Sofia Hmich

Sofia is an entrepreneurial investor on a mission to find and develop the visionary high-impact & world-class entrepreneurs using technology to solve intractable challenges, disrupt markets and create global impact. These are businesses have advantages in the market that can outperform their more traditional peers: they are purpose-driven and benefit-focused by nature, they create revolutionary products and technologies to address global needs or improve our lives, and they generate remarkable profits that fuel market-leading growth and expanding reach. Sofia has been recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper, by Founders Forum as a Founder of the Future, and by the French government as an expert advisor[CA1] to the “France 2020” project. Sofia’s remarkable career at the intersection of tech innovation and investment encompasses successful stints at Index Ventures, Europe’s top venture capital firm, and with angel investor Robin Klein. Prior to this, at the worldwide digital music service Deezer, she was tasked with raising investment round funds of $130 million before becoming the business’s Global Strategy Manager, coordinating international expansion and opening 15 worldwide offices. In 2016, Sofia launched her own initiative: a collaborative investment network designed to foster visionary enterprises that use the propulsive power of business to create positive global progress – the culmination of a career combining principled action and a belief in disruptive ideas with incisive business aptitude. Purpose-driven and rigorously execution-focused, Sofia’s personal and professional passions were directed for more than a decade towards impactful non-profit ventures, founding and steering four groundbreaking programmes. One such project, literacy initiative Laboratoire des Histoires, was singled out by the French government to receive multi-million-Euro investment and rolled out nationwide. With her international experience, intellectual and philosophical curiosity and a love of rapid-fire conversation (in no less than four languages), Sofia is also an engaging and sought-after speaker and mentor. She’s also the powerhouse behind Impact Coffee, where you’ll regularly find her, mocha in hand, asking big questions and making big ideas happen.