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Impact StartUp Partnership

Wilstar entered into a partnership with Impact StartUp in 2019. The aim of this partnership is to form a Norwegian accelerator program for 2020 which will strengthen the Nordic region’s leading ecosystem for social entrepreneurs with cutting-edge expertise and resources within social impact.

Impact StartUp is a six-month accelerator program for startup companies that solves societal challenges. Through this program, the social entrepreneurs will help develop a sustainable business model with strategies and tools for social and environmental goal management, financing and scaling.

The program is based on a model from Denmark initiated and further developed in Norway by Ferd Social Entrepreneurs. Together with experts from Sweden, Denmark and Finland, the program is now being rolled out across the Nordic region.

The social entrepreneurs participating in the accelerator receives:

  • BUSINESS

    Weekly shoulder to shoulder assistance from business advisor

  • PRACTICAL WORK

    Hands-on development of the company’s main areas

  • COMMERCIALISATION

    We provide support for developing the commercial and social potential of the social entrepreneur’s solution

  • TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE

    We strengthen the social entrepreneur´s ability to measure and control for results on multiple bottom lines.

  • SYSTEM UNDERSTANDING

    System understanding and the opportunity to get to know the public sector

  • NETWORKING

    Experience and knowledge sharing with other social entrepreneurs as well as experts on social entrepreneurship and social innovation

  • INVESTOR AND CUSTOMER CONTACT

    We introduce you to financing partners, social investors and potential customers

  • FINANCING

    Potential partial financing of key projects

Impact StartUp partnership


Wilstar entered into a partnership with Impact StartUp in 2019. The aim of this partnership is to form a Norwegian accelerator program for 2020 which will strengthen the Nordic region's leading ecosystem for social entrepreneurs with cutting-edge expertise and resources within social impact.

Impact StartUp is a six-month accelerator program for startup companies that solves societal challenges. Through this program, the social entrepreneurs will help develop a sustainable business model with strategies and tools for social and environmental goal management, financing and scaling.

The program is based on a model from Denmark initiated and further developed in Norway by Ferd Social Entrepreneurs. Together with experts from Sweden, Denmark and Finland, the program is now being rolled out across the Nordic region.


The social entrepreneurs participating in the accelerator receives:

  • BUSINESS

    Weekly shoulder to shoulder assistance from business advisor

  • PRACTICAL WORK

    Hands-on development of the company’s main areas

  • COMMERCIALISATION

    We provide support for developing the commercial and social potential of the social entrepreneur’s solution

  • TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE

    We strengthen the social entrepreneur´s ability to measure and control for results on multiple bottom lines.

  • SYSTEM UNDERSTANDING

    System understanding and the opportunity to get to know the public sector

  • NETWORKING

    Experience and knowledge sharing with other social entrepreneurs as well as experts on social entrepreneurship and social innovation

  • INVESTOR AND CUSTOMER CONTACT

    We introduce you to financing partners, social investors and potential customers

  • FINANCING

    Potential partial financing of key projects




Wilstart


Wilstar is passionate about early-stage social entrepreneurs who seek to create a better world. We therefore offer expertise, networking opportunities as well as other capacity building assistance to driven social entrepreneurs who we feel can create lasting and sustainable social change in new and innovative ways.

Our WilStart partnerships includes:

EZINNE ATHLETICS


Ezinne Athletics (EA) is a unique sports programme for all fitness-loving girls aged 10-16 years. According to a report, which was submitted to the Norwegian Ministry of Culture (2014), it was concluded that there is a worryingly low proportion of minority girls in organized sports in Norway. EA is specially designed for girls from multicultural backgrounds and strives to develop the girls to the level they want to reach in athletics. For some, the motivation is the training itself, for others it is the desire to become a top athlete. EA covers both needs. EA considers it important to include the parents' voices and perspectives, as well as making events specifically aimed at mothers and daughters. This helps to ´defuse´ sport for minority girls. EA wants to encourage and nurture girls' potential and believes that economy, experience, gender and religion should not be barriers to participation or inclusion in sports. More role models with minority backgrounds in sport are needed, especially girls, EA will help create these. Positive role models can aid in attracting and recruiting even more girls from minority backgrounds and getting them into sports. Behind Ezinne Athletics (EA) is Ezinne Okparaebo. Ezinne is a Norwegian is a track and field sprint athlete and is Norway's fastest woman to date. EA is inspired by Ezinne's story and the journey towards becoming Norway's fastest woman. As a girl with a multi-cultural background, and a long commute to training facilities, she experienced several challenges in pursuit of her goals. As a result, Ezinne wants to help other girls overcome these challenges, so that they can reach their full potential, in a safe environment. EA also has a vision of working globally for gender equality and ensuring women and girls´ rights.



