EcoEnterprises Fund: Nurturing Nature-Based Businesses to Succeed

Delivering a just rural transition through hands-on venture capital investing in impact-driven food and agribusiness startups

Services

Investment Partnerships


Seeding Value and Values through EcoEnterprises Fund

Venture capital, tailored finance, and advice for startups that protect and restore biodiversity

Location

The EcoEnterprise Fund works across Latin America, Europe and the US, while their partnership with Terrafertil has been focused in Colombia and Ecuador.

Context

EcoEnterprises Fund is a women-owned and led fund that identifies, nurtures, and finances businesses that conserve natural resource systems and biodiversity; mitigate climate risks; and create long-term sustainable income and economic development for workers, suppliers, and rural communities. The Fund particularly seeks investment opportunities in women-led businesses, and encourages its portfolio companies to strengthen the participation of women in the workforce, its leadership and across its supply chains.

Terrafertil – a Latin American ‘superfood’ startup producing snacks based on the Andean Goldenberry sourced from farming communities in Colombia and Ecuador – is one of the businesses which EcoEnterprises Fund supported for over a decade. In 2005, EcoEnterprises Fund provided Terrafertil with a USD $50,000 loan to purchase land for its first plant in Ecuador.