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EUtop50 Founders & Tech Festival Solving billionperson problems

with the Bayer Foundations

WFP Innovation on a mission to #disrupthunger



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ZERO HUNGER United Nations World Food Programme We deliver food assistance to more than 80 million people in 80 countries, but we need your help to identify, support and scale solutions that can accelerate our progress toward zero hunger.

Apply to the WFP Innovation Accelerator Submit your innovation for a chance to get access to mentorship, ďŹ nancial support, and WFP operations and experts.




Our launch edition said the world needs answers to challenges including widespread hunger, climate change, ill health and inequality. Impact programmes and accelerators which can scale innovative solutions capable of providing those answers are vital. The World Food Programme Innovation, Bayer Foundations, Climate Reality Project, EUTop50 Founders and Tech community, and Solar Impulse Foundation are some of the organisations and platforms giving social pioneers and founders the launch pads they need to do this. Connect with them in this edition. Carlotta De Toni, Engagement Editor, Impact Innovators We need to step up efforts to develop a single market for innovation across Europe. EU institutions have been pushing hard to achieve this in recent years. With the creation of the European Innovation Council and the European Science Media Hub, the European Commission and the European Parliament respectively, have put in place new structures that support science, research and in particular innovation. Effective communication will be an important accelerator in advancing these ecosystems, and in mainstreaming innovations and mindsets that can build a sustainable Europe and world. This is a space where Impact Innovators can play an important role - I hope you enjoy this edition. Dr Roland Strauss, MD, Knowledge4Innovation | Founding Partner, Impact Innovators Everyone linked to Impact Innovators is passionate about working hard to build a better world. Digital editions like this one, along with the social media campaigns and events we lead, are the types of tools we use to connect the innovation dots, and inspire the conveyor belt of game changing solutions we need to tackle global grand challenges. We’re a growing community of aligned partners striving to maximise the impact that can be achieved through good communication – I look forward to collaborating with more of you in the future. Susan Robertson, Partnerships, Impact Innovators


3 Get ready for Europe’s

anniversary celebration of innovation 6 Bayer Foundations pave the way for social pioneers Q&A

10 Climate Reality’s Ken Berlin 12 Solar Impulse recognises

solutions Listen

4 Roland Strauss on the EUtop50 Founders + Tech Festival

14 Marc Buckley talks UN Global

Goals Watch

16 Highlights of Global Game Changers 2018

CONTRIBUTING TEAM Engagement | Editorial Carlotta De Toni Design | Creative Blair Carrick Partnerships | Publishing Susan Robertson Digital | Video Chris Moar Research | Editorial Ebba Engstrom Strategy | Editorial Iain Robertson Commercial | Events James Butler

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Europe walking the talk on innovation

Roland Strauss writes about the 10th European Innovation Summit - and EUtop50 Founders & Tech Festival taking place in Brussels this November.


urope’s innovation strategy is a long-term one, and one the 10th European Innovation Summit this November will strive to advance. Following on from last year’s discussions and debates, participants can expect to connect with the latest insights on future technology trends, venture funding and policy developments. They will also be able to tap into the knowledge of Europe’s innovation leaders, and most importantly, have the opportunity to meet their future business partners and investors. It is true that Europe is a great place to live and work but we are only a small region on our planet. And while we must cooperate closely with the rest of the world

on sustainability issues, for example, when it comes to global competitiveness, leadership in future and emerging technologies will be the determining factor, and the race for the next global technology leaders is on. Looking around, everybody seems to agree that AI and big data are the key drivers transforming the ways we live and work. Given the amounts of investment made in China, the best talent hired and big salaries paid by the big five US tech companies, Europe’s position needs strengthening. For me that means continuing to invest in science and emerging technologies. Though to bridge Europe’s innovation gap we will need to do more than this, we must also join forces and create better synergies between

our human capital and financial assets. We must support Europe’s innovation leaders to scale-up quickly at the global level. The challenge is not only to develop world class technologies but also keep the business and talent in Europe. The 10th European Innovation Summit will be an occasion to progress these ideas.

