Tech For Planet by Numa, an event to scale the fight against global warming
Today at STATION F, Tech For Planet, an event organized by our partner NUMA, a leader in the startup scene in Europe, in the context of the OnePlanetSummit, revealed concrete solutions to scale the fight against global warming. The event gathered politics, corporates, scientists and of course, startups, on campus, and showed an enormous amount of (green) energy to take true actions to preserve our beautiful Earth. Here’s a recap.
31 Startups to save the planet
In the middle of the Open Platform, 31 different startups were gathered to present their solutions for the environment around 5 key topics:
- Sustainable Energy
- Waste and water
- Carbon footprint
Those startups are just a preview of the 1,000 solutions to change the world that were called upon by Bertrand Piccard, the Swiss explorer who achieved the Solar Impulse project, the first travel around the globe in a 100% solar-propelled plane.
“Every time we hear the sentence “it’s impossible” it’s because we are stuck in old paradigms. When I wanted to fly around the world with a plane powered by the sun, all the scientists told me it was impossible. If you stick to what the experts say, of course there will say it’s impossible. You have to go to people who can think a different way”. Bertrand Piccard, Solar Impulse
It was such an inspiration to see early-stage startups showcasing what they are working on while Dirk Ahlborn was presenting Hyperloop :)
On stage: French President Emmanuel Macron, Brad Smith of Microsoft, Jean Laurent Bonnafé of BNP Paribas, and Hyperloop
Among the speakers during the event, we were thrilled to hear that two of STATION F’s partners, Microsoft and BNP Paribas, were taking a stand to protect our planet.
Brad Smith, President of Microsoft revealed that Microsoft would commit to a $50M investment to support A.I for Earth for the next five years — an investment that could take the form of investment, partnerships or grants.
BNP Paribas’ CEO reminded the crowd of the investment they make for green energies by jumping on stage with the CEO of Sunna, in which BNP Paribas invested €3M a while back. Sunna is building a lightning solution for rural areas in developing countries and a loan solution aimed at the same categories of population.
French President Emmanuel Macron revealed the laureates of the call for projects Make Our Planet Great Again launched on June 1st.
Make Our Planet Great Again is a call for researchers, entrepreneurs and citizens which goal is to welcome the best research projects in France — Since it was launched, over 5,000 messages were received on the call for projects platform. Today at STATION F, French President Emmanuel Macron announced the 18 laureates coming from Princeton, Stanford, the University of Hawaii, University of Boulder Colorado, Italian National council for research… and more.
Early 2018, a new call for projects will be launched in partnership with Germany.
“Thank you to all the researchers, entrepreneurs, students, corporates, thank you for what you do to fight global warming, this is our challenge and we will overcome it.” Emmanuel Macron, French President