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February 27 2023

Incite Post | February 26th, 2023: Climate Innovation Beyond Technology

We know that the scale of our climate challenge is going to require innovation of all kinds. New technologies are important, but they're just one part of the story. Lately, we’ve been thinking a lot about what climate-forward innovation in policy and public leadership might look like, and how we can support more of it.
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February 27 2023

Incite Post | Climate Innovation Beyond Technology

We know that the scale of our climate challenge is going to require innovation of all kinds. New technologies are important, but they're just one part of the story. Lately, we’ve been thinking a lot about what climate-forward innovation in policy and public leadership might look like, and how we can support more of it.
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January 30 2023

Incite Post | January 29th, 2023

2023 is going to be a big year for climate. Last year’s $500 billion Inflation Reduction Act and 2021’s $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law have opened up billions of dollars of potential funding for companies looking to make a difference on climate change.
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January 17 2023

Introducing Mill

Three years ago, I became obsessed with food waste and how much we throw away. It’s staggering. Turns out food takes up more space in US landfills than anything else (24%) and households are the #1 contributor (51% is from our kitchens, not farms, restaurants, or grocery stores).
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December 30 2022

Optimism from young founders

As we enter 2023, at Incite we're optimistic about what this year can bring.
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December 05 2022

Holiday gift guide

If you’re looking for some unique ideas for your holiday gift list...
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November 29 2022

Reflecting on the Midterms

Here are a few of the wins which have us feeling hopeful for the future.
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October 30 2022

How to make your plan to vote

The countdown to the Midterm Elections is now in the single digits. Depending on where you live, early voting may have already begun.
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October 04 2022

Investing in healthcare accessibility

Expanding access to quality, reliable healthcare is an issue we’ve cared deeply about since founding Incite.
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August 28 2022

An up-and-coming candidate who inspires us

The midterm elections are just around the corner.
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August 21 2022

Merging product strategy + sustainability

It’s no longer enough to analyze environmental impact, purchase some carbon offsets, and call it a day.
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July 26 2022

Looking ahead to the Midterms

Now is the moment to tune in, not tune out.
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July 08 2022

Values-Driven Leadership Strategies from Swati Mylavarapu

Three values-driven leadership strategies to stay focused on the long game.
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June 05 2022

Market Uncertainty: Advice for Founders from Matt Rogers

The public markets have been a bit of a rollercoaster...
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May 15 2022

Reproductive care is health care

The recent news on the future of Roe vs Wade was devastating, but not surprising.
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April 21 2022

Connecting the dots on climate change, military defense, energy independence, democracy, and the global economy

On this Earth Day, we’ve curated a special Incite Post dedicated to big, bold innovation in climate change.
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March 22 2022

Celebrating women leaders

We celebrate women leaders at Incite year round, and we know many of you do too. It’s a smart investment strategy, it’s good for teams – and it’s the right thing to do.
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February 23 2022

Our latest climate investments

This is an exciting time to be building a company that tackles climate change.
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February 09 2022

Investing in Zero Acre Farms

Last week, Zero Acre Farms announced their plans to brew up a new category of healthy oils and fats.
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January 16 2022

Looking ahead to a new year

More entrepreneurs seem to be asking – if not now, when?
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December 06 2021

2021 Incite Holiday Gift Guide

We’re so excited to share with you our annual Incite Holiday Gift Guide! These companies have developed products and experiences that are unique, spark joy, encourage healthy living and support healthy habits. Additionally, they are led by entrepreneurs and teams who we love to work with and admire -- who are passionate about driving world-positive change and who value diversity, equity and sustainability.
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November 09 2021

Founder Spotlight: Gina Bartasi, Founder and CEO of Kindbody

One in eight American families struggle with fertility, and the issue is personal on the Incite team. We believe everyone should have options when deciding whether, when, and how to grow their families—and we see this space as one ripe for innovation.
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October 28 2021

Founder Spotlight: Noura Sakkijha, Founder and CEO of Mejuri

Noura Sakkijha is a third-generation jeweler with a vision to reimagine the industry for the modern world. She founded Mejuri with a specific goal: to redefine fine jewelry as an everyday expression of self and encourage women to buy jewelry “for our damn selves.” At Incite, we see Mejuri as part of a larger movement towards conscious consumption in retail and Noura as a visionary, values-driven leader, and we were excited to be an early investor.
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September 30 2021

Shifting the focus of our climate giving

While we’re not a solely climate-focused fund and foundation, the bulk of our work over the past few years has been anchored in the massive challenge of mitigating climate change via carbon removal, electrification and policy change. We still have a long way to go to turn the tide - and a major gap in the climate fighting ecosystem has been the inclusion of marginalized communities.
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September 16 2021

Announcing New Areas of Grant-making

Since our inception in 2016, we’ve kept our focus on helping emerging leaders who are focused on the biggest climate and societal emergencies of our time. We’ve provided a steady drumbeat of support for several nonprofits and companies who see new ways to solve big problems, helping to get their important work off the ground.
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June 27 2021

Welcome to Summer

Record breaking heat waves. Carbon removal strategies. Community leaders stepping up. Read about it here.
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May 30 2021

Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month

The AAPI community is diverse, vibrant and growing here in the United States. We’re taking this issue of the Incite Post to highlight the AAPI leaders in our portfolio -- all of whom work purposefully to build businesses, nonprofits and political initiatives that the world needs.
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May 18 2021

Values, Focus, Fresh Ideas: Advice for Founders from Matt Rogers

Activate Fellows are focused on addressing the greatest challenges humanity faces and we believe these science entrepreneurs have the power to shape our world for generations to come. We asked Rogers to share his advice with our community of founders.

