Leading companies in sectors including fintech, small business lending, and DeFi that have completed their carbon footprint and purchased equivalent carbon credit offsets are designated as a “Carbon Neutral Company x MintZero”. From Colombia and Brazil to India and the United States, and from startups to growing companies, the carbon neutrality movement is growing fast. Meet a few of its leaders.
Juancho Te Presta
Juancho Te Presta is one of Colombia’s fastest growing fintechs, that aims to increase financial inclusion through 100% digital credit solutions for women, gig workers, entrepreneurs and students. The fintech lender has disbursed over 20,000 loans since 2019, over 65% of which are to women, using state-of-the-art technology including AI, proprietary algorithms, and biometric verification to allow underbanked groups to apply for a loan in just ten minutes.
Juan E. Saldarriaga, CEO and Co-founder, Juancho Te Presta.
"At Juancho Te Presta, being environmentally responsible is core to our way of doing business, so becoming carbon neutral is a natural step in our progress towards being a sustainable company. We chose MintZero as our ally because using an NFT as the vehicle to certify our carbon neutrality is in line with our view of optimizing processes through cutting-edge technology." Juan E. Saldarriaga, CEO and Co-founder, Juancho Te Presta.
Divibank is building the go-to platform for online businesses in Latin America. It is a data-driven platform where companies have access to non-dilutive capital, starting with revenue-based financing for the fast-growing Brazilian e-commerce and SaaS markets. As part of its smart-money proposition, the Divibank platform will provide business software with planning tools, insights, and performance analytics.
“We’re very excited to be the first fintech company in Brazil to go carbon neutral using the MintZero platform. Divibank’s mission is to create opportunities for businesses by providing an all-in-one platform where our clients can access fast and affordable capital. At the core of our business is having a strong social impact and joining MintZero has allowed us to achieve a positive environmental impact as well.”
Cauris is a mission-driven investment firm that provides private credit to fintech companies in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Leveraging Decentralized Finance (DeFi), Cauris aims to help its partners extend financial services to 100 million people and empower individuals and small businesses through access to credit, thus enabling economic growth in emerging markets.
“MintZero gives us an opportunity to align our business with our values. It enables us to go carbon neutral as an organization, and to encourage the companies we invest in to do the same.”
ALMA Sustainable Finance
ALMA Sustainable Finance is a global debt platform that creatively deploys capital for sustainable development. ALMA uses real-time data and analytics to provide debt capital to high-growth companies in sustainable asset classes such as inclusive finance, cleantech, and carbon solutions.
Building on ALMA’s expertise in carbon markets, blockchain, and fintech, ALMA realized that it could support its borrowers and other small businesses to easily, quickly, and impactfully go carbon neutral, which led to the launch of the MintZero platform in 2022.
“We know that climate change is affecting all businesses, in all the regions where we operate. In investigating our options, we quickly realized that the corporate carbon market is complicated and hard to navigate for small businesses like ourselves and our borrowers. This pushed us to launch the MintZero platform in 2022 to be able to offer low-cost, high-quality carbon credits to startups and small businesses, starting with our own carbon neutral example.”
Gautam Ivatury, Managing Partner, ALMA Sustainable Finance.