Your connection to innovations that matter

To achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, we have to close an enormous investment gap of >$2.5 trillion per year (UNCTAD). More simplicity is needed to assess promising impact opportunities. We help corporates, accelerators, investment intermediaries, foundations and public agencies to understand whether a startup is good for profits, people and the planet.

Our Solution

Supported by AI technology, ImpactNexus helps you to understand the impact potential of startups.


We asses which startups matter and make them visible to supporters.



We collect structured data and conduct AI-supported analytics



We reveal SDG impact potentials and risks.


Our Approach

We develop an assessment solution that combines scientific knowledge, practical experience and artificial intelligence. First, we use text mining techniques to automatically collect startup data from the web. Then we analyze these data with natural language processing techniques and score them along science-based indicators.

On our way to a fully functional product, we currently focus on the development of an automated SDG mapping of startups building on peer-reviewed research.

Impact evaluation based on findings from science and practice

(best of both worlds)


Transparency on our approach and methodology

(no AI blackbox)

Adaptability of our impact scoring to stakeholder preferences

(no “pseudo objectivity”)

Unleashing impact innovation

Our Background

We develope ImpactNexus out of our research at the Borderstep Institute for Innovation and Sustainability gGmbH and the Technical University Berlin. The founding team has many years of experience with impact driven organizations and their support ecosystems. We also conducted a wide range of academic research and hands-on projects on impact evaluation, SDG-mapping and the startup ecosystem.

We supported the development of Germany’s largest network for green startups ‘StartGreen’. We have evaluated hundreds of startups in connection with the ‘StartGreen Award’ hosted by Borderstep Institute and the German Ministry for the Environment. Our recent focus was the development of a manual to support investment decisions in sustainable startups together with the German Startup Association, the Business Angel Network Germany and the ‘Forum Nachhaltige Geldanlagen’. At the moment, we coordinate a project for the German Institute for Standardization on the sustainability assessment of start-ups (DIN SPEC 90051).


Extensive network in the German startup ecosystem and beyond

Access to 1000+ comprehensive startup datasets

Many years of experience in the evaluation of impact startups

Who we are

Dr. Jannic Horne

Leads the overall venture development

Constanze Trautwein

Leads the scientific analysis and the product development

Alexander Schabel

Leads the business development and the customer discovery

Marie-Sophie Litz

Leads the technical product development


Interested in joining our growing team? See current job openings here:

Our Supporters 

Our Advisors

ImpactNexus takes part in the StarTUp Incubation program

ImpactNexus takes part in the AWS Activate program

Prof. Dr. Klaus Fichter, Borderstep Institut, Universität Oldenburg

Prof. Dr. habil. Odej Kao, TU Berlin

ImpactNexus receives support via the EXIST program from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs the European Social Fund (ESF).

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