• Lea Jakobiak

5 Start-Ups That "Do Good" AND Kick Ass!

There are more and more companies out there that are making the world a better place and kicking ass from a business point of view too! Here are our top 5!


Macrebur makes roads from waste plastics

MacRebur’s® MR products replace part of the bitumen in asphalt, giving a significant reduction in fossil fuel usage. MacRebur’s® MR products are all made from 100% recycled plastic materials, they help reduce unwanted, discarded plastics from landfill and from oceans.


TerraCycle is an innovative recycling company that has become a global leader in recycling hard-to-recycle materials.

It runs a volunteer-based curbside collection program to collect non-recyclable pre-consumer and post-consumer waste, and then partners with corporate donors to turn it into raw material to be used in new products.

To date, over 202 million people are collecting in 21 countries and have collected billions of pieces of waste, according to TerraCycle.


Zipline delivers urgently needed medical supplies

Zipline delivers medicine to those who need it most.

It's providing 11,000,000 people with instant access to urgent medicines!

Zipline is supported by leading investors, including Sequoia, A16Z, GV, and Katalyst Ventures.

Eco Domum

Eco Domum recycles tons of plastic waste from Mexico into low-income homes.

It was founded by Carlos Daniel González, a resident of Puebla, Mexico in 2013.

He said in an interview: "My vision is very clear. I have the conviction to help the most people I can have a dignified life by getting rid of extreme poverty, cleaning up my country at the same time.”


EyeVerify was bought by Alibaba for $100m

At a first glance, EyeVerify may not seem as "noble" as the other 4 companies mentioned in this article - but we believe this company is part of the Fintech revolution that is making mobile banking more accessible, thus helping the 2 billion unbanked people around the world who currently cannot access basic financial services.

We've also added it to the list as it's a great example of how a start-up can become a huge success!

We met and interviewed EyeVerify several times whilst it was a struggling start-up. But they did interviews with the right outlets, attended the right events across the globe - and eventually got purchased by Alibaba in a $100 million deal!

It's the sort of real life case study that's worth baring in mind when you're relentlessly working as a start-up, or on a project. And this is the sort of success that Zena Media wants to help you achieve!

Fun fact!

Lea Jakobiak with the EyeVerify team

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