This is my third conversation with a business in the 2021 cohort of the ‘AI for Social Impact Programme’ – which is a partnership between Social Tech Trust and Microsoft for Startups. who are supporting purpose driven ventures using technology to make a positive impact on people’s lives – hence why
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This is my third conversation with a business in the 2021 cohort of the ‘AI for Social Impact Programme’ – which is a partnership between Social Tech Trust and Microsoft for Startups. who are supporting purpose driven ventures using technology to make a positive impact on people’s lives – hence why they are ideal partners for this podcast series.
The theme this week is Sustainability, and - specifically - minimising the carbon footprint of the Built Environment – which currently accounts for almost 40% of global carbon emissions. Which, to put it in context, is almost double the carbon emissions of all forms of global transport.
So any progress towards making buildings more efficient in terms of energy and resources, in terms of waste, has to be an important step in protecting our environment. And inevitably, the impact entrepreneur community are finding ways to do this through technology.
My guest today is Colin Ma, CEO of FABRIQ, a software platform for sustainable and high performance buildings.
Fabriq has designed a technology for anyone who wants to improve sustainability performance within the built environment and maximise the value that buildings can offer to those who own, operate, or occupy and use them. It is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering that enables a data-driven and comprehensive approach for identifying opportunities to run and use buildings in smarter, greener, and even net-zero carbon ways.
Colin has worked in technology for the last 20 years, since graduating from Berkeley in California and joining Accenture in San Francisco 2001. He later came to the UK to study his MBA at London Business School, focused on Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship. He’s since worked in sales, marketing and product strategy, before joining the leadership team at Fabriq 4 years ago,. And then stepping up to become CEO in January last year.