"I alone cannot change
the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples."
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
The origins of the tech industry were founded on solving big problems. However, today’s tech industry is not focused on big problems. Rather, tech entrepreneurs are filling our social feeds with wave after wave of useless consumer products and services.
There has never been a better time for tech entrepreneurs and investors to make a difference. The world is connected and technology infiltrates the very fabric of our society.
We are a seed and early growth investment fund focused on allocating capital to help founders who wish to tackle the world’s greatest problems. But we do it differently.
We need fundamental change, a social change
We believe the entire startup support ecosystem needs to change. Too much capital is being allocated by fund managers who are short-sighted and profit-driven. Instead of allocating support in the areas of humanity’s greatest need, venture capital strategies end up chasing profits which promotes the development of consumption focused solutions frequently contributing to a startup’s failure.
The change which is needed has already started to take place with certain venture capital firms placing greater emphasis on impact investing. Not only is the need for impact investments reflected in the startup world, but we also see more and more funds being allocated by governments, NGO’s, multinational corporations, and family offices to address the world’s greatest problems. At DeepChange Ventures, we aim not only to change the world by providing startups that are focused on positive social impact with a chance to succeed, but we also aim to change the way that VCs allocate funds (and generate returns) for LPs.
Create the next frontier
The present distribution of capital is skewed to areas which are not necessarily beneficial to humanity. What we need most, as a society on a global level, is often overlooked and underrepresented.
However, our experience shows, that individual investors are very keen to allocate a portion of their wealth to social impact projects. And these companies are very well positioned to create the next frontier of value, value which is not only based on short term financial gains, but on a whole new market, a new reality, a new way of doing things, which breaks all boundaries, and opens a future for the younger generation of today.
What do we invest in?
The United Nations want’s to reduce by half “the per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses”.
Food waste not only has an enormous negative impact on the global economy and food availability. It also has a massive social impact. Similarly, food waste has major negative environmental impacts. According to a University of Oxford Study, the global food system, from fertilizer manufacturing to food storage and packaging, is responsible for a quarter of all human-caused greenhouse-gas emissions contributing to global warming. More than half of the emissions come from animal products.
Strength lies in unity
To help ensure that the UN SDG’s will be met, we will invest in companies that develop unique proprietary technologies. That can be adapted to the many different cultures, religions, and traditions of the diversified world. We will partner with other VCs with a similar DNA as we have, who wish to play a more proactive role in the deployment of those technologies in a specific region.
We will focus on technologies which address the huge problem of Food Distribution Imbalance and Food Waste. Today 30% of food produced is lost or wasted- costing the global economy an approximate USD 1 trillion. Apart from the financial losses- the inefficiencies in the production and distribution of food lead to a significant negative impact on the environment.