State-of-play Earlier this year the European Commission tabled several proposals that will determine the support innovation and innovators will get during the years between 20212027 from the EU. For Horizon Europe, >> the next Framework Programme for


research and innovation, €100 billion was proposed by the Commission, with the European Parliament likely to suggest an even higher budget. While the support from the next European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Cohesion Policy, which has helped create 140,000 start-ups and brought 15,000 new products to the market, is expected to be even more game changing. The Common Agricultural Policy, the other big budget line, is likely to increase with substantial investments in agricultural innovation.

EUtop50 Founders & Tech Festival The EUtop50 annual festival is going to celebrate and support young founders from all over Europe by bringing together the continent’s leading innovation actors, technology developers, incubators and accelerators, investors, corporate venture organisations, family offices and all those who contribute to the development of a globally competitive entrepreneurial ecosystem. Learning from last year’s EUtop50 event, and to achieve maximum impact, the 2018 edition will be built around young founders, R&D innovators from Horizon 2020 and university technology developers from across Europe. A particular highlight this year will be a selection of Europe’s future innovation leaders, young talented entrepreneurs who have developed breakthrough technologies and raised substantial amounts of venture capital. That’s because accessing funds is a critical step for young pioneers delving into the jungle of innovation financing in Europe to get right. The challenge is to make sure enough capital is available during the different cycles of company development; from the early stages, through growth stages that can reach the ultimate unicorn market capitalisation level. This is why we decided to dedicate an important part of the EUtop50 programme to the subject of innovation financing. When it comes to the early stages of innovation financing, there are an abundance of resources in and across Europe.

EU Top 50 2017, European Parliament, Brussels


to Roland speaking about the EUtop50 Founders + Tech Festival. The problem is that the various funding opportunities are scattered around European, national, regional and local funds making it very difficult, in particular for SMEs and start-ups, to find their way. What is currently available just isn’t fit for purpose; a simplified, open alternative, is desperately needed. So we are currently discussing with the European Commission ways we can effectively join forces to make it easier for innovators to navigate through the funding jungle. Take Silicon Valley type ecosystems, like we have in places like Berlin, London, Paris, Stockholm and Madrid. The recipe for their success is the proximity to, and availability of, the most important ingredients in the innovation kitchen cook book: talent, university technologies, large corporations and venture capital: all working together in an atmosphere where everybody wants to invent the next Google. In this sense, Europe still suffers from a lack of venture capital and scale-up capital in general, along with a reluctance to take risk. Therefore, the support and freedom for Europe’s founders and

young entrepreneurs to try out, fail and start over again is very important and will be championed by the EUtop50 festival, which will take place over two days at the Palais des Academies, located near the European Parliament. Event partners can actively shape the programme. Booth space is made available for start-ups and corporates, while 1:1 appointments can be made through our matchmaking application. Start-ups and tech innovators are invited to apply for a mentorship programme, run by Europe’s innovation leaders, throughout the year. The real strength of our EIS and EUtop50 networks is that we are connecting the dots across Europe, and along the value chain through our events, while also providing intelligence for knowledge owners and on innovation funding and financing sources and instruments at EU, national and regional levels.

About the author Dr Roland Strauss is the CoFounder and Managing Director of Knowledge4Innovation, which spearheads the European Innovation Summit and EUtop50 festival. An impactful and resultsdriven platform, it also brings together innovation leaders from the private, public and academic sectors. Roland is also a business entrepreneur, and managing partner at Incubator Europe, a knowledge hub striving to pave the way for solutions to humanity’s most pressing challenges. He also runs EU Innovation Trends, a news and events platform covering EU funding, technology, innovation and digital transformations.


