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.