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Global Venture Builder on a mission to launch and fund responsible companies addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals

We aim to build and invest into startups alongside purpose-driven entrepreneurs, wherever they are, by using innovation-led and market-based approaches to solve the greatest social and environmental challenges of our times.

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We are a Venture Studio

We invest financial and human capital to support startups from the idea-stage until their first round of external funding

We focus on Sustainability

We build responsible companies across the SDGs with a triple bottom line approach: People - Planet - Prosperity

around the world

We are globally distributed

We believe that great ideas and talent are everywhere, and so should opportunities be. We harness and embrace remote work.

Call for Entrepreneurs

If you have an idea that has the potential to have a significant positive impact across one or several of the SDGs while being financially successful, please apply here to build your company with us.

The Sustainable Development Goals were adopted in 2015 by all the United Nations member states as a universal call to build a prosperous and sustainable future for people and our planet by 2030. They form a set of 17 goals which are integrated, with clear and measurable targets, and are designed with the spirit of leaving no one behind. We focus on the environmental, social and economical pillars of the Global Goals and launch startups with a holistic view of stakeholders.

. Ideas to Business . Talent to Organization . Purpose to Impact .

Also referred to as a Startup Studio, a Venture Studio, a Startup Factory, a Company Builder or a Foundry, our goal is to co-create companies from scratch, alongside extraordinary entrepreneurs. We work hands-on with the entrepreneur to understand the problem, design a solution, hire a core team, build the product, acquire the first customers, build partnerships, reach product-market fit and eventually raise a seed round.

We want to inspire entrepreneurs to build market-based solutions to tackle humankind’s most pressing challenges, and investors to allocate capital to companies yielding financial returns as well as social and environmental positive impact.

How Satgana helps your start-up?

We provide bespoke support specific to your venture. We are not a program with a predefined curriculum for start-ups. 

We partner with you in the journey, solving problems and  building the company together. 

We let you be part of a truly global network with remote-first future ready operations.

Our core functions in support of your venture

Financial

Operational

Organizational

Call for Entrepreneurs

If you have an idea that has the potential to have a significant positive impact across one or several of the SDGs while being financially successful, please apply here to build your company with us.

We strive to do the right thing

✨ Our Name

In Sanskrit, Sat (सत्) translates into “that which is virtuous, good and everlasting”, and Gana (गण) into a “troop, company or tribe”. We aim to be a fundamentally good company for the world.

🔭 Telescope Emoji on Apple iOS 6.0 Our Vision

We envision a world in which business contributes to a paradigm where all people, all species and the planet thrive.

Triangular Flag On Post Emoji for Facebook, Email & SMS | ID#: 755 ... Our Mission

We aim to become a quintessential launchpad of responsible, for-profit, positive impact-driven companies.

🌿 Herb Emoji on Apple iOS 10.2 Our Credo

We believe that businesses have a critical role to play in harnessing innovation to help solve the world’s most pressing challenges with a triple bottom-line approach: People, Planet, Prosperity.

⚖️ Balance Scale Emoji on Apple iOS 9.1 Our Values

These are the fundamental layers that define what we stand for.

We will always act with integrity

We do what we say and we say what we do. We are honest and consistent in our actions. We advocate ethical behaviour and aim to build trust relationships with all our stakeholders, internally and externally.

We are grounded in humility

We cultivate a norm of accurate self-awareness. We acknowledge that to achieve our mission, we need to work with people and organizations more knowledgeable than ourselves. We give credit where it is due. We admit our mistakes and take responsibility for our actions.

We foster transparency

We default to making information available for everyone. We believe that making our goals and our practices clear for all creates trust, fosters constructive feedback and make us accountable to our stakeholders.

We promote diversity

We have a strong focus on building a diverse workforce that is inclusive across gender, ethnicity and geography. While this is the right thing to do to cultivate fairness and to leave no one behind, we are also deeply convinced that it will yield long-term financial performance. 

We are driven by a crazy ambition

Inherent to our bold mission of launching companies addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we wish to make a significant impact in tackling humankind’s most wicked environmental and social challenges.

We think and act with boldness

We are innovators at heart, carving our own path and challenging conventional wisdom. We do not exist to fit into pre-defined boxes. We are not afraid to walk off the beaten path and to do things differently. We believe there is no great genius without a touch of madness.

We cultivate empathy

We strive to understand the needs of all our stakeholders and to treat people with care and concern. We have a people-first mentality, which attracts and retains talent, keeps our staff well, which shall result in financial outperformance.

By embodying the change we wish to see in the world, we hope to inspire many people and other organizations to do the right thing.

