HelloScience won Sustainary’s 2019 SDG Tech Award for Partnerships. Since then Sustainary highlighted other key sustainability solutions in Denmark and encouraged stakeholders to implement them.
Human Shojaee, Founder & President of Sustainary shares some of the outcomes from this years’ SDG Tech Awards and Green Impact Week held this month.
Sustainary is a non-profit organisation that was founded two years ago, connecting dots and building solution systems in sustainability, and establishing itself as a global green transition platform.
What is great about Sustainary is that it exists in different Universes. These include the SDG Tech Awards, the ultimate celebration of sustainability initiatives in Denmark, and previous winners include HelloScience.
Although postponed due to the Covid-19, the 2020 Awards finally took place in October as part of Green Impact Week. The whole week was aimed at bringing together all players in the sustainability and impact sectors, strengthen the sustainable ecosystem in Denmark and linking to similar ecosystems globally.
Despite all the restrictions and strict rules on organising physical events, we hosted more 60 events virtually, with support from among others DISIE and Creative Business Cup, the European Commission, Vaekstfonde, Danmarks Grønne Investeringsfond and CLEAN.
One positive from virtual events is that all content is now available in our library and panel talks, pitches and presentations can all be reviewed, as the real action after the event begins. We are already setting up a Green Mentoring Programme and are looking ahead to Green Impact Week in the autumn of 2021.
It is important to keep in mind that it is not one innovation or technology that will solve the problems of our society, but the collection and combination of those. That is why we are grateful to have other platforms like us, such as HelloScience, supporting sustainability initiatives.
The Collaborative Framework
30 Oct, 2020
By Alfred Birkegaard, Managing Director of the Collaboratorium / Founder of Thirdroom / HelloScience Director
We live in challenging times. Corona has changed the world as we knew it. While the physical world is getting smaller – we can‘t travel or be together the way we used to, new opportunities are also emerging. The challenges and constraints of Covid-19 have also opened up a new world of innovations to discover.
We have to encourage innovation, but that requires the courage to step into the unknown – to dare to step out of our own comfort zones, open up and collaborate. It requires us to move into a space where we can build innovative new ideas that amplify collective intelligence, and move towards swift, new solutions and action in a rapidly evolving world.
CLEAN IS FREEDOM
In all the areas that COVID-19 has transformed the way we see the world, the relationship between cleaning, health and well-being have taken on a whole new importance. Cleaning is no longer just cleaning – it‘s about safety and it’s about freedom: the freedom of coming back to society, to our schools, to our workplaces and to our cities. This has made us ask new questions, like: What does clean even mean? How can we create new forms of communication around cleaning? Are there more sustainable ways to clean – moving beyond chemical products and into the realm of more natural, biological solutions? Can cleaning innovation also be green, sustainable innovation?
Innovation is about imagination, it‘s about world building, it‘s about the ability to see things differently than they are. COVID-19 forces us to rethink cleaning, but finding new sustainable solutions requires collaborative innovation.
In the ‘Future of Clean’ LIVELAB some of the biggest corporations in Denmark have stepped up to engage with Covid-19 cleaning innovation as a systemic challenge. We hope that a collaborative framework can amplify the progress we can make together. Making it possible for corporates to enhance and expand new cross-cutting technologies with startups, involving collaborators on local and national level, and connecting to incubators and investors that can support the development of new cutting-edge innovations and pioneering initiatives.
If we step up and create a national strategy for systemic innovation, Grand Challenges, like COVID-19, can be converted into Grand Opportunities. They hold the keys to creating tens of thousands of new jobs; economic growth opportunities; and innovation that benefits people, society and the environment.
A special credit to Nilfisk, Novozymes, Dansk Erhverv and Gladsaxe Kommune for making this possible. Here’s to entering into a new era of innovation, together!
This month is about warming up for our HelloScience LiveLab on 4th November 2020 and we are testing our system innovation approach. We got 4 different perspectives for you.
We sat down for a Q&A with the team from Nilfisk to find out why they are a core corporate partner in the HelloScience Sustainable Cleaning challenge and their hopes for the outcomes.
This month is about warming up for our HelloScience LiveLab on 4th November 2020 and we are testing our system innovation approach. We got 4 different perspectives for you. This is a Q&A with Mikkel Trym from Climate-KIC, who is one of our Incubation Partners.
Novozymes CEO, Ester Baiget on HelloScience at UN General Assembly
The global COVID-19 pandemic has been responsible for significant turmoil around the world, and the impact on gatherings and travel has been substantial and most UNGA events have gone online – this has certainly helped to open doors to participation from people and groups who wouldn’t usually be able to attend.
