Create a More Sustainable Future: The 2019 class of Techstars Sustainability Accelerator in partnership with The Nature Conservancy

Ten companies from around the US and Mexico are joining us in Denver, Colorado for an intensive three-months where they will accelerate their companies, and their impact, to create a more sustainable future for us all. These venture scale companies are enabling a world where people and nature can thrive together.

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Reversing Climate Change Podcast: An Ethos of Cooperation in the Business of Agroforestry

The business of the future is a good cooperator, working with other players in a particular space to drive progress. Collaboration is a core part of the ethos at Propagate Ventures as their team looks to leverage agroforestry to contribute to the growing pool of climate solutions and help build a world where people live in a symbiotic relationship with the ecosystem.

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Trees as a Lifestyle

The trees we plant must reflect what kind of life and landscape we want to have. Species selection and system design can neither be “good” nor “bad,” until we filter them through a context. Our newest article looks at agroforestry through the lens of Allan Savory’s Holistic Management framework. We dive into the most important part of HM: creating a holistic context. We then look at 5 different farms that are operating in accordance with their diverse contexts.

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Bringing the Tropics to New York

Syntropic Agriculture is an innovative design methodology and set of farming techniques that has quickly swept across the regenerative agriculture space. Ernst Gotsch popularized the practices over several decades, while Fazenda da Toca most recently catapulted it all into the mainstream with the film Life in Syntropy. Syntropic farming has taken hold in Brazil and the tropics, but today we ask: How can we apply these concepts to cold climates? 

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Nori's Reversapalooza: General Methodologies

Nori empowers enterprises and individuals with a full range of solutions to begin the reversal of climate change. In this session, we discussed a wide range of solutions for carbon dioxide removal, from mature to nascent, including: soil, managed mine tailings, direct air capture, and agroforestry. We discussed the technology readiness, advantages, and challenges for scaling each method.

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Investing in Regenerative Agriculture Podcast: Propagate Ventures

Propagate Ventures, scaling up agroforestry to every farm. Welcome to Investing in Regenerative Agriculture, investing as if the planet mattered. I had a long and very interesting conversation with Ethan, Jeremy and Harry, the co-founders of Propagate Ventures. Our conversation ranged from chestnuts to crowdfunding and how to get more impact investors into the agroforestry space.

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Reversing Climate Change Podcast: Propagate Ventures

Christophe was riding the subway in New York City when he overheard a conversation about reversing climate change through regenerative agriculture. Intrigued, he introduced himself to Harry and Ethan, two of the three co-founders of Propagate Ventures.

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Why you need to understand Ecological Design

When humans decide to create something in a particular place or time they focus on getting that thing done and rightfully so. We get our hands dirty and at whatever cost we get the job done, whether it’s to benefit ourselves, our family or our community. We are a purpose driven species and the greatest experiment this planet has ever seen.

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Our Place in Regenerative Capitalism: A Review of John Fullerton's Regenerative Capitalism

The objectives and mechanics of capitalism are not set in stone, is it time to call into question the end goals of 20th-century capitalism? This discussion has to do with the evolution of how we use and move both financial capital and non-financial capital. The anthropocene is upon us; shouldn’t we now focus on increasing the overall well-being of society?

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Biosecurity Vulnerabilities in Crop Monocultures

In the early summer of 1968, a farmer in Louisiana stirred at sun-up, fixed a pot of coffee and headed out to check his crops. Like a handful of others in the southern United States, this farmer noticed for the first time small, elongated brown lesions running up and down the leaves of his corn. Eventually, these plants would wilt and die, or experience extensive rot that would render the vegetable inedible. By 1970, thousands of farmers from Florida to North Dakota witnessed the same symptoms on row after row, and acre after acre of corn. The disease soon had a name: southern corn leaf blight (SCLB).

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