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Based in the municipality of Falkenburg, the Bertebos Foundation was founded in 1994 by Olof and Brita Stenström to promote education and scientific research in the food industry. The family-run foundation holds 30% shares in the family business Bertegruppen AB. The group’s food brand portfolio includes producer of ice-cream and sorbets SIA Glass and Berte Qvarn that runs a dairy farm, flour mill and bakery. 

Based in San Francisco, the Mulago Foundation is a philanthropic foundation designed to carry on the life work of pediatrician Rainer Arnhold who died in 1993 while working in the mountains of Bolivia. He originally set up the Mulago Foundation in 1968, naming it after a hospital in Uganda. His Jewish family, bankers for generations, continued to support the foundation for impact investing across diverse sectors and geographies, with scalable solutions to alleviate poverty.It has invested in 61 companies to date. Successful ventures include: Kenya’s Komaza that raised $28m in its 2020 Series B and Myanmar’s Proximity Finance, a fintech for small-holder farmers that raised $14m in 2020. Komaza helps poor families turn dry land into small-scale, income-generating tree farms, benefiting more than 2m farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Shell Foundation is the not-for-profit investment arm of the global energy giant Shell.  Based in London, the foundation was set up in 2000 to invest in social and environmental impact companies, including startups with the potential to reach out to over 10m low-income consumers and achieve financial viability within 10 years. The foundation mainly invests at the pre-seed and seed funding stage and currently has 77 startups in its portfolio. In January 2021, it joined the $790,000 seed round of African agritech social enterprise AgroCenta and also gave a $350,000 grant to sustainable mobility platform Easy Matatu in Uganda.

The Ford Foundation is an international philanthropy established in 1936 by Edsel Ford, son of the founder of the Ford Motor Company Henry Ford. The foundation funds initiatives in various fields with the goal of advancing human welfare. Headquartered in New York, it has offices outside the US, including an Indonesian branch that was opened in 1953. In 2014, it awarded a total of US$750,000 to 12 projects through Cipta Media Seluler (CMS), an open grant that supports social change initiatives powered by mobile phone-related technologies in Indonesia.

Not-for-profit social impact investor, Rabo Foundation, is a subsidiary of Rabobank based in the Netherlands. The bank specializes in sustainability-oriented banking, food and agriculture financing.Founded in Utrecht in 1974, Rabo Foundation actively invests in the Netherlands and 22 emerging markets across Africa, Asia and Latin America. It mainly focuses on funding for social enterprises, especially savings and credit cooperatives and producer organizations for smallholder farmers. It currently has investments in 26 startups including participation in AgroCenta’s $790,000 seed round in January 2021. Rabo has also pumped in $500,000 in Dutch fintech, a debt prevention and counseling app service.

H&M Foundation is a non-profit foundation established in 2013. It is privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, the founders and major shareholders of the H&M Group, who have donated SEK 1.5 billion to it to date. The foundation aims to help accelerate progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030, by developing, funding and sharing solutions to address the world’s most urgent issues. It has a particular focus on promoting a planet-positive fashion industry and on building inclusive societies.Tackling mostly challenges associated with the fast fashion industry and its supply chain, H&M Foundation advocates for more sustainable practices across the fashion value chain and more inclusive business practices. The foundation is also actively involved in providing emergency relief for natural disasters or pandemics. It also aims to encourage innovation that promotes social change and sustainability. To this end, it provides startups support in accelerating and scale new technologies. It also runs the Global Change Award. Dubbed the Nobel Prize of fashion, this aims to recognise disruptive innovations that have the potential to make fashion more sustainable, and transform the way garments are designed, produced, shipped, bought, used and recycled. 

The Plantbase Foundation is a non-profit institution run by entrepreneur and impact investor Willem Blom based in The Netherlands. Most of the Plantbase activities are backed by donors. At least 80% of the donations are used to support enterprises that facilitate the shift from animal agriculture to a vegan lifestyle. The foundation has invested in foodtechs involved in the meat, fish and dairy industries; as well as food delivery and apps. Its portfolio includes fast-growing startups like Heura, Meatable, Livekindly and Mission Barns. It also works with investment partners like Kale United, Mile High Vegan Network, Vegan Entrepreneurs Network and GlassWall Syndicate.

The Repsol Foundation, part of the Repsol Group, is committed to improving social and environmental outcomes.Repsol has launched a €50m social investment fund to be used in developing a portfolio of social enterprises focused on energy transition and social inclusion of vulnerable groups in Spain. The firm invested €9,5m during 2018. 

Spain's first social impact investment fund Creas Foundation invests in business projects which prioritize the creation of social and environmental value. It acts as an investor and partner in financial, management and strategic decisions. Its goal is to facilitate access to funding and accelerate growth of social businesses which have an innovative approach and sustainable income model. It has fixed a target of €30m to invest in social enterprise startups. The fund offers participatory loans or capital injections ranging from €5,000 to €25,000.

Falkenbergs Sparbanks Foundation is part of the Swedish savings bank in the municpality of Falkenberg. Falkenbergs Sparbank is the 37th largest bank in Sweden in terms of total assets.

Red Avenue Foundation was founded by Zhang Ning, chairwoman of Red Avenue New Materials Group, in 2002. It focuses on various areas, including student assistance, disaster relief and environmental protection. It mainly invests in startups that offer the  highest social return on investment (SROI).

Najelaa Shihab is an education philanthropist. She is the elder sister of Najwa Shihab,  a well-known Indonesian presenter.  After graduating in 1997, Najelaa established an international curriculum school foundation in 1999. She completed a master’s in 2002, also from her alma mater Faculty of Psychology, University of Indonesia.In 2016, she created Sinedu, an online kid-safe educational movies platform and Youthmanual, a career portal for youths. She also founded an Education and Policy Research Institution in 2015 and a teachers’ professional development and school foundation in 2014. She also supports Indonesia’s breastfeeding mothers’ association AIMI.

Agricultural and food engineer Muhaimin Iqbal graduated from Bogor Institute of Agriculture in 1985. He has over 10 years of experience in the plantation sector and has founded several companies including 101 Salad and Natural Resources Indonesia. He is currently the chairman for Gerai Dinar Group, Indonesia Waqf Fund Foundation, Biomass Energy Indonesia and Badr Interactive.

Established in 1987 by the National Economic Commission and the Chinese Academy of Sciences as the Foundation for Economic Development, the renamed CAS Investment Management Co., Ltd. was transformed into a limited liability company in 2006. It has invested in and made profitable more than 300 technology projects.

Leonardo DiCaprio is a Hollywood actor and angel investor, who runs his own charitable foundation in aid of climate action, wildlife protection, and ecosystems and communities under threat. Since 1998, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has invested more than $100m in some 132 organizations worldwide, the majority of which are charities. DiCaprio has also invested in 12 for-profit companies in recent years. The most recent of these investments include his 2018 participation in the Series A round for Magnus, an app that has been called Shazam for art, as well as a 4Q17 investment in Swiss deeptech player and provider of VR and AR applications technology, MindMaze.

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