How you can track United Nations SDG innovations

The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals are a set of 17 goals that aim to “achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”. The SDGs include topics such as “clean water” and “providing basic infrastructure”, but also “education” and “strong civilian institutions”, for example. Here is a description of all SDGs.

When you look at SDGs, some of them are probably more “technology oriented” than others. For example, I find it more straightforward to see how technological innovations can help with SDG 6, “Clean Water and Sanitation”. By contrast, for SDG 16, “Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions”, I find it a lot more difficult to see how technology could help. So in this post I decided to focus on some (not all) of the more “technological” SDGs:

Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG 6)

This includes innovations such as water purification, about which we have written in an article on coffee waste recycling.

Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG 7)

In other articles on energy, we have written about green hydrogen, digital circuit breakers, using blue pigments for more efficient solar energy generation, and machine learning for more efficient electricity systems, for example.

Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11)

In another article, we show you how you can use market estimates to structure the tech field of ‘smart city’.

Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 12)

This includes topics such as recycling. In another article, we take a closer look at e-waste recycling technologies, for example. Even coffee waste can be recycled into such diverse things as biofuel, sunscreen, car parts, or even cement.

How can you track technological innovations that support UN Sustainable Development Goals?

Mergeflow has a tool for that: Weekly360s. Weekly360s are machine-generated, weekly email update reports. They tell you what happened over the past week in relevant venture fundings, market estimates, R&D, and news & blogs.

An example

Here, for example, is what a “venture capital” Weekly360 for Sustainable Development Goals looks like (this one is from January 20, 2020):

Weekly360 email update reports generated by Mergeflow keep you in the know on SDG-relevant innovations.
A Mergeflow ‘Venture Capital Fundings‘ Weekly360 for SDGs.

This example Weekly360 shows you companies that Mergeflow’s algorithms identified as relevant to our SDGs. For example, Leap is a distributed energy marketplace that lets energy resources (e.g. battery storage or electric vehicles) access and sell to wholesale energy markets. Naïo Technologies builds autonomous agricultural robots. These robots use machine vision to distinguish weeds from crops, for example.

What does “found in…” mean?

“Found in…” means that the contents of a finding (VC-funded companies in the example above) match with one or more of the Mergeflow search queries that I follow. For example, here I follow updates from my four UN SDGs queries, plus some other queries from other technology fields. I also follow topics from agriculture, buildings and infrastructure, computing technologies, energy, manufacturing, and materials. For example, I follow updates from a “Machine Vision” search. This query matches the description of what Naïo Technologies does, so it shows up in my Weekly360.

By the way, Mergeflow Teams uses this functionality as well. Mergeflow Teams helps you and your team do collaborative tech discovery, without the pains of manual information management and data labeling.

Can I try Weekly360s for UN SDGs?

Yes! If you want to receive real Weekly360s with updates on the latest UN SDGs-relevant innovations, you can subscribe for free:

When you sign up, Mergeflow will send you four Weekly360 emails per week: Venture Capital Fundings; Market News; R&D; and News & Blogs.

Let us know what you think!

Do you offer such free services for other topics as well?

Yes. One service lets you track digital industry innovations, and the other is for machine learning applications.

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