The announcement was made earlier this week by KPMG CEO Andrew Yates with Wilderlands amongst five teams who will share in a prize pool of $250,000 of bespoke advisory services as well as gain connections to industry, business, science, community partners and impact investors and have the chance to present at a major event in September as part of the KPMG Nature Positive Challenge.

Last week, Wilderlands had the chance to pitch for the $100,000 Nature Positive Challenge prize which was won by Xylo Systems and a $50,000 KPMG People’s Choice prize voted on by KPMG staff which went to the Cooperative Advantage Alliance in PNG, with Hullbot and Restore Blue rounding out the cohort of five.

Wilderlands Co-founder and CEO Ash Knop said the opportunity would be transformative for the business and would help build integrity through auditing our methodology, opening new doors to prospective partners, and working together to help understand market opportunities in anticipation of the impact of the Taskforce of Nature-Related Disclosures. 

We’re humbled and excited to have been chosen as a KPGM Nature Positive Challenge finalist. The challenge goes beyond financial support, it offers invaluable connections and resources to businesses, science, knowledge, community partners and impact investors. This network will help us forge partnerships and advance out mission to protect more biodiversity.

Ash Knop

This will be the second year the Nature Positive Challenge has been run and this year extended its eligibility to include teams from across Fiji and Papua New Guinea as well as Australia, with the firm seeking to fulfil its public commitment to understanding and improving our impact on nature and biodiversity.

The initiative is designed to discover the best startups across biodiversity and the blue economy who are accelerating the protection, preservation, and regeneration of all species and living things on Earth as well as encouraging the sustainable use of oceans and marine resources for economic growth and community prosperity while preserving the health of blue ecosystems.

Wilderlands Claire Ansett meeting with Xylo Systems Camille Goldstone-Henry

Wilderlands are proud to be flying the biodiversity flag alongside our dear friends at Xylo Systems and recently sat down with their Co-Founder Camille to share her story and learn why they became one of Wilderlands first supporters when they gifted units to their mentors late last year.

Read our conversation with Camille here.