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Social Impact: what’s all the fuss about?

12.11.2020

Since I joined MAZE, I have learned quite a bit on the meaning of impact. The most important thing is that impact, whether social or environmental, is the greatest social economic opportunity of our time. Once you get it, you cannot forget it. Here’s how I see it: What is social impact? Social impact is […]

Four ideas to embed impact within an organisation

Four ideas to embed impact within an organisation

18.09.2020

‘The next decade will be defined by companies that have a social and environmental purpose’, said a partner of Index Ventures, one of the largest venture capital funds in Europe. The CEO of Y Combinator, one of the leading accelerators in the world which has invested in companies such as Airbnb, Dropbox, Reddit, among many others, also […]

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My first 90 Days in Venture

03.09.2020

After spending almost three years as a consultant, it has been three months since I have officially made the move to being an investment analyst at Mustard Seed MAZE impact VC fund. The past few months have been both challenging and rewarding. In many ways, venture is like an infinite hike and I am only in the beginning. If you are interested in partaking this journey too, here’s what helped me get started.

Ana Pinheiro © Mustard Seed MAZE

How Biology, Acting and Film prepared me for the VC world

03.08.2020

When I was asked what my dream job was, I answered different things throughout my life: a doctor, a biologist, a writer, an actress, a director, a film teacher at university. None of these became true. While searching for a career path, I dealt with a significant amount of frustration. I wandered in the fields of Biology, Theatre and Film, and through the fear of yet another wrong choice, I learned resilience.

The opportunity to improve the lives of half the population

18.07.2020

There are 3.9 billion women in the world which corresponds to 49% of the world’s population. However, and despite the fact that women drive about 85% of consumption decisions [1], most products have not been developed considering their specific needs. There are several examples that corroborate this phenomenon. Basic life support training for resuscitation from […]

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6 lessons skateboarding has taught me about my first job

10.07.2020

Here are 6 (of many) lessons skateboarding has taught me about the adult world that I am now facing every day

What a ‘green recovery’ might look like

03.07.2020

“Whatever it takes!” has become a motto for saving the global economy as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the planet and shuts down entire countries.

5 tips for shifting a startup accelerator programme to online

5 tips for shifting a startup accelerator programme to online

04.06.2020

Confronted with COVID-19, my team and I had to move the accelerator to online ASAP. Here are some of the main lessons we’ve learned throughout the preparation process.

How to find the best impact startups across Europe: 3 guiding steps

How to find the best impact startups across Europe: 3 guiding steps

03.06.2020

Scouting is a fancy word that usually refers to the activity of “looking for people with particular skills”. In the case of Maze X and in this article, this definition is somehow incomplete for us. The way we look at scouting is more on building a relationship with extraordinary founders that are solving the most pressing social and environmental issues.

Coronavirus and the opportunity for the digital transformation of social services

Coronavirus and the opportunity for the digital transformation of social services

08.05.2020

The digital transformation that social enterprises go through in the next months will pay double in the future. It will make them more resilient and fitter for adaptation in future crises. More importantly, it will allow them to streamline processes and save energy, empathy, and time for the human interactions that are worth fighting for.

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5 tips for fostering creative thinking, starting tomorrow

03.05.2020

But more recently, I’ve been interested in how to foster that creativity on others. Is there a secret formula for bringing creativity into the problem-solving process within teams? What is the right way to lead your team to more creative outcomes?

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Impact-Weighted Accounts: can accounting shift the paradigm?

15.11.2019

‘Impact-Weighted Accounts’ might be the opportunity for companies’ to include on their financial statements the impact of their activity on employees, community and planet.

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