WHY WE SHARE
We share a changing world. Global challenges are numerous, affect us all and require urgent solutions. We cannot leave this to governmental institutions only: the UN has called on everyone to do his bit. Although it looks as if challenges are piling up everyday, the good news is that there is hope: startups and young talents provide an untapped source of sustainable and impactful innovation, that can help to combat these challenges. They have the ability to challenge conventional thinking and provide fresh, local solutions to global challenges. The bad news is however, that according to various studies only two out of ten startups would survive the first five years of their existence. Imagine the huge waste of capital and lost opportunities, vaporized dreams…
To make more startups succesful, the way we think, act and interact need to change fast. Studies show that important causes of startup failure are i.a. incomplete execution teams, insufficient awareness of the markets and funding instruments which do match the needs of the investors, rather than those of startups. We believe that our startups and young talents need more patient capital and tailored support.
Our ambition is to lead society in a transition away from an economy focused solely on monetary gains to an ecosystem based on sustainability and impact. That is why we designed We Share Revolving Impact Capital.
WE SHARE REVOLVING IMPACT CAPITAL
Members from across society – individuals, entrepreneurs, corporates, governmental and other institutions – support We Share. Most of them have pledged a very small part of his or her annual income, profit or equity to We Share, or provide other support. We Share uses these donations to provide soft loans to so called impact startups and students.
Once supported startups and students have paid back their loans and have become profitable, they will become Funding Members and thus support future generations of startups and students by share a slice of their future income or profits with We Share. Moreover, revenues of paid back loans will be kept within We Share and used to support the next generation of startups and students. Sharing-it- forward makes We Share revolving.
Global challenges affect us all and remain urgent to solve. We Share focusses on young talent because we believe that startups and students have the ability to challenge conventional thinking and provide fresh, local solutions to global challenges. The startups and students which are supported by We Share have in common that they are all working on local solutions to one or more global challenges identified by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As such We Share aims to maximise impact.
We Share’s capital consists of contributions by its Funding Members: individuals, entrepreneurs, corporations, governmental and other institutions. An important part of We Share’s capital is incorporated in the knowhow, expertise and network of its members. Apart from financial support our members are happy to support our startups and students even more by allowing them to tap of their experience and knowledge and to give them acces to their network.