Innovation aligned with 4.4 billion years of evolution
Accelerating the commercialization & deployment of technologies most critical to\
reaching the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
If we are to reach the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals we have agreed to as a global community in 2015, enabling the next generation of innovators to work on the many solutions needed is key. The United Nations Association has pioneered a program for young professionals that provides a robust curriculum as well as mentorship from senior leaders across sectors to prepare them to work on the UN SDGs. Innovation 4.4 provided mentorship to the May 2019 cohort of exceptional young professionals. The Awards Ceremony took place in the historic War Memorial building where the original United Nations Charter was signed in 1945 in San Francisco,
United Nations Young Professionals for Sustainable Development Goals: Innovation 4.4 Mentoring the Next Generation of Changemakers
San Francisco, May 2019
Unintended Consequences of Technology:
AI, automation, and gene editing raise questions about how the world will change and what unintended consequences of these technologies we may face. On June 4th, Innovation 4.4 participated in the closing keynote on this topic at the premier corporate sustainability conference, Sustainable Brands in Detroit. Curtis Brainard, Managing Editor of the Scientific American moderated the panel, with Hewlett Packard, BASF, and Bain contributing to this well received panel.
THIRD RISK AND VALUE CREATION FORUM HOSTED BY INNOVATION 4.4 AT THE EXPLORERS CLUB
NEW YORK, DECEMBER 12, 2018
The Third Risk and Value Creation Forum brought together family offices, researchers, investors, regulatory advocates,
startups, corporate leaders, and financial institutions, to present key practitioner insights
on emerging risk frameworks and risk assessment tools, as well as well as value creation opportunities
based on market intelligence.
According to leading endocrinologists, given the current levels of endocrine disruptors in our
environment, the human race will be unable to reproduce by 2060. The human fertility rate has dropped
by 50% from what it was in 1970. Man-made toxic chemicals, and in particular endocrine disruptors, are
a key threat to the survival of the human species.
Researchers have presented thorough and compelling evidence regarding the impact of endocrine
disruptors on human health and fertility. NGOs have raised awareness regarding the issue and its urgency.
Investors have used the shareholder advocacy mechanism to influence corporate behavior. Entrepreneurs
have commercialized safer alternative solutions that are gaining market share faster then conventional
solutions by double digits annually. Given the risk and value creation implications for investors, as well
as the urgency from a human health perspective in addressing this threat, the Third Risk and Value
Creation Forum was curated to enable Chief Investment Officers and Directors of Research of the key financial institutions and investment firms to make better investment decisions by providing insights regarding investment risk exposure to toxic chemicals in the supply chain and investment opportunities in companies that are providing alternative solutions.
Risk and Value Creation Forums, a project of Innovation 4.4, is global series of conferences focused on investment and finance. The conference offers thought-leadership and key practitioner insights into emerging risk frameworks and risk assessment tools, as well as value creation opportunities and market intelligence in finance and investment. Each conference brings together practitioners and speakers for a full day of curated knowledge-sharing and collaboration, with the principle focus of understanding how a systems thinking approach to financial systems can better manage risk and deliver value.
INNOVATION 4.4 ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH THE AMERICAN SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS COUNCIL
LITTLE ROCK, JANUARY 2017
On January 22, 2018, Innovation 4.4 and American Sustainable Business Council founders met in Little Rock at the Global Solutions Institute to form a new partnership towards building a more sustainable economy. The two organizations share a similar mission to enable the evolution towards a better world and greater prosperity.
DEEP DECARBONIZATION SUMMIT
SAN FRANCISCO, DECEMBER 2017
On December 12, 2017 Innovation 4.4 co-hosted a Deep Decarbonization Summit with Toniic, the Pritzker Innovation Fund, the Anthropocene Institute, Morrison Forrester, and Sutter Securities for family offices actively investing in decarbonization. Dr. Steven Chu, former Energy Secretary of the United States, delivered the keynote address. The event took place in San Francisco on the two year anniversary of the signing of the Paris Agreement, the event that prompted the launch of Innovation 4.4. The Summit is part of a series of family office and investor gatherings that Innovation 4.4 has co-hosted in 2017 to move capital towards addressing climate change. We look forward to collaborating with our partners around the world to continue this part of our work in 2018!
MARKET ENTRY DELEGATION
ROMANIA, APRIL 2017
Innovation 4.4 will be taking a delegation of startups and cleantech companies to meet with 3 mayors and 3 governors in the Romanian government committed to deploying clean technologies. This is the first in a series of delegations to regions around the world where our network can open up markets for our startups.
If you are interested in joining us or learning about future delegations, please
DINNER AT MILKEN GLOBAL CONFERENCE
USA, MAY 2017
Innovation 4.4 partnered with World Impact Series to co-host a dinner during the Milken Global Conference, bringing together industry leaders, innovators, and change-makers. Innovation 4.4 had the opportunity to share our work in accelerating commercialization and deployment of key technologies towards better futures.
CLEAN TECH OPEN
USA, FEBRUARY 2017
Founder Lina Constantinovici judged the global competition finals in San Francisco for the Cleantech Open for the 10th year.
NASA CENTENNIAL CHALLENGE
USA, NOVEMBER 2016
Innovation 4.4 chaired the funding panels at the launch of the NASA Centennial Challenge on Vascular Tissue, aimed at ending the human organ shortage. As a partner in the New Organ Alliance, Innovation 4.4 is working to support this initiative over the next year.
MARKET INTEGRATION ROUND
USA, October 2016
Innovation 4.4 hosted a start-up showcase with 14 presenting start-ups in water, energy, materials science, health, selected for their alignment with the Innovation 4.4 mission. The 40 invited partners the start-ups pitched to included select financial institutions, corporate innovation labs, family offices, regional development agencies, cities, foundations, impact investors, NASA representatives, and the United Nations Climate Secretariat. The goal of this event was to build partnerships between the startups and our network partners in order to accelerate the deployment of technologies represented. The event yielded several collaborations for presenting start-ups – pilot projects, corporate partnerships, and investments. We also announced two partnerships at this event, with the New Organ Alliance and with THE HUS Institute. Given the success of the model we piloted at this event, we will continue to produce similar events for our network members on a quarterly basis. If you are not yet a member of our network, we invite you to join and participate in the next event.