Willkommen in der Welt der Zebras 🦓 und Herden 🦓🦓🦓🦓, zu einem neuen Movement (im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes). Ist es nicht großartig zu sehen, dass so viele Menschen, die früher “Kapitalist” in ihrer Berufsbezeichnung hatten (mich eingeschlossen 😋), sich einig sind, dass Massenkonsum und das komplette Ausreizen von allem, was dieser Planet zu bieten hat, nicht der richtige Weg ist.

Mit diesem Artikel möchte ich gerne über Impact im ganzheitlichen Sinne sprechen und darüber, was für ganzheitlichen Impact notwendig ist, jenseits der Startup-Besessenheit mit Tiernamen. …


Welcome to the world of zebras 🦓 and herds 🦓🦓🦓🦓, to a new movement (quite literally) that I’m so happy to see on my LinkedIn wall on a daily basis nowadays. And oh god isn’t it great to see so many people that formerly had the world “capitalist” in their job title (hello VCs 😋) to agree that running further into mass consumerism, into exhausting everything this planet has to offer, is not the way forward.

With this article I’d love to discuss impact in the broadest sense of the world and what is necessary for that impact, beyond the…


UpdateGermany! Out of the crisis, into the future… This is the slogan under which, starting this weekend, state & local governments and social organizations all over Germany will open up to the startup world and our build-measure-learn cycles — in order to emerge stronger from the crisis, learn from mistakes and effectively, pragmatically solve the challenges of our time. On first look, this sounds great…

But as a startup, what’s in it for me? Why would I ever work with public administration?

Good question… I would have sounded exactly like a year ago. Decision-making processes are long, funding is often highly bureaucratic and exhausting to obtain — and then often very small.

At the same time, we…


Heute mal ein Blogpost auf Deutsch, da es um ein Thema geht, das bis in die tiefsten ländlichen Regionen in Deutschland Einzug erhält: UpdateDeutschland! Raus aus der Krise, rein in die Zukunft… So lautet der Slogan unter dem sich vom nächsten Wochenende an überall in Deutschland Verwaltungen und Organisationen der Startup Welt und unseren Build-measure-learn Cycles öffnen — um gestärkt aus der Krise zu gehen, aus Fehlern zu lernen und effektiv, pragmatisch die Herausforderungen unserer Zeit zu lösen. Klingt erstmal gut…

Aber was bringt mir als Startup die Verwaltung??

Gute Frage… so hätte ich vor gut einem Jahr auch noch geklungen. Entscheidungswege sind lang, Funding oft höchst bürokratisch…


After an energetic start to the new year with the successful awarding of the first scholarships, a matching with mentors, and setting up a process for collaborative storytelling, it’s time for a public update: How are the Farm-Food-Climate initiatives doing — more importantly, what are they doing together to scale their impact — and what are Farm-Food-Climate’s plans for the future?

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We have learned a lot in the past six months of the Farm-Food-Climate Challenge. After 8 public dialogue events, crowd-writing our action plan full of goals for the Food System, 10 update calls, 56 Innovators’ Talks…


Find the full Farm-Food-Climate Action Plan here

The COVID 19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of a resilient food system. It has made us very aware of the interactions between our health, ecosystems, supply chains, consumption patterns and the limits of our planet.

The world’s population is growing and climate change is having a negative impact on the ability of agriculture to continue feeding it in the future. At the same time, the food system is responsible for a significant proportion of greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, nutritional problems such as obesity and malnutrition persist and a third of the food produced globally is still lost or…


We’ve just held our second startup showcase where 15 of our brilliant early stage companies from across our portfolio took to the stage pitching to almost 100 of Europe’s leading angel investors and seed VCs.

Let me quickly remind you what Founders Factory is all about: We are a corporate backed accelerator and incubator. Some of the world’s most forward thinking corporates have invested in Founders Factory; L’Oreal (Beauty / Retail Tech), Holtzbrinck Macmillan (EdTech), Guardian Media Group (MediaTech), Aviva (InsurTech / FinTech), easyJet (Travel) and China’s CSC Group (AI). …


[First published on Tech City UK on 4 October 2017]

My present role as Senior Investment Manager at Founders Factory has seen me assessing the materials and pitches of many early stage start-ups with a view to optimising the stories told for the investor they are pitching to. I have sat in countless pitch meetings of our portfolio companies with external VC funds — and here is what I have learned in the process:

Attention span

Make sure to get to the magic in your business in the first 30 seconds — whatever that is. Be that your personal background, a patentable…

Vanessa Gstettenbauer

Co-Lead Farm-Food-Climate Challenge @ProjectTogether, previously Principal @btov Partners & Senior Investment Manager @FoundersFactory in London

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