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GoBeyond, a leading pan European early stage investing network, is delighted to announce its new investment partnership with Climate-KIC, Europe’s leading climate innovation initiative, which was formally confirmed on Thursday 4th April. The collaboration will focus on exploring innovative ways of early stage investment capacity building and launching joint activities designed to increase visibility between investors and climate change startups.

Climate-KIC is the EU’s largest public private partnership addressing climate change through innovation to build a zero carbon economy. Supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, the organisation is one of the leading voices in identifying and supporting innovation that helps society mitigate and adapt to climate change. Climate-KIC believe that a decarbonised, sustainable economy is not only necessary to prevent catastrophic climate change but presents a wealth of opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors alike. Emilie Normann, Director of Entrepreneurship at EIT Climate-KIC, said,

“Collaborating with reliable investment syndication partners is critical for EIT Climate-KIC in running a pan-European Accelerator programme. EIT Climate-KIC is expanding its engagement with impact investors; working with GoBeyond is an exciting opportunity not only to increase the number of ventures introduced to investors, but also to form a partnership that can ensure the strategic relevance of a specific investor and an ambitious start-up talking to each other.”

GoBeyond’s community of over 800 angel investors invests in a variety of sectors and geographies and continue to show a keen interest in impact deals with the intention to generate social, environmental and financial returns. This collaboration will allow GoBeyond investors to get access to highly-vetted startups in the impact space and support those they believe in while benefiting from the sector-specific expertise from both organizations. Christopher Rolfe, CEO of GoBeyond, said,

“GoBeyond is excited to support those on the front lines of influencing the future. This investment partnership with EIT Climate-KIC, Europe’s leading climate innovation initiative, strengthens our ecosystem even further by offering our investor community access to the people and ideas at the forefront of climate action. Together we are looking forward to supporting the growth of early-stage impact startups through collaboration and network integration.”

First joint event

To support the growth of early-stage impact startups through collaboration and community integration, Climate-KIC and GoBeyond are organizing an online pitching event on April 10th, 2019. The agenda includes 2 keynotes focussed on impact investing and 3 pitches from curated Climate-KIC startups who are at the forefront of delivering the solutions of tomorrow. Registrations to this event are still open here.

For more information please contact Steve Diacono, steve@gobeyondinvesting.com.

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