Nikolaus Hutter

Based in: Vienna, Austria
Board member since: 2013
Board Position: Europe, At-Large Director

A picture of Heifer Board Member Nikolaus Hutter.

Hutter is an investment executive and entrepreneur with nearly 15 years of international experience. He initiated the first capacity building program for social entrepreneurs in Central and Eastern Europe together with Social Impact International and Impact HUB Vienna. As former managing director of Toniic Europe, Hutter led the European operations of a global impact investor network. He doubled European membership in the first year and established a network of local partners across five key geographies.

Toniic — headquartered in San Francisco, California with teams in India, Great Britain, and Austria — is an action-oriented international impact investor network whose members promote a sustainable global economy by investing in social entrepreneurs, enterprises, and funds, seeking to change the world for the better.

Hutter is also the co-founder and a senior advisor to the Investment Ready Program in Vienna, where he initiated and conceptualized a first-of-its-kind program for social enterprise in Central and Eastern Europe. Previously, he served as strategy advisor and Vice President of Operations for Organica Water in Budapest Hungary.

He has also served in other executive positions with Venture Capital firms, like 3TS Capital Partners of Vienna in Helsinki and Gamma Capital Partners in Vienna.

In addition, Hutter serves as a board member and as an advisor to several organizations in the social entrepreneurship and impact investment space, including the Investment Committee of Eastern Europe. He is a focused impact investor with Angello Capital and Ennovent, and serves as an associate of the Impact HUB Network.

At the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, he lectures on social enterprise.

Hutter received his MA in business and languages from Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and his MS in political economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.