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Sustainable Ocean Alliance nets $1.5 million donation from Benioffs

Sustainable Ocean Alliance nets $1.5 million donation from Benioffs

Marc and Lynne Benioff are considering a healthy ocean, and today they donated $1.5 million to the Sustainable Oceans Alliance, a new non-profit organization that promotes and nurtures conservation-focused startups. . This funding will greatly expand the organization's upcoming Ocean Solutions Accelerator.

Benioff will appear in a panel discussion on "the ocean economy" in Davos on Wednesday night, and he seems likely to mention donations. He joined a strong lineup to address environmental hazards that threaten wallets and whales: Michelle Bachelet (United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights), Enrique Sala (resident explorer of National Geographic), actress Michelle Yeoh (who is also the work of the United Nations) and the tireless environmental fighter Al Gore. I certainly hope to participate.

Obviously, Salesforce The founder is concerned with environmental issues because he is concerned with social issues and is prepared to write checks when there are compelling reasons.


Benioff was held in Disrupt SF in 2016.

"Our ocean is in serious danger due to many consequences of climate change and pollution," he said in a press release announcing the donation. “These challenges can be solved through investment and innovation. Lynne and I are proud to support Daniela Fernandez and Sustainable Ocean Alliance's bold vision to create 100 new ventures by 2021. The company helps to heal the ocean."

SOA launched its accelerator last year, which included some interesting startups focused on oceans and conservation: a device to prevent fish from getting caught in the network, wave-capture energy technology, oil clean-up Materials, things like that. This is another plan, and Benioff’s donation will triple the number of startups it contains. There are several "marine accelerators" on the National Geographic ship that will be sailing from Alaska this summer, which is an eight-day event.

Last year, the organization also suddenly received cash injections from an active donor: the mysterious Pine, distributed to charities (and SOA and other non-profit organizations) after making a lot of money in Bitcoin. $86 million. These are one-off donations, of course – of course, SOA founder Daniela Fernandez is also considering financial and ecological sustainability.

"We realize that we cannot simply rely on individual donors or anonymous cryptocurrency gifts. Because of the limited amount of money allocated to such a niche industry, it is difficult to find traditional forms of SOA financing," Fernandez, he is Davos, but unfortunately there is no group mentioned earlier, tell me.

"Only to raise funds, we must create new funders by educating them about the importance of protecting the ocean. This is a typical corporate scenario for building an airplane during flight. However, in our case, we must Building an aircraft while developing the aircraft market."

As part of this, non-profit organizations now plan to publish the annual report "Our Ocean Conditions" of – the first one appeared today (19459007). This is not an academic or analytical report like NOAA or national fisheries or wildlife issues. Fernandez said that this "considered the views of young people on the ground working to solve the problem at hand. SOA interviewed 3,000 young marine leaders from all over the world who gave their opinions on the maritime priorities of 2019 and will present our current World leaders rated their efforts to restore ocean health."

It’s good to ask non-annoying young people about such things, and SOA is specifically designed to find and promote young entrepreneurs and activists, so this is the brand. I have read a lot of information about the impending disaster, many of which are related to climate change, but many are also caused by people (or rather, by people). This is a bit frustrating, but not what?

I hope that cash injections will help more motivated young people enter the program. We may hear more from SOA when we find more startups loading into the accelerator.

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