The organization held its third annual Spring Givenar to showcase the six finalists and announce the two winners, who will receive micro-grants and other types of seed support for their startups.
Last April, Stardust Startups received 80 applications from new businesses focused on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) particularly in the areas of drinking water and sanitation and/or climate action . The two winners were judged to: 1) have a verified positive social and environmental impact, 2) demonstrate innovation in solving a local water and/or climate change issue, and 3) show a potential for global impact.
PRA (short for Products Related to Agricultural Sector) is a startup that combines recycled paper waste and plantain stalks to create 100% compostable and biodegradable paper-like packaging.
The Stardust Startups micro-grant of $2,000 will be used to purchase a dryer to speed up the transformation process (so you don’t have to rely on the sun) and for working capital for manufacturing in general.
BioAni is a startup that produces protein-rich fishmeal and animal feed made from black soldier fly larvae. The company also produces natural fertilizers based on larval excrement.
The Stardust Startups micro-grant of $2,000 will be used to purchase new fly aviaries, new drying tables for processing larvae into flour, and a stock of palm kernel cake (which is mixed with biowaste to feed the larvae ).
Democratizing Impact as a Donor Driven Fund
Along with its role as a non-profit, Stardust Startups has also positioned itself as an alternative, donor-recommended fund. Each year, donors choose to contribute to one or more values-aligned SDGs with the certainty that the process is completely transparent and that the relationships are on a human scale.
With their proven track record of finding, funding, and supporting scalable solutions to global challenges, Stardust Startups empower impact-driven philanthropists to effect real change.
Their human-sized and forward-looking supply model sets them apart.
“You want to make a difference in the world, but you can’t find the right socially and environmentally responsible businesses to support. We find impact-driven entrepreneurs ready to realize their potential and connect your financial power to them, giving you the opportunity to make real change and see real results. -Camille Babington, co-founder of Stardust Startups
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More information about the non-profit association
Stardust Startups, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, awards micro-grants around the world to select emerging entrepreneurs in need of seed funding for projects focused on positive social and environmental impact. Stardust Startups provides financial, moral and social support for the innovative work of young, emerging companies and initiatives aligned with the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – with a focus on zero hunger, good health and well-being, Quality Education, Drinking Water/Sanitation, Clean Energy, Sustainable Cities/Communities, Responsible Consumption/Production and Climate Action. Since its inception in 2015, Stardust Startups has awarded over $50,000 in grants to a wide range of emerging impact entrepreneurs around the world in 11 countries and 5 US states, working with determination and passion on a human scale. Projects supported include a biotech invention that helps bees fight off pests and contaminants, a low-power indoor air cooling system, an ion-powered airplane, an eco-briquette creating an alternative fuel source for refugees, eco-friendly tiny housing, innovative bulk food distribution, water tanks to reduce PTSD, take-out reusable container service, reading and tech program for young learners, app startup making promoting green habits and local advice for millennials, and many more. Learn more on our website: https://starduststartupfactory.org/