Online climate school Terra.do has raised US$ 1.4M in seed funding in August 2020, from Stanford Angels and Entrepreneurs (India), BEENEXT Emerging Asia, Zerodha-backed Rainmatter Capital, and renowned angels from India and the USA.
The California-headquartered startup runs online learning programs and has a group that assists individuals across the globe hone their skills into working on tough climate change problems. Founded in March 2020 by Anshuman Bapna (ex-CPO at Makemytrip ); Kamal Kapadia, who has educated students about climate change at Oxford for many years and Mayank Jain, who is Bapna’s batchmate from IIT-Bombay.
Since the startup is only 5 months old and the majority part of the world entered into lockdown in March because of the spread of coronavirus, Kamal Kapadia and Anshuman Bapna apparently couldn’t meet and have since worked together and built a relationship remotely.
Anshuman Bapna was quoted to say, “Climate change is such a ‘wicked’ problem because both the problems and solutions are so deeply interconnected. That’s why we were keen to get investors on board that reflected that diversity of experience, geography, and mindset. We’re lucky to have these incredible individuals and institutions onboard.”
Terra.do selects extremely driven individuals who’re already skilled in their respective fields for its 12-week online program. The startup brings in the world’s top-most professionals to teach its candidates facets of climate —science, policy, business and social justice.
Once the program commences, the candidates become a part of a global community of hundreds of climate change-makers. They form study groups, interact in video calls with alumni and are also provided lifetime access to this network. On successful completion of the program, they are shown dozens of projects from some of the top climate organizations in the world. The candidates are allowed to choose those projects that best leverage their skills.
Terra.do is working with a vision to solve climate change as it is becoming particularly dangerous day by day and needs urgent attention and the coordinated effort across governments, sectors, geographies, and mainly normal individuals. The startup is using the power of the internet to help organize and scale this effort.
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