On A Mission

A society that allocates resources purely on the basis of generating short-term profit is untenable. We are planting a stake in the ground to help divert capital towards purpose.

Mustard Seed is a principal investor in world-class early-stage businesses that generate compelling financial and societal returns. We do so in conjunction with our global member network of business luminaries, an FCA-authorized venture fund, and events at many of the world’s leading universities.

We believe solving the greatest of societal ills drives commercial success in the long run.  Be in touch to discuss the Impact Framework that drives our approach.

 

The Team

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The Team

Alex Pitt

Co-Founder & Director of Growth

“Plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”

Henry Wigan

Co-Founder & Director of Investments

“See strength in weakness.”

Teddy Kim

Investment Principal 

“Let me understand you, to have you understand me.”

Orson Stadler

 

Investment Principal

“Always be yourself, unless you can be Batman, then always be Batman.”

Yanna Loizou

Financial Advisor

“Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises”

Irma Gross von Trockau

 

Operations Analyst

“To see things in the seed, that is genius.”

Lukas McGowan

Venture Partner – US

“The world demands an appetite for adventure over the life of ease.”

Antonio Miguel

Managing Partner – Mustard Seed MAZE

“99 is not 100”

João Ferrão dos Santos

Investment Principal – Mustard Seed MAZE

“You must to the thing you think you cannot do”


 

Board

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Board

Nicholas O’Donohoe

Non-Executive Director 

CEO of CDC

Kim Morrish

Non- Executive Director

Director of Ground Control & Founder of Canterbury Partners

Tim Church

Non-Executive Director 

Former CEO of McKinsey Investment Office 


 

Fellows

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Fellows

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Special Advisor to Mustard Seed on Education. Lisa was formerly COO and Director of Impact at Mustard, playing a vital role in the early growth of Mustard Seed.
 
Lisa is now CEO of ABDL, and is on the board of Mustard Seed portfolio company AtoCap. Lisa was previously Director of Global Partnership Strategy at Coursera.com and Partner at TNTP in the U.S.A, designing, launching and scaling education solutions.
 
MBA from INSEAD – recipient MBA Cars/Renault Scholarship – and Bachelor of Arts with Honours from Yale University.

Markus Klapa

Germany

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Early supporter at Mustard Seed, and central contact in Germany. Incredibly persistent, and willing to take risks to help build something he believes in.
 
Currently working at ThyssenKrupp, previously worked at HSBC and Porsche Consulting. Particular interest in financial markets.
 
Master’s Degree in International Business from HULT International Business School.

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Instrumental in building out Mustard Seed’s presence in Portugal, and played an itimportant role in the Social Innovation World Forum. Has an uncanny ability to see clearly in complex situations.
 
MBA graduate from Columbia Business School, having focused on entrepreneurship, general management and finance. Previously worked for Goldman Sachs in London, serving HNWI and later Family Offices in structuring derivative instruments.
 
Experience includes founding of an Internet start­up and working in distressed debt and real estate acquisitions. Bernardo holds a Masters in Science from Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon and an MBA from Columbia University.

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Mustard Seed’s first joiner. Created the building blocks of our website, and helped run our early events. We owe special thanks to Hameed. A man with a big heart.
 
Recent graduate from Southampton Business School. Researching sustainable development as part of his Master’s degree kickstarted Hameed’s interest in social entrepreneurship and impact investing. He previously worked at Careem and Astrolab in Dubai.

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Led a number of projects for Mustard Seed, enhancing the capabilities of Mustard Seed’s venture pipeline. Perhaps the nicest guy on our team (in London?), and a through and through team player. Also a keen fan of Matthew McConaughey.
 
Former Senior Consultant at Veritas Advisory Group in litigation. Additional experience includes working with early stage business in music industry, high technology commercialization, and pro­bono consulting in not for profit sector.
 
MSc Management candidate at the London School of Economics and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Played an important role building out Mustard Seed case study templates. Felipe has also, rather controversially, professed that London might be a superior place to live in vs San Francisco.
 
Formerly a Senior Analyst in McKinsey & Company in the Lima office, working with clients in Latin America.
 
Felipe is pursuing an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and holds a BA in Economics from Universidad del Pacifico.

