Wim van der BeekFounder and Managing Partner at Goodwell Investments
Wim van der Beek is founder and managing partner of Goodwell Investments, a pioneering investment firm focused on financial inclusion, fintech and inclusive growth in sectors providing basic goods and services and income generation opportunities to the underserved.
Since 2006 Goodwell has raised 5 funds with over $ 100 mln in capital. Goodwell has invested equity in early stage businesses in financial services and technology companies in India and Africa, ranging from classical microfinance to mobile payments, rural banking, affordable housing finance to merchant payment networks and public transport technology. Goodwell’s 25 portfolio companies have reached over 12 million households with more than USD 1.7 billion in financial products and services, and employ more than 30,000 employees. African portfolio companies in the fintech field include Paga (Nigeria), Nomanini (South Africa) and Musoni Systems (pan-African), and in mobility tech WhereIsMyTransport (pan-African). Goodwell has recently launched a new EUR 100m fund for Sub Sahara Africa that will invest in financial inclusion, agribusiness and other inclusive growth sectors with a heavy focus on the digital economy.
The firm is realizing top quartile investment returns and making a significant impact, demonstrating that it is possible to be commercially successful while having an impact at the same time.
Goodwell manages its funds with teams on the ground that have become local leaders in the impact investment sector - in India (Aavishkaar), Nigeria (Alitheia), Ghana (JCS), Kenya (Voxtra) and South Africa (Goodwell South Africa). Goodwell has a unique mix of investors: pioneering impact investors, entrepreneurs, foundations and family offices, as well as development finance institutions, funds-of-funds, banks, pension funds and other institutional investors.
Wim is a private equity investor with 25+ years of experience in financial structuring, investment funds, venture capital and private equity investments. He is based in South Africa to build Goodwell’s local member firm. He is a former PWC partner and co-founder of an institutional investment fintech company.