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Accelerating Sustainability through Tech Innovation

The need to adopt more sustainable paradigms around the world is urgent.  Modern technology is helping “disrupt” traditional sustainability challenges.  How can the scaling-up of these technologies be further enhanced through competitive Tech Accelerators?

Come and learn about an approach being used in the Sustaintech Xcelerator being organized by DBS and other partners (including Google, NUS, Temasek, Verra and the World Bank) to work with the nascent private sector to address global sustainability challenges such as climate and biodiversity.    The 2021 cohort of this accelerator will be presented where finalists will share how they leverage AI- and climate science models, remote sensing and IoT technologies among others to increase investor and buyer confidence in nature-based solutions (NbS) –– through improved monitoring and verification of their environmental, social and economic impacts.  The process of going from a global call in December 2020 to an intensive mentoring process for 6 months for the five selected for this year’s Cohort from 300 registrations from 60 countries will also be described.

The Sustaintech Xcelerator 2021 Cohort:

  • Cloud Agronomics - a climate-tech company on a mission to become the standard for quantifying sustainable outcomes on agricultural land. 
  • FARM-TRACE - a software platform which delivers verified reforestation impacts created by farmers to brands wanting to reduce their climate footprints.  
  • Rainforest Connection (RFCx) - the world’s first scalable, real-time acoustic monitoring system for protecting and studying remote ecosystems.  
  • Sylvera - a software that brings clarity to the carbon markets by building tools to help businesses ensure that carbon offsets purchased are authentic.  
  • Treevia - a technology company that brings forest monitoring and sustainability together by connecting forests around the world to the internet.   

This session will be in English with simultaneous translation to French and Spanish.

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About the Presenters

Nagaraja Rao Harshadeep (Harsh)


Global Lead for Disruptive Technology, Natural Resources and Blue Economy Global Practice, The World Bank

David Ding

Head of Grants, Innovation Practices and Xcelerators, DBS Bank

David Ding is an innovation leader, problem solver, start-up hustler, lean start-up practitioner and ecosystem developer. He has led numerous Business & Partnership Development efforts and validated business models that attracted angels and institutional funding across IT solutions, gaming, e-commerce, big data, social media and healthcare in Singapore, China & USA. In the past decade, he has been focusing on Southeast Asia Startup Ecosystem and Innovation Ecosystem development.


Emily Shinzato

Co-Founder & Head of People and Performance, Treevia Forest Technologies

Emily is originally from Brazil, where she grew up and persued undergraduate studies in Forest Engineering. During college, Emily conducted scientific research focused in Forest Planning and persued internships. After undergraduation, Emily began her master in Remote Sensing at National Institute for Space Research (INPE). She participated of the Emerging Leader in the Americas Program (ELAP) program as a researcher at UBC, where her task involved estimation of forest parameters with LiDAR and Satellite Imagery. Her experience includes extensively working in Brazil and Canada. Shinzato is Director of People and Performance and co-founder of Treevia Forest Technologies.

Petra Sikorski

Director of Business Development, Cloud Agronomics 

Petra is the Director of Business Development at Cloud Agronomics. Before joining Cloud in February 2020, Petra worked on scaling small-scale regenerative farming projects in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, specifically working with stakeholders interested in improving water quality in local watershed systems and drought resistant cropping systems. She previously managed sales accounts and special events for TheWrap, an entertainment company in Santa Monica, California. Before working at TheWrap, Petra created marketing campaigns for DHI Group, Inc., a global career marketplace provider, to reach new markets of tech talent. 

Samuel Gill

Co-Founder & COO, Sylvera

Sam started his career in the City working for top U.S. law firms. He specialised in the formation and regulation of Investment Funds, working on a number of high-profile launches. More recently, he focused on ESG products, and has advised on major carbon offset issuances.

Topher White

Founder & CEO, Rainforest Connection (RFCx)

Topher White is an inventor, physicist, software engineer, Topher has been building systems for large and small startups as well as international science projects, including four years working on nuclear fusion at ITER, in France. Topher founded RFCx in 2013 and has been iterating on the hardware and software to live-stream from the rainforest ever since.

Will Sheldon

Commercial Director, FARM-TRACE and Taking Root

Will leads the commercialisation of FARM-TRACE including developing new projects around the world and connecting its impacts to international brands. Will has a background in scaling technology and environmental solutions including leading the go-to-market strategy of the SaaS analytics platform OrgVue and previously working as a consultant to scale regenerative agriculture technologies. He holds a social sciences degree from Cambridge University and is a fellow of the On Purpose leadership program.

Andres Espejo


Senior Carbon Finance Specialist, Climate Change, The World Bank

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