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Global Venture Studio on a mission to launch and fund planet-positive startups to build the Future of the Earth

We build and invest in startups alongside purpose-driven entrepreneurs by using innovation-led approaches to solve the greatest 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 sustainability-driven companies 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.

Our Portfolio

 

Mazi Mobility

Kenya-based Mazi Mobility is an Electric Vehicle (EV) Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) startup on a mission to solve East Africa’s highly fragmented and C02 emitting transport system. Mazi is using e-motorcycles, locally known as ‘bodas’, to accelerate the transition to efficient, affordable and clean transport.

Our Partners

. 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

Our Operational Team

Isabelle Albert circle Satgana

Isabelle Albert

COO

Konstantin Behr

Venture Builder

Jana Brauch Satgana

Jana Brauch

Impact & Deal Flow

James Crowley

CTO

Romain Diaz

Founder & CEO

Aniri Maguru

Investment Manager

Jashna Pillay

Social Media & Content Lead

Patricia Silva

Venture Builder

Kathrin Sühlsen

Venture Builder

Julien Zory

Technology & Sustainability

Board of Directors

Marta Ventura Correia

Board Member

Oriane Schoonbroodt

Board Member

Hugo Vautier

Board Member

Eryn Zander

Chairwoman

Investment Commitee

Cathy Goddard

Investment Committee

Vinayak Kamath

Investment Committee,

Advisors

Shefali Chhachhi

Advisor, Marketing

Lubomila Jordonova

Advisor

Michael Napper

Advisor, Technology

Nnena Nkongho

Investments

Cordula Pflügl

Social Media & Brand

Olivier Tisseyre Satgana

Olivier Tisseyre

Advisor, Strategy

Marijn Wiersma

Advisor

Nick Zasowski Satgana

Nick Zasowski

Venture Studio expert

satgana-investment-thesis

Doing well by doing good

 

1- For-profit entrepreneurs have a critical role to play in harnessing market dynamics, innovation, and technology to invent sustainable and scalable solutions to address social and environmental issues.

2- Humanity’s biggest challenges also represent the biggest business opportunities of this decade.

3- The product & market expertise lies in the entrepreneurs. Thus, we are theme-agnostic. Our role is to act as catalysts and enablers to elevate and accelerate those most likely to succeed.

4- We address the social and environmental pillars of the SDGs, with a focus on those with availability of follow-on funding.

5- We invest in asset-light, scalable solutions with profitable unit economics and big market potential.

6- Venture Builders significantly improve the chances of success of standalone startups, and as an investment opportunity, are among the best-performing subsets of the private equity asset class.

7- We have a blue ocean strategy on the financing value chain: the vast majority of institutional capital doesn’t participate at the idea-stage.

8- Our ethos is the cornerstone of our relationships with all our stakeholders. It enables us to build goodwill, attracts the right kind of entrepreneurs, and hence contribute to our long-term business performance.

9- We partner up with founders who are capable, purpose-driven and aligned with our ethos.

10- We invest with a gender-lens, not only because it is the right thing to do, but also because it is yields better financial performance.

11- We form partnerships with other ecosystem players to give us unique access to deal flow, sustainability organizations to ensure real impact and with the financing ecosystem for supplementary or later stage capital.

12- We intend to operate upon the highest standards of governance and organisational ethics.

13- We tap into entrepreneurs from diverse geographies, marrying on-ground local knowledge with global expertise. Our portfolio companies’ solutions are relevant to the point of impact as well as universal in applicability.

14- We are a globally distributed company, leveraging remote work to support founders wherever they are, through our team’s expertise and networks across Europe and emerging markets.

15- We significantly de-risk our investments by:
• Buying equity in startups through founding shares
• Investing in tranches against milestones
• Bringing high operational involvement and expertise to entrepreneurs

16- We ensure that a positive impact is embedded in the entrepreneur’s mission, and that it is achieved without causing harms on other areas.

17- Patient capital yields strong financial performance and lasting impact. We are in business for the very long term

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

Satgana is looking to support founders that are fully committed about tackling environmental and social issues, with a particular interest for climate-related solutions. 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.

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!

Satgana is accepting applications throughout the year on a rolling basis. You can apply through our online application form. The selection process typically takes 6 to 8 weeks, 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.

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

No. We want our interests to be fully aligned with yours, and as such we only work on the basis of become equity partners alongside you for the long run.

If your venture is selected, Satgana, together with you and your team, will evaluate the different areas of support and elaborate 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, typically in the region of 5-10%.

Satgana is currently in the process of raising its own venture capital fund in order to have to invest capital alongside operational resources. Meanwhile, we work with the startups that are selected for our venture building support to raise outside capital with our network of investors. 

Different from the often generic Accelerator approach, Satgana is offering individually tailored support that will solely focus on the needs of your venture. This allows Satgana to tackle your individual challenges, be more hands-on, 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.

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

We have 4 main selection criteria, which we assess through a series of calls and analytical work:

  • Team: capability, motivation and purpose
  • Commercial viability: clear value proposition, feasibility, defensibility, risks assessment, competition and market size.
  • Impact: can it have a clear and measurable positive impact towards specific SDG targets
  • Fit: overall match with the team’s ethos, and value of the partnership with Satgana.

Given our very hands-on approach to Venture Building, there is also a limited number of startups that you can work with at the same time, so given the number and quality of the applications we receive, we have to be selective about the ones we end up working with. Good luck!

