16 juni 2021
Als je van verandering houdt, is dit je tijd. Onze eigen changemaker Laura Rooseboom was afgelopen maandag te gast bij Future Business Live van Change Inc. om haar visie te geven op het groene actieplan van de EU; de groene taxonomie, de Sustainable Finance Regulation en het aangescherpte Non-financial Reporting Directive. Interessante kost en voer voor wie vandaag de dag zich bezig houdt met impact investing. Kijk hier de compilatie terug en hoor wat Laura hierover te zeggen had.
Wil je meer weten over wat wij als StartGreen Capital voor impact maken? Check het hier in ons Impact Report.
June 10, 2021
we have us Impact Report on 2020 published. In a year that also turned out differently for us, we are proud to announce that StartGreen Capital has been able to achieve considerable results with its funds. It means that StartGreen Capital really functions as a catalyst for sustainable progress.
Since 2006, StartGreen Capital has had sustainable impact for an inclusive and circular economy in its DNA. StartGreen facilitates entrepreneurs who contribute to a sustainable and inclusive society with innovative technologies, products or services. This is the driving force behind all the investments we make. We focus on projects and companies that contribute to at least one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), focusing on three themes: energy transition, circularity and diversity & inclusiveness. Our vision is that financial and social returns can go hand in hand.
Despite 2020 being an exceptional year due to COVID-19, StartGreen Capital has invested a total of €71 million during this year through 51 financing to sustainable companies (€70.5 million and 52 companies respectively in 2019). In addition, €23 million in additional capital has been committed (compared to €56 million in 2019) to enable new investments in the transition to a sustainable economy. In addition to the above, a large part of the StartGreen Capital team has committed itself to the assessment of more than 200 applications for the Corona Bridging Loan (COL) in the Province of Noord-Holland. This provides a large number of companies with emergency capital at very short notice. To help sustainable entrepreneurs further through the corona crisis, StartGreen Capital established the StartGreen Fund for Sustainable SME in 2020.
We hope to be able to make many new investments in 2021 and thus continue to contribute to the transition to a sustainable society. Also during this special year, the companies we have provided financing to have made an enormous effort to contribute to a more sustainable and social future. You can read about the impact for 2020 in our Impact Report.
June 4, 2021
Innovations are desperately needed to enable the energy transition. That's why it works managed by us Energy Fund Overijssel together with development company Oost NL to help innovative entrepreneurs in the energy sector even better with their next breakthrough. In the Accelerator Energy Innovations Overijssel they challenge entrepreneurs and support them with their innovative energy plans. The collaboration was sealed today with the signing of a Letter of Intent, which was presented to Tijs de Bree, Provincial Executive for Energy, Environment and Labor Market of the province of Overijssel. Read all about it in the press release below.
Cooperation East NL and Energiefonds Overijssel offers opportunities
Challenge and support entrepreneurs with innovative energy plans energie
The energy transition presents many challenges, but one thing is certain: innovations are desperately needed to make this transition possible. That is why Energiefonds Overijssel (EFO) and Oost NL are entering into a partnership to challenge and support entrepreneurs in their innovative energy plans. Entrepreneurs with an innovative energy product or solution in development can obtain financing, expertise, support and access to a large network via the Accelerator Energy Innovations Overijssel (VEIO) so that they can bring their product to the market faster. Today, the parties sealed the collaboration by signing a Letter of Intent, which was presented to Tijs de Bree, Provincial Executive for Energy, Environment and Labor Market of the province of Overijssel.
Accelerator of energy innovations inside and outside Overijssel
The aim of the collaboration is to accelerate the development of innovative energy initiatives and companies and thus give a boost to the energy transition in Overijssel. The Accelerator Energy Innovations Overijssel increases knowledge and the chances of success of energy innovations. Together, the parties have more than 25 million euros available for this. It offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to bring their energy product to the market more quickly. This does not only concern entrepreneurs in Overijssel: companies outside the province that want to establish themselves in Overijssel can also make use of this.
Anouk Blüm, general director of Energiefonds Overijssel, says about the collaboration:
“This offers opportunities for energy entrepreneurs in and outside Overijssel. Thanks to the collaboration, they have more clarity in less time about the financeability of their business and access to a large network with knowledge, expertise and other investors.”
