As we’ve made clear in our previous publications about Strata and its support to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, we firmly believe that start-ups are playing a crucial role in achieving these goals; start-up’s innovative ideas and solutions have a transformative potential and make a real impact on society through the implementation of unique services and breakthrough technologies.
In previous articles we presented how start-ups are making a positive contribution to the areas of health, energy, and climate change -tackling the damages already caused to the planet and avoiding further harm to the environment. At the same time, start-ups are also contributing to the achievement of SDG 8 and SDG 9.
SDG 8. “Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.”
Start-ups must contribute to both decent work and economic growth, being emerging businesses created from cero that quickly scale.
With regard to work, start-ups are indispensable job creators. In fact, as it has been shown by Sifted “the number of people employed across Europe in tech start-ups has jumped 43% in the last four years, making the sector by far the fastest growing and most resilient job creation engine throughout the continent”. The figure reached so far is 2 million people employed in European tech start-ups, and this number is expected to reach 3.2M by 2025.
Regarding economic growth, only from 2017 to the first half of 2019, the global start-up economy has created around $3 trillion in value, according to Start-up Genome. And, as the European Start-ups report –created by Dealroom and Sifted– states, “European startups raised €39bn in 2019.”
SDG 9. “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”
Many tech startups focus on the development of cutting-edge technologies that solve global problems such as global warmth, and also on developing solutions for creating a more sustainable and eco-friendly industry.
Start-ups such as NANOGENCE and ENERPOLY, with which Strata has been working for years, are developing solutions for today’s needs of eco-friendly and sustainable infrastructures for our cities and for our world.
On the one hand, NANOGENCE develops a lower-carbon-emissions improved-quality and cheaper concrete impacting infrastructure in all levels, as concrete is used for everything. On the other hand, ENERPOLY is a great example of a start-up that contributes to the transition into a clean energy society, as it develops “environmentally friendly and rechargeable zinc-ion batteries with breakthrough affordability”.
Article by María Elsa Granados
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