Press Release

21 October 2021

Berlin-based fintech startup u impact (impact4good GmbH) closed pre-seed funding with SDG INVESTMENTS GmbH.

impact4good GmbH is developing a user-friendly interface under the u impact brand that allows investors to choose their investments according to the issues close to their hearts – e.g. climate protection or social justice. By selecting a topic, the user triggers an algorithm that selects suitable investment funds.

About the investment round

Almost every second German identifies social and environmental sustainability as the most important aspect of a financial investment. At the same time, many investors find the current offerings confusing and intransparent. In Germany alone, there are over 14,000 investment funds on offer. Most clients neglect a detailed search for suitable investments, or do so only very reluctantly. impact4good GmbH has found a solution to this problem and addressed it with its u impact product.

SDG INVESTMENTS GmbH from Frankfurt am Main has now invested an undisclosed amount in impact4good GmbH, thus enabling the realisation and implementation of the solution. At the same time, impact4good GmbH gains an experienced, strategic partner through which the company gains access to a large universe of fund managers.

In addition to direct access for private investors, impact4good GmbH will also make the selection tool available to retail banks in a white label version. Promising talks are already underway across Europe. “We are knocking on open doors at the big retail distributors,” says Lesley Li, one of the three founders of impact4good GmbH. “With SDG INVESTMENTS, we now have an experienced partner on board who will support us in further product development and provide systematic access to fund managers whose products we will offer to the retail market via our selection tool.”

Frank Ackermann, Managing Partner of SDG INVESTMENTS GmbH. Says: “We are delighted to be able to participate in impact4good GmbH. We were immediately impressed by the team at our first meeting. So far, we have only addressed institutional investors who invest in sustainability issues with our offer. We still lacked a suitable product for the private client market. With our investment in impact4good GmbH and the active cooperation resulting from it, we are closing this gap. u impact has the potential to revolutionise the way ordinary investors will invest their money in the future.”

 

About impact4good GmbH (u impact)

impact4good was founded in 2020 by the three partners Lesley Li, Dr. Clemens Chaskel and Alistair Hume. The company aims to make impact investing accessible to every private investor. Among many other awards, impact4good GmbH was named one of the most promising impact-focused FinTech startups in Germany in 2021 by representatives of the German banking sector.

 

About SDG INVESTMENTS GmbH
Founded in 2017, SDG INVESTMENTS GmbH operates a matching platform for financing and investment products that are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Registered professional and institutional investors can use the platform to find sustainable capital investments that meet their individual investment criteria. For project initiators and providers of sustainable capital investments, SDG INVESTMENTS structures financing instruments and enables systematic and targeted access to institutional investors via matching solutions. In this way, SDG INVESTMENTS increases transparency and optimises the selection and investment process for the increasingly growing asset class of sustainable capital investment.

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Full-Stack Developer (m/f/d)

Berlin | Full Time | Permanent | Experienced

Ü Impact is a FinTech in the Sustainable Investment sector. Our vision is to make sustainable investing accessible to everyone. We are working with fund providers to create a product that will make sustainable investment available for everyday individual investors, bringing together valuable sustainability/ESG company insights and making it accessible to allow retail investors to generate real impact with their money.

Your tasks
  • As the hands-on full-stack developer you build the solution and progress the long-term vision as a key member of the company.
  • You have the responsibility for the development of our digital products, using modern architectures and technologies.
  • You work closely with our founding team, bringing together technological, financial and sustainability perspectives.
  • You play a key part in defining and delivering our technology roadmap and providing expertise in the upcoming funding rounds, with the opportunity to grow into the CTO role in the future.
What you should bring
  • Can-do attitude with an eagerness to learn and grow
  • Several years demonstrable experience in a similar role
  • Experience in various programming language and frameworks, e.g. C#, Python, React, Angular, Express, NodeJS/ RESTful API, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, etc., including DevOps best practices and industry standards for secure, scalable application management
  • Excellent knowledge in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript for User Experience (UX)
  • Experience developing SPA websites and styling websites or UI components
  • Experience with cross-platform mobile app development
  • Experience with cloud administration such as AWS, Digital Ocean
  • Passionate Agile practitioner
  • Value diversity of opinions and skills, and can align perspectives of stakeholders before translating them into code.
  • Passionate about learning new technologies
Why us
  • Award winning company
    We are an award-winning company creating waves in the German start-up community. Our idea, vision and team has been recognised by peers in the industry, inspiring our team to even greater heights.
  • Work with a purpose
    Impact is in our name and working with a purpose is what drives us and creates the positive and inspiring work atmosphere.
  • Experienced international team
    We are a diverse multinational team that values different ideas and opinions; we know this brings out the best in the team and the product we deliver to clients. The founders have years of experience in different fields, sharing this knowledge to ensure the team is continually learning and developing
  • Dynamic and flexible work environment
    We are an early-stage start-up that thrives on an agile and flexible work environment. We understand that people deliver best in different conditions and the benefits of home office time.
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