Nowadays we are facing exponential social and environmental crisis while ONU fixed to solve 17 goals designed by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAAD). Responding to these issues is no longer a governmental responsability. It must be everyone concern and that is what entrepreneurs understood.
The Tech for good ecosystem is a group of entrepreneurs who believes that technology, scientific and finance innovation can address the world’s toughest problems—halting climate change, creating better cities, providing healthy food and clean water for all, and generally achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the UN by 2030. They could transform this risk into an opportunity and after all lead to social and/or environmental improvement. For instance a recent report by the Business & Sustainable Development Commission estimates that achieving the SDGs could open up $12 trillion of market opportunities in food and agriculture, cities, energy and materials, and health and well-being alone and create 380 million new jobs by 2030. In France, this specific ecosystem gathers more than 300 entrepreneurs in various branches such as FinTech, CleanTech, SocialTech etc.
Techno-solutionism alone cannot guarantee long-term benefits for society. We need a systemic approach to anticipate the challenges brought by technology itself, and allow impact-driven ventures to scale while staying true to their values and purpose.
○ Where and how can technology make the biggest difference in tackling wicked problems?
○ What are the tools and programs enabling entrepreneurs to turn “tech for impact” ideas into scalable companies?
○ What is the new landscape of venture financing for impact and tech startups?