Aug 15, 2017 Venla Väkeväinen
“Solving the climate crisis. Defeating disease. Feeding the world. Educating everyone. These are the problems we increasingly cannot rely on governments to solve. But, luckily, technology is uniquely positioned to do all these things! In fact, technology entrepreneurship can be the most efficient way of eliminating entire categories of systemic problems. Why? For-profit tech startups are built for scale, so when they tie social impact into their business models, that impact scales with them,” Ela wrote for Slush Magazine.
With Fifty Years, Ela and Seth are committed to achieving exactly this. They want to fund companies that have the potential to be both extremely profitable and make a serious dent in achieving at least one of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Fifty Years’ portfolio include Astranis, a company that develops low-cost telecommunications satellites, Geltor that creates safe, sustainable, and animal-free gelatin for use in food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products, Memphis Meats, which develops real meat from animal cells without needing to feed, breed and slaughter animals, and Nurx, a company that provides on-demand birth control delivered to your door.
Apart from investing with Fifty Years, Ela and Seth are both entrepreneurs and Y Combinator alumni. Together they have also founded impact.tech, which is a community of tech-heads who aim to combine purpose with profit. The impact.tech team organizes monthly meetups in San Francisco with the aim to unfold the areas of business in which entrepreneurs with the use of tech can solve major social and environmental challenges.
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