Zinc VC’s Podcast: Taboos Episode
This episode is a conversation between Linnea Dunne (writer, editor and host of the Bits of Me podcast) and Dr Anna Hushlak (Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Ferly), hosted by Zinc’s Chief Scientist, Dr Rachel Carey.
We talk about the value of engaging in conversations about our health that tend to be hidden away, the impact this has on those involved, and the need for more/better supportive services & products. We also touch on how (and for whom) these conversations are changing over time.
You can find out more about Linnea and Bits of Me here: http://www.linneadunne.com/2020/06/24/bits-of-me-podcast/You can read about Ferly’s mission here: https://weareferly.com/mission
If you’re interested in these topics, we would love you to join us at our free, online event in October – more details and registration here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hidden-health-stories-learnings-from-a-project-on-taboo-health-issues-tickets-171207314687
And finally, if you’re interested in sharing your own ‘hidden health story’, we would love to hear from you. In collaboration with The Liminal Space, we have created a website where people can share their experiences, and hear about others: https://www.myhealth-mybody.co.uk/
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Impact Report 2023
We started Zinc with the hypothesis that missions are an effective way to attract highly ambitious, talented and experienced groups of innovators, who might not recognise themselves as “classic entrepreneurs” but are ready and able to start a new commercial and successful venture to tackle some of our most pressing societal issues.
The world has overcome the sorts of challenges we face today when it has adopted a mission-based approach to the biggest problems and brought together world-class talent to invent and innovate, e.g: NASA and landing a man on the moon, the LSE blueprinting the British welfare state, or the Gates Foundation aiming to eradicate diseases.
On this basis and assumption, we designed Zinc as a new mission-based Venture Builder — a place where global talent, ‘impact makers’, can join to experiment and develop new solutions to our most pressing societal issues.
To Eliminate Environmental Threats to Our Health
Environmental health threats pose a grave danger to human health and well-being, causing suffering to individuals and communities worldwide. These threats, which include chemical pollution, climate change, and biological hazards, cause acute and chronic diseases and exacerbate existing health conditions.
To protect those we care about, we must tackle the causes of environmental degradation, shield people from the consequences of environmental harm, and, where protection fails, we must mitigate the health impacts they suffer.
This demands action to improve all aspects of our environment: soil, food, air, water, and the built environment. It requires us to focus on every aspect of human health to reduce suffering.
Entrepreneurship and technology are powerful means to tackle these challenges. That’s why we are backing 70 founders to build innovative companies addressing this mission.