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What if venture capital drove the pursuit for good?

We invite private investors to support our mission and gain access to new ideas and business models with world-changing potential. Qualified investment partners can support the AI for Good Foundation’s mission, co-invest in our ventures, and benefit from deep integration into the SDG solution space.

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What We Offer:

Direct access to all spin-offs and ip licensing opportunities

AI ethics reviews and audits for all portfolio companies ($2,500 value each)

Seat on the AI for Good Executive Committee

Speaker slots, marketing, and outreach at the AI for Good Summit

Preferential tax treatment for capital contributions

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The only way to seriously take on the enormous challenges before us is by developing and scaling economically viable solutions that bring value to the enterprises and the people they serve.

The SDG Catalyst lies at the nexus of open innovation and scalable social impact.

Our flagship accelerator program gives you access to a thriving ecosystem of mentors, industry leaders, like-minded founders, and investors.

On collaboration with the Future Brain Trust, the accelerator covers everything from technical guidance to business development and strategic marketing, packed with curated workshops, seminars, and tightly focused modules on topics including AI and social impact frameworks.

The goal is to generate a virtuous cycle of technological innovations, where AI & ML products can be developed to serve the most urgent challenges while being profitable and scalable.

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Where ethical tech for SDG impact is built

Where values for an equitable and empathetic future are grown

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Our Curriculum Contributors

Guest Lecturers

Andrea Redaelli

Andrea Redaelli

Globamind
Andrea Redaelli is the founder of Globamind, a consulting company, in the areas of Strategy and Project Management, Supply Chain, Sustainability and Digital Transformation and UN Expert, at the UNECE agency. Andrea brings a 20+ years of experience in the fashion industry, as Project and Portfolio Manager at HUGO BOSS, to lead corporate projects for Business Re- engineering with support of digital tools in several areas: Business Development, Product Development, Supply Chain Management, Finance, Retail, IT, Sustainability, Human Resources.
Koda Wang

Koda Wang

Block Renovation
Koda is the CEO / Cofounder of Block Renovation, the primary platform where contractors and homeowners manage major renovation projects. Prior to Block, Koda was Chief Customer Officer of Rent the Runway and Chief Operating Officer of HuffPost. Koda lives in Brooklyn.
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Richard Benjamins

Richard Benjamins

Telefonica
Dr. Richard Benjamins is Chief AI & Data Strategist at Telefonica. He is among the 100 most influential people in data-driven business (DataIQ 100, 2018). He is also co-founder and Vice President of the Spanish observatory for ethical and social impacts of AI (OdiseIA). He was Group Chief Data Officer at AXA (Insurance) and before that held for 10 years executive positions at Telefonica on Big Data and Analytics. He is the founder of Telefonica’s Big Data for Social Good department, a member of the B2G data-sharing Expert Group of the EC, and a frequent speaker on Artificial Intelligence events. He holds a PhD in Cognitive Science, has published over 100 scientific articles.
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Alex Leader

PDIE Group
Joerg Geier is a partner at PDIE Group, an agency offering consulting, research, and ecosystem building services in the areas of sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship. Joerg has lived and worked in the Silicon Valley, Cambridge (UK), and Berlin, Germany, clusters known for their entrepreneurial approach. This experience has shaped his dedication to the development of sustainable innovation ecosystems. At Cambridge University’s Judge Business School, he led customized leadership and capacity building programs. The development of new programs on futures thinking and impact investing as well as applied research in the area of green entrepreneurship are the foundation of his approach..
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Michael Langguth

Michael Langguth

Carbon13
Michael is currently CSO/Cofounder of Carbon13 – the venture builder for the climate emergency, where he leads on the fund investments and Germany office. Previously Michael cofounded and managed a post series B startup called Poq. He raised over $20m and grew the ecommerce platform to half a billion $ in GMV.
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Anastassia Lauterbach