Alumni 2018

Bayer Foundations  Alumni 2018 The 5 G 4I winn ers have the coll power to ective solve challeng es 2 billion that over p the plan eople on et are fa cing!


he 2018 Bayer Foundations Alumni day this summer in Berlin included the inspiring Grants4Impact (G4I) final. This is the energiser programme from Bayer Foundations, which grants one million euros to social impact pioneers transforming the worlds of health and nutrition. Thimo V. Schmitt-Lord, CEO at Bayer Foundations, opened the pitches session with stories and insight on the global roadshow he led with his team to identify innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. “If you want to be a start-up billionaire - you have to solve a billion people’s problem,” Thimo said. From 11 finalists, the winners were: COOLAR, iBreastExam, SANISOLAR , BISA and SafetyNet. They will now be ‘connected to knowledge, power and funding in order to grow and transform good ideas into global game-changer solutions’ as part of a 24-month programme.

Meet your doctor online service app

Goal: Disrupt the way how people in remote areas of Africa gain 1st access to doctors and hospitals.

 Company

BISA M-Health​

Location Ghana

G4I Pilot Senegal

Scalability Africa

NGO Partner YOU Foundation


illions of people in rural Africa life more than a day of traveling away from the next doctor – with little to no access to basic health. BISA “Ask Your Doctor Online” gives remote people in Africa access to health.​ In G4I, BISA will expand the wellestablished service from Ghana into Senegal with a new French version of BISA’s app.


Alumni 2018

 Company COOLAR

​Founder Christoph Göller

Location Germany

​G4I Pilot

Electricity-free cooling for drugs & food Goal: Secure food/drug safety through new cooling system based on adsorption cycle technology


Scalability Global

​ GO Partner N UNHCR, Médecins sans Frontières, Kenyan Ministry of Health


ood and drug safety is at risk in large parts of the world because of a lack of power supply for cooling devices. Solar devices or batteries often fail due

to high maintenance need under harsh climate conditions. COOLAR is revolutionary new cooling system based on adsorption cycle technology involving NO

electricity and no moving parts whatsoever. ​ In G4I, Coolar will do intense field studies in refugee camps and medical missions in Africa.

Handheld breast cancer screening device Goal: Provide breast cancer mass screenings in the remotest areas of the world.

 Company iBreast Exam

Founder Mihir Shah

Location USA

G4I Pilot Brazil

Scalability Global

​NGO Partner DASA


reast cancer is the most

common invasive cancer in women worldwide. Survival rates differ largely, depending on the stage in which a tumor is detected – making early screening so important. Women in lowand-middle income regions are diagnosed at late stages since mammograms are not available. This is why 70% of all breast cancer deaths occur in these regions. iBreastExam has the power to change: it is a revolutionary handheld breast cancer screening device with the capability to providing early breast cancer screening everywhere in the world.​ In the G4I pilot, iBreast will scale-up in Brazil to reach 10.000 women that have no access to regular screening.


Alumni 2018

 Company SafetyNet

Founder Dan Watson & Nadia Laabs

Smart nets for selective fishery Goal: Make fishing smart – avoid bycatch and fight overfishing the oceans.

What participants gain...

Location UK

 Two year program with full access to G4I Pilot Indonesia

Bayer Foundation’s global network of experts and leaders.


 Professional pitch coaching and


storytelling support.


 Idea challenging and feedback from industry research experts and VCs.

Partner Mantawatch


7 million tons of unwanted bycatch are thrown dead back into the sea every year - one of the main causes for over-

 Company SANI SOLAR

Founder Dr. Jochen Scheerer

Location Germany

G4I Pilot Brazil

Scalability hot climate zones

NGO Partner Habitat For Humanity

fishing and a big challenge to stop food waste.​ SafetyNet creates Smart Lightening devices for Selective Fishery - the technology uses specific light spectrums to attract and de-attract fish species

selectively into the nets. This avoids by catch and fights overfishing. ​ In G4I, SafetyNet will operate a pilot in Indonesia, putting 120 lightening devices to work and analyzing its success.

