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Meet the 30 selected participants in the Sports for Nature Challenge!

March 22 2023 - News Release News Editorial Meet the 30 selected participants in the Sports for Nature Challenge!

ThinkSport today announced the names of the 30 organisations, institutions, start-ups and companies selected by an expert jury to participate in the Sports for Nature Challenge. The Challenge, powered by Sails of Change, looks for innovative solutions that promote and enhance biodiversity conservation, with an actual or potential link with sport.

ThinkSport had received 70 applications from all continents (44 from Europe,11 from America, 10 from Africa, 4 from Asia and 1 from Oceania), with exciting solutions proposed in the three categories of impactful campaigns, innovative infrastructure and smart technology.

The 30 selected participants are:

1. Campaigns:

  • 4-H Zimbabwe Foundation
  • Association Sailowtech
  • Athletes of the World
  • Football for Future
  • Game Earth
  • Syntezia SARL
  • We Play Green
  • World Surf League
  • ReGeneration Surf
  • Save The Waves Coalition
  • Carrera Freediving School
  • Touchline Earth

2. Infrastructure

  • Ezeeplant SA
  • IWIS International Training Center
  • The Butterfly Help Project
  • Dimpora AG
  • Red Knot Racing
  • Imoca
  • Beijing National Speed Skating
  • Kilimanjaro Initiative / The Big Climb Program

3. Technology

  • Circle Sportswear
  • Cirkel Supply Co. SA
  • Earthpoint Trail
  • Grand Raid BCVS
  • Infinite Athletic
  • Iron Roots
  • Key Conservation
  • Mover Plastic Free Sportswear
  • Plantipolis
  • Rony Epelbaum Project

ThinkSport Director Anna Hellman said:

"It’s fantastic to see the great interest from all over the world in the Sports for Nature Challenge. This shows the dedication of a whole range of organisations and companies to work on the biggest challenge humanity is facing, which is to protect our planet. We are looking forward to discovering more about the proposed smart solutions over the coming weeks and sharing the best ideas with the wider sport and innovation community at THE SPOT." Anna Hellman, ThinkSport Director

The selected applicants will participate in the official kick-off event on 22 March and subsequently take part in an online network accelerator to learn about the specific needs of the sport sector and to eventually improve or adjust their solution. The semi-final with 3-minute pitches and a Q+A will be staged publicly on 5 April. The best ten solutions will then be selected to go toe-to-toe in the final, which will take place at THE SPOT on 9 May. On the following day, the ten finalists will be invited to an exclusive workshop to frame a potential POC with one of the supporters or with a major stakeholder from the world of sport.

Protecting biodiversity can help people to adapt to climate change, ensuring health and food security, with healthy ecosystems becoming more resilient to climate change. Conserved or restored habitats can remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, helping to address climate change by storing carbon. Ultimately, by halting and reversing biodiversity loss, a nature-positive world may be achieved by 2030 for the benefit of the planet and the people. The Sports for Nature Challenge succeeds last year’s Air Quality & Sport Challenge that generated viable and creative solutions for the sports world.

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