At Seedcamp we believe passionately in supporting founders who are building the breakout businesses of tomorrow. The businesses that have the potential to dramatically improve the way we live, interact and consume.
Throughout our 15 year history, over which time we’ve backed 440+ companies, we’ve remained steadfast in our belief and resolve to back talent that’s often been overlooked; to support individuals democratising access to key – and often opaque – sectors, and the power and impact of economic mobility and new job creation that startups bring.
We encourage our portfolio companies, although very early in their journeys, to start thinking about how to build a sustainable business that will go the course from our first investment. We believe strongly that the true way to build an impactful company that diverse talent will want to be a part of and that contributes positively to the world is to embed these practices from the earliest stage.
As well as our commitment to support our portfolio companies, we as an organisation are also resolved when it comes to our own contribution and policies. Here we map out what this means for us at Seedcamp:
- Our partners and investors: We believe in collaboration across everything we do; from investing to supporting our founders to how we work as a team, and definitely when it comes to the impact we can collectively have as investors and individuals on the world around us.
This is why we’ve partnered with and have been supporting some of the leading initiatives in the industry to help us scale our support beyond our team and provide continued access to research and experts on ESG.
- We’re one of the founding members of Included VC who are working hard on driving diversity and inclusion in Venture Capital. We have supported this initiative for the last three years.
- We’re on the steering committee of ESG_VC who is working with more than 200 leading VCs spanning the UK, Europe and USA to develop an ESG measurement framework to help founders on their ESG journey. We are also a member of Venture_ESG who are driving adoption of ESG in the Venture Capital industry.
- Our investment strategy & founder support: We back founders who want to change the world for the better and do so responsibly, and encourage them to take a data driven approach using the ESG_VC Framework to help benchmark their progress over time.
We help founders cut the noise and tackle any issues on their ESG journey by providing resources, workshops, and training sessions based on direct feedback and needs from our founder community. We’re also continuously looking for founders who are both redefining and pioneering the space while addressing multi-billion dollar markets and acting as role models in an effort to scale massively for stakeholder value creation. Granular Energy, Sylvera, Paua, THIS are among the ESG-focused companies we’ve backed.
- Our operations: We believe in leading by example as individuals and investors. We care about building diverse teams who want to protect the world we live in and operate responsibly.
As an early-stage tech investor our focus has and will always be on our social impact but there are definitely environmental and governance areas we can and will improve on and we’re using the ESG_VC framework to help us track our own progress as a team and company.