Kate Brandt, Google’s Sustainability Officer, announced at a tech conference that the company would help create a community of sustainability investors, a notoriously difficult niche of startups. The Google For Startups Accelerator will help with startups focused on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, according to a blog posted by Google. Some of the goals include gender equality, good health, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, responsible consumption and production and sustainable cities and communities.
Applications will be open in the coming weeks and the company will select from a crop of applicants from Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Eight to ten startups will be chosen for the six-month accelerator program. The second cohort will be chosen later in 2020.
The sustainability angle will be part of the broader Google for Startups platform, which provides accepted start-ups into Google’s network of people, ideas and technologies. Google doesn’t automatically say they will invest in these companies, but they will introduce them to investors, help them with problems and provide valuable press for each one.
Google has been in the news recently for a variety of sustainability reasons. The company recently published the Environmental Insights Explorer to help cities calculate carbon emissions. They pledged to reduce plastic and increase recycled materials starting with their Nest products in October. And on November 4, company employees wrote an open letter to the CFO asking for additional climate change action.
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