Wendy de Jong, general manager East NL, says:
“Innovation is necessary to realize the energy transition. Oost NL and Energiefonds Overijssel together with capital, brainpower, knowledge and network stimulate innovative entrepreneurs from Overijssel. By joining forces, we arrive at smart financing solutions and entrepreneurs can achieve breakthroughs faster.”
Objective feedback on technology and market application
In addition to support in a risky phase, easier and faster access to financing and the network of private investors, the VEIO also offers the possibility to test the technical feasibility and market applications of products through the Start Team Energy Innovation, part of the province's Nieuwe Energie Overijssel. This allows entrepreneurs to make fine-tuning of their product and business case more quickly, so that the journey to the market comes into view more quickly. Tijs de Bree, Deputy for Energy, Environment and Labor Market, says: “Within the New Energy Overijssel programme, the Innovation cluster is intensively involved in stimulating and facilitating energy innovation. In order to support entrepreneurs in Overijssel even better, the Startteam for energy innovations was established at the end of 2019. The team helps, from different angles and specialisms, good ideas and developments that contribute to accelerating the energy transition.”
The signing marks the start of the collaboration and a campaign is launched to point out the possibilities to entrepreneurs in the Netherlands. The importance of the province in retaining innovative energy entrepreneurs is great. As of today, entrepreneurs and companies with an innovative energy product or solution in development can visit the websites of Oost NL and Energiefonds Overijssel.
Energy Fund Overijssel: VEIO Energy Fund Overijssel
LIOF invests in Borski Fund, a fund with a focus on diversity and technology
Research shows that only 5% of all venture capital investments are provided to mixed teams of men and women. Only 1% will be invested in female-only teams and 94% of the Venture Capital investments will be invested in male-only teams. Gaby Zandbergen, investment manager at LIOF explains: “Various teams bring other innovations to the market and companies with various teams present better financially. In addition, diversity and inclusion are no longer a vision but a necessity. For us as an investor, in addition to a moral appeal, it is also a financially correct decision to invest more in various teams. ” In addition, with this investment, LIOF increases the opportunity to come into contact with companies with a diverse team and thereby co-invest in these companies. And LIOF will actively work to offer female entrepreneurs in Limburg access to existing networks.
Start-ups and scale-ups in Limburg with a diverse team will benefit from the partnership between Borski Fund and LIOF. Think of joint events where investors share their expertise and where you expand your business network. The collaboration also offers companies the opportunity to participate in the so-called online coffee hour in which investment opportunities are discussed. You can register here.
Diversity and inclusion (D&I) are high on LIOF's agenda. The focus is increasingly on social impact and investments are not only looking at economic returns, but also at the effects on the transitions energy, circularity, health and digitization and D&I. Together with entrepreneurs and partners, LIOF is working towards a smarter, more sustainable and healthier Limburg. That is the ambition for the coming years.
Borski Fund is an innovative venture capital fund that invests in technology companies with a diverse team. We believe in diversity, gender equality and fair opportunities. That is why we encourage more diversity in companies, more women who do business in a risk-bearing manner and more women who invest in a risk-bearing manner. This is the only way to create a diverse Dutch entrepreneurial landscape and a balanced situation of women in top positions. We help entrepreneurs realize their ambitions by leveraging our entrepreneurial experience and sharing our extensive and diverse network with them. Success has no gender.
More about Borski Fund.
LIOF is the regional development agency for Limburg and supports innovative entrepreneurs with advice, network and financing. We are there for every start-up, scale-up and SME with an innovative idea, a business plan or a financing request and for (foreign) entrepreneurs who want to establish themselves in Limburg. We also help with cross-border cooperation and international business. Together with entrepreneurs and partners, we are working towards a smarter, more sustainable and healthier Limburg by focusing on the transitions of energy, circularity, health and digitization.
More about LIOF.
