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Triple Solar raises 10 million growth capital

By News, PDENH, Press, StartGreen Capital

January 17, 2023

Triple Solar, portfolio company of Particatiefonds Duurzaam Economie Noord-Holland (PDENH), has attracted an important new shareholder: pension fund ABP. In this investment round, the shareholders have jointly invested 10 million euros in the fast-growing PVT heat pump and panel producer. With this you can the company will continue to lead the way in the energy transition in the coming years.

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Oneplanetcrowd joins forces with Invesdor Groep

By News, Oneplanetcrowd., Press, StartGreen Capital

November 23, 2022

Oneplanetcrowd, our platform for sustainable financing, joins forces with The Invesdor Group – a leading financing platform in Europe. This creates one of the largest crowdfunding platforms in Europe. With more than 170,000 investors, the new combination has invested more than 438 million euros in more than 800 projects.

This gives Oneplanetcrowd access to investors from the Invesdor Group – which is already active in Finland, Germany and Austria. Invesdor in turn can make use of the expertise and network that Oneplanetcrowd has built up as the most sustainable financing platform in the Benelux. Both merger partners share the ambition to bring together impact entrepreneurs and investors from all over the European Union. The joining of forces also paves the way for European expansion, with the aim of becoming the market leader in Europe.

Bridging the funding gap together

With banks increasingly withdrawing, the demand for direct financing of innovative scale-ups and sustainable energy projects has grown strongly in recent years. Bridging this funding gap for innovation and the sustainable energy transition in Europe has only gained in urgency in the meantime. Globally, the funding gap is $4 to $6 trillion a year[1] to transform to a low-carbon economy.

Pioneers in European capital market

The introduction of the Pan-European Crowdfunding Service Provider License (ECSP) and the possibility to digitize stocks and bonds using blockchain technology shows that the EU has put crowdfunding high on the political agenda to create a Capital Markets Union (CMU) to create. This would effectively create a single capital market within the entire EU. Invesdor and Oneplanetcrowd are pioneers in this fast-growing market and are now joining forces to form a strong European financing platform.

Coenraad de Vries is pleased with the joining of forces: 'Sustainable energy projects, scale-ups and impact entrepreneurs can now also raise funding in other European countries.'

Job changes

Christopher Grätz, co-founder and CEO of Invesdor, will continue as CEO of the Group, while Maarten de Jong, co-founder and managing director of Oneplanetcrowd, will join the management team and lead all activities in the Benelux. Coenraad de Vries and Laura Rooseboom of StartGreen Capital – initiators and co-founders of Oneplanetcrowd – remain actively involved, including in the implementation of the sustainability policy and internationalization. In addition, De Vries will take a seat on the Supervisory Board.

Maarten de Jong: 'Involving citizens in the financing of the energy transition is something that many EU member states are striving for, and this is even becoming a requirement to an increasing extent. Crowdfunding can play a crucial role in this.' Under his leadership, Oneplanetcrowd was the third financing platform in Europe to receive the ECSP license. “This license gives us a significant head start in this promising growth market, which represents a market value of EUR 2.47 billion in our main markets alone.[2]. It enables us to position ourselves as one large, established player that meets strict European quality criteria. With these European laws and regulations, the market has become mature and more transparent.'

More information can be found in it full press release

[1] Emissions Gap Report 2022

[2]  The 2nd Global Alternative Finance Market Benchmarking Report (2021)

'Sustainability is penetrating more and more into the core of business operations'

By Impact financing, News, Oneplanetcrowd., StartGreen Capital
October 21, 2022

ABN AMRO Bank’s aim is to make the biggest possible impact and, by doing so, create a more sustainable society. Head of Sustainability Richard Kooloos talks about the development of sustainable companies, about the increasingly strict regulations for impact recording and about the need to be able to collaborate with a partner such as StartGreen.

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Oneplanetcrowd gets ECSP license

By News, Oneplanetcrowd., Press, StartGreen Capital

September 16, 2022

Oneplanetcrowd, our platform for sustainable financing, is having a festive week. Earlier it passed the magical 100 million mark. Yesterday, the platform was the third in Europe to receive the new European Crowdfunding Service Provider license (ECSP) from the AFM. This paves the way for offering sustainable financing propositions throughout Europe to private investors. 

The ECSP allows crowdfunding platforms to provide services across the entire EU internal market, under the same rules. This will increase the pool of potential investors for renewable energy projects, SMEs and scale-ups and ensure that investors have a wider choice of projects and better protection.

Fairer competition
Crowdfunding platforms operating in more than one EU country will have to comply with one set of ground rules – the new regulation – rather than different rules in each country. Before the advent of European legislation, crowdfunding platforms in Europe faced a patchwork of national consumer protection laws and regulations. 'Now there is one framework for all EU countries and crowdfunding platforms must meet the same requirements,' says Maarten de Jong, director of Oneplanetcrowd. 'That means fairer competition between platforms, better supervision from the AFM, more clarity for investors and more opportunities for entrepreneurs in search of financing.'

More accessible investing
The new license is therefore good news for both entrepreneurs and investors. Investors who invest via a platform with the ECSP license can count on the platform meeting strict requirements regarding, among other things, internal processes, systems, IT security, payment processes, quality and integrity of directors. In addition, the new license will allow more possibilities with regard to the transferability of bonds. This improved liquidity makes it more accessible to invest directly in unlisted companies or sustainable energy projects with a longer term.

