Green burgers – a boost for impact investments

Silicon Valley is the number one spot for electric cars and solar panels. And as a state, California dominates in green initiatives and efficiency.

Even so, finding venture funding has been a contrary story for many cleantech startups coming to Silicon Valley.

This could be about to change.

A growing number of so-called impact investors are looking for investments that generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return. And they seem to like burgers, at least as a starter.

Californian startup Beyond Meat raised nearly a quarter of a billion dollars to grow its line of plant-based meats, with shares rocketing in their public debut in May this year.

Rival Impossible Foods, based in Redwood City,  are planning for a future IPO but the CEO said earlier this year that it is no rush. Investors wanting to invest before the public offer still got the message, the latest round of fundraising yielded $300 million.

This is good news. For the climate, and for Sweden that is known for having a thriving scene with cleantech startups. 


The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco & Silicon Valley is welcoming two new Swedish interns this fall: Sofia Hallberg and Elise Ekman.

In order for you to get to know them a bit better we asked them some questions,  check out the answers here – who knows, maybe you find an interesting topic to discuss when you meet them at our upcoming events!

We are ready to enter September, but before we do so we have some exciting events for you to enjoy! 

08/26 Workshop: How To Network For A New Job 
Kick start the fall with a new superpower of connecting with people! 

09/19-22 Fashion Community Week
Join us at the award winning Fashion Community Week!

08/29 Networking After Work
Take the chance to make new connections and network with inspiring people!

09/23-26 Connecting Women
We are welcoming female professonals from Sweden to a unique transatlantic networking program in Silicon Valley and San Francisco. 

09/26 Nordic Women in Tech Get inspired by a group of accomplished Nordic women who will tell us about their journey in Silicon Valley’s competitive Tech Industry.

 For more details visit our calendar!

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