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Innovate to regenerate

Innovate to regenerate

Help us Innovate to Regenerate Australia.

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Help us Innovate to Regenerate Australia.

Finding innovative solutions to regenerate and future-proof Australia’s precious natural environment and communities.

The blow to people and nature dealt from the catastrophic 2019-20 bushfires has left a staggering loss that requires action at scale, and recognition that business as usual cannot continue. As an organisation that prioritises innovation we are committed to dreaming big, but also to finding solutions that work for people and nature.

To make sure we centred our recovery work around what Australians needed, we engaged in an extensive nationwide listening campaign, especially to listen to Indigenous voices, and in bushfire-affected and rural communities, on what it will take to restore what has been lost. Using these insights, we are building a compelling narrative to drive our long-term vision to regenerate Australia.

Developed by WWF’s Panda Labs, Innovate to Regenerate is a test-bed for regenerative, community-led solutions that will encourage impact investment into priority areas. By reaching the greatest minds globally and nationally, and working hand-in-hand with local communities, we will find and amplify bright ideas to disrupt the status quo. We will select test projects, and then look for ways to scale and replicate in communities across Australia, in order to lead Australia’s transition towards a fairer and cleaner economy.

Establishing a Regeneration Fund:
We will bring together influential partners to identify, support and implement the most impactful solutions for Australia. Our aim is to establish a Regeneration Fund, a blended model fund to de-risk these ventures and increase likelihood of success.

The Innovate to Regenerate Challenges
WWF will leverage our Impactio Platform and the Regeneration Fund to run two Challenges, or calls for projects and start-ups. The first Challenge will start in October 2020 and the second in 2021.

Challenge 1: Bushfire Regeneration Challenge -Now Closed


The first Challenge will fund solutions for species and landscape-based climate adaptation, restoration, and resilience, through a $1 million grant program. 


Click here to view the recording of our launch event. 

The corresponding presentation can be accessed here. 


We will deploy up to $20,000 for validating early concepts and up to $250,000 for solutions ready to be piloted or scaled-up, making a total of $1 million.

We look for scalable solutions that enable and incentivise communities to own and drive regeneration outcomes, in at least one of these areas:

  • Fire risk management;
  • Regenerative use of landscapes;
  • Species recovery; and
  • Building ecological, economic and social resilience in the face of climate change.

To participate in the challenge as a Project Leader seeking support and funding, or as a Subject Matter Expert, please sign up via the Impactio website.



Challenge 2: Future-Proofing Australia (2021)

The second Impactio Challenge will focus on business ideas to future-proof Australia, such as:
Driving the shift to a new regenerative economy;
Securing Australia’s natural resources;
Mitigating the impacts of climate change; and
Community-led solutions capable of replication nationally.




Launch of Impactio

© WWF-Aus / Kerri Major

What is Impactio?

Developed by WWF-Australia in partnership with ConsenSys, Impactio brings together project leaders, subject-matter experts and funders to collaborate, fund, and implement high-impact projects. It offers a new approach to project incubation, selection, and funding.
It enables effective conversations between subject matter experts and project leaders, while leveraging the latest technologies to increase trust through transparency.
Regrowth after bushfires © WWF-Australia/Veronica Joseph

© WWF-Australia/Veronica Joseph

WWF-Australia and Innovation

WWF’s award-winning innovation program, Panda Labs, which started in Australia, now has seven Panda Labs offices around the world, and more than thirty innovation partners.

Through Panda Labs, we focus on accelerating and amplifying emerging technologies and new business models that will have a positive social and environmental impact. We do this by forming powerful innovation partnerships and driving human-centred solutions.
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Australia’s regenerative economy opportunities

Jointly commissioned by the NSW Government - Department of Planning, Industry, and Environment, and WWF Panda Labs, this new research by EY acknowledges that while life after COVID-19 will be altered, the big question remains: Will it change the way we think, invest and do business?

It identifies growing market opportunities in the regenerative economy, including the benefits for future-focused businesses and start-ups keen to capitalise on new markets.

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