Small Steps 39: Startups tackling climate Code Red ⏰ the tech gender impact of entrepreneurial (god)mothers 👩‍🚀 and Mamma Mia played tub-style ✨

What we’re thinking about

🌎 The contained both harsh reality checks and hope for addressing climate change. On one hand, much damage of human warming is irreversible and we have a 67% chance of remaining under the 1.5C target by 2040 even if we make an extraordinary u-turn to reduce carbon emissions. In this Australian perspective from Bloom’s founder, , we’re in line to get both “barbecued” and “soaked” if direction doesn’t change. On the other hand, scientists are much better at modelling climate impacts, making it much clearer who is responsible for warming. This means governments and businesses will have to act (or be held accountable). .

💚 The cleantech sector is already playing its role: 2021 has seen . Addressing warming is a game of both reducing the 36b tonnes of new carbon emissions annually and taking carbon out of the atmosphere. We’re heartened by recent investment in both areas with Main Sequence leading an to improve sustainable energy storage while a US-based startup called 44.01 recently raised . Meanwhile, we’ve argued previously that health and edtechs startups will play a .

👩‍🚀 Last edition’s thoughts on tech diversity highlighted some happy female-led VC news in the last few weeks. Adore Beauty’s Kate Morris, , is reinvesting funds into the startup ecosystem. Meanwhile . Once the snowball gets rolling, we expect to see the tech gender gap shrink faster and faster. US economics professor Matt Clancy , with studies showing that working for a female entrepreneur increases the likelihood of those women founding a company themselves. The same goes for having an entrepreneurial mother!

New career paths

🐛 Goterra is on the lookout for a

♻️ Full Cycle Bioplastic is after a

💼 Applied is hiring a

📦 Sendle is seeking a

🌲 Tripple is hiring an

🔥 There’s now 80+ more jobs on the and more jobs at ethical companies on the .

Giant leaps

🚀 In case you missed it, our Associate Charlie Macdonald featured on Startup Vic .

💊 Perx Health is presenting at a

💖 Mat and Jenna from Like Family

Thoughts for the road

🌱 They like to take risks, grew up with the internet, and are more impact focused than any other generation before them: led startups.

💭 . Some choice ones include: Write a weekly round up to set the tone for employees, train your team on storytelling, and snap up former founders when hiring.

🙋 Speaking of advice, if you’re a startup interested in becoming a B Corp, here’s a fantastic article .

Originally published at on August 18, 2021.



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