The Drawdown INNOVATE program is no longer accepting events at this time. To learn more about the program, please review the program details below or email drawdown@netimpact.org.


Paul Hawken, author of NYT Best Seller Project Drawdown has identified the 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming. The Net Impact Drawdown INNOVATE Program enables participants to imagine original ideas to scale climate solutions - moving us all to a better climate future.

Lead an Event


First: Host an Event

Participants use design thinking and business planning to imagine, test, and refine product, service, or startup ideas to bring solutions to reverse global warming to market. Solutions can range from themes around impact of educating women and girls, or energy, amongst others.

Second: Submit Your Ideas

Submit your idea to be selected to attend the 2018 Net Impact Accelerator in San Francisco and compete for the grand prize. The event is led by design thinking consultants who train attendees to create innovative, viable, game-changing solutions. Teams will improve their solutions through pre-event coaching, on-site training and exercises at the event, and post-event advising. Finalists learn transferable skills that not only improve the quality of submissions, but can be immediately applied to other projects.

Participants receive a toolkit with:

  • Details on the climate solutions
  • Tips and resources on how to host an event
  • Materials for attendees, for the facilitator, and for marketing
  • Guidance on how to track and submit for national recognition


Why Get Involved

  • Develop and execute new venture ideas
  • Support your Chapter’s activities with $125
  • Earn points toward Gold Status
  • Enhance your resume
  • Make a difference in a better climate future
  • Top teams will be eligible for an accelerator boot camp and a cash prize
  • Chance to intern with Interface, a global sustainability leader



Ongoing: Get started by signing up your Chapter to receive your Drawdown INNOVATE toolkit

Feb 22: Early bird deadline to submit for feedback

Mar 8: Deadline to submit innovate challenge proposal

Mar 14: Finalists selected to attend accelerator

Mar 14 - Apr 5: Finalists prepare for accelerator

April 5-7: Accelerator in San Francisco

April 20: Finalists submit video pitches of their final ideas

May: Winner announced



Net Impact chapter members and Interface partners are eligible to receive $125 project funds, get support, and win prizes



These fantastic teams have been selected as finalists. They have been invited to particpate in the accelerator from April 5-7, 2018 in San Francisco, CA.

  • EatFresh, the app that helps stores and consumers avoid food waste, from Washington University in St Louis
  • Soil Sink, the local carbon trading that provides incentive for more regenerative agriculture, from Columbia University in New York
  • LeftOwers, the food sharing and energy-conversion service for restaurants and eaters, from Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia
  • E-Waste-Not, the website that aggregates best practices and resources for responsibly dealing with electronic waste, from Northeastern University in Boston.



 Schedule time to chat with your Drawdown INNOVATE representative at Net Impact, or email drawdown@netimpact.org


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