European ambitions

The road to Europe is free thanks to the new permit. Oneplanetcrowd therefore has the ambition to offer sustainable financing propositions from all over Europe to all of Europe. De Jong intends to tackle this step by step, country by country, starting in the Benelux. “The ECSP gives us more than ever the status of a professional investment platform. And there is still a lot to be achieved in Europe in the field of sustainable project financing!'

Oneplanetcrowd reaches magical €100 million mark

By News, Oneplanetcrowd., Press, StartGreen Capital

September 13, 2022

Oneplanetcrowd, our sustainable finance platform, passed the €100 million mark for sustainable and social enterprises and projects this week thanks to more than 43,000 investors and nearly 300 campaigns.

Oneplanetcrowd, an initiative of StartGreen Capital, is a financing platform that brings together innovative impact entrepreneurs and forward-looking investors. Sustainable entrepreneurs and energy projects can obtain financing from private investors via the platform. Forward-looking investors can invest directly in innovative companies and projects. In this way investors make 'double returns': financially and socially.

VanMoof, Fairphone and Yoni

Among the 300 companies that were responsible for that € 100 million in recent years, are well-known names such as VanMoof, Fairphone and Seepje. Currently getting the company Yoni, that the femcaremarket is rapidly conquering, growth capital to finance its expansion plans. Within a week, the company raised more than €650,000, passing Oneplanetcrowd's total €100 million milestone. A convertible loan gives investors the opportunity to become a shareholder in this fast-growing company at a discount within three years.

In addition to SMEs and scale-ups, Oneplanetcrowd also offers many loans for sustainable energy projects. 'To make the energy transition possible, much more clout is needed,' explains director Maarten de Jong. 'That's why we have more and more solar, wind and bio-energy projects on our platform.'

Social and sustainable impact

Renewable energy is more topical than ever. De Jong therefore notices that many investors are interested in investing in these types of projects with a fixed return. But companies do not necessarily have to be green and sustainable. Companies with a social impact are also welcome on the Oneplanetcrowd platform. 'We recently had a project for future-proof education,' says De Jong. 'We are currently raising money for an organization that offers a fall prevention program to the elderly. This is often a cost item for municipalities, but with this Health Impact Bond private investors can make this possible with an expected net return of 27.4 percent in six years.' Oneplanetcrowd wants to 'democratize' capital with these kinds of propositions: where previously only professional parties could participate, these kinds of propositions are now also available to private investors via Oneplanetcrowd.

On the right track

While sentiment among investors worldwide is strongly negative due to all the uncertainty, Oneplanetcrowd is able to realize strong growth. More has already been collected in 2022 than in the entire previous year. De Jong is therefore aiming for an amount in the direction of € 25 million for this year. 'That is a growth of 50 percent compared to last year. I think this shows that we are on the right track.'

'We help impact companies grow with our value creation model'

By Blog, Borski Fund, Impact financing, News, StartGreen Capital
September 8, 2022

Bertrand van Leersum, Investment Manager at Borski Fund, describes how the Value Creation Model enables StartGreen to assess investment propositions and to help impact entrepreneurs grow. 'We are not an investor who watches from the sidelines. We want to actively maintain a relationship with entrepreneurs and regularly check with them what is going on.'

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PDENH invests in reactor that converts nuclear waste into CO2-free energy

By News, PDENH, Press, StartGreen Capital

August 24, 2022

Participatiefonds Duurzame Economie Noord-Holland (PDENH) together with Positron Ventures, Invest-NL and Impuls Zeeland invest a total of €12.5 million in Thorizon, a company that converts nuclear waste into energy. This type of investment in a safer and more sustainable form of nuclear energy is a necessary step towards the energy transition.

The thorium molten salt reactor developed by Thorizon uses long-lived nuclear waste and the widely available metal thorium as fuel. As a result, this type of reactor can make an important contribution to a safe, virtually inexhaustible and CO2-free energy supply.

Essential Analytics and Testing
Thorizon originated as a spin-off from the Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group (NRG), the main producer of radioisotopes for medical use in Europe and manager of the research reactors in Petten. Thorizon has been working on this completely new type of reactor for a number of years. With the €12.5 million investment, Thorizon will be able to perform essential analysis and testing, which will enable it to complete the design for the first prototype. The first reactor should be built before 2035.

Founder Lucas Pool: 'What started as a good idea a few years ago has now developed into a promising reactor design. We are extremely pleased with the confidence of our investors and development partners.'

Short-lived waste
Thorizon's technology could become an important link in the global energy supply, especially given the expected growth in energy demand and the phasing out of fossil sources. Thorizon's system mixes existing long-lived nuclear waste with the common metal thorium, converting much of the long-lived waste from existing nuclear power plants into short-lived waste and CO2-free energy.

Leading knowledge partners
For the development of the technology, Thorizon will work closely with several parties, including the French Orano, world leader in the recycling of nuclear materials, and with the aforementioned NRG. Thorizon is in talks with EPZ, operator of nuclear power plant Borssele, about the realization of a first system on their site. A broader consortium is also involved of knowledge institutions such as TU Delft and DIFFER, suppliers and industrial service providers that support the development.

Strong combination of investors
The investors form a strong combination of private and public parties. The private parties are venture capital fund Positron Ventures, a private investor, and the Huisman company, which, in addition to being an investor, will also become an industrial supplier. From the public sector, PDENH (lead investor), Invest-NL and Impuls Zeeland are investing in Thorizon. The parties are investing in Thorizon because they see the company's technology as a very serious candidate to accelerate the transition to a carbon neutral economy, by developing a completely new, safe, virtually inexhaustible and CO2-free energy source.

You can read more about this innovation at Change.Inc

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