The SF Climate Braintrust is an interactive one-day program that aims to build meaningful and lasting relationships between young climate entrepreneurs and seasoned experts.
At The Braintrust, entrepreneurs will bring a current challenge they are facing to a round-table of experienced climate, academic and business advisors for problem-solving. The day will involve trust-building exercises, interactive workshops, and facilitated sessions focused on creative and collaborative support to improve the impact of local climate solutions.
This event is organized by the The San Francisco Hub of the Global Shapers (an initiative of the World Economic Forum) in partnership with Echoing Green.
The Braintrust will be held on Wednesday September 12th from 8:30am to 5pm at The World Economic Forum, 1201 Ralston Ave, San Francisco, CA 94129. A reception will follow from 5-7pm.
Meet our entrepreneurs:
10Power is a social impact enterprise on a mission to provide renewable energy to the 1.2 billion people that lack access to electricity today. Working in frontier markets, 10Power partners with local installers and provides project development and finance for commercial-scale solar and energy storage, building market ecosystems. In their first market, Haiti, 10Power has provided solar services to health organizations, NGOs and water purification centers bringing clean water to communities and supporting over 600 micro-enterprises, majority women-led. See video.
BoxPower is creating a future in which energy is sustainable, distributed, and portable, by manufacturing rapidly deployable solar generators in 20ft shipping containers. Our unique combination of renewable and conventional energy generation with battery backup provides a clean, reliable, and cost effective alternative to fossil fuel generation for off-grid and grid-tied energy consumers. With customers ranging from Alaska to Puerto Rico, BoxPower can bring clean, reliable energy; anywhere.
Shiftworks builds community-led climate action through storytelling and design. We make interactive architecture and exhibitions that combine climate education with community planning. Our projects spur climate action in 3 ways: providing multi-sensory climate education, fostering community collaboration on long-term solutions and spreading direct action. In each project -- from public seating that harvests fog water, to mobile living rooms that work as community planning hubs -- we partner with development and action groups to engage folks with existing adaptation efforts and activists. Direct actions, like enrolling in local planning orgs or joining more responsible banks, are included in all ventures. Project frameworks are provided free for download to expand our reach and grow our network. By using storytelling and design to mix multi-sensory climate education with community planning tools, we increase public involvement and commitment to climate action.
Coral Vita brings dying reefs back to life by growing climate change resilient corals and transplanting them into degraded reefs. Coral Vita works with the world's leading coral scientists to incorporate the latest coral farming methodologies, which enables Coral Vita to grow corals at rates up to 50 times natural speeds. This also allows Coral Vita to boost the coral's resiliency against the warming and acidifying ocean conditions that threaten their survival. By creating coral farms in tropical countries all around the world, Coral Vita will help sustain reefs for generations to come.
PastureMap empowers ranchers to raise cattle on a healthy base of grasslands. They use simple, mobile records with analytics to make ranchers more productive. By digitizing records, we unlock farmer-to-farmer information sharing to help reverse climate change by regenerating grasslands and soils. If all grasslands globally were managed to their full potential, we could reverse atmospheric carbon to pre-industrial levels within 20 years.
"EVmatch reduces barriers to electric vehicle (EV) adoption through a peer-to-peer charging network that rapidly accelerates the number of reliable EV charging options. EV drivers quickly find, reserve, and pay for use of private charging stations through the EVmatch web or mobile application. By bringing private charging resources into the public sphere, EVmatch enables the widespread adoption of cleaner electric vehicles, especially among renters and multi-unit dwellers without home charging access. EVmatch's community-based charging network immediately provides improved EV charging access and will later be leveraged to provide grid services, including demand response and distributed energy storage.
Impact Experience builds lasting relationships between investors, philanthropists, innovators, entrepreneurs and community leaders linking vision with action and directing investment to solve society's greatest challenges. By invitation, they go into some of the most disadvantaged communities to facilitate convenings designed to generate trust, enhance strategy and accelerate transformation. Their goal is to ensure that every community has the access, relationships, and resources they need to reach their full potential and contribute to a more inclusive, sustainable, and prosperous world. They have a particular focus on implicit bias. Some of the communities they have been engaged in include Williamson, West Virginia, a community that has been reliant upon the coal industry, has incredibly high rates of diabetes, obesity and drug offense rates; rural Georgia which is struggling with the opioid crisis, sustainable fishery problems and lack of access to impact investing capital; and Houston and Puerto Rico where they have focused on Hurricane relief efforts, with a particular focus on diversity, equity and inclusion.
