When you think about “plastic waste” what comes to mind? For most of us, it’s visions of plastic bottles, bags and packaging. Already, huge strides are being made in tackling these forms of plastic waste from both a policy and innovation perspective with many exciting solutions scaling up to meet the challenge — SEE OUR PREVIOUS BLOG POST. However, public awareness and activism around reducing, reusing and recycling plastic tends to be limited to the plastics that are highly visible in our daily lives. …


What really makes us tick? In the digital age, there is very little that is still unknown or unknowable. We can find detailed answers to life’s most complex problems in a fraction of a second, at the touch of a button. And yet when it comes to the questions that matter most to us — like how we can live happier, healthier and longer lives — we are in many ways, still in the dark. We’ve been strangers to our own health, often neglecting it until we become ill, and even then, engaging with it only through the intervention of…


It’s not a question we ever thought we’d ask. However, a study carried out last year by Australia’s University of Newcastle suggests that HUMANS MAY BE INGESTING FIVE GRAMS OF PLASTIC PER WEEK — the equivalent of consuming a credit card every seven days. It could be argued that the modern world was built on plastic, to the extent that the material is now ubiquitous and found in places we might not ever think to look: from pharmaceuticals and cosmetics to teabags and chewing gum. Two-thirds of the clothing we wear is made from synthetic fibers, like polyester, acrylic, and…


As an entrepreneur, you should always be on the lookout for your next great hire. Whether you’re social distancing at your favorite coffee shop, virtually networking with like-minded professionals or conducting a formal Zoom interview, you should be ready to pitch the benefits of working with your company at a moment’s notice. This is your candidate pitch.

Like the elevator pitch for your business, your candidate pitch should be personal, concise and compelling but it also spells out what you can offer an individual as an employer. …


How can investing in the bioeconomy and food tech address climate change?

Throughout history, humanity’s progress has been marked by a series of pivotal moments and movements, often loosely categorized into different ‘revolutions’: the Agricultural Revolution was the first, followed by the Industrial. In the last decades, we’ve witnessed the Digital Revolution, which gave rise to the personal computer, the internet and the dominance of digital culture. This era has transformed our lives beyond recognition. And although we have made many giant leaps for mankind, we have taken multiple steps backwards for the Earth. …


Over the past six months, Sagana and Catalyst At Large have worked alongside the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) to conduct an in-depth analysis of gender lens investing (GLI) in East and Southeast Asia. We’re delighted to publish our findings in the following report: “Gender Lens Investing Landscape: East & Southeast Asia”.

This report is the first of its kind to provide a landscape of “gender-smart” investment opportunities in both public and private markets in Asia. It’s designed to baseline and track the size and state of the market over time, and to highlight interesting innovations already present in the region…


How many economic crises have you been through? I’ve been through 3 having worked in the recruiting space for the last 20-years. Experiencing these significant down-business cycles, including the Dot.com Bust, the Great Recession and currently COVID-19, I can confidently share a secret to successfully manage such times: the most successful entrepreneurs and business leaders leverage down-markets to optimize their team and their talent for the challenges and opportunities ahead.

While we still do not know the true impact of the global pandemic on the venture capital (VC) ecosystem, early indicators are a bit shocking. JF Gauthier and Arnobio Morelix…


Hello World!

We have some exciting news to share with you. As we enter 2020, full of ambitious plans for the year ahead, we can think of no better way to mark this new decade than by opening a new chapter of our own, complete with a new name, identity and structure.

Today, Challenger88 becomes SAGANA.

At the heart of our new brand is the same bold vision that this company was built upon. It’s a true reflection of us, encapsulating everything we stand for and strive for — and we‘re very proud to share it.

This short film brings…


It can be hard to find a positive headline these days. It seems that with every new day comes a new crisis: ecological, economic or social. And while the vast majority are fixated on the problems, very few are talking about solutions.

But the fact is that alongside these challenges we’re also being offered an incredible opportunity: to create a better future, from the ground up.

Is it possible that in the face of these obstacles we can find new ways, not simply to survive — but to really thrive?

A CLOSER LOOK AT THE STATUS QUO

Since the beginning of this millennium, our world has changed…


This is not the story of a lightbulb moment. At no point does anyone suddenly shout out, “Aha!”

This story has been brewing for 15 years, about passionate entrepreneurs changing the world with a simple question they put to clients, partners and themselves:

What kind of impact do you want to have on the world?

Sagana founders Raya Papp and Wolfgang Hafenmayer are certain that as a society - as a planet - the only answer is a positive impact.

Equipped with experience, a sense of adventure and relentless determination, they’ve positioned Sagana to lead by example in making investments…

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