Written by Jashna Pillay – Digilah (Thought Leadership)
Want to find out more about our operations and exactly what we can provide to you and your start-up? Or are you looking to make an impact investment and explore the potential of capital for good. You’ve come to the right place!
Today, the investment landscape is powered by a broader base of investors who are marshaling billions of dollars to tackle one overarching global threat: climate change. “Climate tech VC isn’t just having a moment, it’s entering a new age”, says Andrew Beebe of Obvious Ventures. Climate tech includes solutions aimed at decarbonizing the planet. This has been bolstered by recent trends including a staggering rise in extreme weather disasters, an international push for net-zero emission targets and new technological breakthroughs that can potentially fight climate change.
We believe that some of the most successful businesses of this decade will stem from solutions addressing the climate and ecological crisis. Based on this premise, Satgana was launched in September 2020 with the aim of being a launchpad for other good companies that develop market-based solutions to solve these issues.
The Venture Studio Model is dedicated to systematically producing new companies. Our mission is to launch and fund planet-positive startups that address the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
The diversity of fund structures positioned to foster and profit from early-stage business development and support is increasing. Incubators and accelerators are the first round of model innovation whereas Venture Studios represent a continuation of this trend. Further, this model thrives on shared solutions, shared talents and shared growth, which in turn result in reduced, distributed costs and better applied efforts.
For an entrepreneur, starting out may seem like the hardest part. How do you grow an idea from the ground up with little resources, reputation, or staff? You’ve had this amazing idea, you know it has potential, you’ve identified your target market and know how to sell to this demographic. But there’s work to be done in getting a company off the ground.
The best entrepreneurial talent is sought by their ability to solve real world problems and to execute on those ideas. Therefore, our purpose as a Venture Studio is then to test those ideas and back them with funding and resources to launch and grow responsible companies with a triple bottom line approach: People – Planet – Prosperity
We create bespoke support from the idea-stage until the first round of external funding, which typically occurs through a seed round, 12-18 months after our Venture Studio work.
Our goal is to invest capital in tranches, from 30k€ in founding capital to pay a stipend to entrepreneurs for their first few months, and up to 500k€ in pre-seed capital. The goal is to work alongside entrepreneurs during the “valley of death”, where great ideas are not yet fundable by traditional sources of capital which typically require traction and oftentimes existing revenue and growth.
We are a globally distributed company, leveraging remote work to tap into global talent and foster collaboration between teams in the Global North and the Global South. We are a diverse team of professionals from a large spectrum of backgrounds across Europe, India and Africa.
We believe that talent is evenly distributed across the world, and so should opportunities. At Satgana, we strive to solve wicked problems and we have the opportunity to do so through the flexibility that the Venture Studio model allows. Guided by the SDGs, we see the challenges the world is facing and aim to create start-ups to solve these gaps by inspiring entrepreneurs around the world to build market-based solutions.
If you’re interested in building an impact-driven startup with Satgana, apply here or, send us your pitch deck to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are on a mission to build and invest in climate-positive start-ups.