Atma Connect is an award-winning nonprofit that uses technology to empower people to help one another. We create software products and digital services to connect people so they can report problems, share solutions, and improve their communities from the ground up. We envision a world where neighbors help neighbors prepare for disasters, improve access to basic needs, and overcome chronic challenges. Our core principle is that no one understands the challenges or opportunities of low-income communities better than the people who live in them. Our mobile app, AtmaGo, delivers real-time crowd-sourced content directly to user’s mobile phones, enabling users to share critical information with each other. AtmaGo is a mobile-optimized website and a free Android app.
Nicolas E. Mendoza
OneForNeptune produces healthy, high-protein snack foods made from sustainably sourced seafood products. Currently, we produce tasty jerkies from premium-quality, US West Coast rockfish that is traceable to clean, small-scale US West Coast fisheries. Drawing from a rich global tradition in dried seafood—which has yet to penetrate the US market—we offer an innovative solution to problems in the snack food market, inefficiencies in the seafood supply chain, and fundamental social and environmental issues in the fishing industry, chiefly waste and carbon footprint.
ANATO seeks to increase individual’s well-being and subsequent care for the planet. ANATO melds Céline's lifelong journey concocting herbal remedies and skincare, her deep understanding of truly sustainable agricultural practices and her experience at Plastic Tides to educate individuals at scale via a consumer product.
The Braintrust will be held on Wednesday September 12th from 9:00am to 6:00pm at The World Economic Forum 1201 Ralston Ave, San Francisco, CA 94129
We would love to have you join us!
Meet our previous entrepreneurs
This format was successfully pioneered in September 2017 at The World Economic Forum offices in New York. Our program brought together 32 advisors and 6 facilitators for an action packed day of climate impact for 14 entrepreneurs.
“The Braintrust is the type of event that I am unable to experience in Virginia. This event offered me a platform and opportunity to connect with individuals that are experts in my field of work, which is very rare in my case. I would highly recommend the Braintrust to anyone and everyone who may need external opinions or ideas on how to strategically and efficiently run their business.” Aesop's overall goal is to supply and disburse advanced solar technologies in parts of the world where renewable technology is not ideal.
Sarah Sproviero and Kristin Hanczor
"The organizers created a warm community within the first hour, which helped me as an entrepreneurs open up about my vulnerabilities and true challenges. As a result, the feedback and aid I received from advisors was focused, poignant and more helpful than I could have imagined. I left the Climate Braintrust equipped with an expanded network, a plan of action and a stronger mindset as a leader. This event had soul! " Lightfoot Market is a platform for sustainable businesses.
"A big sense of community was established. I felt like I had found people encountering exactly the same issues I was having, and the advisors present were well aware of the difficulties. I have begun to contact VCs and am looking for funding. The format was endearing and earnest. It equalized all participants. Truly unique!" The Clean Tech Innovatum platform culls data from patent and finance databases around the world in real-time to give our clients an immediate and lucid picture of the clean-tech industry.
Aran Baker and Valentina Branada
Using a co-design process, Red Hook Check-in creates a model for a new community-based service focused on disaster preparedness for NYC neighborhoods most impacted by climate change. The project is designed to bridge the gap between isolated, medically fragile residents and advanced care/services
Ethan Steinberg and Jeremy Kaufman
Propagate Ventures is on a mission to scale agroforestry into a cornerstone of agriculture. We work with farmers to design and install tree-crop systems that work in tandem with existing farm operations. Together with brands and investors, we build certainty in supply and bridge project level capital needs. Our turn key solution for agroforestry deployment, unlocks regenerative agriculture as an asset class.
“Having the opportunity to articulate my idea to a multidisciplinary sounding board of experts and network with mission-oriented entrepreneurs was invaluable. I left with a number of action items and new relationships that will last a life time.”
Carbon A List is building a market mechanism to make it easier to connect buyers and sellers in the carbon removal ecosystem.
“The Braintrust was an opportunity for me to interact with passionate peers and mentors who pushed me to think bigger and bolder about the climate problem I am trying to solve.”
MONICA brings urban energy consumers together with local, clean energy producers in one common marketplace platform. Think "Airbnb for clean energy".
Green Gas is a funding mechanism that builds public investment in game-changing climate solutions. Green Gas embeds carbon offsets into gasoline purchases. We integrate directly onto gas pumps, as well as personal debit cards, offering the public convenient, affordable, and highly visible opportunities to offset their gasoline’s carbon footprint.
Ridge Montes and Jonathan Hecht
Impakt addresses two problems: environment and labor. We are working with NYU Stern’s Center for Business and Human Rights to determine concretely what factors to include in our reports so that a concrete difference will be made in labor practices. We don’t just want the appearance of doing good, but to actually do good.
“Exceptional experience design. Non-threatening, open space that was facilitated with my best interests in mind. I felt heard, seen and well taken care of the entire time.”
DJ turned social innovator. Amer's world shifted when he saw a film about plastic bags, now he's committed to creating low-waste products starting with the world's first wearable tote bag.