EVENT : Speaking at Northern Light - European Business Leaders' Convention
Jun 29 - Jul 1, 2017 | Helsinki, Finland
Ela and Seth were both invited as emerging technology leaders to the annualNorthern Light summit by The European Business Leaders’ Convention (EBLC) that gathers 150 top business leaders, scientists and innovators.
PRESS : "Impact Investing - interview with Ela Madej"
Jan 21, 2017
The Economist Impact Investing team published interview with our founding partners - Ela.
We invest in companies using technology to solve the world’s biggest problems, using UN SDGs as a proxy for “problems”. We believe that these tech-enabled businesses solving real problems will be among the most profitable.
PRESS : "Ela Madej Pursues UN Sustainable-Development Goals Through Technology Entrepreneurs"
Dec 21, 2016
B the Change media published a long profile of one of our founding partners - Ela.
Madej says that Fifty Years stands out among impact investors because of how it vets portfolio companies.
“Our first question is: Can the business significantly contribute to solving one of the challenges as defined by the UN Sustainable Development Goals?” Ela says.
“Second: Can it be a massively big business?
And third: Do the founders genuinely care about positive impact?”
EVENT : Speaking at SLUSH 2016
Dec 1, 2016 | Helsinki, Finland
During this Europe's biggest tech festival (15,000 participants) Seth gave a keynote on our work at Fifty Years. He was also on a panel about investing for impact & he led an impact investment roundtable during the Slush "Investor Day". Ela was be on the food tech panel & had an interview +open Q&A on the Slush "speaker studio" stage.
Watch Seth's keynote :
PRESS : "Silicon Valley makes room for new nourishment"
Nov 30, 2016
Seth is quoted in this Financial Times article about the impending food revolution.
“The traditional food system is broken in every way,” says Seth Bannon, founding partner at Fifty Years, an early stage venture fund in San Francisco that has invested in food technology companies. “It’s terrible for the environment, it’s economically unfavourable and it’s not great for human health.”
Mr Bannon, of Fifty Years, who has invested in Memphis Meats, calls its approach the “second domestication”. “Traditionally we have domesticated animals to harvest their cells for food or drink,” he says. “Now we are starting to domesticate cells themselves.”
PRESS : "Despite Legal Troubles, This Startup Is Trying To Do Right By Workers"
Nov 24, 2016
Seth was quoted in this BuzzFeed article covering how company Josephine is providing contractors with stake in the company.
Bannon is not an investor in Josephine, but is intrigued by Wang’s belief that there’s
“a better way to organize a tech company.”
As an investor, I see this as a grand experiment that could either be totally unworkable, or maybe lead to a paradigm shift in how businesses are organized,” he said.
“Often, as an investor, that’s exactly where you want to be. High risk, high reward.
EVENT : Speaking at Pioneers Festival 2016
May 22, 2016 | Vienna, Austria
Seth was on a panel about the future of cryptocurrency and blockchain : "On-Chain Off-Chain Blockchain: The decentralised Revolution". Both Ela and Seth were judging and had a talk about investing to save the world during the "Challenge day" of the festival.
EVENT : Talk at Impact.Tech
Nov 17, 2015 | San Francisco, California
Seth gave a talk "Impact is the New Mobile".
Watch his talk here:
EVENT : Talk at Slush 2015
Nov 9, 2015 | Helsinki, Finland
Ela & Seth gave a talk "How to Eat Glass" about the stressful journey of entrepreneurship, and daily routines that will help you manage the rollercoaster.
Watch their talk here: