Impact investing is driving the most exciting emerging technologies

Great article yesterday in Venture Beat (VB) by Amir Bozorgzadeh  about how impact investing is driving the most exciting emerging technologies. Here a small part of the full article citing Bastiaan den Braber, Venture Advisor LUMO Labs.

In fact, a key driver that ensures impact investing will only continue to become ever more a staple in the coming years is the current shift of decision-making authority, with baby boomers handing over the reins to the next generations, which tend to be more progressive.

“Millennials will see $30 trillion in wealth under management being transitioned to them in the coming years, and they are twice as likely as previous generations to invest in social impact. So the change is not just societal, but will also be directly financial,” Bastiaan den Braber, an entrepreneur and venture advisor at LUMO Labs, told me. Braber’s venture builder program for emerging tech startups recently narrowed its investment thesis to target social impact startups.

“The advent of very powerful emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, blockchain, and XR can make big differences when combined with smart money coming from venture capital,” he said. “The combination of the two has been the best that has ever happened to make sustainable development goals a reality.”

Braber is referring to the UN’s 2030 Agenda that outlines the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that venture funds like LUMO Labs use as more or less the blueprint model to shape and organize their investment strategy.

Click here to read the full article on VB’s website.

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