What are we trying to achieve?
Some investors have been making impact investments for several decades but, more recently, we are witnessing an emerging global enthusiasm and traction for increasing the uptake of impact investing. While this global support is very welcome, we are still in the process of building a functioning market so critical to help the sector grow. This includes ease of finding information on who is looking to raise money, who is looking to invest and how much. We need to create the building blocks that help smooth transactional flow including how do you assess a deal, what to negotiate in a term sheet and in shareholder agreements. Most importantly, we need clarity on how we measure and track impact – one of the main reasons why people are interested in this asset class.
Baytree is driven by the mission to provide the building blocks that can help reduce information asymmetries and grow the market for impact investing.
In simple words, our mission is to draw in both, more entrepreneurs and investors, help them transact and grow the market for impact investing. We are not a fund ourselves and we do not provide investment advice. Rather, we connect the key market players, i.e. the funders and the entrepreneurs, and provide the information and transaction support necessary to help them close a deal or complete the transaction.
Why are we doing this?
Humanity has made tremendous progress in the last five decades. With our collective global effort, in the last 20 years, the proportion of the world population living in extreme poverty has almost halved.
However, we still have some way to go in solving our global challenges. And we have created new ones along the way. In our quest for economic growth, we have inadvertently harmed our environment and created greater inequalities. Therefore, we need to continue to develop ideas and models to address our challenges. It is also clear that we need to look beyond governments and philanthropy as their resources are limited. We have reason to be optimistic.
Using a marketplace approach, we want to give the wider population a stake in solving our social issues. We want to draw in the collective talent and capital of entrepreneurs and investors. We want to provide everyone with the tools necessary to transact, to seek investment and to make an investment, and realise the potential of impact investing. Baytree works with high net-worth individuals, angel investors, family offices, foundations and funds looking to invest for profit with a purpose.
Who are we?
We are a diverse team united by a shared passion to drive impact at scale. With our collective backgrounds as entrepreneurs, investors, development finance professionals, bankers and millennials, we are a small team with a big vision.