We build companies with a positive
impact on society...

... and the environment.

Mission

We scale our profitable businesses and create sustainable change.

We build impactful and profitable companies, different in their business models but all similar in their inherent potential to tackle significant social or environmental challenges. We start, advise and incubate these companies or work with young enterprises, steering and supporting them in accordance with our vision.

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People

We are passionate and multilingual. We speak social, environmental and business English.

We are a company builder, a green business catalyst and social innovator with decades of financial sector experience. The fluency of our people across sectors is the basis of our successful intermediation between the social, green and finance worlds and allows us to scale and mainstream impact investments. We have worked across Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. Our passion to create positive impact for societies around the globe unites us.

Angels

Dr. Brigitte Mohn

Dr. Brigitte Mohn

Angel

»Impact Investing is the most promising way for investors of all backgrounds to get involved. It allows channeling much needed capital to the social sector that remains underfunded in most regions of the world. econnext builds companies eligible for impact investment. «

CATALPA - Martijn Bödeker

CATALPA - Martijn Bödeker

Angel

»CATALPA invests in and with young and aspiring entrepreneurs. econnext has a vision we fully share and an ambition to build successful while impactful enterprises around the globe. We look forward to supporting econnext in reaching its goals. «

Stephen Brenninkmeijer

Stephen Brenninkmeijer

Angel

»Impact Investing will become powerful and mainstream. A company builder with focus on impact as well as profitability is the right concept at the right time. «

Dr. Nathalie von Siemens

Dr. Nathalie von Siemens

Angel

»Many societal challenges of our time can be addressed with responsible business models that create economic opportunities for all parties involved. It is important that econnext grows these business models and helps build the market to maximize positive impact at scale. «

Florian Seubert

Florian Seubert

Angel

»Professionalism, dedicated entrepreneurial teams, relevant expertise plus convincing business models are key to attract traditional institutional capital. Combining these elements will create solutions. «

CATALPA - Jeroen M. van Agtmael

CATALPA - Jeroen M. van Agtmael

Angel

»CATALPA invests in and with young and aspiring entrepreneurs. econnext has a vision we fully share and an ambition to build successful while impactful enterprises around the globe. We look forward to supporting econnext in reaching its goals. «

Team

Michael Schneider

Michael Schneider

Co-CEO and Co-Founder

»New business models, unlikely partners and systemic change needs to be organized to fight climate change, ensure food security or to provide basic infrastructure, health care and education for all. econnext aspires to be that organizer. «

Dr. Jobst von Hoyningen-Huene

Dr. Jobst von Hoyningen-Huene

Co-CEO and Co-Founder

»Making profitable, scalable, social and green businesses investable for traditional capital markets players is key to tackle the enormous global challenges we face. econnext is company builder, intermediary and investor. «

What

We build profitable businesses that benefit climate and society at large.

Areas of activity are environmental efficiency businesses (energy, water) with stable monthly cash flows derived from savings, social pay-for-success businesses (education, preventive medicine) that receive a comparatively large cash price once a predetermined social goal is reached, and infrastructure businesses enabling ESG and impact investment considerations in capital markets. Once a business is successful, we seek to integrate our learnings into existing systems and public policy to enable sustainable change instead of parallel systems.

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How

We responsibly pursue our mission with perseverance. We work in diverse teams and partnerships.

Our social and environmental mission is locked into our articles of association. We strive to create well diversified, largely uncorrelated sources of income. This is necessary to attract the 2,400 Billion USD per year necessary to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We focus on long term value creation, typically picking dividends over exits. We finance our activities conservatively, generally preferring equity over debt financing. Our teams and partners are diverse, well incentivized and treated fairly wherever we work.

Portfolio & Activities

We work across sectors and geographies. Because social and environmental innovation does not happen in isolation.

Having established econnext in the summer of 2016, we already hold a stake in an award winning energy business that makes diesel generators obsolete. We co-financed learning assistant software that provides tutoring at a fraction of the current price. We also completed a consulting mandate from GIZ, the German government owned development agency, for a G20 climate change initiative. We are part of the winning consortium that is consulting the EU Commission on investments in education. Last but not least, we are the corporate finance and impact advisor for a leading social finance bank.

Shareholding in GRIPS Energy
Shareholding in GoStudent
Econnext for EU Commission - DG Education and Culture
Econnext for GIZ
Econnext as Capital Markets and Impact Advisor

Let’s talk.

We are looking forward to engaging with you. Any comments, suggestions and feedback are welcome.