Business Fights Poverty, the world’s largest business-led network for social impact, contributed last week to helping make UN75 the most representative General Assembly to date by exploring, in a very practical way, how business and its partners can help create an equitable and resilient future.
Throughout the week important topics were discussed including how we can create an equitable world, help build resilient livelihoods and help people survive and thrive.
Ester Baiget, CEO of Novozymes opened the proceedings on Friday during a fireside chat with Yvette Torres-Rahman, Co-Founder of Business Fights Poverty on the importance of system-level partnerships and the talks about HelloScience.
Nilfisk og Novozymes indgår åbent samarbejde for at udforske fremtidens bæredygtige rengøring
September 24, 2020 // CSR.dk
Verdensførende bioteknologi kombineret med 114 års ekspertise på rengøringsområdet. Det er, hvad Novozymes og Nilfisk bringer til bordet i et nyt innovationssamarbejde i regi af HelloScience. Entreprenører og startups fra hele Norden bliver indbudt til at finde nye løsninger
The next generation of Sustainable Business Innovators will come from local communities around the world, many of whom are already facing the realities of climate change. Sustainable development, education and diversity will be key tools to address this.
Sustaina has a mission is to change mindsets and narratives around sustainability through impact communications and fact-based storytelling. Last year they helped launch a report with the UN Global Compact and DNV GL to celebration leading companies efforts to drive climate action including Novozymes.
Since then and together with HelloScience, we have been looking at how we could do more together, involving universities and communities. Welcome to the Arctic Opportunity Explorer.
Sustainia’s CEO, Rasmus Schjødt Pedersen, and Partner Manager Kelly Lynch, tell us more.
25 Sep, 2020
Q: Rasmus, what is the Arctic Opportunity Explorer challenge all about?
Throughout the years Sustainia has focused on providing inspiration and concrete opportunities to tackle climate change risks. Now is the time to move from inspiration to action. Through the Arctic Opportunity Explorers challenge we do just that — by advancing the entrepreneurial ideas of students to lead to concrete action. By working with our six partner universities and HelloScience, we will together facilitate a culture where students become the drivers of sustainable development at the societal level in the Arctic region.
This case competition will give students the chance to work as part of collaborative groups to create solutions to real-world challenges.
It is no surprise that the Arctic is the focus of this project. The ice sheets are melting faster than ever before, sea levels are rising, the permafrost is thawing, and the Arctic flora and fauna are changing. Global warming is causing fundamental changes in the Arctic. But it’s not all about nature. There are also major community issues to be solved in terms of reducing inequalities or the wellbeing of children. These elements create new challenges and new opportunities for the students to uncover to assist the Arctic communities who are inherently dependent on their local climate, environment and communities.
We are asking students to get together to form groups, address a concrete challenge, and innovate to produce the beginnings of a solution, all with the help of digital collaboration tool HelloScience.
Q: Kelly, why are you collaborating with HelloScience?
A: The complex problems present in the Arctic cannot be resolved by any one country or individual, making multilateral action more important than ever. For this challenge we knew it was imperative to partner with a leader in the fields of collaboration and innovation that could assist with establishing connections and partnerships between universities that have historically relied on physical connections.
Over the years we’ve been lucky to establish a good relationship with Novozymes and their HelloScience platform was easily our first choice for this project. The functionality of the platform enables the students to network, collaborate, and create to uncover the best solution for this case competition. HelloScience’s ecosystem of scientists, business developers, lawyers, startups, thinkers, and storytellers all have a shared passion for open innovation, open science and groundbreaking collaboration around the SDGs, crucial for this project.
“By uniting the combined forces of Sustainia, Novozymes’ HelloScience platform, and academic institutions, the Arctic Opportunity Explorers challenge will take students entrepreneurial ideas from inspiration to concrete action to tackle the challenges present in the Arctic.”
A: We hope that all individuals interested in making a difference in the Arctic will participate in this challenge. There’s a place for everyone from mentoring to forming your own collaborative group. Our desire is to make a real impact by fostering a culture where students are the drivers of sustainable development and by breaking down barriers to communication and collaboration. As Covid-19 has taught us, the old way of doing things is on the way out, we need to find ways to work together that do not require physical interactions. That is why we believe in the power of the partnerships we have compiled for this project to multiply its impact and to create the speed and scale to facilitate the student’s entrepreneurial ideas which are impossible through unilateral action.
“The Arctic Opportunity Explorer challenge will arm students with the tools to solve intractable Arctic challenges in a digitized, globalized, and pandemic world.”