How I Give: Combatting climate change with Ignaz Forstmeier

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From Founder to Philanthropist

How I Give is a Founders Pledge podcast about entrepreneurship, philanthropy and social change. We talk to founders, philanthropists and social innovators about what drives them, how they are rethinking social impact, and how we can do philanthropy better.

Episode 7

Climate change philanthropy with Ignaz Forstmeier, co-founder of Personio & Founders Pledge Climate Champion

While the world’s attention is steadfastly focused on battling the coronavirus pandemic, we must not lose momentum as we work to tackle the immense climate challenge we face. At Founders Pledge, we encourage our climate-focused members to support some amazing high-impact organisations using audacious advocacy to help secure our planet’s future. One of these incredible climate-minded members is Ignaz Forstmeier, co-founder of Personio, a true Climate Champion. In this episode of How I Give, we talk to Ignaz about his own personal giving journey, his passion for saving the planet and why he has chosen to give through the Founders Pledge Climate Fund.

Ignaz is a Founders Pledge member and Climate Cohort Champion, with a deep commitment to addressing the climate crisis. He supports early-stage tech companies as well as effective charities through funding and growth strategies. Prior to that, Ignaz co-founded Personio, a Munich-based SaaS company on a mission to digitise HR and recruiting processes in SMBs.

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Philip Kasumu


Philip joined Founders Pledge as Growth Lead for Europe in January 2020. He has spent the last few years building health and wellness tech products in both London and New York. He’s extremely passionate about tackling the global issue of obesity and diabetes in particular the impact of fizzy drinks. In addition to his passion for health and wellness reform Philip truly does drink the startup kool-aid and regularly nerds out on his weekly podcast Startup Handmedowns where he sits down with successful founders.

Philip studied Accounting and Management at the University of Essex.