fuel burn and corresponding carbon emissions. It also reduces wear and tear on the airplane which reduces maintenance costs. The sales cycle requires no upfront fee from airlines; instead, they share resulting cost savings.
Droneseed led by Grant Canary. This startup provides low-cost air-born reforestation. Currently, it is difficult to maintain forests let alone increase them. With Federal approval, the company uses its five drone fleet to reforest six times faster than ground planting with humans, dropping proprietary seed pods from the sky.
Goalsetter led by Tana Van Court. This social enterprise provides a platform for families to contribute to the long-term savings goals of children. The kids set the goals and parents and others help them save. The app also includes an allowance function so kids can earn money to contribute to their own savings plans.
Bext360 led by Daniel Jones. This enterprise creates supply chain visibility for social and environmental concerns so that buyers can reduce or eliminate negative impacts in their supply chains. The company uses blockchain technology to track products from coffee to cotton from farm to the consumer.
The Social Venture Circle annual conference is off to a great start with Beyond the Pitch, helping everyone involved gear up to do more good.
No word yet on how many investors caught the pitches.
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