We are recording, as we aim for follow on investments on the startups from investors from all over the world, and these videos will be useful promotional material for the program and the startups. Therefore, if something goes wrong with audio we will remake it Hastag: ECOSTARHub NatureAccelerator Dinner will be served right after the pitches
Think about a country like Italy, 35% of its land is covered by forests. However, according to the “formal” economy, this 35% account only for 1% of the GDP.
We all know that the value of forests is much higher, through the services they provide to us, such as clear water, flood protection, soil erosion control, and biodiversity.
Scientists, also here at the University of Padova, are trying to estimate the economic value of these benefits, and for example: Conserving forests avoids greenhouse gas emissions worth EURO 3.2 trillion. Bee keeping generates US$ 180 million annually in Switzerland
However, in real economics, these services/values have no market price: that’s why we tend to abandon and manage our natural resources in an unsustainable way. And… as we do with our forests, we tend to do the same with other ecosystems such as biodiversity, lakes and rivers, mountains, etc.
ONE of the ways we have to improve the value - and therefore the conservation - of natural resources is to promote the emergence of new entrepreneurial activities that market the benefits of natural resources and biodiversity. Renewable energy, circular economy, biobased industries, wild fruits and products, ecotourism: these are all example of nature-based businesses.
However, from a study we run last year in EU, only 1 out of 10 environmental-agricultural university schools are providing entrepreneurship education in Bachelor’s and MSc Degrees Young entrepreneurs are facing the challenge of creating a new startup lacking the basics of business model theory, financial planning, innovation skills… But most importantly they lack a simple advice from an experienced entrepreneur AND contact with investors. Universities, researchers and professors are somehow disconnected with business networks: when I first started my company, the only entrepreneur I knew was my father, who is a farmer.
And these are the problem that 400 million entrepreneurs face in the world: which account for the 5% of the total working population.
United Nations have committed to SDGs, and with the accelerator we achieve the aim of creating business while addressing several of these goals.
The Nature-Accelerator it’s a simple initiative that: Select Support Invest
The Nature-Accelerator: Select Support Invest
In 2017, we launched our first call, and we received 250+ applicants from 49 countries
The Nature-Accelerator faces 8 startups – 18 founders -
The accelerator is a platform that gather public and private funding, training and network, organize these ingredients in a format that help selected startups to accelerate their business. In practice: 8 weeks of training, mentorship, networking where we go through all the topics of business development
And this process is supported by a huge network of mentors
I’m Alessandro Leonardi, CEO of Etifor, a spin-off of Padova University, and founder of the ECOSTAR Nature-Accelerator, and tonight I represent a team of about 50 people that made this initiative a successful step forward on the direction of doing business while doing good.
5 Countries one research institution and one business partner
And we are not alone: The EC first… then Fledge Fund and Veneto Region If I can sum up: our uniqueness is that, we are the first nature-accelerator, that has aligned the university, public sector, and private sector interests in one single project that deliver applied research, create jobs and networks, and provide investments opportunities.
Grants specifically directed to university-business cooperation
Integrated financing: Erasmus+ (2016), POR FESR (2018), FSE (2019)
NATURE-ACCELERATOR | DEMO DAY 2018: Alessandro Leonardi pitch
Linking nature-based startups
with researchers, donors and impact investors
35% of land is covered by forests
1% of the GDP
for the disabled
Areas for picnics
Halting deforestation is worth
€ 3.2 trillion by 2030
THE NATURE-ACCELERATOR FACES
8 startups |18 founders
8 WEEKS OF INTENSIVE TRAINING
W1: Hack your
W3: Marketing W4: Funding
W8: Demo Day
EVENTS + MENTORSHIPS + INVESTORS MEETING
15K cash 15K in kind services 6% equity
+ A TEAM
of 50 people in 5 countries
CEO | Etifor
Founder | ECOSTAR
University of Padova,
RICARDO Energy and
Who believed in us
1.000.000 € - European Commission
140.000 € - Veneto Region
120.000 € - Fledge Fund
Head of Education
Delegate, University of
Our success: aligning interests
UNIVERSITY PUBLIC SECTOR PRIVATE INVESTORS