Impact investing is already mainstream in private equity
Many believe that impact investing is far from mainstream. In spite of the fact that there are more and more global financial sector giants also changing their investment strategies. I […]
Rising investor interest in sustainable startups
Interest in investing in startups and growth businesses with sustainability as a focal point is growing. But there is a lack of knowledge about the field, according to a number of Nordic professional investors.
It makes financial sense not to go back to business as usual, but to invest in impact
Survey shows that about 15% of both impact and economic returns exceeded global impact investors’ goals. Only 9% of them reported poor financial results in impact investing.
Will impact companies succeed through a recession?
“In the current situation, unfortunately, I do not think that investors will reflect on the major climate problems, but think more about themselves and their current […]
Working towards a SLUSHtainable future
Slushstainability is back! But it never really left. Sustainability is an integral part of the way Slush operates, and every year we want to keep raising the bar. What are some of our Slushstainability highlights this year?
The dark side of growth hacking
Two weeks ago, I participated in Tech-festival. Here we are at the opening session with Taylor Ryan talking growth hacking.
First report on impact investing in the Nordics
83% of Nordic impact investors expect their impact portfolio to deliver at or above market rate of return. It is a myth that an investor has to compromise his financial […]
Build your own pop-up house
Sponsored: Many dream of one day building their own home. However, building your own home is unfortunately expensive and time-consuming, making it hard to make this dream a reality. This new concept will make it cheaper, easier and faster to build – wherever you want. It’s a pop-up house made of wood. The name of the new concept is Zettl. The name means I-will-put-roots-down-here. The name and concept should awaken the inner settler who wants to experience the world with his own Zettl “snail house” on his back.
How UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Changed Our Mindset
United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals challenge companies and individuals’ way of thinking and doing business. Partnerships are vital for creating the required change, like other startups this is how we have built our business in Suncil. We have learned that the SDG’s are more than a hip branding platform. Most of all it is a global collective narrative on how every company and individual can secure a more sustainable world.
How To Succeed When Working With Startups?
Blog: Following my latest article, where I argued why it’s a great idea for corporates to work with startups, this article serves as a to-the-point check list of how to work with startups and better your chances of success. It is mainly aimed at corporate decision makers planning to engage in Corporate-Startup-Engagement activity – or wondering why their partnering efforts keep failing.
Policy and data paves the way to a carbon light future
BLOG: 70 percent reduction of carbon emissions by 2030 is what Denmark seems to be aiming at with an incoming government. That is an ambition that calls for innovation in policies and regulation to unlock green finance and action at a scale that we have never seen before. One solution is a carbon wallet for everyone, writes Marianne Haahr, Director of Sustainable Digital Finance Alliance draw.
Why Work With Startups – A Corporate’s Guide to The Galaxy
Having spent over a decade building startups and ecosystems and subsequently connecting corporates with startups, I’ve repeatedly found myself scribbling notes with the intention of passing on some of these experiences. But like most other curious beings new projects take over quickly, and thoughts remain unstructured bits of information. This is my attempt to gather some of the more relevant bits on the topic of Corporate-Startup-Engagement (CSE).
Is the Nordic investment culture “founder-friendly”?
BLOG: Is there a “founder-friendly” investment culture in the Nordic countries— and what does that mean? What dilemmas do Nordic founders face when they want to raise capital?
Blockchain improves trustworthiness globally
BLOG: Blockchain can solve some of the fundamental problems that developing countries in particular deal with. The technology also welcomes new business opportunities in established industries. However, to take advantage and capitalize on blockchain, more agile regulations and smoother blending between existing systems is necessary. This is stated by Victoria Gago, Co-founder of the European Blockchain Convention, which recently represented the first big, international blockchain conference in Denmark.
The Next Web – Stepping it up!
Last week I visited Amsterdam for one of the biggest tech events in Europe: The Next Web conference. Together with around 17.500 inspiring founders, investors, tech leaders and many other awesome ecosystem players from all over Europe I spent two days exploring the technologies of tomorrow on the industrial piers of Amsterdam. Here below I will share some highlights and insights from this not-to-miss event!
Too Good To Go awarded as Europe’s hottest growing company
Too Good To Go has been awarded with the first prize in the 2019 edition of the Tech5 competition Awards hosted by The Next Web and Adyen as part of the The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam. They have outperformed the competition and ranked first in front of runners-up Unifly (Belgium) and Unbabel (Portugal).
Three innovative startups from Europe have been honoured with the Future Hamburg Award
SPONSORED: This year’s Online Marketing Rockstars (OMR) Festival saw the first awards presentation of the new Future Hamburg Award. With Heptasense (Lisbon, Portugal), LignoPure (Hamburg) and Humanising Autonomy (London, UK) on the winner’s rostrum, the new award was bestowed on startup teams from three leading entrepreneurial hubs in Europe.
The dream is to get thanked by a Nobel Laureate
Danish startup Labster, founded in 2011, recently received an investment in the hundreds of millions aimed at helping them reach a million students with their virtual laboratories. But their dreams don’t stop there.
Kenya and Copenhagen connecting on sustainable Fintech
In Kenya the central bank used fintech to innovate government securities to convert sleeping savings into active investments. In China automated credit scoring of SMEs include scoring the greenness of the company. Examples the UN Task Force is touring the world to learn from to inform the Secretary General’s recommendations at the General Assembly on how to make fintech a tool align the financial system with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement.
Human Studio is the startup that brings people and buildings together
SPONSORED: The small Urban Tech-startup Human Studio helps organizations create optimal relationships between people and the buildings they occupy.