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Borski Fund makes new femtech investment

By Borski Fund, Impact financing, News
May 31, 2022

Borski Fund has invested $10 million together with DSM Venturing, Calm/Storm Ventures and three angels in inne† With this investment, inne will expand its hormone technology: from fertility to perimenopause.

Inne offers women more insight into hormone levels and thus into their health and fertility. Thousands of women across Europe use inne's minilab, which measures progesterone levels with a saliva biosensor.

Perimenopause
Inne is now expanding its progesterone tracking capability into perimenopause through an exclusive US partnership with Phenology, the new women's health brand from the team at Hologram Sciences. Women will soon be able to use the minilab to monitor hormonal changes during perimenopause – the early stage of menopause when hormone levels begin to decline. It is the first time that this is possible with a personalized test device for home use.

Nice femtech investment
Fund director Simone Brummelhuis: 'We are delighted to invest in inne and her exceptional team led by Eirini Rapti. The product is best in class for hormone level testing at home. Within a short period of time, inne has been shown to be a leader in quantified self-solutions for women. We're excited about its many uses, from fertility to birth control and perimenopause. At Borski Fund we invest in femtech and AI solutions, because this offers enormous opportunities for all women.'

Testing stress levels
In addition to extending to perimenopause, inne will also add the ability to analyze stress with a special cortisol tracing strip. Persistently high cortisol levels lead to a drop in estrogen levels, which can lead to weight gain, night sweats, sleep problems and mood swings. Tracking cortisol levels allows women to adjust their lifestyle and improve their long-term health. This can be especially helpful if they're trying to conceive or want to control perimenopause symptoms.

about inne
Eirini Rapti founded inne in 2017 to provide women with technology that helps them understand their bodies' hormonal levels. Inne's biosensor minilab allows women to measure their daily progesterone levels with a daily saliva test. Saliva measurement with the minilab has been proven to be as accurate as a laboratory progesterone test. Inne is now in the process of being certified as an official contraceptive.

Laura Rooseboom on the funding gap on MT/Sprout

By Borski Fund, Impact financing, News, Press, StartGreen Capital

January 28, 2022

Our co-founder Laura Rooseboom is a jury member in the election of the MT/Sprout Startup of the Year. In an interview on mtsprout.nl she tells how and why Borski Fund the funding gap want to close.

Despite the large number of start-ups and scale-ups founded or run by women, there is still surprisingly little investment in female start-ups and scale-ups.

'As research also shows, this partly has to do with how we, men and women, view women,' says Laura in the interview. 'So also how investors deal with start-up founders. They get different questions, they are looked at and listened to differently.'

Read the whole interview

Simone Brummelhuis nominated for Female Business Angel of the Year

By Borski Fund, News, Press
October 28, 2021

Simone Brummelhuis, director of Borski Fund, has been nominated by Business Angels Netzwerk Deutschland for Female Business Angel of the Year. She is the first Dutchman to have a chance.

Simone Brummelhuis will compete against three other candidates from Germany, Switzerland and Australia. It is the fourth time that the German investor network presents the award for female business angels in collaboration with Business Angels Europe (BAE). Never before has a Dutchman had a chance to win the prize for female investors.

More business angels
With the prize, the German businessangel network wants to draw attention to female investors. The organization aims to have a female share of business angels of 25 percent by 2025. "There are many committed female investors in Europe," the organization says in their press release, "and this will only increase in the future."

In the article on investors.nl Simone explains why women are in the minority in the investment world: 'That's partly because investors are mostly former entrepreneurs. So it's a chain reaction. By supporting female entrepreneurs, Borski Fund hopes to breed more female business angels.'

About Borski Fund
Borski Fund is an innovative venture capital fund that invests in technology companies with a diverse team. With its investments, the fund encourages more diversity in companies, more women who undertake risk-bearing business and more women who invest risk-bearing. This is the only way to create a diverse Dutch entrepreneurial landscape and a balanced situation for women in top positions. Success has no gender. More about Borski Fund.

 

 

Borski Fund and PDENH participate in The Next Closet

By Borski Fund, News, PDENH
September 1, 2021

Borski Fund and Participatiefonds Duurzame Economie Noord-Holland (PDENH) are investing in The Next Closet: a platform for sustainable fashion run by female entrepreneurs.

The Next Closet calls itself: The sustainable marketplace for second-hand designer fashion. this first resaleplatform of the Netherlands was founded by Lieke Pijpers and Thalita van Ogtrop. Many women and vintage boutiques from all over the Benelux have now joined them. A quarter of a million items have already been given a second, and sometimes even a third, life.
Expand further
The two female founders recently strengthened their management team with Peter Koning (COO), from OLX – a global network of online marketplaces – and Suzanne Kats (CCO), formerly Sr. Director Global Brand Strategy at Tommy Hilfiger. The team will use the 3 million euros raised in funding to recruit more talent and further expand its leadership position. In addition to Borski Fund and 4impact, PDENH participates as an existing shareholder in this financing round.
Bertrand van Leersum of Borski Fund: 'We invest in sustainable, technology-driven solutions. This diverse, women-led team is creating a brighter future in an explosively growing market.'

Rising demand for vintage
The fashion industry is the second largest polluting industry, with 50 billion new pieces of clothing thrown away every year. Thanks to an increasing awareness and the recently introduced product responsibility (UPV) for textiles by the government, the demand for second-hand fashion is expected to increase sharply.

Sustainable and inclusive
The second-hand clothing market is expected to grow twelve times faster than the fashion market as a whole and even become twice as big as the market for second-hand clothing. fast fashion. With the financing, The Next Closet can grow with this explosively developing market. By placing quality over quantity, The Next Closet also contributes to the international UN environmental goals (Sustainable Development Goals).

About Borski Fund
Borski Fund is an innovative venture capital fund that invests in technology companies with a diverse team. With its investments, the fund encourages more diversity in companies, more women who undertake risk-bearing business and more women who invest risk-bearing. This is the only way to create a diverse Dutch entrepreneurial landscape and a balanced situation for women in top positions. Success has no gender. More about Borski Fund.

About PDENH
PDENH stimulates sustainable activity, employment and innovation and thus contributes to a sustainable economy in the province of North Holland. The fund is specifically intended for companies and projects that give the sustainable economy an extra boost and focus on the energy transition, a circular economy and sustainable mobility. More about PDENH

 

LIOF invests in Borski Fund

By Borski Fund, News, Press
May 18, 2021
It Borski Fund raised an investment from LIOF, the regional development company for Limburg, which supports innovative entrepreneurs with advice, network and financing. A nice win-win situation with extra venture capital for Borski to invest in female entrepreneurs and various teams in Limburg, an opportunity for LIOF to stimulate diversity within companies in the start-up and scale-up phase. You can read more about it in the press release below.
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LIOF invests in Borski Fund, a fund with a focus on diversity and technology

LIOF invests in Borski Fund, a fund that invests with venture capital in female entrepreneurs and various teams. By participating in this fund, LIOF wants to stimulate diversity within companies in the start-up and scale-up phase. Earlier, by signing the diversity statement #FundRight, LIOF set itself the goal of increasing diversity within its portfolio within 3 years. This investment contributes to achieving this goal.
Why invest in diversity?
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.
Quick wins for companies in Limburg
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.
LIOF wants to make an impact
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.
About Borski Fund
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.
About LIOF
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.

Borski Fund invests in The Fabricant, the world's leading digital fashion house

By Borski Fund, News, Press

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."

About 4impact
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

About Slingshot
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

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