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May 09 2021

All Moms are Working Moms

All moms are working moms -- including the unseen, unpaid labor all moms provide behind the scenes, especially if they are unable to return to work.
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April 24 2021

Get Creative with Carbon Innovation Funding

In San Francisco, one of the most shocking days on record was September 9th, 2020. Eerily orange skies and unbreathable air made us feel as though we were living in an apocalypse. This was just one of the more recent extreme climate events that hit close to home; humanity has no more time to waste when it comes to protecting our planet.
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April 22 2021

Happy Earth Day!

How can any one of us do enough to make a difference, and to change the planet’s course? 
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April 06 2021

Hope Buds All Around Us

Hope buds all around us -- our loved ones getting vaccinated, encouraging developments coming out of #InfrastructureWeek and the shy, but steady appearance of springtime across the country. 
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March 31 2021

Phenomenal Women

One of the reasons why we started Incite is to invest in those who are often under-invested in, to make sure that the best ideas and best builders are supported.
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March 09 2021

Women's History Month 2021

We’re taking the next two issues of Incite Post to highlight the amazing women in our portfolio who are running for office, starting mission-driven businesses and fighting for paid family and medical leave for everyone.
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February 23 2021

Celebrate Black Excellence

At Incite, diversity, equity, inclusion and justice is a key pillar of why we invest the way that we do – in people who are often overlooked, but who deserve a spot at the table. We believe companies, organizations and movements offer a far deeper and richer perspective when they reflect the diversity in which they exist.

May Black History Month continue beyond February. We’re looking forward to lifting up Black voices, supporting Black founders and celebrating Black excellence all year round.
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February 09 2021

February Is Black History Month

We encourage you to devote time this month to celebrate Black history – to learn about the pivotal Black leaders of our past and to invest in the ones we need to build a brighter future. This could mean buying from a Black owned business or supporting a Black woman running for governor in Virginia.
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January 26 2021

Doing Well and Doing Good

As we move into this new year, we’re taking this newsletter issue to celebrate a few Incite portfolio founders who are building delightful products or services and making the world a better place –at the same time. Doing well and doing good are not mutually exclusive, and they should happen in tandem. Meet some of our favorite leaders who put this theory into action every day.
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January 12 2021

2020 Retrospective

We are so proud of our community of Incite entrepreneurs, who recalibrated their teams to operate during the pandemic, reckoned with the need for equity and justice, and found joy along the way.
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December 15 2020

Incite Holiday Gift Guide 2020

We have selected these companies, because they not only create wonderful items and services, but they always strive towards world-positive change – whether that be creating ethically sourced, everyday jewelry or a plastic-free grocery store or a sustainably sourced meat marketplace. We’re proud to partner with these teams and to highlight them during this season of giving.
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December 01 2020

Giving Tuesday for the SF Marin Food Bank

Incite is pledging $200,000, and hosting a month of action to raise awareness and donations to match this pledge to the SF Marin Food Bank.
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November 17 2020

Season of Thanks

‘Tis the season of thanks, and we are ever grateful to have you in our community of change-makers. Thank you for how much you care and all that you do to work towards a better America, and a better future.
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November 03 2020

Voting Checklist

You know what time it is! We know *so* many of you have already done your part and more (thank you!) Here’s a handy to-do list of last minute pro-democracy moves...
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October 20 2020

Every Day After

This election isn’t just about November 3 -- especially this year given we may not have an outcome that night -- or January 20, 2021. It’s about every day after that and what our plan is to rebuild democracy after an alarmingly corrosive four years.
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October 06 2020

Spirit of Change

There is so much good happening in and around our Incite community that gives us hope and optimism. We could all use more of that these days!
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August 20 2020

Our Work for the Next Election Begins Today.