We are a purpose-driven collective

Romain Diaz

Founder & CEO

Nnena Nkongho

Advisor - Investments

Olivier Tisseyre Satgana

Olivier Tisseyre

Advisor - Strategy

Shefali Chhachhi

CMO

Cathy Goddard

Investment Committee

Vinayak Kamath

Investment Committee, Advisor

Cordula Pflügl

Social Media & Brand

Karthik Tammana

Deal flow & Partnerships

Michael Napper

Advisor - Technology

Jashna Pillay

Social Media & Content

James Crowley

CTO

Jana Brauch Satgana

Jana Brauch

Impact & Operations

Marijn Wiersma

Advisor

Julien Zory

Technology & Sustainability

Patricia Silva

Investment Analysis

Lubomila Jordonova

Advisor

Konstantin Behr

Venture Builder

Aniri Maguru

Investment Analysis & Finance Manager

Isabelle Albert circle Satgana

Isabelle Albert

COO

Hugo Vautier

Board Member

What’s the vibe at Satgana?

We are a diverse team of professionals from a large spectrum of backgrounds, functions, sectors and countries across Africa, India and Europe. We are a globally distributed company with team members across 3 continents, leveraging remote work to tap into global talent and foster collaboration between teams in the Global North and the Global South.

How do I know if my startup is the right fit for Satgana?

Satgana is looking to support founders that are fully committed about tackling environmental and social problems in Africa, India, and/or Europe. It doesn’t matter if you only have an idea or already have a proof-of-concept, if you currently face challenges (beyond only the need to fundraise) and your business model is strongly aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals, you can apply.

You still think your idea is too early?

No, different from most VCs, Satgana does not mind if you have not yet generated any revenue. If you have an idea that has the potential to address social and/or environmental challenges in a commercially viable way, we want you to apply!

How can I apply to Satgana?

Satgana is accepting applications throughout the year on a rolling basis. You can apply through our online application form. Depending on the timing, the selection process can take up to 2 months, in which you will undergo different review stages and we will co-define how the partnership will look like. We wish you the best of luck.

How does Satgana’s venture building support look like?

If your venture is selected, Satgana, together with you and your team, will evaluate the different areas of support and eleborate a support plan. We will work together on areas such as launching your idea, technology strategy, fundraising, partnerships, marketing, and sales in exchange for sweat equity.

What is sweat equity?

“The term sweat equity refers to a person or company’s contribution toward a business venture or other project. Sweat equity is generally not monetary and, in most cases, comes in the form of physical labor, mental effort, and time.”- Investopedia.

Do I need to pay to join Satgana?

No, there is no cost to join Satgana; we only take a minority equity stake, in order to have our long-term financial interests fully aligned with yours. By becoming equity partners, we become incentivized to get the company off the ground quickly, generate traction, raise further capital and grow the company’s value to optimize for long-term value creation.

What about financial investments?

At this stage, Satgana is not in the position to make a financial investment. However, Satgana is currently in the process of raising its own venture capital fund in order to have the capacity to invest during the course of 2021. Meanwhile,  all startups that are selected for our venture building support will be eligible for funding by Satgana once our fund is raised. 

In the future, Satgana is looking to invest:

  • 30k€ founding capital
  • 500k€ pre-seed capital
  • Follow-on reserve for seed rounds alongside other investors

How is Venture Building different from an Accelerator program?

Different from the often generic accelerator approach, Satgana is offering individually tailored support packages that will solely focus on the needs of your venture. This allows Satgana to tackle your individual challenges, be more hands-on, and operate agile, adapting to your needs as we grow your venture together. 

Besides, we do not have a predefined timeline to work with you for only a limited period of time: we plan to work alongside you until you raise your first round of external funding, with our support.

We see ourselves as an additional co-founder that is looking to company build together with you.

What outcome can I expect from partnering with Satgana?

  • A clear roadmap for the future
  • First recurring and growing traction
  • Financial and operational visibility and transparency
  • Strong tech foundation
  • Access to a diverse team with global networks
  • Increased investor attractiveness
  • Qualitative and mission-driven team
  • Measurable impact 
  • Investor Readiness

Do you plan to co-invest in startups alongside other investment funds?

Actually, this is not quite our model. We are looking to support you with founding capital and pre-seed capital at the early-stage or even the idea-stage. 

Once your startup generates sufficient revenue and traction, we would keep a reserve to co-invest in your seed round alongside other investors. We plan to make seed co-investments only with startups that have been through our venture building pre-seed phase.

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We don’t have open roles yet but stay connected with us by sending your application to jointhejourney@satgana.com

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Global Venture Builder on a mission to launch and fund responsible companies addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals

We aim to build and invest into startups alongside purpose-driven entrepreneurs, wherever they are, by using innovation-led and market-based approaches to solve the greatest social and environmental challenges of our times.

status update

We are a Venture Studio

We invest financial and human capital to support startups from the idea-stage until their first round of external funding

We focus on Sustainability

We build responsible companies across the SDGs with a triple bottom line approach: People - Planet - Prosperity

around the world

We are globally distributed

We believe that great ideas and talent are everywhere, and so should opportunities be. We harness and embrace remote work.

Call for Entrepreneurs

If you have an idea that has the potential to have a significant positive impact across one or several of the SDGs while being financially successful, please apply here to build your company with us.