May 11, 2021
Our crowdfunding platform Oneplanetcrowd recently raised EUR 1 million in growth financing from the European Investment Fund (EIF). Funding has been raised through the EU Program for Employment and Social Innovation and will be used to further develop the platform and achieve further growth. Read all about it below in the joint press release. And read the interview with our General Council Lisa Hees about this investment here.
Oneplanetcrowd raises EUR 1 million in growth financing from the European Investment Fund
- Crowdlending platform Oneplanetcrowd attracts EUR 1 million in growth funding from the European Investment Fund (EIF) for supporting social entrepreneurship.
- Funding is made possible by the Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) Program of the European Union.
To further develop the platform and achieve further growth, Oneplanetcrowd has raised funding from the European Investment Fund (EIF) through the EU Program for Employment and Social Innovation. This is a favorable loan with a term of eight years. The required equity capital has been strengthened because all shareholders have converted their outstanding (convertible) loans into shares and existing Oneplanetcrowd crowd investors have bought additional depositary receipts for shares. After the issue of these shares, Oneplanetcrowd is well positioned to finance its further growth. The conversion of loans greatly increases solvency.
“We are proud to have the EIF on board. With their financial support, we can further strengthen our growth and invest in our business model for financing small sustainable SMEs. It also demonstrates the strong and pragmatic effort of the EIF (EU) to support the alternative finance sector, which is even more necessary in these difficult economic times due to the coronavirus ” Thus Coenraad de Vries, managing director of Oneplanetcrowd.
“At this difficult time, access to finance for the smallest companies in our economies is more important than ever. In addition to the health emergency, one of the main goals of the EIF is to support SMEs wherever possible in the face of the economic consequences of this crisis. ” Added Alain Godard, Chief Executive of the EIF, please.
Vice President of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis, says: “Beyond traditional bank lending, Europe needs innovative forms of financing to meet the significant liquidity needs of SMEs and mid-caps. Oneplanetcrowd can bring together sustainable investors and social enterprises seeking financing, I am pleased that the EU can support this platform. ”
Investing in growth
Partly with this financing, further investments will be made in the quality of services in the coming years by, among other things:
• The improvement of the front-end and back-end IT systems
• Expanding the sales and marketing capacity.
• Offering new products such as bonds, shares and limited tradability.
• To meet strict regulatory requirements, as Oneplanetcrowd is one of the few platforms operating under MiFID II.
Oneplanetcrowd has received the capacity building investment funded by the European Union under the Employment and Social Innovation Program (EaSI). The EaSI program supports the social and employment policies of the European Union. The program falls directly under the responsibility of the European Commission and contributes to the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy.
May 10, 2021
Are you a changemaker who believes in diversity, sustainability and a circular economy? And do you want to contribute to the transition to a sustainable future by financing cool brands such as Van Moof and Mud jeans? Then we are looking for you! Due to our growth, we are looking for talents for our Sustainable Financing traineeship.
April 26, 2021
Last week, it was announced that it was founded by us Borski Fund is going to invest in The Fabricant. The Fabricant is the world's leading digital fashion house and a pioneer in the digitization of the fashion industry. With their cutting edge designs, vision and technology, they have clients like and partnered with Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armor, Atari, RTFKT, Puma, Peak Performance and Buffalo London, just to name a few. The Fabricant's long-term vision is to create tools and products that transform the fashion industry into a fully digital existence in both production and consumption, while democratizing fashion creation into a collaborative process utilizing 3D technology and the creativity of the consumer, accessible to everyone. Read more about this in the (English) press release below.
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The Fabricant, the world's leading digital fashion house, has raised capital from 4impact, Borski Fund and Slingshot to continue to revolutionize fashion.
The Fabricant's mission is to lead the fashion industry to a new sector of digital-only clothing that wastes nothing but data and exploits nothing but imagination. The three founders - Kerry Murphy, Amber Slooten and Adriana Hoppenbrouwer - are a diverse team with complementary skills, combining technology, creativity and business - forming the foundation of The Fabricant.
