GainForest fights deforestation by connecting donors with transparent environmental rehabilitation efforts through indigenous communities that receive financial compensation for choosing to preserve their land. For example, individuals can buy reputable offsets that contribute to conservation efforts. GainForest then monitors these preserved areas by using a combination of on-the-ground input, drone photos, and satellite imagery, and uses self-executing smart contracts to distribute rewards to communities over time. GainForest has two on-going pilots: a partnership with Paraguay's Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADES) to address deforestation and the other with Oceanus Conservation in the Philippines to preserve mangrove ecosystems.
Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH), Prada Group, Cartier, Mercedes-Benz, and OTB Group partnered to launch The Aura Blockchain Consortium, to develop a unified blockchain solution for luxury brands for creating a “circular business model” while increasing transparency and trust for the customers.
Circularise is a software platform that creates “Digital Product Passports” - similar to “digital twins” - that allow for end-to-end traceability of supply chains. It has formed a number of major partnerships, including with automobile companies (e.g., Porsche and Mitsubishi), plastics companies (e.g., DOMO and Covestro), chemicals companies (e.g., Borealis) as well as Marubeni Corporation (a Japanese trading and investment conglomerate), Neste (Finnish oil refiner), and the City of Amsterdam.
Constellation is a privately backed, founder-led blockchain ecosystem focused on big data. The US Air Force (UASF) began contracting Constellation through a DOD partnership (”Phase I + II”) in 2019 to modernize the cybersecurity of its backend systems. More specifically, the USAF wants to effectively and efficiently transfer confidential data across their Defense Transportation System commercial airlift partners without sacrificing cost or speed. The USAF and Constellation are now in Phase III of their research and development.
Empowa, a Mercy Corps Ventures (”MCV”) portfolio company, is a property development and NFT digital collectibles platform that aims to enable “affordable home loans for the financially excluded.” Empowa and MCV partnered to launch an affordable housing pilot project that uses retail NFT sales to create liquidity for the provision of affordable housing units.
EthicHub connects buyers and investors with smallholder farmers to provide loans or offer investments to increase productivity of farming operations. To date, EthicHub has intermediated $3M+ in micro loans to 600+ families in 5 countries.
In order to establish a Universal Basic Income (UBI) system supported by social investment, GoodDollar had to tackle two primary goals: ensuring the effective distribution of funds to those in need and guaranteeing a continuous source of funding by distributing only the interest accrued from trust funds that were staked.
Jia connects capital to small businesses in informal economies through decentralized loans.
LiquidStar describes itself as the “Uber of electricity;” it rents a container-based solar powered battery charging station and portable batteries to users, organizations, or companies to use for mining or staking. The rewards generated are used for (i) bringing affordable and sustainable electricity to rural communities and (ii) generating universal basic income (”UBI”). First deployments took place in the US and Jamaica, where LiquidStar supplied electricity to 1500 students at a school. Additional pilots are coming to Sumba, Indonesia and Djibouti.
Medicalchain streamlines information flows in the medical field. It announced a partnership with The Groves Medical Group, making it the first medical practice in the UK to use blockchain technology and to accept cryptocurrency as payment for health services.
Cinch Markets (an agriculture company that leases farmland from smallholder farmers to create larger commercial farms) partnered with Mercy Corps Ventures (”MCV”) to use Moola Markets and Kotani Pay for an employer-based lending platform that enables farmers to access credit quickly and affordably. The first pilot launched in Nanyuki, Kenya. Kotani Pay is a platform that allows blockchain fintech companies to integrate with local payment channels in Africa. Moola Markets is a blockchain platform that allows individuals to delegate credit (collateral) to others in their community, who can use it to take on an under-collateralized loans.
Moss tokenizes ARR carbon credits for liquidity, traceability, security and avoiding double spending. In the past, Moss has also launched Amazon Forest NFTs for users to purchase rights related to property and protection of forested land.
Open Forest Protocol (OFP) is an open platform allowing forest projects to measure, report and verify their forestation data. Through OFP, individuals, communities, NGOs, entrepreneurs and governments create transparent, immutable, proof-of-impact data that is comprehensively verified by a network of independent experts.
REBO bottle measures your water intake, generates credits on blockchain for each measured use, and funds plastic collection from the ocean.
Badische Anilin und Sodafabrik (BASF), the largest chemical producer in the world, launched reciChain - powered by Real Items - in Canada to track and sort recycled plastics through a concept known as “digital twins.” The original concept for this project came out of BASF in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
ReSource’s Mutual Credit network allows individuals, businesses, and communities to extend credit to each other backed by goods and services.
PepsiCo partnered with Security Matters - a blockchain platform - for a pilot to address inefficiencies in its supply chain.
For supply chain management, SIMBA has already secured contracts with a number of entities including the US Department of Defense - Air Force (USAF) and Navy - Boeing, Department of Energy, among others.
Solid World democratizes access to carbon project financing, providing developers of restoration projects with funding and assessing delivery risks with its integrated risk evaluation tool, CRISP. It also addresses buyer and distributor challenges, helping manage their inventory, navigate market volatility, reduce risk, and provide transparent pricing and terms.
Maersk and IBM jointly created the TradeLens platform to streamline communication and collaboration across the supply chain. One of the companies using TradeLens is Highland Foods.
Treejer is a protocol that connects investors with rural planters. In addition, Treejer and Kotani Pay - both portfolio companies of the UNICEF Innovation Fund - partnered to provide planters in Africa with an offramp for easier access to fiat from digital assets.
The Triangle AssetOS platform links data directly with assets for sustainability tracking, reporting, benchmarking, and analysis.
VIA’s platform enables verification, integration, and analysis of private, decentralized data and can be used in energy traceability for clean energy and carbon intensity claims. In addition, VIA also has contracts with the US Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community, including with the Air Force, Navy, and Space Force.
A UNICEF Innovation Fund portfolio company, Xcapit, is a self-custodial wallet that provides access to key financial services in informal economies. For example, access to credit. In Argentina, where the initial pilot took place, 91% of applicants are rejected in traditional credit requests. Xcapit is addressing this challenge with its credit processing and lending infrastructure.