Funding support for impact startups and SMEs 

Non-profit initiative to assist during the Coronavirus crisis

Are you a startup or SME, based in the UK, Denmark, Sweden or Germany, dedicated to positive impact for People & Planet?
Are you inherently a healthy business but in danger of running out of capital, and finding it difficult to fundraise because of the COVID-19 crisis? 
During July and August we are focusing on supporting the startups we've selected, and will be ready to receive new applications in September. Register below to get notified when we are ready to look at your application. 

We don’t take a fee or any other payment, and we won’t share your data without your permission.

Why are we doing this?

We want to do our part in assuring that we won’t see multiple years with virtually no funding opportunities as we did back in 2008-2010. 


It is especially important to us that those who focus on positive impact for People & Planet will not experience a long dry funding period. We believe that investors want to do what is right, and be part of the solution, but may need more encouragement, support and community than under usual circumstances, in order to stay engaged.  


Times have changed, there is no doubt about it. Buf if your startup or SME can continue to be a good, impactful and strong concept, also in times with economic downturn, then it should not die “just” because we can expect a couple of difficult years ahead. 


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Other supporting organizations

Are you a private investor with significant experience investing in startups and/or SMEs?

We understand and respect that many investors have paused their investment activities during these times of extreme uncertainty. However, we believe that it will benefit everyone to keep planting seeds, so that the normal investment activities can be resumed as soon as possible.

We are gathering a pool of strong investment cases, all with a relevant focus on impact for People & Planet. 


Working as volunteers, we assess their potential, to ensure their business models and concepts are relevant and viable in an economic downturn, and that their leadership is realistic and strong.


We take no fee or other payment, and there is no catch. We do this work to make it easy for you to stay engaged, build new relationships, and keep learning. The investors who are now planting seeds, will be in a better position to harvest once we get through this crisis.   

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT

Digihub Duesseldorf / Rheinland


Bund Katholischer Unternehmer

Would you like to be invited to review the strongest investment cases?

We don’t take a fee or any other payment, and we won’t share your data without your permission.

The people behind this initiative

We are a group of experienced entrepreneurs and business leaders with substantial fundraising track record, and relevant networks, who have decided to give our time in this turbulent and uncertain new reality. 

Initiating Team

Martin Bjergegaard

​Track record: 

Co-founder of Rainmaking that has raised 20+ million EUR for own startups; Co-founder of Startupbootcamp Global that has assisted 800+ startups in raising 700+ million EUR; Co-founder and CEO of Able with 20+ million EUR in revenues; Management consultant at McKinsey & Co.

Read more about Martin here.


Stephan Strauss

​Track record: 

CEO, senior leader, intrapreneur with leading multinationals such as Rexel, DB Schenker, ThyssenKrupp, Philips; 25+ years global track record in turnaround & restructuring, business development and transformation; Principal Consultant, PwC Consulting; Advisor and mentor to business and NGO leaders.

Read more about Stephan here.

Cosmina Popa

Track record: 

Co-founder of The Conscious Venture Lab that has invested in 50+ startups, with a focus on positive impact for People & Planet, ranked as one of the “World’s Ten Greatest Accelerators and Incubators Churning out Impact”; CEO at Rainmaker Foundation, a London based charity accelerator.

Read more about Cosmina here.

Prashant Raizada

Track record:

Founder & CEO, EnglishUp, Brazil's 3rd largest online English co. sold to EF; Senior Leader involved from inception at Macmillan Publishers' Digital Education Venture Fund in London; Part of the team that built Infosys BPM from scratch into a >$200m global business valued at $2bn in 5 years; Consultant at McKinsey & Co.  

Read more about Prashant here.

Supporting Team

Julie Lovin

Julie is excited to offer her amazing digital marketing skills to this initiative. Read more about Julie here.

Daniel Espeland

Daniel brings his skills from running startup scouting and acceleration programs at Rainmaking. Read more about Daniel here.

Marcus Bodnia

Marcus is a sustainability professional and will bring this lens to the evaluation process. Read more about Marcus here. 

Søren Fuhr

Søren is a Product Leader with a passion for building products that are good for the world. Read more about Søren here.

Andrei Anghel

Drawing on 4 years of experience in corporate and startup engagement at Rainmaking, Andrei brings his skills in startup scouting, event management and corporate innovation. Read more about Andrei here.

Brian Gjerstrup

Brian's expertise is in empowering entrepreneurs to be kind and generous, abilities he has cultivated in his 15+ years in startup ecosystems, as a CEO, community builder and innovation facilitator. Read more about Brian here.

Michelle Hart

Michelle brings superpowers from designing and leading innovation projects bridging fortune 500 companies with startups, enabling a better tomorrow for businesses and the planet. Read more about Michelle here

Andreas Laus

Chief People Officer for international companies, strategic partner to management and owners for over10 years, with a focus on reorganisation, transformation and the development of people centric organisations. Read more about Andreas here.

Simon spent 11 + yrs at a leading UK impact investment bank, specialising in deal origination and impact investment strategy. He's an Ashoka UK Venture Board member and freelance advisor to early stage impact businesses and investors. Read more about Simon here.

Mikhaela's expertise is within Human Capital and Market Analysis. She brings over a decade of experience recruiting for clients from global dominators to VC backed start-ups across multiple disruptive tech markets. Read more about Mikhaela here.

Richard Male

Richard is an investment professional with 15+ years experience in digital tech and commercialisation. He works with founders pre-revenue through to Series A. Read more about Richard here.

Thomas is a co-founder of StartupGuide, Investor at The Nordic Web Ventures and COO at Tiimo, an assistive tech app for people who need guidance in their everyday life. Read more about Thomas here.