WilStart


EZINNE ATHLETICS


Ezinne Athletics (EA) is a unique sports programme for all fitness-loving girls aged 10-16 years. According to a report, which was submitted to the Norwegian Ministry of Culture (2014), it was concluded that there is a worryingly low proportion of minority girls in organized sports in Norway. EA is specially designed for girls from multicultural backgrounds and strives to develop the girls to the level they want to reach in athletics. For some, the motivation is the training itself, for others it is the desire to become a top athlete. EA covers both needs. EA considers it important to include the parents' voices and perspectives, as well as making events specifically aimed at mothers and daughters. This helps to ´defuse´ sport for minority girls. EA wants to encourage and nurture girls' potential and believes that economy, experience, gender and religion should not be barriers to participation or inclusion in sports. More role models with minority backgrounds in sport are needed, especially girls, EA will help create these. Positive role models can aid in attracting and recruiting even more girls from minority backgrounds and getting them into sports. Behind Ezinne Athletics (EA) is Ezinne Okparaebo. Ezinne is a Norwegian is a track and field sprint athlete and is Norway's fastest woman to date. EA is inspired by Ezinne's story and the journey towards becoming Norway's fastest woman. As a girl with a multi-cultural background, and a long commute to training facilities, she experienced several challenges in pursuit of her goals. As a result, Ezinne wants to help other girls overcome these challenges, so that they can reach their full potential, in a safe environment. EA also has a vision of working globally for gender equality and ensuring women and girls´ rights.



Marine Environment

A PLASTIC PLANET

Wilstar has been a partner of A Plastic Free Planet (APFP) since 2017, supporting their mission to turn off the plastic tap. APFP is not focused on recycling, but rather on the absolute reduction of production and use of single-use plastics e.g. food and drink packaging and to drive the change towards sustainable and responsible alternatives. Their belief is that the current use of plastic is harming both our planet and our health.

We have one ocean and one planet. One country’s plastic trash is another country’s pollution. The plastic disaster is caused by all of us and needs to be solved by all of us. Collaboration is the only way we will succeed. APFP are pro-business and work collaboratively with all stakeholders – industry, retailers, packaging suppliers, schools, media, NGOs, Government and the UN to accelerate the pace of essential change. APFP initiatives will be open source and go beyond borders to create change wherever possible.

APFP will focus on four key pillars to achieve its single goal; media, industry, education and engagement. Together, these pillars create strong foundations for a powerfully effective campaign. Each one interlocks with the other to ensure the drive to reduce the use of plastic in food and drink packaging. We will be changing the world’s attitude to plastic in this generation, with equal emphasis on galvanising action from the public, retailers and manufacturers, healthcare professionals, media and very importantly, from governments and legislators worldwide.


  • MEDIA

    Continuing their strong media spotlight creating public awareness and demand.

  • INDUSTRY

    Working with industry, brands and retailers on sollutions. The first Plastic Free Aisle and later, Supermarket will be in mainland Europe and will be championed by the APFP communications team worldwide. The APFP´s ´Plastic Free TM´ symbol will become an internationally recognised assurance for consumers who demand the choice to buy non-plastic packaging.

  • EDUCATION

    Educating our next generation is key. APFP education programmes will be easily adapted to different cultures and languages.

  • ENGAGEMENT

    Accelerating legislative and policy change. Partnerships will stretch from Europe to US and China, changing legislation and policy where it is most needed.


