The industry as game changer for growing impact tech sector

A profitable and scalable solution to boost business growth and maximize positive impact? Yes, we are talking about the innovations of today, and the leading companies of tomorrow. Where having an impact driven business does not exempt you from building a robust, and profitable, business case.

In 2013, Forbes published an article describing social entrepreneurship as ‘a fundamental game changer‘. A lot has happened since.

Today, we are talking about impact driven entrepreneurs, who with profitable business models are finding solutions to tackle our most pressing global challenges. As Bloom co-founder Florent Héroguel says: ‘a profitable and scalable solution will boost business growth and maximize impact.’

At SEIF, we work with startups from all over Switzerland and Europe with big visions for a sustainable future. Impact driven entrepreneurs, where positive impact and financial profit goes hand in hand.

From solutions addressing safety and sustainability in the construction industry (FenX, Oxara), to recycling (DePoly), plant-based meat supplements (Planted), inclusion in the health sector (Care to Translate), CO2 removal (Carbo Culture), sustainable resources (Bloom Biorenewables), the energy revolution (Green-Y Energy) and challenges with our ageing society (We+Care, Emovo Care).

The Sustainable Development Goals provide an excellent framework for new business opportunities. If anything, this has become even more evident during the COVID-19 pandemic. And forward-thinking industry players have the potential to become game changers in this context. That is, industry players who understand that the biggest opportunities lie in solving global challenges.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed many weaknesses of our world […] This means there are thousands of opportunities for entrepreneurs to build new business models, new ways of producing and consuming, new systems, technologies, and processes.”

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The Swiss Tech for Impact sector is on the rise. And it has great potential. With leading technology universities (such as ETH and EPFL), a strong innovation and startup support ecosystem.

Large corporates are urgently needed as key partners for a growing Tech for Impact sector in Switzerland and beyond. Multinational industry players have an enormous impact and can contribute with both scale and expertise to fundamentally boost the development of the growing impact tech ecosystem.

Together with other key players in the ecosystem, we can create the best possible foundation for impact tech entrepreneurs to reach their full potential and scale.

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Switzerland’s first Tech for Impact Day

On September 15th, 2020, we are honored to organize Switzerland’s first Tech for Impact Day in Zurich. This day will focus on how industry can play a key role in supporting and collaborating with impact tech startups and developing innovation to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event is commissioned by Innosuisse and supported by the Department for Economic Affairs, Office for Economy and Labour, Canton of Zurich.