It’s fitting that Run for Office Day falls in the final twenty four hours of the Trump administration.  As we soak up today's deep historical significance and the incredible promise of President Biden and Vice President Harris being sworn in, it’s worth taking stock of where we are and how much work is left to do.
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July 10 2020

Georgia On Our Mind

The Peach State is in many ways a microcosm of the larger struggle for the soul of American democracy that's playing out nationally–from the politicized response to the pandemic which is pitting the Governor against local leaders like Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, to racially charged violence-inciting protests, voter suppression and more.
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June 23 2020

Spend Smarter to Flip the Senate Blue

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who, like me, dreams about Mitch McConnell turning his gavel over to a Democratic Senate leader next January, we have to solve our coordination problem. Now.
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April 07 2020

Our 2020 Pledge Update: $200K to House and Senate

When we made our public commitment to invest $2 million in progressive candidates and political infrastructure for this election cycle, we didn’t yet realize the overwhelming and far-reaching impact that the COVID-19 pandemic would have across our country and our world, and in American political life. Today, we are pledging $200,000 to invest in nearly 60 key U.S. Senate and House of Representatives candidates.
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February 21 2020

 Our 2020 Pledge: Investing in a New Generation of Leadership

Since we started, we’ve dedicated ourselves to supporting leaders who are addressing the two deepest emergencies of our time: saving the planet and saving democracy. The stakes have never been higher. The future of our country and of our planet is on the ballot in 2020. We’re running out of time. We need to advance policies if we hope to make meaningful progress on existential challenges like the climate crisis, democratic processes and beyond. 
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February 14 2020

Fertility Doesn't Have to Be Complicated

How Future Family’s Trying-to-Conceive (TTC) Membership Plan helped me problem-solve from the comfort of my home. 
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February 07 2020

The Political is Personal: One Year on the Campaign Trail with My Friend, Pete

Matt and I have helped other candidates in the past, and even founded an organization with the mission of launching the next generation of Democratic candidates (called Arena), but this is the first time that we have put significant time and effort into a Presidential campaign.
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January 27 2020

Retrospective: 2019

In 2019, Incite deployed investments and grants to teams working on a wide range of solutions across consumer hardware, robotics, sustainable products, civic tools, carbon removal solutions, climate policy, election protections and advocacy focused on economic security. The common denominator? Values.
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December 04 2019

2019 Incite Gift Guide

We have put together the Incite Gift Guide to highlight some of our favorite things to give (and receive!). Not only are the products interesting, fresh and delightful, but the people who make them do so with the end goal of making the world a better place.
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September 27 2019

How My Company's Investment in Future Family Helped Me Get Pregnant

Our Chief of Staff, Keely Anson, sat down with the folks at Pregnantish to share more about her and her husband's fertility journey over the past two and a half years.
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August 08 2019

WATT IT TAKES – Powerhouse Interview with Matt Rogers

Powerhouse is an incubator and venture fund for clean energy entrepreneurs that backs the entrepreneurs building a decarbonized, digitized & decentralized grid. Powerhouse & Greentech Media present Watt it Takes, a monthly event and live podcast recording featuring founders of the biggest companies in clean energy and the personal stories behind the businesses they've built. Our co-founder, Matt Rogers, fresh off a 12+ hour flight from England, was interviewed by Emily Kirsch at the June Powerhouse event about his (and Nest's) origin story.
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July 26 2019

RHODES AHEAD PODCAST: Interview with Swati Mylavarapu

While speaking at the 2019 Rhodes Venture Forum in Oxford, Incite co-founder Swati Mylavarapu was featured on the RHODES AHEAD PODCAST.
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July 16 2019

"MY CLIMATE JOURNEY": Matt Rogers Interview by Jason Jacobs

Our very own Matt Rogers was the guest on Jason Jacobs's refreshingly candid, thought-provoking and altogether thoroughly enjoyable podcast, "MY CLIMATE JOURNEY." Check it out on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.
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June 19 2019

from WIRED: Mayor Pete Enlists a Silicon Valley Vet to Bring in the Money

Presidential campaigns get compared to a lot of things: a marathon, a film. Or a battleship. An iceberg. An "MRI of the soul." More recently, the metaphor of choice has been the tech startup. Even amid a growing backlash to Big Tech, evoking a no-nonsense startup retains some appeal, with its suggestion of scrappy agility, innovation, and single-minded focus. But at least one candidate takes the idea more literally: Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, whose campaign has rocketed from underdog to top-tier status seemingly overnight.
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May 17 2019

Nest: Mission-Driven Since Day One

We all know Nest as the company that creates beautifully-designed, user-friendly and altogether cool devices. But Nest is so much more than a collection of slick consumer tech products.
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March 25 2019

Non-Profits Need Seed Money, Too. Here's Why.

When we started Incite, we asked ourselves these simple, but provoking questions: how could the world change if passionate albeit budding social entrepreneurs were given the early capital and support needed to get their ideas off the ground? Additionally, could smaller grants be catalytic in a space where so many multi-billion dollar foundations dominate?  
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March 12 2019

Incite Post, March 9 2021

Welcome to March! It’s Women’s History Month and we’re taking the next two issues of Incite Post to highlight the amazing women in our portfolio who are running for office, starting mission-driven businesses and fighting for paid family and medical leave for everyone. 
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March 11 2019

Peace and Justice, Continued.

MONTGOMERY, AL. Reflections from the National Memorial for Peace and Justice with Public Rights Project.
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February 25 2019

An Incite Introduction

We founded because we understand the impact that an initial spark of money, support and talent can have for entrepreneurs.
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