Autodesk Foundation portfolio

Meet the portfolio of nonprofits and startups scaling design and engineering solutions that transform industries to be more sustainable, inclusive, and resilient. 


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Investing for impact

We invest in, support, and measure the impact of early-stage organizations designing and implementing innovative solutions for a more sustainable, inclusive, and resilient world.

Energy & Materials

Avoiding, reducing, and removing greenhouse gas emissions to accelerate the transition to a decarbonized economy.

Ampaire

Ampaire innovates at the intersection of the electric vehicle and aerospace industries by developing trusted, practical, and compelling electric aircrafts from short-haul cargo to supersonic passenger transport.

Avalanche Energy

Avalanche Energy is pursuing an unprecedented approach to nuclear fusion through micro-reactors that enable rapid design, build, test cycles, and modular clean energy production to decarbonize the planet.

Balloon Tech Co.

Balloon Tech Co., a Good Machine company, is a high-altitude balloon platform that captures Earth observation data to serve as an early warning system for various public good and public interest purposes, particularly wildfire detection.

BamCore

BamCore is a next-generation building technology company that manufactures bamboo-based structural building components that speed construction and shrink a building’s carbon footprint.

CarbonBuilt

CarbonBuilt’s technology enables concrete manufacturers to produce industry standard products that contain 70% to 100% less embodied carbon while generating higher profit margins.

Climate Robotics

Climate Robotics is a venture-backed startup building heavy equipment to improve agricultural soils and fight climate change.

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Closed Loop Partners

Closed Loop Partners invests in early-stage companies that support and catalyze the circular economy, including sustainable consumer good companies, advanced recycling technologies, and B2B services.

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Found Energy

Found Energy is building rechargeable aluminum fuel power systems aimed at eliminating carbon emissions from heavy industrial applications.

 

Gradient

Gradient is rethinking HVAC, building products that are good for the planet and great at keeping homes comfortable, starting with a highly efficient heat-pump AC unit to replace conventional window units.

Heirloom

Heirloom is removing 1 billion tons of carbon dioxide by 2035, using natural processes to engineer the world’s most cost-effective Direct Air Capture solution.

Last Energy

Last Energy is developing scalable, micro modular nuclear power plants to decarbonize global energy production and increase access to clean, affordable power.

M2X Energy

M2X Energy’s modular waste gas-to-liquid technology captures and converts methane from oil and gas operations into low-carbon chemicals that can be sold.

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MCJ Collective

MCJ Collective powers collective innovation for climate solutions by breaking down silos and unleashing problem-solving capacity.

 

Nth Cycle

Nth Cycle is a metals processing technology company that works with battery recyclers and miners.

Prime Coalition

Prime Coalition empowers philanthropists to place charitable capital into market-based solutions to climate change.

Prometheus Materials

Prometheus Materials uses algae, sunlight, water, and sand to produce a bio-cement alternative to traditional cement and concrete that eliminates CO2 emissions.

Rebound Technologies

Rebound Technologies manufacturers IcePoint®, the most flexible, efficient, and economically optimized cooling equipment.

Vartega

Vartega is a recycling technology company connecting carbon fiber waste to a demand for low-cost, recycled carbon fiber.

Vesta

Vesta is developing an ocean-based climate solution—Coastal Carbon Capture—to permanently sequester and store CO2 at gigaton scale while lowering ocean acidity.

 

Health & Resilience

Improving resilience in ​low-resource communities with climate adaptation technologies.​

Acumen

Acumen is a global community changing the way the world tackles poverty.

Amped Innovation

Amped Innovation powers the next 1 billion energy users with clean off-grid products and appliances that perform better than the grid.

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AWE Funds

AWE Funds is a gender smart venture equity fund investing in future market leaders leveraging tech-led innovation to catalyze climate action and gender equity.

Bridges to Prosperity

Bridges to Prosperity works with local communities, partners, and foundations to build trail bridges that connect residents to education, healthcare, and economic opportunity.

Build Health International

Build Health International designs, builds, and equips high-quality sustainable healthcare facilities in impoverished regions of the world.

Delta40

Delta40 is a venture studio that invests in technology-enabled energy, agriculture, and mobility ventures in Africa that tackle climate change and increase incomes.

EarthEnable

EarthEnable trains masons and sales reps to sell and install high-quality earthen floors that are composed of natural materials (gravel, clay, sand, and laterite).

