Ben: Thanks for having me, Spiffy! At Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA), we activate young professionals under 35, develop and implement innovative solutions, and mobilize the global movement to restore the health of the ocean in our lifetime. In my role, I am part of the "Solutions team" and work closely with Ecopreneurs: an entrepreneur whose business models include a focus on creating a positive impact on the environment, and in our case, on the oceans.
Alexey: It’s great to be here, Spiffy! We are addressing plastic pollution. Currently, most plastics are fossil-made and not designed for a circular economy. Also, petroleum-based plastics are carbon intensive and contribute to climate change.
Svenia: Thanks for inviting me to chat, Spiffy! I’m happy to talk about my work with the European Edtech Alliance. As you may know, women are an under-represented and underserved community in entrepreneurship. Especially when we talk about funding. In Europe, women founders get only 1.9% (!) of the total Venture Capital (VC) funding. In the US it's no better; a recent HBR article shows that US-based female founders got only 2.3% of all VC funding in 2020. Are women less ambitious? Less talented? Less gritty? No. They are under-represented (especially in the global tech startup scene) and we should therefore support them better. That's what we aim to do with the European Edtech Alliance’s Women in Edtech Fellowship - support women building Edtech (education technology) products, specifically.
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