STAR Impact welcomes Tarja zu dem Berg as fund manager and CEO
The board and founders of STAR Impact AB are delighted to introduce its first Fund Manager and CEO Tarja zu dem Berg. Tarja zu dem Berg will start fulltime on STAR Impact in March 2022 and the team is looking forward to an exciting journey ahead.
STAR Impact is a new in-the-making impact investment fund that is fundraising now. STAR Impact, initiated and backed by GU Ventures AB, will offer impact focused profit and non-profit organisations investments and loans to drive positive change. STAR Impact wants to lead by example and change how we think about businesses, investments and impact. Star Impact will take a holistic approach to impact investing, it will strive to better understand the ecosystem and find synergies as well as identify new stakeholders, markets and products and to finance companies that have both positive impact and business goals at their core. STAR Impact will focus on supporting high impact innovations in the areas of food, nature and quality of life from businesses in the Nordics that are at the pre-seed and seed stages. Star Impact is aiming for significant direct and indirect positive impact alongside financial returns.
- "I am really excited to start as Fund manager at STAR Impact and establish it´s first impact fund. GU Venture has already made an extensive work in evaluating the impact investment area and we have a clear investment strategy for the STAR Impact fund. I am experienced in investing in Swedish startups, and STAR Impact which it´s focus on early stage impact innovations in the areas of food, nature and quality of life in the Nordics, appeals to me a lot. The first step is to raise a fund of 100 msek and we are now looking for Nordic investors engaged in social and environmental sustainability.", says Tarja zu dem Berg
Tarja is highly respected and appreciated by her peers and colleagues. She is passionate about working with entrepreneurs and start-ups as well as making a difference especially when it comes to gender equality within the Venture Capital industry. Tarja has helped finance and develop businesses in Sweden for 20 years. She founded the government owned Venture Capital firm, Almi Invest, by fundraising one Billion SEK and made its first investments in start-ups. Tarja has a wealth of experience in investing having managed investments in ~80 companies and in leading companies having been on the board of 30 companies. Tarja’s academic background is in international business from the School of Business, Economics and Law in Gothenburg and the Copenhagen Business School.
- "I have had the vision and goal of contributing to redirecting the flow of money in line with the Sustainable Development goals for many years and now the STAR Impact team is strengthen with an exceptional experienced and humble person as our Fund Manager, Tarja zu dem Berg. I couldn't be more proud and happy to welcoming Tarja to the team and I´m excited to start working together, making a difference and contribute to building the ecosystem in the area of impact investing.", says Sofia Strom chairperson of STAR Impact, business developer and sustainability responsible at GU Ventures AB.
For more information contact:
Sofia Ström, chairperson at STAR Impact AB, business developer and responsible for sustainability at GU Ventures AB, Sofia.Strom@ventures.gu.se or +46707131150 or
Tarja zu dem Berg, Fund Manager and CEO STAR Impact AB, Tarja.Zudemberg@starimpact.se or +46709185896
About GU Ventures AB
GU Ventures builds businesses out of groundbreaking ideas that help shape a better tomorrow and is top-ranked by UBI Global Index as one of the world's 20 leading university-run incubators. We finance and develop new innovative business ideas with connections to the University of Gothenburg, which is one of northern Europe's largest universities. Our mission is commercialize the innovations, which leads to the utilization of research and skills, renewal of the business community, job creation and sustainable growth. Our passionate team of company builders, financial experts, IP and legal talent are dedicated supporters of our companies and ensure their successes. Since our starting point in 1995, GU Ventures has developed over 200 new business ideas of which 130 are in business today and of which 14 are listed. Our portfolio consists of 70 holdings and some projects. In the latest survey, 87% of companies match the global sustainability goals set by the UN. GU Ventures is wholly owned by the Swedish state and managed by the University of Gothenburg. Feel free to read more at: www.guventures.com.