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Bennet Barth

Leaders Europe 2023


Managing Director of RESPOND, BMW Foundation





Bennet Barth is the managing director of RESPOND, a startup accelerator at the BMW Foundation. The program strives to facilitate a sustainable transition to a fair, inclusive, and regenerative economy by uplifting entrepreneurs through responsible leadership. The accelerator has evaluated over 5,000 ventures and has worked directly with 30 startups from 13 countries across five continents since its inception. Bennet is also a member of the BMW Foundation’s investment team, where he manages a worldwide portfolio of impact investments and oversees sustainable finance programming. Before joining the BMW Foundation, he worked at a startup focused on improving social outcomes through public and private sector innovation. There, he was part of a team that launched a 50-million Euro Impact Venture Capital fund. Bennet is driven by curiosity and loves to be outdoors, especially surfing.