Masawa’s Impact Fund invests in early stage founders and their companies revolutionizing mental wellness, primarily in Europe, via a Nurture Capital approach.
Masawa’s Nurture Capital Advisory works with purpose-driven funders and investors to maximize their portfolios’ social impact, founder wellbeing, and organizational health for increased sustainable and social returns.
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 €630 billion or 4.2% 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. Funders and investors often overlook the risk of not screening for and de-risking the human factor in their investments. By not nurturing capital, they’re wasting capital.
And founders, the 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 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 founders increasing access to mental wellness and support them in creating healthy organizations where people can perform 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: 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, fast. Yet conventionally, much of its potential remains untapped.
People problems cause almost 66% of startup failures. Our focus on organizational health and founder wellbeing supports founders in creating resilient and healthy workplaces where people thrive. We help set founders and their teams up for success as their business grows.
Masawa invests in purpose-driven founders that solve real-world problems and address real-world psychological needs. Our work in social impact ensures that the solutions we support are effective, grounded in sound 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 investor looking to catalyze your impact? Let’s start building a flourishing future today.
Are you a startup founder dedicated to increasing mental wellness? We’d love to hear from you.
Are you intrigued by the Nurture Capital approach and how we can help elevate the potential of your portfolio?
Are you an organization looking to break down the silos prohibiting mental wellness?
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