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Akhila Satish is a scientist and entrepreneur, and has played an important role in helping Mustard Seed work out where its time is best spent. She is the founder of CyberDoctor, a healthcare communications company. For her work on CyberDoctor, Akhila was honored as a Rising Star at Health 2.0 in 2013, a semifinalist in the Healthcare Innovation World Cup, and a Global Leader in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the Center of Healthcare Innovation.
 
Previously, she worked in life sciences research at the University of Michigan and the National Institutes of Health. Her published work includes papers in Nature and Human Genomics. Currently, she blogs at the Huffington Post as part of a project to help translate scientific journal articles in a way that is accessible for everyone.  
 
Akhila received her Bachelor of Science in neuroscience with honors from the University of Michigan and her graduate degree in biotechnology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Stanford MBA candidate.

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Shibu wholeheartedly believes there are smart solutions to our current issues and that business can be a vehicle for change.
 
His professional experience in the oil and gas industry has ranged from being a geoscience professional to a global consultant with Halliburton Consulting, taking him across the globe. Additional experience includes being a board member for an education focused non-profit in Kenya, along with other volunteering activities in Africa. He is currently working on a few ventures of his own in both literature translation and language education.
 
Shibu received his MBA from INSEAD, MSc in Subsurface Geosciences from Rice University and a BSE in Geosystems Engineering & Hydrogeology from the University of Texas – Austin.

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Chris joined Bain Capital’s Global Private Equity team in London in 2011, where he was then transferred to the Double Impact team.
Prior to that, Chris has worked as a Consultant in Bain & Company’s Dubai and San Francisco offices, as a private equity investor with Cinven in Europe and as a consultant for the Africa Transport unit at the World Bank.
Chris holds an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford, a Masters in Economics from The Sorbonne University in Paris, and a Masters in Engineering from the Mining School of Paris.

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Tesi Rusagara is an MBA student at the Stanford Graduate School of Business from Rwanda.
Prior to her MBA, she was an Economic Policy Analyst in the President of Rwanda’s Strategy & Policy Unit. Before joining the Government, she worked in investor relations and business development for Bank of Kigali, a listed commercial bank in Rwanda. She has also served on the board of kLab, an incubator in Rwanda and has interned with Khosla Impact in Menlo Park, California. Tesi is passionate about Africa and Rwanda and she is the Co-President of the Africa Business Club at Stanford GSB. She received her Bachelor of Business Science (Hons) from the University of Cape Town.

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Previously an engineer at Intel, Matt brings a technical perspective to viewing new ventures. At Mustard Seed, Matt worked with portfolio companies to model and develop market strategy and optimize operations. His personal interests are centered around innovation within healthcare.
Currently, Matt is pursuing both an MBA and Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and Engineering respectively. 

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Having completed a post-graduate in Social Innovation Management with The Amani Institute in Brazil, Dorothea joined Mustard Seed in June 2016 for the summer. Her responsibilities included building impact measurement systems for two portfolio companies, performing venture due diligence and assisting with event and administrative management.
Dorothea is now working at WeFarm, a peer-to-peer service that enables farmers in Kenya, Uganda and Peru to share information via SMS.

Julien Weyl

France

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Having worked at Airbus for 5 years, Julien brings technical expertise and his passion for social impact to the team. At Mustard Seed, Julien worked on improving the experience of members with the fund, and implemented a SAAS solution to streamline communication with the Members. In addition, he also worked on several due diligence in education, sustainable fashion and technology. Julien is passionate about everything that flies, and continuously strive to be part of innovations and projects that bring strong impact to society. Julien is currently finishing his MBA at London Business School, and holds an Master in Engineering from the French school Telecom SudParis.

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Associate at Mustard Seed since its early life, Lavinia has been taking care of the management of Mustard Seed’s Member base as well as arranging start-up events and supporting the venture team. Driven by a keen interest in development projects and impactful ventures, she previously worked as a Project Assistant at international organisations, including AMREF and UNIDO, and as an Analyst for an impact investing consultancy. MSc in ‘Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Management’ from Imperial College London and a BSc in ‘Economics and Geography’ from UCL.

Jana Kovacovska

Czech Republic

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Senior Associate at Mustard Seed since its early life.


Proud Partners Of

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Proud Partners Of

B Corp UK

Wayra

Big Society Capital

British Venture Capital Association

UK Department for International Trade

Girls in Tech

Stanford (GMIX)

Oxford Skoll Centre

IESE

London Business School

UK Business Angels Association 

Tech City UK

MAZE


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