How startups can help build a sustainable future

At the COP27 global climate change conference last month, we shared Google’s long-standing commitment to advancing sustainability and our use of AI to address climate challenges and public health. The importance of collaborating across private and public sectors in these efforts was underlined in our conversations with global leaders, along with the need to continue investing in research and innovative solutions.

We believe that the global startup ecosystem plays a pivotal role in addressing these issues. Through our Startups for Sustainable Development program, we’re working with impact-driven startups using technology to build a more sustainable future. All are on a mission to address one or more of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), from eradicating poverty and hunger to improving healthcare and advancing climate action. We provide them with long-term support to help them scale their impact: mentoring from expert advisors, connections to funding partners, and access to cutting-edge research and technology.

The program has evolved over the last two years, and now supports close to 400 startups in over 70 countries, working with a network of over 140 partner organizations. These startups include Climate Farmers, Earthly, mDoc, OKO and SkillLab.