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Crunchbase News

Sophia Kunthara

16 March 2021

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Gen Z VCs supports early-career and aspiring venture capitalists who want to become angel investors. The group was founded in November 2020, after the Securities and Exchange Commission loosened the rules about who ca...

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Hannah Gelbart

16 March 2021

Togo

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Togo distributed money to people in need, including informal sector workers, by identifying them using machine learning. Algorithms search satellite photos for clues of poverty, using measures like building density, a...

Respekt

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Jiří Nádoba

22 March 2020

Czech Republic

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Českou republiku v začátcích pandemie koronaviru sužoval nedostatek zdravotnického materiálu. Chyběly také roušky, které pomáhají omezit přenos nákazy. Švadlena Michaela Moudrá z jihomoravských Hodějic na krizovou sit...

The Huffington Post

Laura Paddison

13 March 2021

Santa Clara County, California, United States

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A pilot program in Santa Clara County, California, is providing a guaranteed monthly income to young adults who age out of the foster care system. In addition to $1,000 the recipients will also have access to financia...

Next City

Phil Roberts

12 March 2021

Jersey City, New Jersey, United States

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In a science class in a local New Jersey school, students came up with a green solution to a storm water management and flooding problem in their parking lot when it rained. With help from the Cooperative Extension Wa...

The Kansas City Beacon

Celisa Calacal

10 March 2021

Topeka, Kansas, United States

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In a bid to revitalize the local economy, Topeka, Kansas is attracting residents through the Choose Topeka program. The city is paying up to $10,000 for remote workers who move to Topeka. Other Midwestern cities like ...

The 74

Asher Lehrer-Small

9 March 2021

Colorado, United States

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The Cherry Creek School district is using apprenticeships to create a more racially diverse pipeline of K-12 educators in Colorado. High school juniors and seniors are paid to participate in the apprenticeship, and ar...

BBC

Julie Ball

9 March 2021

Somalia

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A greenhouse that is cooled by seawater and the wind is allowing farmers in Somaliland to grow crops like tomatoes and vegetables despite extreme heat. By creating an environment that is higher in humidity and cooler ...

Sacramento Bee

Jeong Park

9 March 2021

Stockton, California, United States

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Rent relief payments in California are helping public housing residents pursue full-time employment. The Jobs-Plus initiative provides payments that are conditional on enrolling in job training and placement programs....

NPR

Emma Peaslee

9 March 2021

Stockton, California, United States

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A guaranteed income pilot program in Stockton, California, resulted in improved mental health and even increased full-time employment rates. The extra cash gave recipients who were struggling with poverty the mental a...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Anuradha Nagaraj

8 March 2021

Saligao, Goa, India

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Through a government funding program, several communities are working on initiatives to improve their access to clean drinking water. In India, one community formed a citizen’s group, cleaned up a local pond, and rest...

The Daily Yonder

Kristi Eaton

8 March 2021

Cherokee Nation, United States

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Tribal members are being paid to learn the Cherokee language through the Master Apprentice Program. The $16 million effort to maintain a tie to the culture through language is being funded from the tribe’s casino reve...

Vox

Sigal Samuel

6 March 2021

Stockton, California, United States

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A guaranteed income pilot program in Stockton increased full-time employment rates amongst recipients. Cash payments provided “the stability they needed to set goals, take risks, and find new jobs.” In addition to emp...

Wall Street Journal

Jon Emont

6 March 2021

Singapore

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Cultured meat is the newest menu option for vegetarians. A restaurant in Singapore is selling cultured chicken nuggets made out of chicken cells that were steeped in a nutrient solution. However, one ingredient in tha...

The New York Times

Karan Deep Singh

5 March 2021

Ballabgarh, India

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A family-run syringe making company in India is leading the manufacturing of Covid vaccine-specific barrels and needles, a task that no other country has been able to manage at the same speed. Because Hindustan Syring...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Nicole Gluckstern

5 March 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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To save dozens of restaurants in San Francisco during the coronavirus lockdowns, a restaurant owner launched an organization that "provides monthly contracts to its restaurant partners to cook meals for underserved po...

Bloomberg CityLab

Sarah Holder

5 March 2021

Stockton, California, United States

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A guaranteed income pilot program in Stockton increased full-time employment rates among recipients. Cash payments improved mental health and gave participants the stability, bandwidth, and time to apply and interview...

The Atlantic

Annie Lowrey

3 March 2021

Stockton, California, United States

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A pilot project provided residents who made less than the median income in Stockton, California, with monthly cash payments. The extra money helped recipients secure employment, avoid housing instability, handle unexp...

Life & Thyme

Claire Turrell

26 February 2021

Singapore

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Singapore recently became the first country in the world to allow cultured meat to be sold to the public, a move that scientists and environmentalists say is the future of meat production. U.S.-based company Eat Just ...

Grist

Shannon Osaka

26 February 2021

United States

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A tax credit was supposed to incentive Americans to buy electric vehicles, but testimony from car buyers and research has shown that only people who can afford the full purchase are getting access to the benefit. The ...

Grist

Alexandria Herr

26 February 2021

Texas, United States

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Texas mutual aid groups raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help people with food, housing, and other supplies after natural disasters, which are increasing due to climate change. Organizers go door-to-door and...

Yes! Magazine

Lynn Freehill-Maye

25 February 2021

Kirkland, Washington, United States

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A community effort to help provide food to those who are food insecure during the pandemic has brought together local bakers to bake bread for food banks. The initiative, known as Community Loaves, has amassed 700 vol...

The Washington Post

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Jane Hahn

25 February 2021

San Diego, California, United States

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Aptera Motors, a California-based startup, is poised to roll out the first mass-produced solar vehicle this year: for $25,900. The car is a three-wheel, aerodynamic electric vehicle covered in solar cells that can pro...

The Verge

Cory Zapatka

Mariya Abdulkaf

25 February 2021

Dover Plains, New York, United States

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Symbrosia, a clean-tech startup in Hawaii, is taking seaweed from the ocean and turning it into a powder that can be used to feed livestock to reduce the amount of methane they produce — a key contribution to greenhou...

FastCompany

Kristin Toussaint

25 February 2021

New York, New York, United States

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A nonprofit in New York is helping communities provide economically disadvantaged children with a financial pathway to college. Kids in school district 30 are given $1000 each in a college-saving fund with initial mon...

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