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Borski Fund en PDENH participeren in The Next Closet

By Borski Fund, News, PDENH
1 september 2021

Borski Fund en Participatiefonds Duurzame Economie Noord-Holland (PDENH) investeren in The Next Closet: een platform voor duurzame mode gerund door vrouwelijke ondernemers.

The Next Closet noemt zich: The sustainable marketplace for second hand designer fashion. Dit eerste resale-platform van Nederland is opgericht door Lieke Pijpers (37) en Thalita van Ogtrop (36). Inmiddels hebben vele vrouwen en vintage boetieks uit de hele Benelux zich bij hen aangesloten. Een kwart miljoen items heeft zo al een tweede, en soms zelfs derde, leven gekregen.
Verder uitbouwen
De twee female founders versterkten onlangs hun managementteam met Peter Koning (COO), afkomstig van OLX – een wereldwijd netwerk van online marktplaatsen – en Suzanne Kats (CCO), voorheen Sr. Director Global Brand Strategy bij Tommy Hilfiger. Het team zal de 3 miljoen euro opgehaalde financiering, inzetten om meer talent te werven en haar leiderspositie verder uit te bouwen. Naast Borski Fund en 4impact participeert PDENH als bestaande aandeelhouder in deze financieringsronde.
Bertrand van Leersum van Borski Fund: ‘Wij investeren in duurzame, technologie-gedreven oplossingen. Dit diverse, door vrouwen geleide team creëert een betere toekomst in een explosief groeiende markt.

Stijgende vraag naar vintage
De mode-industrie is de op één na grootste vervuilende industrie, waarbij bovendien elk jaar 50 miljard nieuwe kledingstukken onverkocht worden weggegooid. Dankzij een steeds grotere bewustwording en de recent door de overheid ingevoerde productenverantwoordelijkheid (UPV) voor textiel zal de vraag naar tweedehands mode naar verwachting sterk toenemen.

Duurzaam en inclusief
Naar verwachting zal de markt voor tweedehands kleding twaalf keer zo snel groeien als de modemarkt in zijn geheel en zelfs twee keer zo groot worden als de markt voor fast fashion. Met de financiering kan The Next Closet meegroeien met deze zich explosief ontwikkelende markt. Doorkwaliteit boven kwantiteit te plaatsen, draagt The Next Closet daarmee bovendien bij aan de internationale VN-milieudoelstellingen (Sustainable Development Goals).

About Borski Fund
Borski Fund is een innovatief durfkapitaalfonds dat investeert in technologiebedrijven met een divers team. Het fonds stimuleert met haar investeringen meer diversiteit in bedrijven, meer vrouwen die risicodragend ondernemen en meer vrouwen die risicodragend investeren. Alleen zo komt er een divers Nederlands ondernemerslandschap en een evenwichtige situatie van vrouwen op topposities. Succes has no gender. More about Borski Fund.

About PDENH
PDENH stimuleert duurzame bedrijvigheid, werkgelegenheid en innovatie en zo bouwt zo mee aan een duurzame economie in de provincie Noord-Holland.  Het fonds is speciaal bedoeld voor bedrijven en projecten, die de duurzame economie een extra stimulans geven en zich richten op  de energietransitie, een circulaire economie en duurzame mobiliteit. Meer over 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

Borski Fund invests in leading femtech company INNOVO

By Borski Fund, News, Press

March 8, 2021

The leading femtech company INNOVO announced today that it has two new investors on board. One of them is in the portfolio of StartGreen Capital, which we founded Borski Fund is going to invest in INNOVO. The investment from Borksi will be used, among other things, for market expansion of INNOVO's commercial activities in the US and the UK. INNOVO technology is used for the treatment of urinary incontinence. Read more about this in the press release below.

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Leading Femtech Brand INNOVO Attracts Two New Investors

  • INNOVO adds significant incremental investment for pioneering home-based treatment for stress urinary incontinence, a condition that impacts 1 in 3 women worldwide
  • Netherland's Borski Fund backs female-led, femtech focused companies
  • Largest single investment Ireland's Western Development Commission has madeto date
  • Financing will support the expansion of Atlantic Therapeutics commercialization activities into their core US & UK markets & beyond

Atlantic Therapeutics, the Galway-based company pioneering a non-invasive, wearable treatment for urinary incontinence, today announced it has raised significant new investment from the Borski Fund (Netherlands) and the Western Development Commission (Ireland).

The Borski Fund addresses the venture capital gender gap through investments in female-led and femtech companies, and their support for Atlantic Therapeutics is a strong endorsement of the progress made since the appointment of CEO Susan Trent in mid-2020. WDC Investment Fund's support for Atlantic Therapeutics is the largest investment the group have made to date and is complemented by returning investors Seroba Life Sciences, Earlybird, LSP, Andera Partners and Atlantic Bridge, who continue their ongoing support for the company with a substantial undisclosed investment .

