Impact investing refers to investments "made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return". Impact investments provide capital to address social and/or environmental issues.
It is our pleasure to have Eric Archambeau, an expert on this field, sharing with us his knowledge and insight into the food and agricultural impact investment sector.
Eric is a former Silicon Valley technology entrepreneur, turned venture capitalist and impact investor. He is widely known for his deep insight and operational experience in social networking, machine learning, data mining and electronic marketplaces — as well as his passion for the food sector.
After co-founding three successful technology companies, Eric joined Benchmark Capital in California in 1999, where he met George Coelho. The two went on to launch the firm’s European office in 2000. Eric later joined Wellington Partners, where he has been actively investing in tech companies since 2005. Over the past two decades, Eric’s investments have fuelled some of the most successful tech companies in Europe such as Betfair (IPO in London), PriceMinister (Rakuten), Xing (IPO in Frankfurt), Spotify (DPO in New York), Hailo-MyTaxi (Daimler-BMW), Onfido, Import.io, SoundTrackYourBrand (fka. Spotify for Business) and Peakon.
Privately, he has also become a leading impact investor focused on food supply chain disruption and sustainable agriculture, including investment in companies such as Soil Capital, La Ruche, Ynsect and Oh My Green.
Eric’s ambition to positively revolutionise the food sector has led him to launch a new venture firm in 2018, Astanor Ventures, again with his long-time business associate George Coelho. Astanor is focussing on disruptive, impact investments in the agri-food tech sector.
When not mentoring young entrepreneurs or spending time with his family, Eric is a global foodie, traveling to discover the best ingredients and local chefs worldwide and then working off his excess calories by practicing extreme skiing.
Eric has a PhD in Computer Science from Grenoble University, an Engineer degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
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