About

SEIF supports and promotes impact driven entrepreneurs – individuals or teams – with innovative business ideas to solve current social and/or environmental challenges. With a main focus on TECH FOR IMPACT, we provide targeted support for impact entrepreneurs to grow, improve their business performance and scale their impact.

Together with our corporate partners, we lead the TECH FOR IMPACT Awards, a Europe-wide business plan competition for impact driven tech entrepreneurs. Twice a year we run the IMPACT ACADEMY which is linked to our Angel network Impact Investors Circle. We are the only organization in Switzerland certified to run Innosuisse trainings for Social Entrepreneurs, in collaboration with ZHAW and EPFL.

We currently develop additional impact investing opportunities, to support Tech for Impact entrepreneurs and utilize the significant business opportunities associated with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Team

Prof. Mariana Christen Jakob

Founder and Managing Partner SEIF | Co-Founder SEIF invest EmailLinkedIn
Impact Investing

With over 20 years experience in social innovation, CSR and impact entrepreneurship Mariana is an expert within impact investing as well as non-financial support for social entrepreneurs. She founded SEIF in 2011 with the aim to professionalize the social entrepreneurship sector and provide impact startups with the necessary support to grow and scale successfully. Today, Mariana leads the way in early stage Tech for Impact investing, finding solutions for the issues involved in initiating the first financing rounds.

Mandates

First Ventures, Gebert Ruf Foundation, Jury Member
The programme promotes UAS students with an innovative business idea with financial contribution as well as tailored coaching

BRIDGE, jointly offered by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and Innosuisse, Member Steering Committee
The programme offers funding opportunities at the intersection of basic and science-based innovation for young and experienced researchers

RaiseNow, Advisory Board Member

Aimée van der Wolde

Managing Partner SEIF EmailLinkedIn
Impact Acceleration

As Managing Partner, Aimée leads the implementation of SEIF’s Tech for Impact programs and new developments. She has a strong background in deal sourcing for impact angels and is in charge of the Impact Investors Circle, SEIF’s network of impact driven business angels. In prior roles, Aimée managed social innovation and impact programs for public and private institutions, consulted entrepreneurs and public institutions on impact and worked with Social Impact Bonds. At SEIF, she thrives in her role, supporting impact startups to become impact investment ready.

Mandates

WSA National Expert & Jury Member

Climate-KIC Switzerland Jury Member 2019

Yunus&Youth Jury Member 2019

Sarah Linder

Managing Partner SEIF EmailLinkedIn
Impact Management

As Managing Partner and SEIF’s impact management expert, Sarah leads strategic projects within impact management in the context of impact investment. She is in charge of the educational programs SEIF Impact Academy and Innosuisse trainings for impact entrepreneurs. Sarah is experienced within impact driven entrepreneurship, having worked with impact entrepreneurs in Switzerland and Brazil. She has an academic background in business and sustainability, holds a PGC in social innovation management and absolved EVPA and Acumen trainings in social impact management and measurement as well as lean data approaches to measure social impact.

Mandates

Venture Jury

Maria Ljung

Senior Manager SEIF EmailLinkedIn
Impact Ecosystem

Maria manages the Europe-wide startup competition SEIF Tech for Impact Awards. In her role, she looks for European impact entrepreneurs who develop or make innovative use of technologies to tackle the most pressing global social and/or environmental challenges. She has a strong belief in fostering the positive potential of technology to achieve sustainable and scalable impact. Before joining SEIF, she primarily worked within business, culture and trade promotion in the public and non-profit sectors in Europe. Her academic background is in economics, international relations and journalism.

Mandates

WSA National Expert

Dino Darmonski

Project Manager SEIF EmailLinkedIn

Dino is part of the development and implementation of new projects and takes responsibility for sub-projects, where he supports the rest of the team. He is convinced that the use of technology can contribute to the improvement of ecological and social challenges. Before joining SEIF, Dino worked as a Marketing Project Manager both in companies and as self-employed. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, a CAS in Design Management and will soon finish a Master in Business Innovation at the University of St.Gallen (HSG). 

Dr. Jaap E. Borger

Technology Advisor SEIF EmailLinkedIn

Jaap E. Borger is a scientist with a background in sustainable chemistry. He moved to work and live in Switzerland after obtaining his doctoral degree in the Netherlands at the end of 2016. He has experience as a research associate in the pharmaceutical industry and as a postdoctoral researcher at the ETH in Zürich. His latest projects involved the development of new strategies to sustainably produce bulk and specialty chemicals, as well as the synthesis of novel materials designed to tackle some of the current challenges in the energy industry. With his background and vision, he has the skills to detain the potential of technology in order to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.

Eric Gisiger

Co-Founder SEIF invest EmailLinkedIn
Investment Advisor

As co-founder of SEIF invest, Eric acts as Investment Advisor in the development of the platform and the underlying portfolio companies with a Tech for Impact focus. In addition to the positive impact, he sees great commercial potential and thus attractive investment opportunities in early-stage and growth companies addressing some of our most pressing global challenges. Eric is a seasoned and entrepreneurial investment professional with more than 20 years of successful international working experience covering the areas of private equity / venture capital, M&A, corporate development, international project- and institutional relationship management.

Luca Christen

Investment Manager SEIF invest EmailLinkedIn

As Investment Manager, Luca leads the portfolio management process and supports the establishment of impact driven investment opportunities. He is a strong believer that entrepreneurs that have an impact purpose and a technical innovation are more dedicated – and thus more successful in their ventures. Before joining SEIF invest, Luca worked in finance in the agronomy sector in both Europe and South America. He has past M&A experience and holds a Master in Banking and Finance from the University of St. Gallen. 

Alessandro Braglia

Investment Project Manager SEIF invest EmailLinkedIn

As Investment Project Manager, Alessandro supports the impact driven investment opportunities and the portfolio management process in collaboration with the teamBefore joining SEIF invest, he worked in different positions with experiences ranging from fast rising startups to large banks. He holds a Master in International Business and a Master in Disruptive Innovation from Hult International Business School. Recently he completed his Executive Education studies in impact investing for the Next Generation.