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

Global Venture Studio on a mission to launch and fund planet-positive startups to build the Future of the Earth

We build and invest in startups alongside purpose-driven entrepreneurs by using innovation-led approaches to solve the greatest 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 sustainability-driven companies 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.

Our Portfolio

 

Mazi Mobility

Kenya-based Mazi Mobility is an Electric Vehicle (EV) Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) startup on a mission to solve East Africa’s highly fragmented and C02 emitting transport system. Mazi is using e-motorcycles, locally known as ‘bodas’, to accelerate the transition to efficient, affordable and clean transport.

Our Partners

. 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

Our Operational Team

Isabelle Albert circle Satgana

Isabelle Albert

COO

Konstantin Behr

Venture Builder

Jana Brauch Satgana

Jana Brauch

Impact & Deal Flow

James Crowley

CTO

Romain Diaz

Founder & CEO

Aniri Maguru

Investment Manager

Jashna Pillay

Social Media & Content Lead

Patricia Silva

Venture Builder

Kathrin Sühlsen

Venture Builder

Julien Zory

Technology & Sustainability

Board of Directors

Marta Ventura Correia

Board Member

Oriane Schoonbroodt

Board Member

Hugo Vautier

Board Member

Eryn Zander

Chairwoman

Investment Commitee

Cathy Goddard

Investment Committee

Vinayak Kamath

Investment Committee,

Advisors

Shefali Chhachhi

Advisor, Marketing

Lubomila Jordonova

Advisor

Michael Napper

Advisor, Technology

Nnena Nkongho

Investments

Cordula Pflügl

Social Media & Brand

Olivier Tisseyre Satgana

Olivier Tisseyre

Advisor, Strategy

Marijn Wiersma

Advisor

Nick Zasowski Satgana

Nick Zasowski

Venture Studio expert

satgana-investment-thesis

Doing well by doing good

 

1- For-profit entrepreneurs have a critical role to play in harnessing market dynamics, innovation, and technology to invent sustainable and scalable solutions to address social and environmental issues.

2- Humanity’s biggest challenges also represent the biggest business opportunities of this decade.

3- The product & market expertise lies in the entrepreneurs. Thus, we are theme-agnostic. Our role is to act as catalysts and enablers to elevate and accelerate those most likely to succeed.

4- We address the social and environmental pillars of the SDGs, with a focus on those with availability of follow-on funding.

5- We invest in asset-light, scalable solutions with profitable unit economics and big market potential.

6- Venture Builders significantly improve the chances of success of standalone startups, and as an investment opportunity, are among the best-performing subsets of the private equity asset class.

7- We have a blue ocean strategy on the financing value chain: the vast majority of institutional capital doesn’t participate at the idea-stage.

8- Our ethos is the cornerstone of our relationships with all our stakeholders. It enables us to build goodwill, attracts the right kind of entrepreneurs, and hence contribute to our long-term business performance.

9- We partner up with founders who are capable, purpose-driven and aligned with our ethos.

10- We invest with a gender-lens, not only because it is the right thing to do, but also because it is yields better financial performance.

11- We form partnerships with other ecosystem players to give us unique access to deal flow, sustainability organizations to ensure real impact and with the financing ecosystem for supplementary or later stage capital.

12- We intend to operate upon the highest standards of governance and organisational ethics.

13- We tap into entrepreneurs from diverse geographies, marrying on-ground local knowledge with global expertise. Our portfolio companies’ solutions are relevant to the point of impact as well as universal in applicability.

14- We are a globally distributed company, leveraging remote work to support founders wherever they are, through our team’s expertise and networks across Europe and emerging markets.

15- We significantly de-risk our investments by:
• Buying equity in startups through founding shares
• Investing in tranches against milestones
• Bringing high operational involvement and expertise to entrepreneurs

16- We ensure that a positive impact is embedded in the entrepreneur’s mission, and that it is achieved without causing harms on other areas.

17- Patient capital yields strong financial performance and lasting impact. We are in business for the very long term

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

Satgana is looking to support founders that are fully committed about tackling environmental and social issues, with a particular interest for climate-related solutions. 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.

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!

Satgana is accepting applications throughout the year on a rolling basis. You can apply through our online application form. The selection process typically takes 6 to 8 weeks, 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.

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

No. We want our interests to be fully aligned with yours, and as such we only work on the basis of become equity partners alongside you for the long run.

If your venture is selected, Satgana, together with you and your team, will evaluate the different areas of support and elaborate 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, typically in the region of 5-10%.

Satgana is currently in the process of raising its own venture capital fund in order to have to invest capital alongside operational resources. Meanwhile, we work with the startups that are selected for our venture building support to raise outside capital with our network of investors. 

Different from the often generic Accelerator approach, Satgana is offering individually tailored support that will solely focus on the needs of your venture. This allows Satgana to tackle your individual challenges, be more hands-on, 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.

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

We have 4 main selection criteria, which we assess through a series of calls and analytical work:

  • Team: capability, motivation and purpose
  • Commercial viability: clear value proposition, feasibility, defensibility, risks assessment, competition and market size.
  • Impact: can it have a clear and measurable positive impact towards specific SDG targets
  • Fit: overall match with the team’s ethos, and value of the partnership with Satgana.

Given our very hands-on approach to Venture Building, there is also a limited number of startups that you can work with at the same time, so given the number and quality of the applications we receive, we have to be selective about the ones we end up working with. Good luck!

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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