2 Grant Recipients for the Stardust Startups Spring Givenar for Climate Action

 Stardust Startups, a virtually-based non-profit organization, awards microgrants worldwide to select emerging entrepreneurs who need seed money for projects focused on making positive social and environmental impact.

The organization held their third annual Spring Givenar to showcase the six finalists and announce the two winners, who will receive microgrants and other types of early-stage support for their startups.

This past April, Stardust Startups received 80 applications from new businesses focused on striving to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) specifically in the areas of Clean Water & Sanitation and/or Climate Action. The two winners were found to: 1) have a verified positive social and environmental impact, 2) show innovation in solving a local problem related to water and/or climate change, and 3) show potential for global impact.

PRA

Cameroon

PRA (short for Products Related to Agricultural Sector) is a startup that combines recycled paper waste and plantain banana stems to create an 100% compostable and biodegradable paper-like packaging.

The $2,000 Stardust Startups microgrant will be used to purchase a dryer to speed up the transformation process (to not have to rely on the sun), and to have some working capital for manufacturing in general.

BioAni

Ivory Coast

BioAni is a startup that produces high-protein fishmeal and animal feed made from black soldier fly larvae. The company also produces natural fertilizer made from larvae frass.

The $2,000 Stardust Startups microgrant will be used to purchase new aviaries for the flies, new drying tables for the transformation of larvae into flour, and a stock of palm kernel cake (which is mixed with bio-waste to feed the larvae).

Democratizing Impact as a Donor-Advised Fund

Along with its role as a non-profit, Stardust Startups has also positioned itself as a non-traditional Donor-Advised Fund. Every year, donors choose to contribute towards one or more value-aligned SDGs with certainty that the process is fully transparent and the relationships are human-scale.

With their proven track record of finding, funding, and supporting scalable solutions to global challenges, Stardust Startups provides impact-driven philanthropists with the power to make real change happen.

Their human-scale and future-focused sourcing model sets them apart.

“You want to make a difference in the world, but you can’t find the right socially and environmentally conscious businesses to support. We find impact-driven entrepreneurs ready to fulfill their potential and connect your financial power to them, giving you the opportunity to make real change happen and see actionable results.” -Camille Babington, Co-founder of Stardust Startups

Help Stardust Startups get their selection process started for the next funding cycle. As an individual, make a one-time or recurring donation. As a foundation or company, discover our options to become a sustaining partner.

More background on the non-profit

Stardust Startups, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, awards microgrants worldwide to select emerging entrepreneurs who need seed money for projects focused on making positive social and environmental impact. Stardust Startups provides financial, moral, and social support for the innovative work of emerging young businesses and initiatives that conform to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals – with emphasis on Zero Hunger, Good Health & Well-Being, Quality Education, Clean Water/Sanitation, Clean Energy, Sustainable Cities/Communities, Responsible Consumption/Production and Climate Action. Since its inception in 2015, Stardust Startups has awarded more than $50,000 in grants to a diverse array of emerging impact entrepreneurs around the world in 11 countries and 5 US states, working with purpose and passion at a human-scale. Projects supported include a bio-tech invention helping bees fight parasites and contaminants, a low-consumption indoor air cooling system, an ion-powered aircraft, a eco-briquette creating an alternative fuel source for refugees, eco-responsible tiny housing, innovative bulk food distribution, aquatic tanks to reduce PTSD, a reusable take-out container service, a reading and technology program for young learners, an app startup promoting green habits and local tips for millennials, and many more. Learn more on our website: https://starduststartupfactory.org/

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Canada – Four recipients of the 2022 Awards of Excellence in Nursing announced from Indigenous Services Canada

Under pressure in rapidly evolving settings, nurses can be relied upon to adapt, evaluate and make critical decisions for the patients whose lives rest in their hands.

May 9, 2022 — Unceded Algonquin Territory, Ottawa, Ontario — Indigenous Services Canada

Under pressure in rapidly evolving settings, nurses can be relied upon to adapt, evaluate and make critical decisions for the patients whose lives rest in their hands. With the unique healthcare challenges that present in often remote and isolated First Nations and Inuit communities, these skills can become a matter of life or death. 

On the first day of National Nursing Week and on Indigenous Nurses Day, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services, announced the outstanding and extraordinary recipients of the 2022 Awards of Excellence in Nursing:

Lee Ann Sock, a proud Migmag from Elsipogtog First Nation who played an integral part in ensuring the community’s safety and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hannah Gray, an Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) nurse in Sandy Lake First Nation with a love of the north and a dedication to creating an environment of integrity and learning in nursing stations.
Alexa Bisaillon, a passionate advocate for decolonized, trauma-informed healthcare and the right to self-determination as a cornerstone of Indigenous health, working in Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw First Nations.
Elizabeth Oguntuase, a lifelong learner providing healthcare to Inuit in Qikiqtarjuaq in a setting that fosters cultural fluency and cultural intelligence. 

Recipients have demonstrated the highest degree of commitment to their nursing practices through exceptional initiative, compassion and efforts. Frontline nurses in First Nations and Inuit communities who receive the award are nominated by peers and selected based on their sound judgement, professionalism and culturally safe healthcare work.

Nursing in First Nations and Inuit communities encompasses far more than medical services and procedures. In communities rich with diverse culture and traditions, these nurses recognize the necessity in respecting and understanding the people they serve. In doing so, many of them create lifelong connections and form a deep bond with communities. These relationships are integral to reconciliation and building trust within the healthcare system. 

To this year’s four recipients, and to all nurses who go above and beyond the call to care for those in need, we thank you for your steadfast support and endless contributions to keeping communities healthy. 

“Congratulations and thank you to Lee Ann Sock, Hannah Gray, Alexa Bisaillon, and Elizabeth Oguntuase for your remarkable commitment to improve health in First Nations and Inuit communities across the country. The COVID-19 pandemic made your already difficult work so much harder. Health leaders like you, so many nurses and all frontline workers were heroic in their dedication to keeping people safe. Thank you for all you do to lead and inspire others in your field.”

The Honourable Patty Hajdu

Minister of Indigenous Services

Alison Murphy

Press Secretary

Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu

Minister of Indigenous Services

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Canada – Recipients of Occupational Health and Safety Scholarship Announced 

Hamilton, ON – Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) announced the winners of their 2021 Dick Martin Scholarship Award.

The two recipients, Dave Elniski (University of Alberta) and Annissa Chau (Fanshawe College, Ontario) will each be awarded $3,000. Additionally, their respective academic institutions will each receive $500.

Each year, the Dick Martin Scholarships are awarded to post-secondary students enrolled in either a full-time or part-time program leading to an occupational health and safety certificate, diploma, or degree from an accredited Canadian college or university. They are intended to support interest in and encourage the pursuit of careers in the field of occupational health and safety. Scholarship winners are selected by a panel of occupational health and safety technical specialists based on criteria that include submitting an essay on injury prevention or research on a specific hazard and risk.

Information about the Dick Martin Scholarship Award can be found on the CCOHS website: www.ccohs.ca/scholarships.

“Congratulations to our winners, Dave and Annissa. I look forward to following you along your journey in creating safer workplaces for all.”

– Anne Tennier, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

Jennifer Howse

Senior Communications Specialist

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

(289) 442-4057  

media@ccohs.ca 

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