DUBLIN, IRELAND – Following the recent agreement between The Planet Calls and Groningen Seaports, that once again set Ireland and The Netherlands as evident choices for investors, the founders of the sustainability accelerator together with WorldStartup will develop a programme for companies transitioning our society to Circular Economy. The new partnership will foster “Blue Growth” innovations by connecting the specialities of Leslie Maliepaard and Amour Setter with the operational structure brought in by WorldStartup in
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All we seem to be hearing about in the media is how many people have been killed by COVID-19. But it’s not all about doom and gloom. While we may be feeling very frustrated due to cancelled flights, events and family reunions, Planet Earth is taking a much-needed break from the everyday pollution during factory closures and reduced C02 emissions. According to a recent article in ScienceAlert, Stanford University environmental resource economist Marshall Burke did
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Blog Asking a human to practice social distancing is probably one of the most difficult things to do. We are, by nature, very social creatures. But as we all know, social distancing is effective in slowing down the spread of COVID-19. Being in isolation unfortunately also has its downside. According to an article in Science Alert, socially isolated people are less able to deal with stressful situations. They’re also more likely to feel depressed and
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Before COVID-19 came down on us like a ton of bricks, our team at The Planet Calls was preparing for the future. We’ve been making remote working a priority for a long time. We are all about future-proofing. Our accelerator is virtual, and our team is virtual. Our focus is on solving global environmental challenges. While we were systematically plugging away and building momentum at our sustainability accelerator, things began changing very quickly around us
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Blog DUBLIN, IRELAND – While the production of single-use plastic seems to be increasing despite concerns by the scientific community about the enormous presence of plastic waste in our oceans; The Planet Calls shows once again how it plans to establish strategic partnerships with multiple industry representatives in an attempt to tackle the issue at its origin. Founders of the non-profit accelerator, Amour Setter and Leslie Maliepaard recently announced that they will roll out their
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Blog DUBLIN, IRELAND – A Tanzania-based company pioneering the production of design furniture made from reusable plastic is partnering with The Planet Calls after the successful pathfinder conference in Dublin that caught the attention of authorities to the plastic crisis in the country.   Dunia Designs was created out of a personal desire of its co-founder, Evanna Lyons, to clean a dirt road in the African country. The idea was so popular among locals and with
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Having introduced many startups to investors over the past few years (mainly through my investment events at Kukhula-Tech), I wanted to share some tips on how to maximize your startup pitch to investors. Many startups walk away from investor events feeling very disappointed that they were not able to close an investment deal. Your goal at an investor event is not to close a deal, but to get the next meeting. No matter how fantastic
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Being somewhat nervous of public speaking, I made a breakthrough this year with my first TEDx talk in Luxembourg on Sunday, the 8th of December 2019. Driven by my personal mission to help clear the oceans of plastic pollution, I was enormously excited to be sharing my mission through such an incredibly powerful platform. My intention was for people to sit up and understand what a huge problem the oceans and marine life are facing.
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When I tell people I’m a Minimalist most think I’m just using a fancy word for being poor, lol. And that simply isn’t true. In fact, if all you have are your possessions, then you truly are very poor indeed! Nine years ago I literally sold up everything I owned and hit the road with my sixteen-year-old son to become a Digital Nomad. People thought I’d completely lost the plot. “Mid-life crises?” my friendly neighbor inquired
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