Mirabaud partners with VC firm to launch food systems strategy

Zebra Impact Ventures invests in early-to-growth stage ‘nature-positive’ companies

Mirabaud Asset Management has entered a partnership with Swiss venture capital firm Zebra Impact Ventures with the aim of launching a strategy designed to transform global food systems.

Announcing the collaboration, the firms said the Zebra team will bring investment and deal-sourcing credentials to the table alongside practical agricultural knowledge from a global network of impact investors.

The venture capital firm invests in early to growth stage ‘nature-positive’ companies.

Meanwhile, Mirabaud will provide operational, risk and legal support, along with sales and marketing and its pan-European distribution network.

The Zurich-headquartered asset manager has recently grown its private assets platform and places an emphasis on SFDR Article 9 funds.

No timeline was given for the launch of the strategy.

Lionel Aeschlimann, CEO at Mirabaud, said: “This relationship is very much aligned with our approach to private assets – where we seek out the deep level of industry expertise needed for insightful and rewarding investing.

“It supports our ambition to bring unique opportunities to our clients that, alongside the real potential for returns, make a tangible contribution to protecting our world for future generations.”

Lionel Artusio and Fabio Sofia, co-founders of Zebra Impact Ventures, added: “Cutting-edge technology will allow us to restore our broken food systems and form a cornerstone of the action plan needed to meet net-zero by 2050.

“As investors, we have a real opportunity to finance the innovation required to build the sustainable, regenerative food systems that we need. Our strategic partnership with Mirabaud will help us achieve this.”

This article first appeared on ESG Clarity’s sister title Portfolio Adviser.