We invest in organizations, that combine financial returns with measurable positive impacts. The impact has to be a core value within the organization, focussing on social or environmental impact or even combining both. We invest in radical positive innovation, we invest in social entrepreneurs, we invest in purpose driven founders.
We are PANDION INNOVATION for IMPACT.
Economists have suggested, that market prizes regulate everything and growth is a core value itself. Today we clearly know that this assumption was a mistake. Market decisions have external effects, which are not included in market prices, such as bonded labour, destruction of the environment or the killing of animals. On a more global perspective, this led to our current way of life, where we only have one earth to live on - but behave as if we had several others in our pockets.
In order to solve this issue, the United Nations have agreed on 17 “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs), that should guide our decisions in order to preserve our life on this planet. Those goals are interdependent and can only be achieved by re-thinking business and systems towards a circular economy. In order to do that, we need to finance innovation and empower changemakers to think and act outside the box.
Classic venture capital focusses on the creation of so called unicorns – companies, that have the potential for a valuation of at least 1 billion Euros and to dominate entire markets. This leads to substantial disincentives, as founders are forced to grow and push competition out of the market, rather than organically grow a sustainable business. From an investors point of view, this methodology leads to high risks and lots of depreciations, forcing venture capital into high multiple expectations and an exit-driven approach. We do not refuse exits, however we believe that intrinsic motivated founders need smart and patient capital, in order to build sustainable companies with good market shares and good margins. They need to root their values deep within the company and so become able to create an impact driven business. We call that a Zebra.
As an active investor, we participate with "money for equity" in existing or future start-ups.
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