STRATA’s commitment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (4th part)

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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