Blue Ventures

Wilstar has been a partner of Blue Ventures since 2015, supporting their work in Timor-Leste. Blue Ventures develops transformative approaches for catalysing and sustaining locally led marine conservation. They concentrate their work in places where the ocean is vital to local cultures and economies, and protect marine biodiversity in ways that benefit coastal people.

Timor-Leste – a country at the heart of the Indo- Pacific coral triangle is home to the highest levels of marine biodiversity on earth. Despite its globally important marine biodiversity, Timor- Leste’s history of recent conflict and long struggle for independence have hampered the development of conservation efforts, which remain undeveloped relative to neighbouring countries in the region.

Given the critical importance of the country’s marine environment to its coastal populations, who remain some of the region’s poorest and most vulnerable, there is a critical need to help build the island’s capacity for sustainable marine and fisheries management. Responding to this, Blue Ventures is working with coastal communities, government agencies, and conservation and development organisations to help develop new approaches to engaging coastal communities in marine conservation. Their marine conservation volunteer program helps 
develop village-level economic incentives for communities to support conservation, and provide a financially sustainable framework for future marine protection efforts. As part of this volunteers will also help collect critical data on the status of marine resources, in particular threatened seagrass beds, which are home to numerous vulnerable species, including dugongs.


Wilstar extended the partnership with Blue Ventures in 2019 by three more years. Building on the foundation of a marine conservation partnership launched in Timor-Leste with support from Wilstar in 2015, Blue Ventures is now planning to scale up the project’s work pioneering new approaches to locally-led marine conservation.

Over the next three years, Blue Ventures will embark on an ambitious programme to replicate locally led marine stewardship efforts across seven sites in Timor-Leste, increasing incomes to coastal communities through replicable low impact models for community-based tourism, and establishing a national learning network to share best practice in community-based marine conservation at scale.

Across all these activities Blue Ventures will maintain its commitment to supporting a new generation of young Timorese conservationists to play a leadership role in building a new movement for locally led marine conservation.

PROJECT GOALS:

  • Conservation Replication: Blue Ventures aim to expand the scope of our conservation activities − community-based fisheries and habitat monitoring and use of Tara Bandu for marine management − to two new mainland communities.
  • Accelerating and Diversifying Community-Based Tourism: Where there is an opportunity and demand, Blue Ventures will support communities in establishing community-based tourism and homestay initiatives and experiences beyond Atauro.
  • Sharing Success: As our efforts expand, Blue Ventures will work with community partners to proactively assist emerging learning networks and communities of practice in marine conservation across Timor-Leste.
  • Nurturing Local Leadership in Conservation: Blue Ventures are committed to building local leadership for conservation, providing our Timorese staff and community partners with support and training in SCUBA diving, marine science, habitat and fisheries monitoring, English language and IT.
  • Results: By supporting communities to scale up locally-led marine conservation and livelihood diversification efforts and investing in the training and capacity building of community conservationists, this project will accelerate the growth of adoption of community-led marine conservation efforts in Timor-Leste.

Circular Cleanup


Wilstar, as part of our mission to protect the oceans from threats such as plastic, joined the project Circular Cleanup in 2018. Circular Cleanup is initiated by the Norwegian Shipowners´ Association and WWF – bringing together forces from both the ocean and waste industries to create new initiatives for cleaner oceans.

Plastic waste filling our oceans is the world´s fastest growing environmental challenge. Every year 8 million tonnes of plastic reach the ocean, and if we continue with today´s practice there might be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050. In order to ensure a clean and healthy ocean we need to prevent more plastic from reaching the ocean and at the same time clean up what is already there.

«With world-leading expertise in both marine-based business and waste management Norway has a good base for solving this issue. We need to increase our efforts to create new solutions and new policy instruments for cleaner oceans.» -Harald Solberg, CEO of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association

In the innovation project Circular Cleanup, we take on the challenge to create new initiatives and new value chains for more efficient cleanup of plastic waste. In a six-month innovation process, facilitated by Æra Strategic Innovation, we create a portfolio of solutions for cleaner oceans, demonstrating how we can move from today´s practice to next practice.

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