Maren Hjorth Fynd Ocean Ventures

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FUNDING:
How to invest
in impact-driven
ocean startups
& cofound
your investment firm

with Maren Hjorth
(Fynd Ocean Ventures, Katapult Ocean)

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This episode’s guest is Maren Hjorth, one of the co-founders of Katapult Ocean and the founder of Fynd Ocean Ventures. 

Both companies invest and support startups with a positive impact on the ocean: Katapult Ocean invests in early-stage startups (pre-seed & seed funding), while Fynd Ocean Ventures focuses on startups in their growth phase. 

We talked extensively about Katapult Ocean, which has an accelerator program, has invested in more than 23 companies (150-300k€ per startup), and has built a network of 100+ mentors and partners worldwide. 

In this episode you will learn:

  • How Maren saw a market opportunity to start a smart investment company in the ocean space
  • How she selected her co-founders
  • How she found the first investors for her new fund
  • How they use OKRs (Objectives & Key Results) to remain focus and learn to say no to anything which is not contributing to these objectives
  • How she grew and selected her network of partners and mentors
  • How she makes the most out of virtual events to network 
  • How she made sure she could step out smoothly as a CEO of Katapult Ocean to start developing Fynd Ocean Ventures

 

As usual for every episode, Maren shared her list of Do’s and Don’ts, this time about fundraising:

4 Do’s and Don’ts about how to raise pre-seed & seed funding as a startup.


If you are: 

  • a startup with a positive mission who needs to raise funding, or
  • someone who wants to build an investment company/fund to invest in startups with a positive impact,

this episode is definitely for you!


The link to:
 

Katapult Oceans
Fynd Ocean Ventures

The resources mentioned in this episode:

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Why I (really) created this podcast

We are at a critical period for our planet and its inhabitants, and entrepreneurs and companies are going to play a massive influence on our future. 

As always, there are two sides who can pull us in opposite directions. 

On one side, there are entrepreneurs who chase and base their decisions on money, success, and fame. 

On the other side, I believe there are entrepreneurs who truly care about making a positive difference on this world. Money is a mean and not an end to these entrepreneurs: they care about their Mission First, and their goal is not fame nor a quick exit for the sake of it. I call them Entrepreneurs for Future

I want to do my best to support these Entrepreneurs for future. 

On one hand, I do that with my company GT Impact, with which I help mission-driven companies scale up with digital marketing and growth hacking. 

On the other hand, I wanted to start this podcast because I believe the best way to learn is by getting advice from those who have already done what we want to achieve

Finally, maybe a secret reason for me to create this podcast: because it is a real pleasure and inspiration to meet and learn from these entrepreneurs. 

I have indeed been an entrepreneur myself since I am a teenager, always launching projects based on my passions. 

Music, for example, has guided me through my whole life. At 20 I started a non-profit organization to run techno music festivals in Belgium, where I was djing myself, then a few years ago I co-founded my first startup in Berlin, a music tech startup called Feelthebeat (Soundbrenner now). Currently I still do music with my indie folk pop band Lapwings

Preserving nature and its wild animals have also always been one of my passions: I have been mesmerized by the beauty of the wild orang-utans I have followed in Sumatra, or by the wild dolphins I had the chance to swim with in the Golf of Mexico. 

As an entrepreneur, I have bigger plans for GT Impact than “just” making it a great digital marketing agency for mission-driven startups, and secretly, this podcast helps me to learn and prepare the future…but shhh, that will be for another episode 😉  

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