The year 2023 has been a hot one for devastating wildfires, from Chile to Canada, Europe and Maui. A startup called Vibrant Planet says it’s helping ignite resilience with a platform called Land Tender.
The California public benefit corporation just closed on a $15 Million Series A funding round led by the Ecosystem Integrity Fund with participation from Microsoft’s Climate Innovation Fund and others.
“It’s helping us ramp up our customer success team to support all customers,” Allison Wolff, Vibrant Planet CEO and cofounder, says of the latest influx, which brings the company’s total raised to $34 million. “And then we also are ramping up our science team to take on what’s next.”
Land Tender is described as a cloud-based adaptive management and monitoring system that allows managers to build community protection and land management scenarios in minutes.
Wolff explains that wildfire is a natural and regular part of functioning ecosystems.
But fire hazards are rising as the earth’s climate warms. In the United States alone, people live in about 2,000 communities covering more than 240 million areas that are vulnerable to severe wildfires.