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Sustainable Fintech Fund

Startupbootcamp, the world's largest industry focused accelerator, is proud to announce the launch of it's new Sustainable Fintech Fund. This $5,000,000 fund will be deployed over a three year period to invest in 30 global startups focused on one of the largest issues of our time: bringing and driving sustainability through finance.

Applications close on Monday, 1 July 2024 UTC

Fund Overview

Why invest in the Sustainable Fintech Fund

Startupbootcamp (SBC) has accelerated over 1,500 startups globally. We have the experience to select and coach early stage startups in order to de-risk the sometimes risky process of early stage startup investing.

Our goal is to build a fund that focuses on driving real sustainability in the finance industry. And we'd love for you to join us.

Investing with Impact

As more and more of us begin thinking about how we can lead more sustainable lives we often go to the same areas: eliminating food waste, reducing our emissions or offsetting our carbon footprint.

But the truth is one of the largest decisions an individual can make to enable a sustainable future lies with how their money is managed. Positive impact investments are on the rise because they’re funding sustainable projects and are generating a more substantial return.

Unique investment opportunity

Financial Technology startups, or fintechs, are booming around the world. Fintech accounts for more than 1/2 of all startup investments globally and the industry had its best investment year ever in 2021.

Sustainable Fintech, however, is just getting started with less than 8% of fintech founders globally putting themselves in that category. It won't stay like that for long however as the Boston Consulting Group estimates the market to be worth more than $30 trillion USD in a few years time. They went on to say "This shift toward sustainable finance—which has evolved beyond socially responsible investing to include asset management and ownership—has profound implications for investors and companies alike”. This is what the Sustainable Fintech Fund is looking to execute on, by being one of the world's first funds to focus exclusively on this incredible opportunity.

Aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Sustainable Fintech Fund is looking to exclusively invest in startups that are putting themselves in this category and looking to create a fairer, more equitable and sustainable future for all. The Sustainable Fintech fund will assess startups potential for impact through the Uni Nation Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). Out of the 17 SDGs listed, 8 are directly connected to the financial industry (UN SDG’s 3, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13).

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Proven track record

  • Accelerated and grew a portfolio of nearly 100 startups across multiple industries that play into sustainability including fintech, energy, sport and food innovation.
  • Partnered with large corporations beyond the fintech space Mitsubishi, NYK Lines, Shell, Geelong Hydrogen Cluster, Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Asahi Beverages, Cricket Australia Etc.
  • Our Melbourne based Fintech program has accelerated 27 startups in 3 years in the fintech space
  • Many of our cohort have gone on to raise successful investment rounds after the program, totalling over $2.99B globally in funding so far.

Ecosystem Perks

In addition to a diversified portfolio across one of the most exciting opportunities currently available, investors in the fund will also have access to exclusive dealflow, digital learning resources around how to "think like a startup founder" and opportunities to get more involved with the startups themselves if they wish to.

Management Team

Trevor Townsend is CEO and Co-Founder of Startupbootcamp Australia (SBC), with extensive experience in business in various roles as a business owner, investor and corporate advisor. As a business owner, Trevor has sold a company and launched 3 IPOs. He is passionate about business and technology, and as an entrepreneur is passionate about helping bring new ideas to life. He is interested in the big topics that shape our future, including energy, climate change and sustainability, finance and economics and the impact of technology on the future of work. Trevor is also passionate about sport and wellbeing. He is an experienced angel investor with a specific interest in technology investments in startups and early-stage companies. His diverse background includes industry experience in Finance, Telco, Energy and I.T. professional services markets.

Trevor Townsend

CEO, Startupbootcamp Australia

Richard Celm is the cofounder and Executive Program Director at SBC Australia. He has been active in the start-up community as a founder, investor and mentor since 2001, when he invested and took an active role in Having mentored in Startupbootcamp programs in Denmark, London, Barcelona and the University of Cambridge Queen's Young Leaders Programme, his expertise lies in building, promoting and supporting start-up founders, using experience gained working in Australia, Europe and the United States of America. Since returning to Australia in 2014, Mr. Celm has also played a strategic role in accelerating the development of the Tasmanian start-up scene, working with the local start-up community, university and government as an adviser.

Richard Celm

Executive Program Director, Startupbootcamp Australia

Partnered With

KHQ Lawyers
Pitcher Partners

Ready to take the next step?

Applications close on Monday, 1 July 2024 UTC


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