Web Summit Rio: Top 10 Impact investors joining us

Web Summit Rio: Top 10 Impact investors joining us

Top 10 Impact investors joining us in Rio

Matthew Taylor

We’re dedicated to contributing to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Here are 10 VCs aiming to make a positive difference.  As an organisation, global event series and convener of world leaders and entrepreneurs, Web Summit strives to work towards a more sustainable future. In particular, we are committed to safeguarding diversity, equity and inclusion, quality education, and the climate. Here are 10 investment firms attending our event that share these goals.

Positive Ventures
Positive Ventures is an entrepreneurs-run early stage venture capital fund based in São Paulo, Brazil. It teams up with mission-driven founders bridging tech and positive impact to solve Latin America’s social and environmental challenges. They back teams that aim to generate both massive profits, and catalyze systemic positive change.

SP Ventures
SP Ventures is a leading early stage investment fund for Ag and Food Tech in Latin America, with over 10 years of track-record and experience. They partner with founders with a passion for transforming food and agriculture to design and build a new, more sustainable and climate-friendly, resilient food system.

Vox Capital
Vox Capital is an investment management firm that offers market-competitive financial solutions to improve the human experience and nurture the planet. Vox invests in innovative technologies, fortifies the impact investing ecosystem and aims to inspire people to be a part of this transformation, while integrating impact to risk and return in all their investment decisions.

Seedstars is a global organization with a mission to impact people’s lives in emerging and frontier markets through technology and entrepreneurship.

As an international investment and education company headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, their work spans 90+ countries with 15 offices around the globe. They invest in ambitious and dedicated entrepreneurs in growing and scaling their companies to create meaningful and lasting change.

Barn Investments
Barn is a greentech investment firm based in São Paulo, Brazil. Their investments are applied across four verticals: agri and land use, transport and mobility, clean industry and the circular economy, and renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Accion is a global nonprofit that develops and scales responsible digital financial solutions for small business owners, smallholder farmers, and women, so they can make informed decisions and improve their lives. Since 1961, Accion has helped build more than 235 financial service providers serving low-income clients in 75 countries, reaching more than 350 million people.

Senior Tech Ventures
Seniortech Ventures’ purpose is to contribute to everyone’s longevity by strengthening the quality of life for the over 50s. As such, they invest in ‘seniortechs’ with innovative solutions for the needs of this demographic.

Acelera-se Ventures
Acelera-se Ventures is a partner for startups investing in industrial tech startups.The key sectors they invest in are agribusiness, energy and industry 4.0, providing resources to drive innovation. As a corporate venture builder, it offers administrative support from respected professionals to ensure that your startups reach their maximum potential.

AddVenture is an international venture capital fund with a sector-focused strategy. The fund’s investment range is $1–20M. They focus specifically on companies that help people market their skills and provide them with more work opportunities in the home and local services sector.

Synthase Impact Ventures
Synthase Impact Ventures find and help promising entrepreneurs who have set-up tech-based businesses to address key Brazilian educational, health, financial and environmental priorities.They offer mentoring, networking and investments to entrepreneurs to help their businesses gain scale.

Web Summit Rio
Web Summit Rio is the largest international tech event in Brazil. This year’s event will bring together over 1,000 startups, 45 percent of which are women founded. This is the highest ever proportion of women founded startups at a Web Summit event, and the largest gathering of women founders at an event in South America. These startups are joined by more than 700 investors, 200 partners, 600 speakers and 900 media from all over the World.

Web Summit Global
Web Summit runs the world’s largest technology events, connecting people and ideas that change the world. Half a million people have attended Web Summit events – Web Summit in Europe, Web Summit Rio in South America, Collision in North America, Web Summit Qatar in the Middle East and RISE in Asia – since the company’s beginnings as a 150-person conference in Dublin in 2009. In February, Web Summit held its hugely successful inaugural event in the Middle East. Web Summit Qatar welcomed more than 15,000 attendees and was supported by over 100 partners including the Qatar Investment Authority, Snap, Deloitte, TikTok, Huawei, Microsoft, Shell, Palo Alto Networks, EY, and Qatar Airways. Web Summit Qatar showcased the work of more than 1,000 startups from around the world, and helped introduce them to a network of more than 300 investors in Doha. Web Summit’s mission is to enable the meaningful connections that change the world. Web Summit also undertakes a range of initiatives to support Diversity, Equality and Inclusion across the tech worlds: this includes IMPACT; Women in Tech; AMPLIFY; the Web Summit/Qatar Foundation Scholarship Programme; and our Community Partnerships.