About impact investing
According to the Global Impact Investing Network, impact investments are investments made with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. Impact investments can be made in both emerging and developed markets, and target a range of returns from below market to market rate, depending on investors’ strategic goals.
The impact investing market provides diverse and attractive opportunities for investors to take on society’s most pressing issues and challenges, through investments that also generate financial returns in sectors such as sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, conservation, micro-finance, and affordable and accessible basic services including housing, healthcare, and education.
SEIF invest: our approach
As impact investors, we want to challenge long-held views that social and environmental issues should be addressed only by philanthropic donations, and that market investments should focus exclusively on achieving financial returns.
In fact, we at SEIF invest firmly believe that positive impact goes hand in hand with financial outperformance. Leveraging social and environmental returns can accelerate the latter in today’s ever-increasingly consumer conscious global economy.
We work closely with the impact experts at SEIF innovation, embedding their impact measurement and management framework in our investment strategy with the conviction that impact driven technology startups will lead the way to a more sustainable future.
Making investments in single startups in the early-stage phase poses risks also in the impact field. A lot can potentially go wrong between entering the market and becoming a mature and successful impact business. The professional approach in early-stage venture investing is diversification.
Therefore, we strongly believe that a portfolio approach is the right way forward in this field.
At SEIF invest we want to build on our existing legacy from SEIF innovation to facilitate venture investments in European based, impact driven startups that share our Tech for Impact focus to scale their positive impact and financial performance.
A unique investment opportunity
SEIF invest manages a unique investment opportunity to qualified investors who can benefit from a strong portfolio of impact startups that are carefully selected following a rigorous and state-of-the-art impact and commercial due diligence. With a multi-year holding period and an attractive targeted internal rate of return, SEIF invest partners with leading co-investors and specialises in the impact portfolio management.
SEIF invest targets asset light, tech enabled startups in their Series A / B stage, with individual investments of approximately CHF 1.5 Mio.
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SEIF invest co-founders
Prof. Mariana Christen Jakob
Co-founder, SEIF invest
Founder, SEIF innovation
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