Sun-powered maintenance free sanitation Goal: revolutionary new cooling system based on adsorption cycle technology without any electricity.​


billion people on the planet have no access to sanitation due to a lack of sufficient infrastructures such as sewers, water or latrine maintenance. ​ Sani Solar is a sun powered drying toilet providing a maintenance free and sewer-independent sanitation solution for hot climate zones.​ In G4I, SaniSolar implements a pilot with up to 20 devices in the Northeast of Brazil.

 Up to 150,000€ in cash per team.  High visibility through PR partnerships as well as presence at leading events.  Active match-making with VCs and Bayer businesses for global roll-out and up-scaling after G4I. G4I is operated in the Bayer Foundation and embedded within ‘Grants4-’family. G4I connects impact pioneers in health and nutrition to bigger funding pools, knowledge and power in order to unleash their scale-up potential for the benefit of the rising billions in need. Dan Watson from SafetyNet



“If you want to be a startup billionaire, you have to solve a billion peoples‘ problems” Thimo V. Schmitt-Lord MBE, Head of Bayer Cares F oundations We believe in the game changing power of innovation – we support pioneers who apply tech innovations to humanity’s biggest challenges around health and food. In 2018 we are scouting for Startups, Innovators, and Impact Innovations particularly focused on agriculture and food production for our seed funding programs and new book "The Beauty of Impact - Food". We are searching for innovations that solve the food crisis and other global grand health-related challenges that we can promote and fund to bring to the rising billions in need around the world.

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with Ken Berlin By Carlotta De Toni


spoke to Ken Berlin, Chairman and CEO of the Climate Reality Project, at the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training in Berlin this summer. Here’s what he had to say‌

What is the primary

Q purpose of the Climate

Reality Project?

The primary purpose of the Climate Reality Project is to build public support across all levels of society and, in this way, reverse climate change. Right now, polls show that most people believe that we should take action on climate change, but we are not getting the action we need. We are not getting it in the United States; even in Europe, things are not moving fast enough. In Germany the emissions reductions are not diminishing since 2010, they have lost their momentum. So, to change that, we think we need political support to reverse climate change. For this reason, we train people to become climate


Ken Berlin with Carlotta De Toni

activists, go out in their community to speak about climate change, to organise around climate change and to build the public support needed for the action that we think has to be taken.

So it is really a grassroots

Q movement, coming from

the bottom and striving to take over the top. I think that is brilliant! So, who should apply to the Climate Reality Leadership Training? We take people from every walk of life in the Climate Reality Training. We have people as young as 16 and probably people into their 70s or older. We have people from all different professions: we actually have a lot of people from the business community in this training, we have a lot of students, we have educators. So really anybody who is interested in helping to solve this terrible problem of climate change should apply to the training.


Brilliant! I am in fact here

Q today because I think this is

an incredible opportunity to take. What does it mean to be a Climate Reality Leader?

Once somebody is trained to become a Climate Reality Leader, we try to work very closely with them so they can go out and make presentations on climate change, they can get involved in specific campaigns relating to legislation that is needed in climate change, or any action that is needed in the area where they are located. They become part of a community: we have a website they join, we have regular updates, monthly updates with people who are doing this. Now, in the United States, we have 83 chapters that people can join so they can work together as a team of Climate Reality Leaders, and in Europe, we have regional coordinators in nine countries. We are really working to put ourselves in a position to engage our Climate Reality Leaders as much as we can and make them part of the community.


11 For our American readers,

Q what are chapters?

Chapters are set up around the country, we have 83 different chapters, and again they are involved in various aspects of trying to address climate change, depending on where they are located. We only started a chapter programme in August of last year, so it is less than a year old, and I think they will be over 100 chapters by the end of this year. 27 of the chapters are on college campuses, and they were started by Climate Reality’s Campus program. All the rest were started by Climate Reality Leaders, but anybody can join a chapter. They are indeed an exciting way to become involved in working on the climate change issues.


