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Reducing CO2 emissions is crucial but not enough. To reach the world’s climate targets, we must absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
It is possible!
Forests play a central role in this, offering a wide range of environmental and social benefits. However, their potential is not realized due to market fragmentation and other barriers.
There is an urgency to unleash the climate potential of forests at large scale by unlocking the value of carbon and other co-benefits.
An urgent need for disruption – this is where we come in!
Brainforest is the first for-impact venture studio for forests and climate.
We are striving for game changing solutions to unlock the climate potential of forests at speed, scale, and quality through entrepreneurial approaches.
+ 20 Million ha
Brainforest’s objective is to entrepreneurially solve the climate and biodiversity crisis
by enabling 20 million hectares of additional forest by 2030.
One solution alone is not enough –
that is why we have chosen a unique approach:
Our first two ventures are seed-funded!
A Global Digital Marketplace
Connecting capital to forests, faster!
A new digital standard shaping the German carbon market.
Reinventing forest climate standards shaping the German carbon market.
Digital standard generating the first carbon credits out of German forests
Allowing German economy to invest in local forest climate projects cofinancing reforestation
Automated processes by use of latest technologies e.g. remote sensing
Enabling a market of approximately
4.5 M Carbon Credits annually
Delivering co-financing of 200 M € every year for reforestation of destroyed forest
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Connecting funds to forests, faster!
Digital marketplace for sustainable forest projects from listing to fund deployment
Turning data into ongoing forest intelligence
Automated processes reducing transaction costs
Proven customer demand
Large impact potential
Opportunity for high returns
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Interested in collaborating with Brainforest?
… profit from our targeted venture building and scaling processes and our unique network of forest experts, talents, corporate partners and investors.
… help our innovative climate ventures gain speed and scale, and in return get access to a pipeline of climate solutions enhancing the companies’ climate strategies.
… provide catalytic funds to build impact ventures which in turn unlock large scale capital flow for reforestation and climate mitigation.
It’s all about the right people at the right time …
Brainforest has been founded by a powerful combination of business entrepreneurs and NGO experts in December 2019 in Switzerland and is made possible by the Migros Pioneer Fund, part of the social commitment of the Migros Group.
Impact & FundraisingMore info
- 15 years in sustainability, with focus on climate, innovation & impact startups
- Impact investing practitioner
- Serial entrepreneur with several leadership & board roles
Impact & StrategyMore info
- Over 20 years in private,
public and nonprofit sector
in different leadership and
board roles e.g. Henkel,
- Special expertise in
& business strategy and social entrepreneurship
Venture BuildingMore info
- Founder/venture builder in
big data, blockchain and
fintech e.g. Teralytics,
- Board member and mentor
in diverse organizations &
- Mechanical and
industrial engineer (ETH, MIT)
Partner & Managing Director
Memberships & FinanceMore info
- More than 20 years of experience in the public and non-profit sectors in senior leadership and board roles
- Entrepreneur, coach, and startup mentor
- With special focus on finance and community building
Forest Solutions More info
- 25 years in forestry
- Senior Advisor to FTSE100
and leading NGOS with
focus on forest landscape
- Co-Founder of 4 SMEs
Enterprise, NGO field office)
Forest Community & More info
- Expert on European Forestry
- Former Head of the German
Forest Owner Association
(2 Million German Forest Owners)
- Profound network of leading
German & European
Prof. Dr. Jaboury Ghazoul
Ecosystem Management, ETH Zurich
… and the right partners who believe in us!
We are proud to be supported by partners who share our mission and passion joining us on our journey!
About Migros Pioneer Fund
The Migros Pioneer Fund looks for and supports ideas with social potential. It enables pioneering projects that break new ground and seek out forward-looking solutions. Its impact-oriented funding approach combines financial support with coaching services. The Migros Pioneer Fund is part of the Migros Group’s social engagement and is enabled by the Migros Group with around CHF 15 million annually. For further information: www.migros-pionierfonds.ch
Brainforest was co-founded by WWF Switzerland
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We’re all guided by a shared set of principles …
Walking the Forest Talk
We value authenticity and do what we say.
NGO Heart & Business Mind
We unlock impact with regenerative market solutions.
We embrace the existing and seek powerful partnerships.
We invest in people and help each other grow.
Fast & Furious
We make bold moves and pivot quickly when we fail.
Making it Fun!
We invite playfulness and celebrate our successes.
Get in touch to help us stabilize the climate.
Why forests play a central role
Scientists reinforce the value of forests as the largest natural climate solution1, with an estimated carbon sink potential of up to 205 billion tons2 (equivalent to 66% of all anthropogenic carbon emissions3). Currently, the potential of forests remains unrealized.
How forest economy and related markets work today
The market for sustainable forest products and commodities is not adequately developed to attract the capital needed to grow and transform forests into high potential, biodiverse carbon sinks. The services provided by forests, such as storing CO2 or improving water quality, are not sufficiently rewarded by the market today. Accessing carbon markets is not possible for all types and sizes of forests and the process is complex, time-consuming and costly. Low-cost data interpretation and monitoring systems to inform investors are not available at scale.
As a result, there is not enough growth of environmentally sound forests at a time when this growth is critical.
1Griscom et al 2017, PNAS – Natural Climate Solutions 2 S. L. Lewis, E. T. A. Mitchard, C. Prentice, M. Maslin, B. Poulter, Comment on “The global tree restoration potential”. Science 366, eaaz0388 (2019). 3 J.-F. Bastin, Y. Finegold, C. Garcia, D. Mollicone, M. Rezende, D. Routh, C. M. Zohner, T. W. Crowther, The global tree restoration potential. Science 365, 76–79 (2019).