Why I’m Running an Accelerator in Rome

Stephen Forte
May 5, 2017 · 5 min read
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Why I’m Doing This

First things first: some definitions. A mission-driven, for-profit startup is a company that has a social mission at its core — compared to a solely for-profit company that is singularly focused on selling ads. Think of Aspire Foods vs Pinterest.

How It Works

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  • Food. Reengineer our food systems to minimize their contributions to greenhouse gas emissions. Make them resilient to a changing climate. Guarantee food security for all.
  • Water. Adapt our governance, resource management, and technological systems to spatial and temporal changes in quantity and quality of freshwater to protect the well-being and livelihood of everyone.
  • Urban. Restructure our urban communities for carbon neutrality and resilience to climate change impacts in ways that are inclusive. Value local knowledge and culture regardless of income level or identity. Provide the opportunity for all lives to flourish.
  • Human potential. Minimize human suffering resulting from the migration, health, and humanity security impacts of climate change. Build bridges — not walls.
  • Conservation. Protect the world’s most fragile ecosystems. Preserve global biodiversity. Maintain healthy and thriving ecosystems across the globe.
  • Finance & industry. Reshape verticals, business models, and finance to mobilize $10 trillion by 2030 to invest in a carbon-neutral economy. Create a new ecosystem of businesses providing products and services to help individuals and communities adapt to climate change.

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