98% of early-stage entrepreneurs in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to funding. This significantly limits their chances to realize their growth and innovation potential, create jobs and contribute to self-driven bottom-up economic development. With its funding and growth platform, Uncap aims to provide access to early-stage funding for every good founder in Africa, regardless of origin, educational background or gender. Through an automated, data-driven and scalable investment process, Uncap is able to invest in thousands of companies in sub-Saharan Africa. The due diligence process focuses primarily on measuring the entrepreneurial potential of the founders using an algorithm, which aims to de-bias the selection and lower the costs of the process significantly. Uncap then invests through an innovative revenue-sharing approach using highly standardized contracts, adapted to the local context. Investees receive further support through a personalized dashboard with access to real-time analytics of their accounting data, curated resources and trainings by local partners and follow-on funding.
Headquarters: Munich (Germany)
Africa GreenTec is a social enterprise that develops and produces sustainable energy solutions, which empower communities in rural areas in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve more self-determination and growth. Its holistic ImpactSite integrates sustainable power production and distribution through intelligent mini-grids with efficient technologies for cooling, water treatment and internet access. At the core of the ImpactSite is the Solartainer®- a mobile and decentralized solar power plant. Africa GreenTec’s systems are either operated through subsidiaries in rural regions of sub-Saharan Africa or sold to third parties.
Headquarters: Hainburg (Frankfurt)
Berlin-based LOOM Impact AG is a new type of impact finance boutique (in the mind of an investment bank) licensed by the German BaFin regulatory authority according to §32 KWG, which has set itself the goal of closing the financial gap to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN Agenda 2030.
To this end, the company structures & operates appropriate financial products for impact-oriented organizations & fund initiators and thus builds bridges to the global capital markets. In addition, LOOM Impact operates an open portal for KPI-based communication of the impact successes of such impact companies & financial vehicles in order to achieve more visibility for the topic of impact investing.
In general, the company sees itself as an “enabler” for the creation of a socially & ecologically positive acting financial market with attractive returns.
Every five minutes there is a person dying in developing countries – especially in Africa – because of diseases that could have been treated if the right medical products would have been available.
VIEBEG de-risks and optimizes the medical supply chain by taking control of every aspect of the medical supply and demand network, ensuring that hospitals always have the right quantities of medical products available to treat their patients.
Headquarters: Kigali (Rwanda) / Lotus (USA)
The climate crisis is leading to a fundamental transformation of almost all sectors of the economy with the goals of decarbonization and better resilience to the consequences of the climate change. In addition, the current energy crisis leads to a desire for extensive independence from energy supplies from unreliable suppliers at incalculable prices. autarki(z)e stands for energy and fertilizer self-sufficiency through pyrolysis of residual biomasses. Their patented technology generates green hydrogen, methane, heat and electricity as well as organic plant fertilizers while at the same time permanently removing CO2 from the atmosphere.
Headquarters: Pfronten (Germany)
Goodwell Investments is an impact investment firm committed to the development of an inclusive economy in underserved countries. A pioneering equity investor in the inclusive finance space in India, it is now considered one of the most active early-stage investors on the African continent. Its current fund, uMunthu, invests in scalable businesses that improve access to basic goods and services for underserved people in Sub-Saharan Africa. The uMunthu fund provides smart equity to high potential companies in financial services, food and agriculture, mobility and logistics, and other inclusive growth sectors, with a strong focus on the digital economy. With teams in Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and the Netherlands, and a track record of over 10 years, Goodwell demonstrates the ability to simultaneously deliver powerful social impact and strong financial returns.
Plastic is a universal material for closed loop economies. Light, durable – and recyclable. Yet almost 80% of plastic waste has landed in nature, harming our ecosystems. WILDPLASTIC recovers this plastic, builds a global infrastructure and makes new products from it.
Every product made contributes to a regenerated, cleaner world.
Less wild waste, less carbon emissions and better salaries for waste workers.
Planet A is an early-stage green tech venture fund started by founders for founders. They believe in the power of entrepreneurship and science to advance an economy that serves the people and the planet.
That is why Planet A supports founders building innovative, impact-driven companies that contribute to an economy operating within the planetary boundaries from day one. Planet A provides early-stage capital and mentoring to highly scalable companies – while scientifically forecasting the positive ecological impact of every investment / portfolio company as our central metric of success.
Headquarter: Hamburg (Germany)
Circ is on a mission to power the clean closet with patented technology that recycles global fashion waste back into textiles, over and over again. We are protecting our planet by reducing the need and demand for petroleum, trees, and other materials harvested from nature to manufacture clothes. Circ is building a truly circular eco-economy for the fashion industry.
Headquarters: Danville, Virginia, USA
Colorifix is a UK based biotechnology company that has pioneered the first entirely biological process to produce, deposit and fix pigments onto textiles. Using a synthetic biology approach, it offers a radically different solution to incumbent dyeing technologies that entirely cut out the use of harsh chemicals and leads to huge reductions in water consumption.
We seek to copy Nature’s own blueprints and via DNA sequencing, we work out how Nature encodes the instructions to make a pigment in living organisms. We then translate that message into our engineered microorganisms and grow colour, using fermentation techniques similar to producing beer. In doing so, we dramatically reduce the use of chemicals, water and energy. Colorifix is therefore working towards building a waste-free world and reducing Fashion’s footprint.
We believe that for an impact solution to be truly scalable, it has to be environmentally, financially and socially sustainable. Our model is therefore designed to cause the minimum amount of social disruption possible whilst reducing the environmental footprint of the textile industry.
Founded in: 2016