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The projects of EQS Global, Volvero, DUCKT, EcoBean, RePurpose global and Sensefinity were the winners of Pitch for Impact, a Microsoft initiative that received more than 50 applications from national and international startups, whose focus is the Sustainability and Social Impact areas.

The objective of this initiative is to challenge startups to support Corporate Social Responsibility projects, which will start to collaborate with the different partners from January next year.

The ecosystem of winning startups presented projects with high quality that prove the talent of entrepreneurs, presenting added value to each of the challenges launched. This initiative fits in with the Microsoft strategy of using technology for the benefit of people and companies, with a view to an increasingly sustainable future.

Pitch for Impact
Pitch for Impact

Startups were distinguished in six categories:

EQS Global is the winning startup in the “Track Good Vibrations” category by Amorim, which launched the challenge of exploiting the potential of industrial IoT technology to improve the flow of traffic on railway lines. The award will provide access to consultancy with Amorim technical and business specialists and a proof of concept for validating product-market fit. EQS Global uses cutting-edge technology developed internally and digital platforms, in order to increase efficiency, mitigate risks and reinforce sustainability in asset management services.

Volvero is the startup winning the Casa do Impacto “Rise for Impact” challenge, which sought motivated entrepreneurs with innovative solutions capable of responding to social and environmental needs. The award will allow Volvero to join the Casa do Impacto Community for one year, with access to the virtual incubation program and the Bootcamp Rise for Impact. Volvero offers a carsharing application based on the most innovative technologies in a simple, reliable and sustainable way.

DUCKT is the winner of the EDP “Powering Sustainable Lives” challenge, which sought innovative and disruptive solutions that promote the acceleration of carbon neutrality in society and a positive impact on improving human rights and biodiversity. The award will allow the integration of the EDP Starter Community, an international community of more than 200 startups and technological SMEs. DUCKT is an intelligent mobility startup that develops infrastructure solutions in an urban environment.

EcoBean is the startup that won the Galp “Pitch to the Future of Energy” challenge, which sought to find innovative entrepreneurs to drive the energy transition. The award offers consultancy with Galp’s technical and business experts and a proof of concept with the company’s business areas. EcoBean offers a sustainable, reliable and low cost way to give coffee waste a second life, in a circular economy process that reduces the CO2 footprint.

Global RePurpose is the startup winner of Maze’s “Enter The MAZE” challenge, which sought entrepreneurial solutions at an early stage with a focus on solving social and environmental challenges through sustainable business models. The prize will give access to 5 sessions of mentorship in Strategy, Fundraising, Corporate Engagement, Impact Management and Marketing. RePurpose Global is the world’s first plastic credit platform dedicated to the disposal and recovery of plastic waste.

Sensefinity is the startup winner of the “AI for Good” challenge from Microsoft for Startups, which aims to support an innovative solution that integrates skills development, sustainability and accessibility, supporting social empowerment through technology. The award will allow access to Microsoft’s Global Social Entrepreneurship Program for one year, including free Microsoft cloud technologies, access to GitHub Enterprise, dedicated resources go-to-market, access to customers and funds for qualified startups. Sensefinity offers a solution full-stack, from hardware to a secure cloud with an API, for applications tailored to the needs of each organization.

Microsoft, which completed three decades of activity in Portugal this year, will have a negative carbon footprint by 2030 and, by 2050, it will remove all carbon emitted by the company since its founding in 1975. Recently, the company also announced the investment of more than 40 million euros in artificial intelligence and cloud to solve issues such as water scarcity and cleanliness.

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