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Footballer Chris Smalling and Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni Launch Climate-Focused VC Firm ForGood

International footballer Chris Smalling announces the launch of VC consultancy ForGood along with vegan investor Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni. The fund will write cheques between £50,000 and £1 million for companies with “disruptive, high growth business ideas” working to address climate change.

“We’re on a simple but huge mission to transform the world for the better and drive a global movement for good,” Chris Smalling

Together with Rebecca Wheeler, founder of certified B-Corp creative agency Library, Smalling and Castiglioni will operate ForGood as a global investment consultancy investing in pre-seed to Series A businesses in the UK and globally.

Rebecca Wheeler, Partner at ForGood
Rebecca Wheeler, Partner at ForGood, image supplied

ForGood sets out to unite and empower high profile individuals to invest in planet-centric ideas, products and services, connecting athletes, musicians, entertainers and high profile personalities with early-stage businesses focused on environmental issues as part of Smalling’s mission to build a better future and have a positive impact on the planet.

The company was founded in 2021 and has been running in stealth mode with a portfolio already including the likes of Piñatex, allplants, HEIGHTS, Dirty Labs, THIS, Heura, Matthew Kenney Cuisine, and THE PACK.

Championing the next generation of responsible businesses

Chris Smalling comments: “I want to look back on my life as someone who achieved lots on the pitch, but also someone who made a difference on a much greater scale. We’re on a simple but huge mission to transform the world for the better and drive a global movement for good. Investing in a more sustainable future shouldn’t have any barriers, and at ForGood we believe that connecting people with a common cause has the power to bring change on a global scale.

“Investing in a more sustainable future shouldn’t have any barriers”

“We want to play a key role in accelerating an ecosystem that actively invests and champions the next generation of responsible businesses, with the ambition to drive a movement of doing things ‘for good’.”

Chris-Smalling
Chris Smalling, image supplied

Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni states: “The future of our children and our planet depends on us and on the choices we make right now, today, not tomorrow. ForGood is on a mission to promote intelligent, radical change, rethinking supply chains and production systems. With the aim of ending animal suffering, and by promoting a cruelty-free, healthy, vegan lifestyle, we will inspire and support a new generation of entrepreneurs and businesses.

“With the aim of ending animal suffering, and by promoting a cruelty-free, healthy, vegan lifestyle, we will inspire and support a new generation of entrepreneurs and businesses”

“ForGood is committed to building a portfolio of exciting companies and ideas, who share our values and ethics. I’m honoured to be working alongside Chris, Rebecca and our Changemakers, and to be part of a team that’s focused on empathy, progress, and change.”

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