Newsletter 8/2016

Newsletter | August 2016
Newsletter | August 2016
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DEADLINE EXTENDED until 16th of September 2016

With the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award 2016, we are searching for people and companies who are shaping the world of today and tomorrow with their innovative, sustainable and profitable ideas and projects. We are happy to announce that in addition to the awards and the prize money of 10,000 euros our submitters have the chance to find an investor or get public funding. investor or get public funding.

Innovative and sustainable entrepreneurs can use the free short submission. Submissions for this year are being accepted until 16th of September!

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Our new cooperation partner
We warmly welcome our new cooperation partner who supports our initiative to create a better, sustainable future.

Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT)

The bmvit creates the environment for efficient and intelligent infrastructure from rails to streets, water and air, to telecommunication and technological development, in Austria. Under control of the BMVIT are among others the ÖBB, ASFINAG, Federal Agency for Technological Measures ltd (AustriaTech), Federal Office of Civil Aviation (AustroControl), Schienen-Control and Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT, up to 50.5 %).

Particular attention and value to support of junior researches in Austria is given from the BMVIT, because behind every innovation stands a brilliant mind. As highly developed industrialized country, Austria pioneers in many fields. Through focused investment in science and research it is possible to hold and further expand this status. The support of creative and interested human beings, working in research and development is furthermore a support of Austria as an industrial location.

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Job World KG

Werner Schrangl, Managing Director of Job World KG and Deputy Chairman of the CSR Dialogue Forum about Sustainability.

How do you look into future development, when you think of the big challenges humankind has to face?

Considering these current immense global challenges, entrepreneurs have to pioneer in sustainable entrepreneurship. Only sustainable entrepreneurs have the power to unite the pursuit of profit with social responsibility.

The SEA showcases and supports exceptional projects in the area of sustainability. What do you think of this initiative?

This Initiative is very important to introduce successful practical oriented business models to the broad audience (national and international). What makes the SEA unique is, that participation or nomination gives companies the chance to profit from media presence and creates positive image in public by presenting their role-model.

In your point of view, which sectors are pioneering in sustainable Entrepreneurship and which sectors do have a race to catch up ahead of them?

The Austrian Agriculture and Forestry economy is in the international leading group regarding to sustainable efforts. More top positioned field are e-mobility, sustainable financial economy (Fin Tec), as well as eco-efficient production of consumer’s goods. The fields of sustainable building, power generation from alternative resources as well as optimizing waste management massively need to catch up…

>>> Read the whole interview here

2016 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World

Felix Finkbeiner, the first SEA of Excellence, was selected by JCI to one of the ten outstanding young people in the world 2016. Each year, JCI honours ten young people under the age of 40. These young active citizens exemplify the spirit of the JCI Mission and provide exemplary service to their communities, serving as honourable young active citizens. We congratulate Felix and his team to this great success and would like to animate you to donate a tree.

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Funding 2016
Research Promotion Bonus – Research and experimental development are supported in Austria!

The research promotion bonus is given to every taxable business that has expenses in research and experimental development in Austria.

Funding content:
Companies can claim a research bonus of 12 % for their expenses in research and experimental development. This bonus is taken into account from the Austrian tax office, as well as R&D business, that have not been able to report profits can benefit from this funding bonus. It is not taxable.

Fundable businesses:

Every business with operating income independent from size or legal form is fundable.
Subsidy amount:

12% of a year expenses as bonus from the Austrian tax office.

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Event tip
International Conference on Sustainable Development

When: September 21-22, 2016
Where: New York City, USA

The fourth annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD), on the theme ‘Moving Forward: The SDGs in Practice,' will bring together members of the research, policy, practice and business communities to share practical solutions for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local and national levels. The Conference will focus on four thematic areas: Innovation in Technology and Governance; Data (data systems, gaps, how to collect); The Science-Policy-Implementation Interface; and Education and Training. The main topics for discussion will be: Low Carbon Urban Development; Socially Inclusive Economic Growth; Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition; and Disaster Resiliency and Adaptation. Registration to participate is open until 1 September 2016.

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Recommended reading list
Can a City be SUSTAINABLE?

by The Worldwatch Institute (2016)

Cities are the world’s future. Today, more than half of the global population lives in urban areas, and that number is expected to double by 2050. There is no question that cities are growing; the only debate is over how they will grow. Will we invest in the physical and social infrastructure necessary for liveable, equitable, and sustainable cities? In the latest edition of State of the World, the flagship publication of the Worldwatch Institute, experts from around the globe examine the core principles of sustainable urbanism and profile cities that are putting these principles into practice.

From Portland, Oregon, to Ahmedabad, India, local people are acting to improve their cities, even when national efforts are stalled. Issues examined range from the nitty-gritty of handling waste and developing public transportation to civic participation and navigating dysfunctional government.

Throughout, readers discover the most pressing challenges facing communities and the most promising solutions currently being developed. The result is a snapshot of cities today and a vision for global urban sustainability tomorrow.

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Thanks to our partners:
You could be the Sustainable Entrepreneur of the Year 2016!

Following the SEA's impressive result in 2015, we are again looking for new sustainable projects and innovative companies. If you want to be a part of this new movement, we look forward to receiving your submission.

Please visit our website or Facebook page.
We look forward to seeing you there!

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