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.
Since we started Incite.org, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?