Engaging on sustainability in start-ups paves way for green transition

Venture capitalists are taking advantage of sustainable opportunities by investing in the early stages of a business, paving the way for larger investors

Venture capital (VC) is increasingly turning an eye towards sustainable investing, and the benefit of engaging with companies about their sustainability at the very start of their journeys, say commentators, will be felt along the entire investment line.

Last month, European start-up tracker Dealroom.co launched a database to track 4,939 ‘impact and innovation’ start-ups and scale-ups. It found impact investing accounts for more than 15% of total European VC investment, three times more than a decade ago, and double the global average of 7%.

To read the full analysis, please view the ESG Clarity November issue of the digital magazine.

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Natalie Kenway

Natalie is global head of ESG insight for ESG Clarity and has been an investment journalist for 16 years. She won Editor of the Year at the Aviva Investors Sustainability Media Awards 2021, and was Winner...