Orlando, Florida-based KEEN targets early-stage companies and promotes greater social responsibility in food nutrition, disease control and environmental awareness. Key for the company is the use of premium Jersey tomatoes in its products under the banner of "All Natural. All Jersey. All Good'', which encompasses farm fresh and natural, low-sodium recipes.
“We’re ideally looking for products that can impact the greater good, meaning healthier products for consumers, greater environmental or social community impact, and high potential in some cases for science-based disease mitigation or life enhancement,” said Jonathan Smiga, Managing Partner at KEEN Growth Capital.
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Since 2001, impact VC firms have raised $13 billion to invest in companies that provide a social or environmental benefit as part of running their for-large-profit business. Indeed, $10 billion of that has been raised since 2010 alone. Impact VCs are VCs first that intend to generate market-beating financial returns because of, not in spite of, an impact-oriented investment thesis.
In the past two years BlackRock, the world’s biggest asset manager, launched a new division called “Impact”; Goldman Sachs, an investment bank, acquired an impact-investment firm, Imprint Capital; and two American private-equity firms, Bain Capital and TPG, launched impact funds. The main driver of all this activity is investor demand.
Darren Walker spoke back in May as part of a plenary session at the Mission Investors Exchange (MIE) conference — ground zero for impact investing aficionados — in Baltimore. The CEO of the Ford Foundation made an impassioned plea for tearing down the walls between the grantmaking functions of foundations and their investment offices.
The call to address the world’s social and environmental issues is yielding a response from what some may consider an unexpected place: private equity. The reality is, however, that not only are private equity investors logical partners for anyone seeking to bring about impactful change — but they are also critical to building a better world.