In 2019, The Fabricant sold the world's first ever digital-only dress on the Blockchain. Today, their cutting edge designs, vision and technology continues to transform the global fashion industry. Clients and collaborations include Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armor, Atari, RTFKT, Puma, Peak Performance and Buffalo London, to name a few. The Fabricant transitioned their garment sampling and marketing content pipeline to 3D digital practices and created new digital-only business models. The Fabricant's long term vision is to create tools and products that transition the fashion industry towards an entirely digital existence in both production and consumption, while democratizing fashion creation to become a collaborative process that utilizes 3D technology and consumers' creativity, accessible to all.
Kerry Murphy, CEO:
“I believe, to change the toxic environmental and cultural aspects of fashion we need to change the experience. Digital-only fashion provides many new opportunities to do so. ”
Amber Jae Slooten, Creative Director:
“Clothing has two functions, protection and expression, but what if you take those two apart? I see a future where we will all wear our digital identity around us, where we will be able to curate that space. Endlessly expressing yourself, but without the negative impact on the planet. ”
A creative, sustainable, resilient, and profitable industry is entirely possible by switching from physical to digital fashion. The Fabricant aligns with the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: #9 - Industry, innovation and infrastructure, #10 - Reduced inequalities, #12 - Responsible consumption and production.
Adriana Hoppenbrouwer, CCO The Fabricant:
“This investment round will allow us to accelerate our growth and impact in the fashion industry. It is a pleasure to work with partners that support our ambition. ”
Ali Najafbagy, 4impact Managing Partner:
“We are thrilled to work with the exceptionally talented and diverse team at The Fabricant. Their visionary work sets the global standard not for digital fashion, but for fashion. Sustainability, co-creation and democratization are at the heart of this industry. ”
Simone Brummelhuis, Partner at the Borski Fund, said:
The Fabricant addressed the sustainability challenges of the fashion industry head-on. It is inspiring to see how the vision of Kerry, Amber and Adriana integrates fashion design, gaming expertise, blockchain technology and innovative business models. We are excited in supporting The Fabricant as a sustainable thought leader in the industry ”.
Marco Pieters, Slingshot Ventures Managing Partner:
"The Fabricant's team is leading the virtual wave in the fashion industry, and we are more than proud to back them in their mission to change the industry by unlocking virtual creativity and sustainable consumption."
4impact is a tech4good venture capital fund investing in companies with digital solutions focusing on net positive societal and sustainable impact and financial return. 4impact's founders bring 40 years of experience in successfully helping companies grow in the UK, the US and the UAE. Since its inception, 4impact has invested in Envision (text & scene recognition for blind people), Solar Monkey (software solution for solar systems), Equalture (unbiased HR assessment software), and Satelligence (global leader in deforestation monitoring). www.4impact.vc
About Borski Fund
Borski Fund is an innovative tech venture capital fund that invests in companies that reduce the gender gap by investing in diverse teams. The fund strongly believes in diversity, gender equality, and fair opportunities. Borski invests in the growing group of ambitious female entrepreneurs because their talent must be better utilized. By doing so, they help entrepreneurs realize their ambitions by using their own entrepreneurial experience and opening an extensive network. Since its inception, Borski has invested in Ziel (on-demand fashion software platform), IME Medical Electrospinning (medical electrospinning manufacturer), and Atlantic Therapeutics (producer for medical incontinence products). www.borskifund.com
Slingshot is backed by successful founders and invests in the future of digital consumer life. Slingshot is founded in 2017 and is the largest venture capital fund in the Netherlands that is exclusively supported by entrepreneurs. The combination of domain expertise and the network of the investors means that Slingshot is proactively involved with its companies. Since its inception, Slingshot has invested in fourteen brands such as VanMoof (smart and electric city bikes), Boldking (European leader in online grooming products for men), Chronext (marketplace for luxurious watches), STOX Energy Socks (innovative compression socks), Wundermart (unmanned retail solution for hotels and offices). www.slingshot.ventures
April 19, 2021
PDENH invests together with DOEN Participaties and Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) 2.25 million euros in MX3D. The investment is for a worldwide acceleration of the growth and the launch of the M1 printer and the further development of the 'MetalXL'. Read all about it in the press release below.
