February 17, 2020

Bridge Collaborative Announces 2020 Bridge Spark Fund Winners

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

The Bridge Collaborative is pleased to announce the four winning teams of the 2020 Bridge Spark Fund whose work will deliver solutions that benefit people and the planet.

The projects, selected by a panel of distinguished judges, will take steps towards stabilizing the climate, improving food systems, building healthier communities, cleaning up water supplies and improving the environment. Using a surprising set of approaches—from bats to electricity technology, and seaweed to infrastructure bonds—these teams are charting a course to a better, more sustainable future.

“We launched the Bridge Spark Fund to help teams break out of the silos we typically work in. Today’s global challenges don’t respect these silos, so we have to stop thinking that traditional ways of working will solve them” said Heather Tallis, founder of the Bridge Collaborative and Lead Scientist for Strategy Innovation at The Nature Conservancy. “The winning teams are on the leading edge of a growing wave of efforts that take calculated risks and deliver positive impacts for both people and nature.”

The Bridge Spark Fund is run by the Bridge Collaborative, a global change agent driving a fundamental shift in how we think, plan, fund, and work across sectors to make bigger change faster. Founded in 2016, the Collaborative is a partnership spearheaded by The Nature Conservancy, Duke University, the International Food Policy Research Institute, and PATH.