What impact has this

Q movement had so far

on the fight against climate change? We are building towards getting to a critical mass of support so we can get the kind of measures we need to put in place in the United States and around the world. I think that our Climate Reality Leaders impacted many, many people and got them heavily involved in the issues we are working on. For example, our Climate Reality Leaders last year gave 35 climate presentations and reached over 200.000 people; they organised 2.000 meetings, they went to another 5.000 meetings; they did 500 media appearances. Climate Reality is about building that support, getting people involved, getting them to work on specific issues like getting cities and businesses to become 100% renewable. We are seeing a lot of success on that. We are working on the carbon tax and in general in building support.


Well, definitely you can say


Q that for the United States.

It is quite impressive how the Sierra Club, for example, is involving so many mayors and communities in committing and shifting to 100% renewables. Sierra Club and Climate Reality both have 100% renewable campaigns, we do work together a lot. What we do is a little bit different than the Sierra Club: we train our people to be really experienced leaders


relating to climate change. So we help them play that role, but we are delighted to work with them on this issue.

A joint movement to make

Q a change! What are in your

opinion the most urgent matters to tackle to reverse climate change? You were saying, where there is no climate denial, there are still barriers that make the shift hard. Could you tell a little bit more about this? We are trying to transition the whole economy away from an energy system based on fossil fuels, to an energy system based on renewable energy: that relates to power plants, to automobiles. We have to look at things that are causing greenhouse gas emissions like deforestation around the world. So there are a whole series of significant issues that have to be addressed. But the most important thing is people supporting the idea of going to a green energy economy, and make the transitions we need for that to happen.


During the presentations,

Q I could hear a lot about the

impact of fossil fuels on climate change, especially in the transportation sector. But I was wondering, is enough being said about the food production industry? That also has a major impact on climate change.

We could say more about the food production industry, I think people are beginning to pay more attention to it as it happens. There are two aspects to it: one is how agriculture is run, how you farm, how you raise cows and all the rest of that. There are already ways to do this that really minimise or reduce greenhouse gas emissions. So that’s important on the one hand. On the other hand, we don’t tell people they can’t eat meat or anything, but we do recommend that people eat less meat, that everybody does their part by reducing consumption in a way that reduces greenhouse gas emissions.


Of course, everything is

Q connected in the end.

What innovations do you think will have the most impact on climate change? The thing that has the most impact is when people become involved when they go to their representatives and say: “We want action!”. That has by far the most impact. It is important for people to live reasonably efficient lives, they don’t have to stop consuming but, you know, have efficient cars and efficient homes. But we are not going to solve this problem unless we have broad public support for it, and unless governments support the transition to a clean energy economy. So the most important thing is for a person to go their representatives and say: “You are going to help solve this, or I will vote against you, but if you do it I will support you”. That’s the most important thing.


Thank you to Ken Berlin!


Q A &

by Carlotta De Toni

1000 Solutions for Progress The Solar Impulse Foundation is running a 1000 solutions label as part of their movement for change. I asked Alexandra Barraquand, Solution Project Lead to tell me about the origins of the 1000 solutions and Bertrand Piccard’s vision for this project.


he origin of the project finds its roots in the aftermaths of the flight that brought Bertrand Piccard and AndrĂŠ Borschberg around the world without fuel and over the Atlantic. The aeroplane has been a patchwork of green technologies demonstrating the potential of cleantech. Bertrand Piccard, the mastermind behind the whole project, wanted to apply the green solutions used in the air on Earth, and while doing so impacting the whole system and industry, including green tech. The implementation of some solutions encounters barriers and

challenges: there are often regulatory barriers to prevent innovation from happening. For this reason, Bertrand Piccard decided to select and label 1000 solutions that are both clean and profitable (to bridge economy and ecology), and bring the portfolio to governments and key decision makers, encouraging them to create, change, push and move forward the regulations that can incentivise the implementation of the solutions. The portfolio will present concrete examples and cases to show that solutions are available. This is what

