Lightrock is a global private equity and venture capital firm headquartered in London, backing purpose-driven entrepreneurs tackling the world’s biggest environmental and societal challenges. Their portfolio currently encompasses more than 60 high-growth companies across Europe, Latin America, India and Subsaharan Africa and demonstrably contribute to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. It invests in companies that pursue scalable and technology driven business models around the key impact themes, specific sectors including education, healthcare, access to finance, mobility, transportation, renewables and circular economy transition.
In July 2021, the company closed its Lightrock Growth Fund I at US$ 900 million, with investments from LGT and its private clients. The Growth Fund I invests growth capital into businesses predominantly at series B or C in the target regions and in its key impact themes. Furthermore, the fund has already invested into 26 companies, including five unicorns, across these regions and themes. The portfolio includes German sustainable aviation company Lilium;; Creditas, a leading fintech company in Latin America; and PharmEasy, the largest e-pharmacy company in India.
Ascension is an early-stage VC based in London and built by entrepreneurs to back the next generation of tech and impact founders in sectors such as FinTech, Healthcare and Sustainability. Since 2014, Ascension has established itself as one of the leading UK Seed investors, participating in some of the most exciting UK deals alongside high calibre angels and VCs.
The fund is run by business operators, fundamental when deciding which early-stage businesses to back, and then providing the support necessary to scale. Ascension Ventures backs exceptional entrepreneurs with big visions – providing capital, their network, and expert mentors to grow scalable technology businesses. The portfolio includes pioneering healthcare firms such as VineHealth, which combines behavioral science and AI to solve various issues in healthcare, Alva and Pangea, which are leaders in their own niche markets.
IMPACT Partners is a firm based in France which manages various investment funds whose main goal is social impact. The firm also promotes an inclusive economy by supporting great entrepreneurs all over Europe. With more than 150 portfolio companies and €300 million under management, the firm proves that they can achieve both social and financial performances. With funds such as the SOCIAL / FUND IMPACT GROWTH, with their fourth fund established in 2020, they strive for an innovative and responsible capitalism whose lingua franca would be the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is the common language under construction for our ecosystem.
Founded in 1999, eCAPITAL is an impact venture capital firm based in Germany that provides early to growth stage funding to technology companies in the fields of software & information technology, cybersecurity, industry 4.0, new materials and cleantech. The firm has a history of leveraging relationships and supporting entrepreneurs determined to build companies with lasting significance. Partnering with them means joining a unique network of entrepreneurs, business leaders, operators, investors and scientists. With funds such as eCAPITAL IV and over 55 portfolio companies, they aim to generate lasting social and environmental impact through technological breakthrough while also generating a financial return.
London Impact Ventures
London Impact Ventures is an all-stage venture capital firm based in the United Kingdom that works with companies and innovators at every stage of maturity and strives to be part of their journey to achieve their full potential and mission in driving change and disruption within their respective industries. Since inception, they have helped fund over $300M in some of the world’s most sustainable and impactful technologies. They are also in the process of closing their latest fund, London Impact Growth Fund, where they are raising over $200M, with a view to deploy and allocate capital within the next 12 months.
The fund makes direct investments in sectors including logistics, e-mobility, fin-tech, consumer products and life sciences. With a deep-rooted focus on alternative proteins and plant-based food-tech, they offer their investors and LPs unparalleled primary access to some of the world’s most sought-after technology companies. Their portfolio includes firms such as Revolut, which is a pioneering company in financial services, and AirBnb, which is disrupting the hotel industry.
Inven Capital is a venture capital fund established to invest in the European new energy sector. It is backed by a major European energy utility ČEZ, a.s. and by the European Investment Bank (EIB), having EUR 240m at its disposal. The firm seeks investments into innovative cleantech/smart energy growth stage startups. They are interested in areas such as energy efficiency, distributed generation, flexibility and storage, energy, IoT and clean transportation. The firm targets late-stage growth opportunities with business model proven by sales and with significant growth potential.
They focus on creating long term value through an active support of the companies and their founders. Given their energy background they can provide unique benefits to portfolio companies and co-investors, e.g. through piloting on the customer and asset base or through access to a significant energy trading desk. Their portfolio contains firms such as Vulog, which aims to improve business mobility across the world, and Sunfire, who aims to disrupt the energy sector by offering alternatives to fossil fuels.
Supernova Invest is a VC funds management company based in France that is specialized in disruptive technology ventures. It was founded and is owned by the former team of CEA Investissement, CEA (the French agency for nuclear and alternative energies) and Amundi (European leading asset manager). The company emerged from the alliance in 2017 between the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives, CEA) and Amundi (Crédit Agricole Group).
With a total of about 100 investments and more than 70 portfolio companies, Supernova Invest benefits from a unique track record in deep tech, as reflected in its 30 or so successful trade exits and six IPOs. Supernova Invest has focused its efforts on four major areas of expertise: Industry 4.0, healthcare, energy & environment, and digital technologies, supporting the technology leaders of the future.
Munich Venture Partners
Munich Venture Partners (MVP) is the high-tech venture capital specialist based in Munich, and one of Germany’s leading VC funds. As an independent venture fund, MVP concentrates on investments for leading-edge start-up companies with Transformative Technologies, which will fundamentally transform established value chains. The investment focus is in Europe and on a select basis, beyond. Relevant sectors include: IoT, Mobility, Energy, Advanced Materials, AI, and Robotics.
The fund was founded in 2005 and is part funded by the European Union and its Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP). Together with their investees they focus on creating solutions for holistic value creation along the triple top line of economic wealth, environmental prosperity, and social equity. Implementing the Triple Top Line concept, they are committed to actively contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Bamboo Capital Partners
Bamboo Capital Partners is an impact investing platform which provides innovative financing solutions to catalyse lasting impact. Bamboo bridges the gap between seed and growth-stage funding through a full suite of finance options – from debt to equity – which it activates unilaterally or through strategic partnerships. Founded in 2007 by Jean-Philippe de Schrevel, the company aims to generate lasting impact and improve the lives of the world’s most marginalised communities while delivering strong financial returns.
Since 2007, Bamboo has raised over $400m for developing countries, positively impacting over 184 million lives and supporting over 45,000 jobs through its investments in over 30 countries. The firm has a team of 35 professionals active across Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Bamboo is the asset management arm of Palladium, a global impact advisory and management firm with operations in over 90 countries.
VNT manages three venture capital funds – Power Fund I, Power Fund II and Power Fund that have a focus on clean technology. The commitments to the funds total €157 million. Major investors are the European Investment Fund and Finnish institutions. Their geographical investment focus is Northern and Central Europe, with a main focus being on the Nordics and German-speaking European countries. Founded in 2002, they were among the first venture capital companies in Europe to focus on renewable and distributed power generation and energy-saving technology. They believe in a focused investment strategy in areas where they have long-term experience and the selection of experienced partners with a proven track record.