Hometeam Ventures

Hometeam Ventures invests in and scales startups that improve the construction life cycle, resulting in more adequate housing globally.

Kheyti

Kheyti designs low-cost farming solutions and provides end-to-end support to small-farmers, giving them a seamless path to increasing climate-resilient incomes.

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MASS Design Group

MASS Design Group designs, builds, and advocates for buildings that bring health, dignity, and growth.

 

Mortenson Center in Global Engineering & Resilience, University of Colorado

The Mortenson Center advocates for development solutions by educating engineering students and professionals, promoting research, and building local capacity and resiliency in developing communities.

 

Okra Solar

Okra Solar is a technology startup that enables solar generating communities to share and utilize more energy.

PowerUP

PowerUP delivers safe, affordable, and efficient electric cooking appliances that produce income and health benefits while reducing carbon emissions.

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S4S Technologies

S4S Technologies provides smallholder farmers with solar-powered food preservation and processing capabilities to reduce food waste and CO2 emissions while empowering women farmers.

 

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Safisana

Safisana is a social enterprise that designs, builds, and operates recycling plants in low- and middle-income countries that turn fecal and organic waste into high-value products.

 

Simprints

Simprints’ biometric fingerprint identification solution helps development organizations solve identification challenges.

Splash

Splash works to provide clean water for orphanages, schools, hospitals, and shelters in the developing world.

Synapses

Synapses is a venture capital fund providing strategic, operational, and capital support to STEM-led innovations in climate and health to create global market leaders.

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Wavemaker Impact

Wavemaker Impact is a climate venture builder fund that invests in Southeast Asian entrepreneurs and startups to rapidly decarbonize the planet.

Work & Prosperity

Preparing workers to thrive in the era of automation through equity-driven, human-centered solutions.

BluLever Education

BluLever Education is an innovative vocational education organization that is empowering Africa’s artisans with skills for the future.

ChargerHelp!

ChargerHelp! is solving the industrywide problem of downed electric vehicle charging stations by providing on-demand repairs and maintenance support from trained local workforces. 

Coalfield Development

Coalfield Development is rebuilding the Appalachian economy from the ground up by unlocking people’s creative power to transform perceived problems into opportunities in their communities.

Education Design Lab

Education Design Lab is a nonprofit innovation engine that co-designs, validates, and scales education-to-workforce models through a human-centered design process.

FAME USA

FAME USA creates an employer-driven training system that utilizes a collaborative approach to meet local skills needs in a specific and mission-critical occupation.

FreeWorld

FreeWorld is a tech enabled nonprofit that aims to accelerate economic mobility for returning citizens so they can live fulfilling lives, prison-free.

Generation: You Employed

Generation is a global nonprofit network that supports people to achieve economic mobility through employment so they can improve their lives.

 

ISAIC

ISAIC is providing training, development, and support by combining traditional skills with those for emerging technologies in order to fuel a people-empowered model for industry.

JARC Rhode Island

Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) promotes strong communities, businesses, and households to ensure that people who work do not live in poverty.

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JFFVentures

JFFVentures invests in early-stage companies where entrepreneurs with lived experiences are building tech-enabled solutions that create a more inclusive economy.

Merit America

Merit America is a nonprofit that prepares hardworking and diverse adults for STEM careers through technical training and soft-skills development.

Pallet

Pallet is a social purpose company on a mission to build equal opportunity access to housing and employment. For those facing a personal or natural disaster, Pallet shelters are a steppingstone out of crisis and into a life of stability.

R3 Score Technologies

R3 Score Technologies modernizes legacy risk models so that businesses and governments can tap into overlooked talent and customers.

Revolution Workshop

Revolution Workshop builds skills, hope, and resilience in Chicago's underserved communities through construction job training and job creation.

Stacks+Joules

Stacks+Joules is a nonprofit workforce development program, training overlooked populations for jobs in building automation.

The Families & Workers Fund

The Families & Workers Fund is a pooled collaborative fund supported by 40 diverse funders working together to build an economy that uplifts all.

The Industrial Commons

The Industrial Commons founds and scales employee-owned social enterprises and industrial cooperatives, and supports frontline workers to build a new southern working class that erases the inequities of generational poverty and builds an economy and future for all.

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