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 closed on Tuesday, 31 May 2022 UTC

Fund Overview

Why invest in the Sustainable Fintech Fund

Startupbootcamp (SBC) has accelerated over 1,000 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).

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, Grand Prix, Netball Australia, Rowing 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 $15m 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

Brian Collins is our Fintech Managing Director, and first became involved in the startup sector in 2011 as a part of the burgeoning mobile application and mobile gaming industry. Most of his career was spent in Silicon Valley, where he has worked with and accelerated over 400 startups around the globe to help them scale. In 2014 he began to focus in the fintech sector and has worked with Mastercard, UBS, Money 20/20, and AWS to name a few. Today he sits on the board of Fintech Australia and is an angel investor in his own right with a portfolio that includes both fintech and direct to consumer products.

Brian Collins

Fintech Managing Director, Startupbootcamp Australia

Program Timeline

  • January 2022

    Offer Released

  • May 2022

    Fund Closes

  • June 2022

    Startup Applications Open

  • July 2022

    Startup Applications Close

  • August 2022

    Startup Selection Days

  • September 2022

    Accelerator Program Begins

About Startupbootcamp

SBC is the world's largest industry accelerator

Having started in 2009 in Europe and having now accelerated over 1,000 startups through our programs around the world. Importantly, in an industry where 90% of startups fail, 76%of Startupbootcamp's global portfolio is still active. We have a proven track record of ensuring our startups succeed and stay successful for years to come.

Fintech has long been SBCs largest vertical, with more programs than any other. Our program here in Melbourne, Australia has been one of the most successful programs in our company's history.

For every program we run, we scout source more than 10,000 startups globally and move them through a funnel to find the best companies available. This is only possible due to our incredible in-house scouting team and proprietary technology. This ensures we can find, source, and select the best talent out there.

A few statistics

  • 1000+

    Startups accelerated globally.

  • 76%

    Of startups in global portfolio still active.

  • $2.18B

    In funding globally

  • 27

    Startups in SBC Australia Fintech portfolio (2019-2021)

  • $15M

    In funding to startups in Australian Fintech portfolio

  • $127M

    SBC Australia Fintech program portfolio valuation

Partnered With

WI Capital
KHQ Lawyers
Pitcher Partners


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