Erik de Stefanis

Erik is a Swedish-American dual national, with an upbringing split between the two countries. He now lives in NYC, where he is involved with a venture capital firm backing early stage startups. Erik enjoys meeting interesting people, spending time in the outdoors, traveling, and a spontaneous cup of coffee with a stranger.

Describe the Impact of a Project you’re focused on.

Innovative startups will undoubtedly shape our future. Working in the VC space allows me to play a role in the allocation of capital towards impactful companies and projects. I’m constantly inspired by founders with grand ambitions of solving problems relating to our environment, the wellbeing of individuals, and so on.

What results do you hope for when the impact is amplified?

I hope that the companies funded today will have a positive impact on all of us in the future. The increased investment within certain areas, such as clean tech and mental health, is a great indicator that the industry is aware of pressing issues and is taking positive action.

What do you have to offer as a connector? What can you give as expertise to others?

If you are a founder looking for advice as to fundraising and related strategy, then I am happy to chat and be of as much help as possible. Also happy to make any connections within my network. I’ve lived in Sweden for the past 8 years, so if there’s anything I can provide on that end, then feel free to reach out.