Anastassia Lauterbach

ExCo Group
Prof. Dr. Anastassia Lauterbach is Managing Director of The ExCo Leadership Group (excoleadership.com), Professor of AI and Cybersecurity at MCI in Innsbruck, and an international Non- Executive Director with board mandates in the US, UK, and continental Europe. She is an internationally recognized mentor to CEOs and an expert and speaker on leadership and resilience, digital transformation, the democratization of data, ethical AI, AI in China, cybersecurity, and corporate governance. Anastassia launched the Austrian chapter of the Women Corporate Directors in 2022. She sits on the Visionary Award Committee of the Women Corporate Directors Foundation.
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Maria Luciana Axente

Maria Luciana Axente

PWC
Maria is a globally recognised, award winning AI ethics expert and public policy contributor. She is a member of various Advisory Boards - UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on AI (APPG AI) ,ORBIT & SKEMA AI Institute, Vice Chair of techUK Data and AI leadership committee and member of BSI/ISO & IEEE AI standard groups. She is a passionate advocate for children rights in the age of AI, serving as member of the Advisory Board for UNICEF #AI4Children and World Economic Forum Generation AI programmes. Maria is PwC Responsible AI lead, managing the company's efforts in deploying responsible AI and data across the UK business, its operations and clients.
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Lotte Ansgaard

Lotte Ansgaard

Grundfos
Lotte Ansgaard Thomsen have previously worked as a researcher at Yale University investigating and analyzing data from the research organization CERN. The tasks at CERN included: create analytics model, implement triggers that filter for relevant data to store and analyzing data quality. In these task she has used different analyze strategies and ML/AI methods to achieve the desired results. She has spent more than 10 years of working with the dataset from CERN - one of the largest in the world. Thereby she had learned what is important to succeed in an end-to-end IOT/AI pipeline. A few years ago Lotte switched from a career in academia to a job at Grundfos.
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Flaviu Cipcigan

Flaviu Cipcigan

IBM Research
Flaviu is a Staff Research Scientist at IBM Research Europe, based in the UK. He serves as a global technical leader in Climate and Sustainability, where he focuses on materials discovery for carbon capture. Flaviu is also a Global Shaper and co-founder of the Manchester Hub.
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Daniel Koehler

Daniel Koehler

University of Texas
Daniel Koehler is an architect, and assistant professor for architecture computation at UT Austin. Before, Daniel researched at the Bartlett in London and Innsbruck University, where he wrote his Ph.D., published as “The Mereological City,” a study on the part-relationships between architecture and its city in the modern period. Daniel’s work has been exhibited in Prague, Milan, Venice, Graz, Montreal, London, Austin, and is part of the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou in Paris. His current research focuses on the implications of artificial intelligence, on the design practice of cities and their architecture.
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Elya Hasson

Elya Hasson

idohealing.com
Elya Hasson is the founder of idohealing.com a website soon to become a marketplace for products & programs focused on the art of Healing. With more than twenty years of experience in the United States and in France, Elya is one of the pioneering women in E-commerce. She launched herself as an entrepreneur in the world of digital and e-commerce for about ten years, before occupying C-level positions within large groups, such as Carrefour, L'Oréal , Estée Lauder and until end of 2021 at Etam Group as Chief Marketing & Digital Officer and CEO E-commerce.
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Kevin Quinlan

ESB
Kevin Quinlan joined ESB, Ireland's largest utility, as a data scientist in 2015. Like so many others, once he finished Michael Lewis' Moneyball he was hooked - convinced that a world that could bring reason to the chaos of sport needed to be explored. Kevin graduated from Business Information Systems in UCC and pursued a Higher Diploma and Post Graduate Diploma in Data Analytics from NCI. He joined ESB’s nascent data analytics department, seeing the team grow from imploring the business for opportunities to becoming a pillar of the ESB Brighter Future strategy.
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Kriti Sharma

Thomson Reuters
Kriti is an innovator, product leader, and a global voice on AI and its impact on society. She was named in the Forbes 30 under 30 list for advancements in technology. She is a Google Grace Hopper Scholar and a winner of the Google Women in Engineering Award. Her TED talk has been viewed more than two million times, leading a global movement on AI for Good. In 2017, Kriti founded AI for Good, an organization that's using AI and data to help solve some of the toughest global challenges of our time, such as violence, climate crisis, and mental health. She is a regular contributor to the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Fortune, TechCrunch and BBC.
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Josef Baker-Brunnbauer

