Eric Archambeau is Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Astanor Ventures, a global impact investing firm in the bioeconomy space. Astanor Ventures, that has grown to circa €1B AUM, invests in technology companies that accelerate the shift to a sustainable economy sector, initially starting in the agri-food space. Astanor flagship investments include Monarch Tractors and Plantible in the USA, as well as Ynsect, Aphea.bio, Source.ag and Umiami in Europe.
Eric has been a pioneer in the impact investing space for over a decade. He has served as Global Chairman of the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, lectured at graduate business school INSEAD, where he founded the Social Entrepreneurship Department and co‐founded Social Impact International supporting livelihood development and regenerative agriculture programs in India. Eric is a board member of the Harvard Business School initiative , the International Foundation for Valuing Impacts (IFVI) in Boston and a past chairman of the Impact Investment arm of the UK Government’s NESTA program. He published in 2022 a book, Costing the Earth: How to Fix Finance to Save the Planet, outlining how to overhaul finance to achieve net-zero.
Prior to Astanor Eric was a Silicon Valley entrepreneur then a technology venture capitalist, investing in the likes of Spotify (IPO), Onfido, XING (IPO), PriceMinister (now Rakuten Europe), Betfair (IPO), Nosto, Maven Clinic, Peakon and Freenow (Daimler). Eric holds graduate degrees from UC Berkeley, Stanford University and Santa Clara University.