The financing will support the expansion of the company's commercialization activities in the core US and UK markets for its INNOVO technology to treat urinary incontinence. Also known as bladder weakness, urinary incontinence is a stigmatised condition that impacts one in three women worldwide, having a profoundly negative impact on quality and enjoyment of life.

Atlantic Therapeutics has established the INNOVO brand as the leading innovation in non-invasive, wearable neuromuscular electrical stimulation. The device acts to strengthen the pelvic floor and thereby treat the underlying cause of bladder weakness. Today, the market for disposable products to manage this life-limiting condition, such as pads and liners, is growing significantly worldwide. These non-curative, symptom-masking solutions carry a significant lifetime cost and are environmentally unsustainable. For the 1 in 3 women living with UI, INNOVO will offer a revolutionary solution to bladder leaks, helping them to break free from their daily reliance on pads and diapers.

Commenting in the investment, Simone Brummelhuis, Partner at the Borski Fund, said:
While 51% of the world population are women, most innovations are male centric. Atlantic Therapeutics is not only addressing this underserved market head-on, with the INNOVO product it serves an unmet need of a very large group of women. The combination of respected pan-European investors, the medical and science based sustainable product and the vision and strategy of the team led by Susan delights us at Borski Fund in supporting Atlantic Therapeutics in their growth and international expansion. ”

Gillian Buckley, Investment Manager at the Western Development Commission said:
The WDC Investment Fund has helped support the position of the West of Ireland as a start-up hub for indigenous medtech and life science companies building on the region's reputation as a global center of excellence. Atlantic Therapeutics is our 35th life science investment making the WDC Investment Fund one of the largest medtech / life science investors in the country. The WDC is an impact investor so we seek not only a financial return on investment but also seek a socio-economic impact. Atlantic Therapeutics offers both, it will support high quality jobs in Galway and Mayo as well as addressing a significant women's healthcare issue. ”

Atlantic Therapeutics CEO, Susan Trent commented:
“We are thrilled to have such strong support from the Borski Fund and the Western Development Commission and I look forward to working closely with them on realizing the incredible potential of our brand. We are a proudly female-led, female-focused company, and we are excited to be bringing the first-in-world INNOVO technology to several key global markets from our base in Galway. We firmly believe that INNOVO represents a paradigm shift in the $13bn urinary incontinence market when compared to the current sub-optimal choices. This investment will help us to accelerate global momentum for INNOVO and allow us to amplify the launch of our next generation innovation later this year. ”

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One year Borski Fund

By Borski Fund, News

March 3, 2021

The first year of the co-founded Borski Fund is finished. We would like to show you here what has been done and achieved.

Three years ago we started to think about a large fund focusing on diversity and technology. Last year our dream came through by launching Borski Fund, named after Johanna Borski (1764 - 1846) who was the first woman to buy shares in De Nederlandsche Bank, in presence of Queen Máxima and Klaas Knot.

One year in, despite these difficult and uncertain times, we managed to put together a good team, generate publicity, create a gigantic deal flow, and we have worked very hard to talk to as many female entrepreneurs as possible. We managed to add 4 awesome participations to our fund, and we have a beautifully filled pipeline for 2021. We believe we can make an important contribution and substantially increase the % of capital that is invested in female entrepreneurship. We are proud of our investors supporting us. They put trust in us for our mission and our journey. The results we have achieved are outlined in the following infographic.

With our team, we would like to thank you for your involvement in our mission to reduce the investment gap.

 

Simone Brummelhuis has been named one of the most influential women in European start-ups

By Borski Fund, News

February 18, 2021

Simone Brummelhuis, director of the co-founded Borski Fund and The Next Women, has been named one of the 10 most influential women in European start-ups. She has achieved a nice 3rd place in this list of 10 important 'influencers' and is in good company.

Business Chief says of her: "Simone Brummelhuis is committed to investing in diverse teams and providing capital and resources to female entrepreneurs." Simone, congratulations!

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Press release Soul

By Borski Fund, News

Groningen, April 20, 2020

Soul raises € 4 million funding from GROEI fund, Borski Fund and Purpose Ventures for European expansion.

The clothing industry needs an impactful solution to become more sustainable. The global environmental impact of the fashion industry is enormous. Ziel will develop and operate a unique tech platform that makes the on-demand and local production of clothing accessible and affordable. In New York, Ziel has already experimented with several labels on the American market. Now that the technical and economic feasibility has been confirmed, Ziel, supported by a multi-million dollar investment from multiple international parties, will develop, prove and rollout its tech platform in Groningen.

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Borski Fund raises 21 million euros in funding for investments in female entrepreneurs

By Borski Fund, News

Press release October 31, 2019

Venture fund helps scale-ups with growth plans underway

The Borski Fund has raised 21 million euros to invest in scale-ups with a woman at the helm. The Borski Fund is the first Dutch venture capital fund that focuses on stimulating female entrepreneurs in the Netherlands. ABN Amro, ING and Rabobank have jointly committed to the fund. The banks each invest five million euros.

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