SocialTechLab.eu
Josef worked for over 20 years in different industry areas for start-ups and established companies in international projects for market leading clients. He is consulting companies about business model innovation, product innovation, change and digital transformation projects through his consulting company product-xyz.com and leading research projects for SocialTechLab.eu. The research focus is on socio-technical systems, trustworthy artificial intelligence, and its social impact. Besides, he is member of the AI Alliance at the European Commission.
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Moojan Asgardi

Thousand Faces
Born in Iran and based in Paris, Moojan Asghari is a serial entrepreneur, public speaker, technologist, activist, and a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion. Moojan has founded the global nonprofit Women in AI, an organization across +150 countries with 10,000+ members worldwide, to encourage women to take part in the field of Artificial Intelligence and embrace the opportunities of this technology. She is also the founder of Thousand Eyes On Me, a personal branding and talent development platform for women and minorities, helping them become strong authentic leaders.
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Amadeo Gaigl

Bidi
Amadeo Gaigl started his career at the United Nations where he played a key role in various technology transfer programs to Member States of the UN and became responsible for coordinating a global network of laboratories to the UN. Out of his interest in combining digital technology with creative solutions, he became a consultant for award-winning communication agencies until his founding partners and himself got that idea which lead to his startup journey and attending well-known accelerator programs. From there on Amadeo Gaigl was co-founder and CEO of an IoT Media Tech Company, and is currently the Co-CEO of a hyper-growth Ed-Tech startup in Germany.
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Abiola Oyebanjo

Abiola Oyebanjo

Empowerment For Local People Foundation
Abiola Oyebanjo is the Executive Director of the Empowerment for Local People Foundation, an organization that uses tools in technology, media and data science to train and support small business owners in Nigeria. Abiola has previously worked on projects that promote governance, education equality, citizens engagement and social good - to marginalized citizens in Nigeria and in the US. Previous affiliations include the International Institute for Local Development, Bridge International Academies, Reboot, American University DC and recently Carnegie Mellon University, USA. He is a doctoral researcher at the Humboldt University, Berlin.
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Michele de Cordova

Michelle de Cordova

ESG Global Advisors
Michelle has been an ESG and responsible investment thought leader for over ten years and has more than twenty years’ experience in sustainability as a consultant, investment professional, and practitioner. She regularly presents to clients and conferences on ESG trends. Michelle helps her investor clients to develop or enhance ESG policies, processes, monitoring frameworks and reporting, and her corporate clients to develop ESG strategies that align with investor expectations.
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Debayan Chandra

Debayan Chandra

AI Transformation propositions for PwC
Debayan leads the Responsible AI and Pharma Analytics & AI Transformation propositions for PwC in India. He has more than a decade long experience in helping clients solve their business problems using Data Analytics & AI solutions. He is passionate about human centered approach to problem solving and agile ways of working. In his pastime, he likes to travel and try out various cafes and restaurants.
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Elizabeth Bowling

Elizabeth Bowling

Tribe AI
Elizabeth is General Manager at Tribe AI, where she oversees AI & machine learning engagement powered by a talent network of 250+ elite machine learning engineers and data scientists. Prior to Tribe AI, Elizabeth ran nationwide innovation programs for Fortune 500 companies and federal agencies including DHS, Dept of Ed, NASA, and the NSA at Luminary Labs. Elizabeth also led the R&D team at data analytics firm Locus Analytics, where she and her co-inventors were granted two patents for a theoretical framework and data methodology for analyzing workforce trends across industries.
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Alex Leader

Alex Leader

Metaculus
Alex Leader is the Director of Metaculus’ Forecasting Program, which serves the needs of partners in government, the Effective Altruism community, and other non-profit organizations. At Metaculus, Alex and his team use forecasting to help key decision-makers better anticipate and understand trends in high-impact areas, particularly AI safety and risk. Prior to joining Metaculus, Alex worked as an innovation and strategy consultant at Luminary Labs, where he helped organizations adapt to emerging technologies and the evolving future of education and work.
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Putting People First

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Managing the planet's resources

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Forging strong, peaceful, and just societies

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Through this program

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Learn SDG-Centric Operations

Understand the 6 stages of business growth in relation to the UN's Sustainable Development  Goals (SDGs): Procurement,  Supply Chain, Development, Bringing to Market, and  Governance.

