Inspirational People – Chris Dougall and Kenneth von Rausch from GreenPepper Invest
Chris Dougall and Kenneth von Rausch run RedPepper Mergers, an 8 year old consulting company supporting Australian founders and entrepreneurs to raise investment capital to accelerate their positive Environmental, Social and Governance impact.
Chris and Kenneth are now launching GreenPepper Invest, Australia’s first 100% sustainability-focused equity crowdfunding platform.
The platform will allow users to invest in Australian businesses that improve society’s engagement with the environment, and startups that forge the future Australian economic landscape.
Here is their inspiring entrepreneurship story.
What inspired you to start your own business?
Our team is passionate about supporting start-up businesses, because they are the engine of our economy and society. Without investment however, start-up businesses mostly struggle to realise their true potential. Venture Capital is a critical enabler of early stage business and without it, many innovative ideas would just collect dust.
We already work closely with new businesses through our consultancy services at RedPepper Mergers, so it’s exciting to now offer a democratic funding platform to further support their growth.
Not only does the business support Australian businesses, but it allows everyday people to support sustainability and social change while investing to create wealth.
What’s one myth about entrepreneurship that you think should be myth busted?
Entrepreneurship isn’t simply creating a business or the blind pursuit of wealth.
Entrepreneurship is about discovering great ideas and leveraging your and your team’s skill sets and experience to create value for society; inspiring jobs for the future generations. Entrepreneurs disrupt big business because they have the courage to find solutions to some of our most pressing challenges to humanity.
Entrepreneurs are persistent and resilient, in spite of challenges and failures.
What’s been the best thing about your adventure so far?
Waking up every morning, feeling motivated, engaged, and believing we have the opportunity to change the world around us for the better, both at a macro and a micro level!
We also enjoy seeing the positive impact of our startups, both financially and non-financially.
If you have questions about your business and need assistance in maintaining your focus, then book in for a business coaching session here. This session is confidential and there’s no cost or ongoing commitment required.