Matteo Boffa “How I became green angel investor”
Matteo Boffa is a Swiss Social and Environmental Entrepreneur, resident in the United Arab Emirates since 2016. After dedicating over 9 years of his career in the world of finance (Swiss Private Banker) and nearly 2 years in the Swiss Army (Chief Sergeant Major), he decided to make a radical change in his life and undertake a path linked to sustainability and the protection of the environment.
Matteo currently has a portfolio of 11 startups around the world. In September 2020 Matteo was awarded as 30 under 30 by Forbes.
I decided to invest not only money but also time, energy and connections in multiple startups such as “THAELY” (www.thaely.com) which produces vegan shoes with recycled plastic bags and bottles (India); “ZELOOP” (www.zeloop. net) a reward platform of the circular economy (UAE); “ETUIX” (www.etuix.com) which transforms billboards into unique and sustainable products (UAE): ZOFEUR (www.zofeur.com) a safe driving platform.
I like to invest in startups that are at an early stage where I have the opportunity not only to bring capital but also to contribute my experience. Obviously the risk of entering these at this level is very high,
the return on investment can be long but
of course the rewards can be immense.
To date, my success rate is slightly over 20%. A key factor is that all startups must have a positive environmental and / or social impact and help make our planet a better place for everyone. Above all, it is
the personal stories of the various founders that fascinate me and push me to invest.
I am convinced that the human factor in every startup plays an immense part of the success of it.