Investing in companies that make the world a better place
We have investments in open source, sustainable and female-led companies.
Empowering the people that power the web.
Emilia Capital is an investment company founded in 2021 by Joost de Valk and Marieke van de Rakt after they sold Yoast. Up until now, Emilia invested a total of €3 million distributed over 11 companies all of which have a strong tech or online component. Marieke and Joost help these companies to accelerate their growth.
While investing, Emilia especially seeks for opportunities in which we can help grow open source, develop products that are sustainable and encourage female entrepreneurship.
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Emilia Capital is sponsoring WordCamp Europe 2023. If you’re looking for investment, we invite you to pitch your idea to us there and we’ll give you a Yes or No that weekend!
Joost de Valk
The best way of growing a company doesn’t exist. There are multiple ways, and the “best” way depends on your market, your timing, current market economics and a lot of other things. But if you ask me which way I prefer someone builds a company, certainly their first company, it is by bootstrapping it. In this post I’ll explain why I think bootstrapping is great and why, in spite of that, we still invest in other companies.
Joost de Valk
In 2019, when in became the CEO of Yoast, I initiated the empowerwoment project at Yoast. The program was focused on getting more women into leadership teams at Yoast. I was the CEO, but I was the only woman on our board. The empowerwoment project was initiated to make a change.
Marieke van de Rakt