Uses FAA heavy-lift certified drone swarms to reforest land devastated by wildfires.
In recent years, wildfire deforestation has spread faster than new trees can be seeded. After a record-breaking wildfire season, DroneSeed became the first drone operator in the U.S. to receive approval from the FAA for post-wildfire reforestation in six states: California, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. The company's coordinated, heavy-lift drone swarms can operate beyond visual line-of-site in clear airspace, dropping vessels containing Douglas fir and ponderosa pine seeds in areas that previously would have taken years to reforest.
Robinhood is a financial services company and mobile app that offers commission-free investing and trading.
Robinhood's stated mission is to democratize finance for all, and the company's commission-free investing and trading has indeed revolutionized the brokerage industry. During just the first four months of 2020, the company added more than three million funded accounts. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the company has published articles on topics including how to invest in a down market and launched a video series to give users a rundown of the top financial news stories of the day.
An independent provider of remittance and transformative financial service products for immigrants.
Despite being major economic contributors to the countries in which they live, many immigrants face significant barriers in accessing financial services. Remitly’s digital remittances product helps immigrants send money transfers to their loved ones all over the world, while its digital banking solution, Passbook, empowers immigrants to create bank accounts without social security numbers by accepting forms of official identification common to immigrants and their families. The company also works with Visa to enable customers to access their funds via Visa debit cards everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted. Remitly’s financial services products have been particularly important to immigrants and their families as the pandemic has interrupted things like traditional offline banking and remittances.
Provides mobile services for budgeting, finding work, building credit, and accessing cash advances to cover immediate expenses.
Dave's Side Hustle app feature helps customers find local, flexible work to cover immediate expenses; nearly 73 percent of customers use their cash advances to pay for groceries. After almost half of all customers reported that their income would be decreased or lost entirely because of the pandemic, Dave responded by quickly expanding its Side Hustle feature to include work-from-home options and adding millions of jobs across dozens of industries, including accounting, child care, and health care—helping customers earn more than $157 million in much needed income this year. The company also donated $250,000 to the Feeding America Covid-19 Response Fund.
Produces pasture-raised eggs and butter sold at Target and Whole Foods Market.
Matt O’Hayer had a history with eggs. He sold them from a cart when he was in college. After hearing his friend, Whole Foods co-founder John Mackey, talk about pasture-raised hen laying farms, O’Hayer went all-in, founding Vital Farms in 2007 with 20 humanely treated hens on 27 acres. Now the company processes and packs up to two million eggs a day from 200 farms, all of which must meet stringent standards for animal welfare and grazing practices. Vital Farms is also working towards developing a scalable method to avoid egg culling, the process of destroying male chicks that’s standard for most egg-laying operations. As at-home cooking surged, the company's emphasis on maintaining a clean pipeline free of harmful chemicals, including herbicides and pesticides, allowed it to adapt its production easily to sanitized pandemic conditions. Vital Farms, whose revenue is north of $140 million, has also donated over 1 million eggs to food pantries this year.