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Investors Circle

Impact Investor Community

Gaining access to long-term external financing often proves to be a high hurdle for impact entrepreneurs.

Investors in our Impact Investor Community focus their investments on impact ventures that are on the threshold of the "Valley of Death". This is the period in the life of a startup when it's already operational but hasn't yet generated revenue.

“Compared to other countries, impact investing in Germany doesn't seem to have established itself as a significant source of capital for social enterprises. At 5.8%, it only makes up a small proportion of the various types of financing secured by social entrepreneurs."
German Social Entrepreneurship Monitor 2020/21
Investors help impact ventures to enter their next growth phase. Our Impact Investor Community convenes pioneering investors who want to finance impact ventures and partner with them to tackle the most pressing social and environmental challenges. This is where money meets mission.
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The Impact Investor Community is made possible by our partners at Bethmann Bank.

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Is your impact venture looking for capital?

Each pitch event has a different focus, typically related to one of our four core ecosystems: green technology, sustainable food, diversity and inclusion, and the circular economy. Ventures interested in pitching should:

  • Be pre-seed to seed stage, and looking for EUR 100,000 to EUR 500,000 funding;
  • Have been founded in the DACH region;
  • Already have developed a first Minimum Viable Product (MVP) with pilot clients;
  • Be ready to engage in one-on-one discussions with the right investors.
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The next Investors Circle Event

Apply to pitch by 7th August!

Women are still heavily underrepresented in the startup ecosystem - with only about 4% of startups in Germany being female-founded (BCG, 2018).

Female founders face particular barriers to starting up, with lack of access to funding and business-relevant networks a key factor. Just 8% of angel investment and less than 2% of Venture Capital funding currently goes to women-led startups (Female Founders Monitor, 2020).

For the next edition of the Investor:innenkreis, we want to address this gap. On 30th August 2022, six female founders have the opportunity to pitch their innovative impact startups to our investor community and network.

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Make your money matter

We're growing a community of impact investors in the DACH region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) made up of people ready not only to invest their money, but to partner with entrepreneurs at eye-level, and to jointly tackle the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

Our pitch events introduce investors to up-and-coming impact ventures three times per year, encouraging networking and collaboration. If you're ready to put your capital into the most exciting ventures driving the sustainable transformation of our economy and society, sign up now to receive an invitation to the next event.

 

Meet the ventures

Since 2019, we’ve introduced 20 impact startups to investors:
Want to learn more? Get in touch with us. Clara Niedt, Consultancy Team