After a corporate career in public companies, Matthew founded and successfully exited two technology businesses in 2012 and 2018 respectively. He has been an active technology investor since 2012 and serves as a Non-Executive Director for two technology businesses. In more recent years he has specialised in sustainable investments. Matthew holds an Executive MBA from London Business school.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
The best part of working for OnePlanetCapital is knowing that we are going to have a big impact on climate change and the environmental issues of the day. It's great working in a business where your conscience is aligned with what you are doing day-to-day.
How do you see your role changing in the next 3-5 years?
Our first fund is 2021-22, we have a great pipeline of businesses, some of which we are already invested in. However, in 3 to 5 years we are going to see some of those businesses become huge and I hope we can follow them on this journey. I would like to see our deal sizes getting into 7 figures in 5 years time.
"I know the discipline of having an objective and doggedly pursuing it. This is also the DNA I share with all entrepreneurs.”
What makes your firm stand out?
We are one of the only EIS Funds focused on Climate Change. We believe we can create impact alongside strong investor returns as the world pivots to a low carbon economy.
What is one thing you would like advisers/investors to know about your firm?
Our ESG framework is at the core of our methodology, we assess investee companies impact in relation to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
What are the three things you look for when investing in a business?
Impact – the first thing we assess is the impact a business can have on climate change or environmental issues. Impact also cannot be achieved without commercial success.
Technology – this is at the heart of businesses the fund invests in. Good technology scales and allows global reach.
Team – can the team deliver, have they done this or something similar before.
What character trait helps you succeed in your role?
I have been an entrepreneur for 15 years and founded and sold 3 businesses. So I know the discipline of having an objective and doggedly pursuing it. This is also the DNA I share with all entrepreneurs. As the famous Churchill quote goes ‘if you are going through hell, keep going!’.
Whom do you professionally admire?
Terry Smith – the Fund Manager. Love his frank views and the way he does things differently. And he lives in Mauritius!
OnePlanetCapital is an EIS Fund specialising in climate change and environmental impact investments. The fund aims to achieve impact alongside commercial return and invests in 8–10 companies per tax year.
OnePlanetCapital has a strong ESG framework at the core of the fund and uses the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals to measure the impact of its investee companies.
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