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Investment used to launch special M1 printer
PDENH, DOEN Participaties and RVO are investing 2.25 million euros in 3D printing company MX3D
Amsterdam, April 14, 2021 - Participation Fund Sustainable Economy North Holland (PDENH), DOEN Participaties and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) invest 2.25 million euros in MX3D. The money will be used to accelerate growth worldwide and to launch the M1 printer, a total package of welding robot, sensors and software for printing 3D metal. Efforts are also being made to further develop the 'MetalXL', a software and sensor package that customers can use to convert their own welding robots into an industrial 3D metal printer.
MX3D - known from the first metal 3D printed bridge in the world - has revolutionized its new way of manufacturing, printing large metal objects with sometimes up to 80 percent material savings. As one of the pioneers in this 3D printing technology, MX3D has opened the doors for large-scale application of additive manufacturing in high-impact industries such as the maritime industry, Oil & Gas and the manufacturing industry. The Metal XL Software product enables companies to turn their welding robot into an industrial 3D printer. Recently, MX3D has successfully tested MetalXL among beta users and the time is ripe for a commercial roll-out of the technology to the market.
With the launch of M1, MX3D offers customers a complete solution. “Our Metal XL enables companies to turn their welding robot into an industrial 3D printer within a day,” said Gijs van der Velden, CEO of MX3D. “Since the launch of MetalXL, however, we have been getting a surprisingly high demand for a complete solution. We serve this group with the M1 printer. This also allows customers who do not yet have a welding robot to quickly start large-scale metal printing. "
Development and sales
MX3D is fully committed to the further development of MetalXL, a software-hardware solution to which multiple brands of robots, welding machines and sensors can be connected. “Our goal is to use the investment to connect three more brands of welding robots; then we can serve eighty percent of the global market, ”says Van der Velden.
PDENH and DO
PDENH and DOEN Participaties have been supporting MX3D for some time now and with this new investment show that they have a lot of confidence in M1 printer and the future of MX3D. “The innovative solution ensures that companies can improve production methods and thus save a lot of material and transport, which can make an important contribution to a sustainable future”, says Merijn ten Thije, Impact Investment Manager at DOEN Participaties. Joost de Waard, Investment Manager of PDENH agrees. “We strongly believe in MX3D's technological lead and global potential and are happy to help make MX3D's growth plans possible. ”
The Dutch company MX3D has been developing 3D printing technology to print large metal with welding robots since 2015. The developed technique saves material, costs and lead time in the industrial, maritime and architecture sector. The company gained worldwide fame with a 3D printed bridge for the center of Amsterdam. The company now mainly focuses on high impact industrial markets such as tooling, Oil & Gas and the maritime industry. In 2018 MX3D won a Dutch Designweek Public Award and the prestigious STARTS prize from the European Union. In 2019, the company was also voted one of the most innovative companies in the Netherlands by the Chamber of Commerce and the EU robotics program. MX3D has partnerships with Autodesk, Takenaka, TU Delft, ArcelorMIttal, ABB, Imperial College London and Lenovo, among others. For more information, see: www.mx3d.com
The Participation Fund Sustainable Economy Noord-Holland is an investment fund for established and start-up companies and projects that focus on energy transition, sustainable mobility and the circular economy and thus contribute to the sustainable economy in Noord-Holland. Other sustainable innovations can also qualify for an investment. The fund was set up and financed by the Province of Noord-Holland and is managed by KplusV and StartGreen Capital. Also see www.pdenh.nl .
About DOEN Participaties
DOEN Participaties has been investing in innovative, sustainable and social startups for more than 25 years. DOEN Participaties has the ambition to make the world greener and more social. That is why impact is central to all investments. DOEN Participaties invests in the early phase of companies and dares to take risks. DOEN Participaties is fully owned and managed by the DOEN Foundation. The DOEN Foundation was set up by the National Postcode Lottery to support innovative initiatives. For more information see www.doenparticipaties.nl
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) stimulates enterprising Netherlands in sustainable, agricultural, innovative and international entrepreneurship. With information and advice, financing, finding business partners and complying with laws and regulations. RVO is part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, but also carries out assignments on behalf of other ministries and the European Union. www.rvo.nl
April 15, 2021
It looks like the economy will reopen soon. Entrepreneurs who look ahead want to start up and invest again. However, traditional financiers look at 2020 from an old perspective, which often makes financing difficult. The entrepreneur needs a financing partner who looks at the opportunities of 2021. Three SME financing parties, including the Oneplanetcrowd initiated by us, join forces and offer entrepreneurs financing power, personal guidance and speed with Prognose Financing. Read more about it here.
