Masawa’s Impact Fund invests in startups revolutionizing mental wellness.
Masawa’s Nurture Capital approach helps maximize social impact, founder wellbeing, and organizational health for our and others’ portfolios.
The path to a thriving world starts in our minds.
We are more unwell, disconnected, and lonelier than ever before. 1 out of 5 people globally will develop a mental health condition in the course of their lifetime, and millions more are struggling. Loneliness, especially among young people, is rising. Self-harm is the third cause of death among adolescents.
Mental ill-health imposes a serious economic impact on individuals, businesses, communities, and society. In the EU alone, it costs the economy €600 billion or 4% of GDP, exceeding the burden of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular, and respiratory disease combined.
Businesses that don’t prioritize workplace mental wellness have higher turnover, absenteeism, and a less engaged workforce.
And founders, the very innovators addressing our planet’s most pressing issues, are affected, too. They are 2x as likely to suffer from depression and 3x as likely to have substance abuse issues. The current investment paradigm sees founders not as human beings with human needs, but merely as resources to be used, resulting in burnout and startup failure.
The impact mental ill-health has on our individual and collective potential is enormous.
Let’s imagine a different reality together.
We believe mental wellness and the potential it unlocks must be accessible to all. We invest in startups increasing access to mental wellness and support them in creating healthy organizations where people work and feel at their best.
Flourishing mental wellness lies at the heart of a healthy and just society. It’s also essential for solving the multitude of social and environmental challenges we face today, including the climate crisis. We invest in inner transformation to catalyze systemic social change.
The Covid-19 pandemic has put mental health in the foreground. It’s become clearer than ever that everyone has mental health. A rising number of startups revolutionizing mental healthcare are addressing a growing €300 billion market. The mental wellness revolution is happening now.
Venture capital holds immense potential to catalyze social change. Yet conventionally, much of its potential remains untapped.
50% of startups fail because of people problems or founder burnout. Our focus on organizational health and founder wellbeing supports founders in creating resilient and healthy workplaces where people thrive. We set founders and their coworkers up for success as their business grows.
Masawa invests in purpose-driven startups that solve real-world problems and address real-world psychological needs. Our work in impact ensures that the solutions we support are effective, grounded in the latest scientific evidence, and developed for the greatest impact possible. This is human-centrism at work.
Humans need community to thrive. Community is what unites us and gives us hope. It’s what makes the impossible possible.
We believe in the power of community and connection to realize transformative change. Whether you’re a founder, an investor, or a mental health nonprofit, let’s talk and create magic together.
Are you an LP and want to invest in our Equity Fund? Let’s start building a flourishing future today. Schedule a call.
Are you a mental health startup founder? We’d love to hear from you. Express your interest in partnering with Masawa.
Are you an entrepreneur or investor and want to learn more about our Nurture Capital approach and how we can help elevate the potential of your portfolio companies? Find out about our Nurture Capital Advisory.
Are you an enabling organization and want to partner with us? Reach out to us.
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