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Innovating for Societal and Planet Health

Today, we are facing global systemic challenges such as climate change, food and water insecurity, loss of biodiversity, chronic diseases, mental health crises, and societal inequality.  Such complex and interconnected problems are threatening life and well-being on earth more than ever before.  Yet, at the same time, we are seeing unprecedented advances in bioengineering, computer sciences, material sciences, social sciences, and beyond that can be applied to solve these challenges. How can we harness our innovation capabilities and human ingenuity to create a different future?

At Emergence, we believe that purposeful entrepreneurship and interdisciplinary innovation can address the root causes of the many global challenges that we face. That is why we are creating a community of educators, researchers, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and cross-sector innovators and thought leaders to catalyze the emergence of new projects and ventures driven by purpose and a sense of urgency in improving societal and planetary health.

Purposeful Entrepreneurship

Purposeful entrepreneurship is driven by solving important societal and environmental challenges. It is a journey as well as a destination. Purposeful entrepreneurs put purpose at the core of creating their organizations, are committed to their own personal development, and are thoughtful about important decisions in building their business such as governance, culture, and capital to align every step of their journey with their mission. They build their businesses for the long run and measure their success by the positive impact they create in the lives of their employees, communities, and the world.