The Sustainable Development Goals were adopted in 2015 by all the United Nations member states as a universal call to build a prosperous and sustainable future for people and our planet by 2030. They form a set of 17 goals which are integrated, with clear and measurable targets, and are designed with the spirit of leaving no one behind. We focus on the environmental, social and economical pillars of the Global Goals and launch startups with a holistic view of stakeholders.

. Ideas to Business . Talent to Organization . Purpose to Impact .

Also referred to as a Startup Studio, a Venture Studio, a Startup Factory, a Company Builder or a Foundry, our goal is to co-create companies from scratch, alongside extraordinary entrepreneurs. We work hands-on with the entrepreneur to understand the problem, design a solution, hire a core team, build the product, acquire the first customers, build partnerships, reach product-market fit and eventually raise a seed round.

We want to inspire entrepreneurs to build market-based solutions to tackle humankind’s most pressing challenges, and investors to allocate capital to companies yielding financial returns as well as social and environmental positive impact.

How Satgana helps your start-up?

We provide bespoke support specific to your venture. We are not a program with a predefined curriculum for start-ups. 

We partner with you in the journey, solving problems and  building the company together. 

We let you be part of a truly global network with remote-first future ready operations.

Our core functions in support of your venture

Financial

Operational

Organizational

Call for Entrepreneurs

If you have an idea that has the potential to have a significant positive impact across one or several of the SDGs while being financially successful, please apply here to build your company with us.

We strive to do the right thing

✨ Our Name

In Sanskrit, Sat (सत्) translates into “that which is virtuous, good and everlasting”, and Gana (गण) into a “troop, company or tribe”. We aim to be a fundamentally good company for the world.

🔭 Telescope Emoji on Apple iOS 6.0 Our Vision

We envision a world in which business contributes to a paradigm where all people, all species and the planet thrive.

Triangular Flag On Post Emoji for Facebook, Email & SMS | ID#: 755 ... Our Mission

We aim to become a quintessential launchpad of responsible, for-profit, positive impact-driven companies.

🌿 Herb Emoji on Apple iOS 10.2 Our Credo

We believe that businesses have a critical role to play in harnessing innovation to help solve the world’s most pressing challenges with a triple bottom-line approach: People, Planet, Prosperity.

⚖️ Balance Scale Emoji on Apple iOS 9.1 Our Values

These are the fundamental layers that define what we stand for.

We will always act with integrity

We do what we say and we say what we do. We are honest and consistent in our actions. We advocate ethical behaviour and aim to build trust relationships with all our stakeholders, internally and externally.

We are grounded in humility

We cultivate a norm of accurate self-awareness. We acknowledge that to achieve our mission, we need to work with people and organizations more knowledgeable than ourselves. We give credit where it is due. We admit our mistakes and take responsibility for our actions.

We foster transparency

We default to making information available for everyone. We believe that making our goals and our practices clear for all creates trust, fosters constructive feedback and make us accountable to our stakeholders.

We promote diversity

We have a strong focus on building a diverse workforce that is inclusive across gender, ethnicity and geography. While this is the right thing to do to cultivate fairness and to leave no one behind, we are also deeply convinced that it will yield long-term financial performance. 

We are driven by a crazy ambition

Inherent to our bold mission of launching companies addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we wish to make a significant impact in tackling humankind’s most wicked environmental and social challenges.

We think and act with boldness

We are innovators at heart, carving our own path and challenging conventional wisdom. We do not exist to fit into pre-defined boxes. We are not afraid to walk off the beaten path and to do things differently. We believe there is no great genius without a touch of madness.

We cultivate empathy

We strive to understand the needs of all our stakeholders and to treat people with care and concern. We have a people-first mentality, which attracts and retains talent, keeps our staff well, which shall result in financial outperformance.

By embodying the change we wish to see in the world, we hope to inspire many people and other organizations to do the right thing.

We are a purpose-driven collective

Romain Diaz

Founder & CEO

Nnena Nkongho

Advisor - Investments

Olivier Tisseyre Satgana

Olivier Tisseyre

Advisor - Strategy

Shefali Chhachhi

CMO

Cathy Goddard

Investment Committee

Vinayak Kamath

Investment Committee, Advisor

Cordula Pflügl

Social Media & Brand

Karthik Tammana

Deal flow & Partnerships

Michael Napper

Advisor - Technology

Jashna Pillay

Social Media & Content

James Crowley

CTO

Jana Brauch Satgana

Jana Brauch

Impact & Operations

Marijn Wiersma

Advisor

Julien Zory

Technology & Sustainability

Patricia Silva

Investment Analysis

Lubomila Jordonova

Advisor

Konstantin Behr

Venture Builder

Aniri Maguru

Investment Analysis & Finance Manager

Isabelle Albert circle Satgana

Isabelle Albert

COO

Hugo Vautier

Board Member

Connect with us

Be social

Stay tuned

Subscribe to our newsletter

Work with us

We don’t have open roles yet but stay connected with us by sending your application to jointhejourney@satgana.com

Contact us

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