The Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship (APTE) Summit is an annual conference at Ohio State that is completely put on by students whose mission is to inspire and empower individuals to fight poverty by using entrepreneurship and innovation. The summit is scheduled for February 9, 2013.
According to the EPA, the single largest component of solid waste reaching landfills in the U.S. is food waste where decomposing food becomes a significant source of methane. Composting a big way we can reduce food waste going to landfills, but many people are hesitant to give composting a try, because they live in smaller space and not sure about composting in an apartment. The folks at Sustainable America show us how it’s completely possible and relatively easy to compost in a small amount of space!
Do you know what the return is on your saving account? Close to nothing. The sharing and crowdsourcing economy is paving the way for more robust methods of investments with real return on many fronts. Mosaic just launched the first online clean energy investment marketplace that connects investors to high quality solar projects. Their mission – “open up clean energy investing and fundamentally change the way energy is financed.”
NeighborFavor believes people can be more efficient if they collaborate on daily tasks with their neighbors. It is a real-world social network app for getting stuff done.
You’ve probably asked your co-workers and friends a million times, “I’m headed out for lunch; can I pick anything up for you?” NeighborFavor allows you to do just that, but straight from your iPhone. You can share when you’re out and about and nearby people can ask you for a favor. It’s easy to get reimbursed since payment is cashless and handled through the app.
Starbucks introduces the $1 reusable plastic mug that bears the Starbucks logo and is white to match its disposable cups. The coffee chain will offer a dime discount to anyone with the reusable mug, hoping this will encourage coffee lovers to bring them in. This new offering comes in the wake of the Starbucks sharply reducing its goal of having 25% of its cups be reusable by 2015 to 5%.
But will it drive change?
Getting around NYC can be tough for anyone, let alone surplus food. Watch as a Tomato navigates the New York City subway in an effort to reach New York’s hungry. Now serving New York City for 30 years, City Harvest is the world’s first food rescue organization, dedicated to feeding the city’s hungry men, women, and children.
Ennovent and WWF Switzerland announce the winners of the Tropical Forest Challenge in two categories, company and startup. Launched in May 2012, the WWF Switzerland Tropical Forest Challenge is a global initiative managed by Ennovent on behalf of WWF Switzerland to discover the best for-profit enterprises from around the world that have a positive impact on the conservation of tropical forest biodiversity.
How do you deliver the perfect sales pitch in 30 seconds? How do you cram in all the wonderful aspects of your idea or innovation so that the listener is hooked. The point is you don’t. Too much information is bad. Keep your message short, simple and to the point. Describe the problem simply, what your solution offers and why is better than anything else happening today. Done. Easily said that done, but these tips will help you perfect your elevator pitch.
So you now have a meeting with a VC. How do you make sure you nail this opportunity? Show the market problem, your strategic solution, and that you have the better, faster and cheaper answer to the problem. Be prepared to discuss how you will scale your idea. Learn more via this useful video.