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Alternative financiers offer a solution with Prognosefinancieren for SMEs who want to move forward
April 15, 2021 - Now that an economy is opening up again, entrepreneurs are making reopening plans. How do you finance investments after a difficult year? Traditional financiers are cautious about providing capital in times of crisis. Three parties with extensive experience with SME financing are joining forces: Financing Guild, Geldvoorelkaar.nl and Oneplanetcrowd. They are introducing Prognosis Finance, with which they help the entrepreneur who is looking ahead on the way to recovery with a personal approach.
Investment plans have been shelved due to a complicated year. Now that an economy is opening up again, entrepreneurs want to implement their deferred investment plans. Research by the MKB Financiering Foundation shows that 45% of entrepreneurs wants to invest in the short term, which shows a growing optimism among entrepreneurs. The MKB Financiering Foundation also advises entrepreneurs to make reopening plans and to draw up scenarios for liquidity developments and financing needs. Funding for these growth plans is important to get the engine of the economy running again.
Looking ahead is important when it comes to financing after a difficult year
When applying for financing, traditional lenders, such as banks, mainly look at the results of the past period. However, if the past period deviates from the normal results due to corona, there is a greater chance of rejection. Research by the MKB Financiering Foundation shows that SMEs are increasingly opting for other forms of financing outside the bank. 22% of the SMEs has already opted for non-bank financing.
The way to alternative financiers and good credit arrangements is still relatively unknown
Entrepreneurs do not always know their way to non-bank, alternative financiers and often need advice in this regard. Only a third of the companies rejected by the bank have continued to look for other financing and have succeeded. In addition, the government has set up various financial schemes for entrepreneurs, such as a surety credit (BMKB-C), whereby the government guarantees three-quarters of the financing amount. However, little use is made of this, according to figures from the Dutch Banking Association. Only 14 percent of SME bank loans with a government guarantee have been provided. This scheme is also offered by alternative financiers and can also be combined with crowdfunding, so that the funding is given extra strength by the ambassadors involved.
Forecast finance: financing solution for entrepreneurs who want to grow again
Three SME financing parties, Financing Guild, Geldvoorelkaar.nl and Oneplanetcrowd, are joining forces to help entrepreneurs get out of the crisis and introduce Prognosefinancieren. This approach emphasizes the forecast for the coming year when assessing funding demand. Based on the situation of the company and the expected scenarios for the coming months, liquidity is forecast with the corresponding financing requirement. With tailor-made advice, personal guidance and financing power, entrepreneurs are enabled to realize their investments and to grow again and investors get a good picture of the risks and opportunities. Geldvoorelkaar.nl and Oneplanetcrowd have around 15 million euros available for BMKB-C loans and this can be supplemented with crowdfunding.
Andre Hendriksen, owner of the Financing Guild:
“Right now, the forecast for the coming year is crucial to convince lenders to provide financing. We work closely with Geldvoorelkaar and Oneplanetcrowd, because this gives entrepreneurs quick access to financing with or without government guarantees. ”
Chris Stoffer, Member of the House of Representatives (SGP):
“Alternative forms of financing, such as Prognose Financing, can offer great opportunities for SMEs. Especially now it can be the support they need for entrepreneurs to get out of the crisis. That is why I will continue to work in the House of Representatives to encourage alternative forms of financing. "
Ronald Kleverlaan, Chairman of the SME Financing Foundation:
“Financing is looking ahead. This good initiative helps the entrepreneur to find suitable financing to invest in future growth. ”
Personal advice and webinar forecasting financing
Entrepreneurs who want to know whether Prognosis Financing suits them, can fill in a forecast quickscan and find more information at https://www.financieringsgilde.nl/prognosefinancieren/. Entrepreneurs can also register here for a webinar about growth and recovery after corona.