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SDG Integration with Startups, Accelerators and Purpose Investors - UN SDG Media Zone, Davos, Switzerland (21-23 January 2020)
21 Jan 2020 -  SDG Integration with Startups, Accelerators and Purpose Investors
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Ann Rosenberg Senior Vice President for UN Partnerships at SAP & Global Head of SAP Next-Gen and SAP University Alliances, SAP Next Gen; John Lynn Co-Founder, Cela; Sissel Hansen Founder, The Startup Guide.
Questions to be discussed are: All: 1. Could each of you tell everyone who you are and a little about your involvement in the world of Startups, Accelerators, and Purpose Investing. Sissel Hansen: 1. As CEO of Startup Guide, you have built guidebooks for entrepreneurs with specific insight on more than 30 regions around the world. Given your wide understanding of the startup ecosystems, could you speak to the current state of sustainability and SDG awareness? What would you tell startups and investors about the business case for integration with the SDGs? 2. Could you share a vision for the role of accelerators and how they can help their startups engage the SDGs? Ann Rosenberg: 1. For years since the SDGs were launched, you have championed purpose-driven business models in the startup ecosystem and large corporate enterprises. Will you explain the SDG Ambition tool framework for Corporations, and how it can be applied to startups and accelerators? 2. Could you speak to how SAP with its 25 industries, can play a role in accelerating the achievement of the 2030 Agenda? How does SAP and its expansive large enterprise customer network, foster and engage startups and innovation communities? John Lynn: 1. As you have pioneered the world first community of accelerators and catalysed the development of standards around this industry, what key trends have you observed? Will you speak to accelerators influence corporations as well as start-ups and innovation communities? 2. Could you share an example of a purpose-driven accelerator? And what roles have you seen or do you fore-see accelerators playing in in the advancement of the SDGs?
The UN SDG Media Zone convenes Government leaders, CEOs, UN heads, activists, influencers and entrepreneurs for short panel discussions on topics related to the Sustainable Development Goals.
To mark its 20th anniversary, the UN Global Compact in partnership with the UN Department of Global Communications, is bringing the SDG Media Zone to Davos for the first time during the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. Topics discussed include principled business, climate action, gender equality, sustainable finance, global health, employee purpose and many more issues directly related to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which was unanimously agreed by 193 UN member states in September 2015.
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