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Actualize Community Impact

Learn to collaborate with local,  national, and transnational  community stakeholders.  Understand the key metrics in measuring social and environmental impact.

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Learn from master builders in innovation, supply chain and more. Dialogue with artists-entrepreneurs, who have honed their craft.

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Receive
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Opportunity to present to the AI for Good Community and for VC funding.

Who are we seeking

The Selection Criteria

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Disruptive & Ethical Application of AI or Tech

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Purpose & Motivation of Founders

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Early to Seed Stage Ventures

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Scalability & Impact Potential on SDGs

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What does AI for Good
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A supportive tribe of change-makers including innovators, technologists, entrepreneurs, and researchers, as well as a driven community of fellow founders.

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Mentorship

Some of the sharpest minds from the AI community join your journey as mentors, guiding and honing your creative vision and scaling the impact of your venture.

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Resources

Guest lectures, modules, activities, and best practices are provided on how to amplify your ideas in line with the most sustainable and ethical AI innovations.

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Investment

The final cohort gets the opportunity to pitch their ideas to an eminent panel of impact-aligned investors and institutional partners, propelling your ventures to the next level.

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Here we are accelerating purpose-driven startups to launch scalable businesses that accelerate the world’s pursuit of SDGs.

FAQs

We’re looking for teams that have at least started on a solution prototype. It doesn’t have to be anything big or fancy, but we would like to see some progress in validating your solution and your ability to communicate its value clearly.

No. However, to be eligible for any funding opportunities and 3rd party services/offers a legal entity will be necessary.

No, we do not ask startups to sign an NDA. We do not ask applicants to share information of a confidential nature. If your startup is not ready to answer all aspects of our application then we ask that you consider applying at a future time. 

Participating in the SDG Catalyst does not guarantee funding. A small number of program finalists may be offered funding through our Angel and Venture Capital community. The specific terms will vary. SDG Catalyst and the AI for Good Foundation offer the program at no cost to selected startups, and do not take an equity position in selected startups as a result of participation in the program.

We are looking for solutions that are technology-enabled, and companies that are interested in building businesses that understand and commit to accelerating the Sustainable Development Goals through all aspects of their operations. If that sounds like one of your goals, then this program is for you. 

We plan to start the program in September 2022. We’ll be sending an update to applicants about the exact dates. 

Yes, this program is about supporting teams who want to scale their SDG impact while using advanced technologies in a socially responsible manner. If you want your company to be fully SDG aligned, then this program is for you.

We’re looking for startups that have shown some kind of progress, rather than simply at the idea stage. In the future, we’d like to extend the program to those with great ideas with SDG impact. 

A startup can apply once for each batch. 

Yes, this program can easily complement the work of other accelerators. Since we’re focused on supporting startups that are geared towards solutions to the SDGs, this could be another value-add for your accelerator program. 

We’re looking for solutions that leverage the power of technology to address the challenges highlighted by the UN’s SDGs. It doesn’t matter what kind of technology you leverage, but we’d like technology to be a significant aspect of the solution. 

There will be approximately 10 hours a week of content, including networking, lectures, and assignments, throughout the 6-week program. We are also asking participants to help and support their batch peers during the program.

Yes, we want this program to be available to startups around the world. Therefore we’ve made it easy to participate remotely.

We’ll invite selected startups to participate in a showcase for partnered venture capital firms for potential funding. Selection criteria include progress towards the startups’ solutions, potential SDG impact, and demonstrated commitment and participation throughout the 6-week program. 

This is a no-equity program. 

All startups who participate in the program will be showcased to our community of investors. Thereafter investors will contact startups they’re interested in about potential investment.  

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