we are trying to do. Any Member of the World Alliance can submit a solution to apply for the label. World Alliance membership conditions only require you to be a legal entity sharing the same value as the Foundation and to register to create a profile on the World Alliance webpage. We consider only solutions that are at a certain level of maturity, since, to push regulations, we have to rely on concrete examples that allow governments to see the impact that prototypes or already commercialised solutions, currently blocked by regulations, could have on the environment and the economy. Therefore, any solution that is eligible for the Label should be at least at the stage of having a proof of concept prototype, at scale, in a laboratory environment, and in preparation to have a prototype in the real world. It corresponds to a TRL 6 or 7. Then, it has to be a product, a process, or a service, and comply with the criteria requirements regarding Technological Feasibility, Environmental and Socio-economic Benefits, and Economic Profitability.

:How can people get Q involved with the World Alliance? How do people submit solutions?


:Members have to log-in on the World Alliance account: here they will find an online form to fill in that can be changed and improved for one month. There are eight stages in the process. All the information needed from the expert and for the assessment are on the online submission form: some information will be private and some public. Private information can be visited by the experts that are going to assess the solution; the public will be used to promote the solution once it is labelled. When members officially submit the solutions, the World Alliance solution team reviews all the files: we read everything that comes in, we give tips for improvement, and we ask members to change and add some elements and key-data on their file. In this way, we give members the opportunity to improve their submission form, increasing the chance for the solution to be considered by the expert as fulfilling the criteria.

13 message is the label Q :What trying to convey?


:We consider our label to be a kind of pre-screening before due diligence, rather than a certification of green-light for investment. The message behind this label is that it is possible to bridge the gap between ecology and economy, by bringing together protection of the environment and financial viability to show that these solutions are not expensive fixes to problems, but rather opportunities for clean economic growth. It also has a strong communication aspect: the goal is to highlight solutions that could be implemented, as a response to a logic of combining environmental benefits with economic profit to help them undertake their regulatory challenges. This is the message behind the Label. The 1000 Efficient Solutions Portfolio, will be made of the first 1000 labelled solutions, it will not be a ranking and we plan on going on labelling solutions after the count of 1000 is reached.

was the word ‘efficient’ Q :Why chosen over theres?


:Efficient was chosen over sustainable to convey the message of the Label: it is profitable and environmentally friendly; hence it is efficient. We are aligned with the SDGs, but it is not all about sustainability. We want to use the word that speaks the most to the economic world, efficiency: get more with less, get better with less and improve the way you do. We thought about several names to call this Label and efficiency is something you can apply everywhere, it is not related to one specific sector, it is a way to be more logic in the way we do things. We wanted to use the code of the people that think tactically and that are profit-oriented.

:How do you ensure Q transparency throughout the whole selection process?


:Concerning the standards of the Label, the criteria and the minimum requirements, everything is compiled in a document that is called “the standards of the Label”. This document can be downloaded on the website, so it is available and transparent to everyone. The World Alliance is independent. We remain neutral. We select experts from partner companies, international institutions, universities, etc… but also from the general public recruited via LinkedIn campaigns. Every expert must have at least 5 years of

experience in a sector of interest linked to the 5 selected SDGs, and we also make them sign a code of conduct, a commitment to act in line with our views and with the ones of the World Alliance. Experts have also to sign a document on confidentiality of the data they receive, which they can use only for the assessment. We also protect the members that submit the solutions: it is, in fact, possible to blacklist any entity that is providing experts to us. We are now working in collaboration with a renowned independent certifier that will validate the Label after auditing a sample of solutions that went through the whole selection process. In this way, transparency will be ensured throughout the process.

:Will you provide forecasts of Q the potential impact of the solutions – relating to the reduction of C02 emissions, job creation, profitability etc.?


:Today we are starting discussions with experts from our network that are measuring data and impact, so to be able to paint a clearer picture of the portfolio. This data will be our key message and background to build the speech and convince regulators to make changes. We plan to work with the digital team on this to visualise and forecast the impact of these solutions.

