Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) have become crucial factors for many businesses, especially now that consumers and investors have become more conscious about the brands they support. According to a recent survey by the Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, 72% of executives believe that ESG is crucial to their company's success, while 69% think that it will become even more critical over the next five years. In addition, a study by MSCI found that companies with strong ESG performance outperformed their peers regarding financial returns and stock price stability.
The Shift Towards Investing In More Sustainable Companies
The investment landscape is transforming significantly as more investors recognize the importance of sustainability and ESG considerations. In the past, companies were primarily evaluated based on financial metrics such as revenue and profitability. However, today's investors are increasingly looking at ESG factors such as carbon emissions, labor practices, and supply chain sustainability when making investment decisions.
Joining this change is Startupbootcamp, a global startup accelerator that has entirely shifted to sustainability as part of its mission to support the sustainable business growth of high-potential companies and to invest in 100.000 startups to support reaching the UN's SDGs before 2030. The shift to sustainability in the startup landscape does not come as a surprise, as BlackRock's CEO Larry Flink mentions, “The next 1000 unicorns or companies worth more than $1 billion will be sustainability startups.”
As a startup accelerator with a portfolio of over 1500 early-stage startups, Startupbootcamp is pioneering a new model of entrepreneurship that places social and environmental responsibility at the forefront of fast-growing companies. This model allows investors to invest (retail and professional) in a portfolio of early-stage startups entirely focused on sustainability and impact, done via the stock exchange Nx’change.
Emphasizing on investing in sustainable companies
Kauan Von Novack, Global Managing Director at Startupbootcamp, announces that the firm is shifting its focus to accelerating sustainability-focused startups. According to him, this decision is motivated by the analysis that to solve the most pressing sustainable development goals, they will need 100,000 startups in the next 10 years.
The analysis is born from the fact that in the next 10 years, 1.2 million startups will be born globally; with 8% (100.000) of them being nudged, supported, invested on. They believe that these companies and their business models can make the change needed to reach the UN’s SDGs before 2030.
As the largest startup accelerator in Europe, Startupbootcamp believes that by empowering sustainability-focused startups across three growth domains, such as decentralized finance, dynamic infrastructures, and powering economies, they can be valuable assets to achieve broader sustainable development goals.
"By empowering businesses that push sustainable goals, businesses can help improve their reputation and brand value, as well as foster stronger relationships with customers, employees, and other stakeholders," Kauan shares.
An increasing amount of proof suggests that sustainability and social responsibility industries are lucrative and profitable sectors, making it a wise decision for businesses and investors to participate in. And as they join Startupbootcamp as an accelerator, they can enjoy less risks in their investment portfolio.
Leveraging sustainable investment opportunities
In addition to supporting sustainable startups, Startupbootcamp offers investment opportunities for those looking to take part in the next generation of investments that address social and environmental challenges. Through their Bold Action initiative, they are taking the first step in reaching the 100.000 and facilitating investment in a basket of 90 early-stage startups, tradable on the stock exchange Nxchange.
The accelerator also emphasizes impact investing, which has attracted a growing number of investors looking for ways to generate financial returns while also positively impacting the world.
In Startupbootcamp's investment portfolio of 90 startups, investors can support the development of innovative solutions that can help solve some of the world's most pressing problems while potentially realizing financial gains.
"These collaborations benefit both parties," says Kauan. Startups benefit from the resources and expertise of the investors, while investors profit from the potential of investing in early-stage ventures.
Achieving beyond success with Startupbootcamp
Startupbootcamp provides startups with the tools and resources to grow and succeed, which results in investors reaping the benefits of investing in early-stage without the risk normally associated with it. With a network of over 30 accelerators in different locations worldwide, the 3-month experience offers investment, mentorship, network opportunities with leading corporates, and access to the relevant industry-focused network for startups at various stages of development.
Under a 3-month accelerator, selected startups are given the opportunity to collaborate with 500+ mentors, partners, and investors and talk about winning strategies on how they can scale their industry-changing technology businesses.
By fostering a community of entrepreneurs passionate about creating positive change while scaling their businesses, Startupbootcamp is paving the way for a new era of sustainable business growth.
What’s ahead of Startupbootcamp
"Over the last decade, Startupbootcamp touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people – investing in over 1.500 startups, indirectly creating thousands of jobs in more than 20 countries," Kauan shares.
The work doesn't stop there. Startupbootcamp believes that volume is necessary to have a more significant impact, and a chain reaction of impactful networks is needed to achieve higher sustainable goals.
With this, Startupbootcamp is launching its "Bold Action" initiative, where the company is investing in the first 90 of 100.000 startups focused on sustainability, together with its co-investors. Trading on the stock exchange Nx’change, Bold Action is accessible to both retail and professional investors, enabling anyone to join in their journey towards profitable, sustainable, and accessible investments.
This is Startupbootcamp's way to help the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) before 2030.
The future of business lies in purpose-driven models that prioritize sustainability and social responsibility. The success of accelerator initiatives like Startupbootcamp highlights that businesses can thrive while making a positive impact on society and the environment.