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Nurturing Startups that Create Environmental Innovation

EarthX is proud to offer EarthX , an Entrepreneur-in-Residence program, providing the world’s most talented thinkers the opportunity to incubate their ideas and spur innovation for environmental benefit.

The Program

The EarthX Entrepreneur-In-Residence Program, Earthx, was created to provide the world’s most talented thinkers the opportunity to incubate their ideas and spur innovation for environmental benefit. The program provides resident entrepreneurs with the necessary resources to bring world changing ideas to market.

Earthx<EIR> is a commitment to those focusing their life’s work on improving the world by solving age-old environmental problems using innovative solutions. Residents are afforded two years of full salary along with access to an unparalleled network of content creators, mentors, academics, industry professionals, and investors with the goal of taking their hardware or software company to maturity.

Ideal Candidates

The Earthx Program is seeking to accept 1-2 individuals into the program each year from around the world, with diverse personal, educational, and professional backgrounds. Applicants must be within 1-2 years of obtaining an advanced degree or have at least 3 years of professional experience. Applicants are expected to inspire the entire EarthX organization with their ideas and innovations.

Program Provisions

Residents are afforded two years of full salary along with access to an unparalleled network of content creators, mentors, academics, industry professionals, and investors with the goal of taking their hardware or software company to maturity.

Key Components of the Program

● Two years in residence, working as part of the EarthX team to design a strategy for ecological impact for public benefit and to develop a new idea.
● Opportunity to pitch investors.
● Access to EarthX network for PR, marketing and mentorships.

What the EIRs will do

● Develop and/or refine their vision to change systems and improve lives
● Build the talent platforms and networks that will make that vision possible, including constructing a strategy for selecting and funding talent
● Identify and capture opportunities to build coalitions and raise capital to ensure the sustainability of their vision
● Monitor success, pivot and refine as needed, and present lessons and updates to the EarthX team along the way.
● Mentor other team members, continuously learn, build a culture of inspiration and innovation at EarthX.

Our Vision

Our goal is to be the number one hub for international environmental thought leadership and technology innovation,” said EarthX Board Chair Lynn McBee. “We couldn’t be more excited to leverage our expertise, network, and platform to catalyze environmental innovation through direct support of ambitious environmental entrepreneurs. We are delighted to welcome new entrepreneurs who are developing fundamentally new approaches to solving the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems at scale.”

How to Apply

We are now accepting applications from qualified entrepreneurs involved in development of environmental technologies that are designed to solve age-old social or environmental problems using innovative solutions. To apply to the EarthX program please complete the application form.

Our First Entrepreneur in Residence

EarthX <EIR> launched in October 2020 with Cody Merrill, founder of Socialwyze, as the first resident. Merrill comes to EarthX with a degree in Finance and Economics from Southern Methodist University and experience at multiple medical software startups, including CareExpand. After witnessing the travesty of wasted human potential from homelessness while residing in San Francisco and Dallas, Merrill focused his attention on creating Socialwyze.

Cody Merrill

Cody Merrill is developing Socialwyze, a mobile app that helps governments and donors pay unemployed people to perform public benefit work to help them afford housing and transition back into employment.

Application Form

2020 EIR Program