:How do you incorporate the Q global goals into your business strategy?


:When we were thinking about selecting solutions we asked ourselves: “What solution should we select, and where should these solutions have an impact to be considered?” So, we thought about the SDGs, and that’s why we selected five of them, 6, 7, 9, 11 and 12 because we feel that solutions in these SDGs are Bertrand Piccard

the ones that will have the most concrete applications. We included sub-categories for each SDG, and every solution that comes in must be linked with at least one of these SDGs. The goal is to speak the same language of the UN and keep the solutions in line with the message of this project. Every SDG that we selected has an impact on the social and global economy so that it can relate to the other SDGs.

:Out of the solutions that Q you have already selected, do you have any that is focused on improving the global food production?


:We have one that is focusing on food, and it is exciting. It has been one of the first solutions that received our Label. It is called Cyclefeed: they have been developing a way to replace fish feedstock for tilapia farmers in Lake Volta, Ghana. Usually, the feedstock is purchased from the global commodity market, where fish is caught somewhere, then transformed into feedstock and then transported to Africa to be sold. This need for imported feedstock to grow tilapia fish has a significant impact on the finances of fish farmers. They want now to use organic waste collected from the region where the fish farms are (up to a radius of 100km), raise larvae, feed larvae on the organic waste and transform them into fish feedstock. In this way, they would manage to create a circular local economy of fish feedstock production that is profitable and sustainable. Nevertheless, there are some challenges: for instance, they have to make sure that they get enough waste to be able to keep the production volume of larvae and feedstock steady. This solution allows farmers to have a better feedstock that has a more complete and rich nutritional profile.



Listen to Marc Buckley chatting to us before the event.


Inspiring action for the Global Goals International innovators gather to award achievements By Iain Robertson


he Global Game Changers event held in Glasgow this September celebrated businesses and pioneers contributing to the UN Global Goals. Watch our highlights video of the evening, organised by Impact Innovators and Newsquest Media, on the next page. Thanks to all the sponsors; and to Marc Buckley, our keynote speaker, and renowned advocate of the Global Goals. It was an honour to have the member of the Expert Network for the World Economic Forum, and Germany and Austria Country Coordinator for Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project – to name a few of his hats –  share his invaluable insight. Thanks to our Engagement Editor, Carlotta De Toni, for speaking with such passion about the #GlobalGoals. And to Ebba Engstrom, in Features and Research, for presenting the Moonshot Award. A big thanks also to Roland Strauss, MD of Knowledge4Innovation (K4I), who readers will know well, for presenting the startup awards. As well as being an occasion when awards


Marc Buckley

Global Game Changers was a great event for visionaries desiring to change the world Marc Buckley. were handed out across 10 categories, the evening also strived to inspire those in the room, and followers on social media, to go further in innovating for the Goals. “It was a fantastic event, with an engaging and insightful keynote delivered by Marc Buckley. We were delighted to be given a Commendation Award for the Startup and Share category, and left the event feeling incredibly inspired and motivated to keep driving Revive forward, and continue to bring about real change through our work,” Revive >> Eco blogged.


Global Game Changers see the video highlights below

The winners in the 10 categories:

Corporates for Good

Start-Up and Share



Winner: Asperitas Commendation: Revive Eco


Collaboration for Change


Empowering Intrapreneurship  sponsored by City of Glasgow College

Cerys Jenkins – University of Strathclyde and CanSense Ltd

EGG lighting

Young Pioneers – sponsored by ScottishPower


Women in Innovation – sponsored by BAE Systems

Circular Breakthrough – sponsored by Circular Glasgow

Innovating in STEM Education/Training – sponsored by Centre for Work-based Learning University of Strathclyde

Moonshot Award ClinSpec Dx

2050 Climate Group

Food for Thought – sponsored by Bayer Foundations LeanPath

Well done to the winners


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