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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

 

Blog 3. Van start-up naar scale-up: lessen voor ondernemers en investeerders

By Blog, Financing impactfully, News, PDENH, StartGreen Capital

12 juli 2021

Op naar de grande finale waar ik in deze blogserie naartoe heb gewerkt. Nu we weten welke resultaten 7 jaar impact investeren hebben opgeleverd, is het interessant om te kijken naar de belangrijkste lessen die we met het elftal start-ups onderweg naar groei hebben geleerd. Lessen die ik zowel mede-impactinvesteerders als de ondernemers mee wil geven om de kansen op succesvolle opschaling te vergroten
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PDENH participates in 2.25 million round of investment for 3D printing company MX3D

By News, PDENH, Press

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.

Complete solution
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. ”

About MX3D
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 

About PDENH
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

About RVO
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

PDENH financing Triple Solar raises 1.2 million

By News, PDENH, Press

April 14, 2021

PDENH is participating in a working capital financing for Triple Solar. Thanks to financing from PDENH, DOEN Participaties, Enfuro Ventures and Rabobank, Triple Solar has raised 1,200,000 euros in working capital. Triple Solar is a fast-growing scale-up in the energy transition, the company develops heat pump systems with PVT panels as an energy source. Read all about it in the press release below.

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Triple Solar raises € 1.2 million

Thanks to financing from PDENH, DOEN Participaties, Enfuro Ventures and Rabobank, Triple Solar has raised 1,200,000 euros in working capital. Triple Solar is a fast-growing scale-up in the energy transition. The company develops heat pump systems with PVT panels as an energy source. Triple Solar uses the capital to scale up their activities in large-scale new construction projects in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom.

The Triple Solar® system is an economical alternative to heat pumps that use an expensive ground source or noisy outdoor units. Triple Solar makes an important contribution to the energy transition with its innovative heat pump systems. The Amsterdam company applies this system in both new and existing buildings.

Cees Mager, CEO at Triple Solar:
“This working capital financing makes it possible to expand the growth that has started. Stagnation means decline. Millions of houses still have to be made more sustainable in the next 30 years and that is why growth capital for innovative companies is essential ”.

Anthony Viellevoije, Investment Director at PDENH:
“We are extremely proud of Triple Solar's success and have full confidence in the team and the innovative system that has clearly proven itself. We are therefore happy to contribute to this financing. The 'further without gas solution' that Triple Solar offers fits seamlessly into our sustainable ambition ”.

Merijn ten Thije, Investment Manager at DOEN Participaties:
“DOEN Participaties finances sustainable start-ups and scale-ups that have an impact with CO2 reduction. A point of attention for DOEN is that the energy transition is accessible to everyone. Because Triple Solar's products are also suitable for private individuals and tenants of housing corporations, Triple Solar fits very well with our ambitions. ”

Erik Schut, Co-founder of Enfuro Ventures:
“The Triple Solar team has done a fantastic job in recent years. The company has developed from an innovative start-up to a successful scale-up that makes an important contribution to the energy transition. We are proud that we can make this contribution to the acceleration of the growth of Triple Solar ”.

Pieter Mullink, Account Manager Rabobank Amsterdam:
“Triple Solar is an innovative developer of energy systems that provide homes with heat, hot water and electricity so that they can use all of the gas. They distinguish themselves with their technique and experience. Rabobank has been a partner of Triple Solar for a long time and proud that we can support them in their important work and rapid growth ”.

About Triple Solar:
Triple Solar's mission is to achieve maximum impact in reducing CO2 emissions from heating homes. In addition, Triple Solar wants to make the energetic sustainability of houses accessible to a wide audience. This translates into the development of smart solutions in the field of sustainable energy. The requirement is that the products are produced sustainably, are fully recyclable and have no environmental impact in production and use. Our products are produced in the Netherlands and the components used are made within Europe.

About Enfuro Ventures:
Enfuro Ventures invests in start-ups that focus on the energy transition. Enfuro was founded by the successful entrepreneurs Erik Schut and Ruud Rijbroek. They strongly believe in enterprising, decisive teams, in innovation and in positive change.

About PDENH:
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. Companies that thus contribute to the sustainable economy in North Holland. The fund was set up and financed by the Province of Noord-Holland and is managed by KplusV and StartGreen Capital.

About DOEN Participaties:
DOEN Participaties has the ambition to make the world more sustainable and social by supporting start-ups with that mission. Impact is central to all investments. Over the past 25 years, DOEN Participaties has grown into the largest impact investor for sustainable and social startups in the Netherlands. DOEN Participaties is fully owned and managed by the DOEN Foundation, the Postcode Lottery fund. For more information, see www.doenparticipaties.nl

Read the whole here press release.

5.2 million raised by Sympower, PDENH is co-investing

By News, PDENH, Press

March 25, 2021

Even more great news from the PDENH managed by us. PDENH is participating in an investment round in Sympower, in which it has been participating since 2019. Sympower supplies smart software to balance the supply and demand of electricity on the grid. The investment round was successful, Sympower raised 5.2 million euros. Read all about it in the press release below.

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5.2 million raised by Sympower

Together with Koolen Industries, Rubio Impact Ventures, Enfuro Ventures and Casper Peeters, PDENH is participating in an investment round in Sympower. Since mid-2019, PDENH has been participating in Sympower, which supplies smart software to balance the supply and demand of electricity on the grid.

Anthony Viellevoije, Investment Director at PDENH:
“We are proud of the progress Sympower has made since our first investment in the summer of 2019, which has given shape to the company's international rollout from Finland to Sweden and the Netherlands. With this follow-on investment, we reaffirm our confidence in the team, re-accelerate the roll-out to other European countries and create high-quality local jobs in the province of North Holland. ”

The investment underscores the strong, rapidly increasing demand for flexibility solutions, which is reflected in the rising share of renewable energy sources and the opening of new European electricity markets, as encouraged by the European Commission. At this crucial point in the energy transition, the growth of Sympower will be further accelerated by the new financing.

Flexibility is essential for the energy transition. It helps to maintain a stable electricity system by balancing supply and demand in the face of the increasingly unstable supply of solar and wind sources and the demand for e-mobility and electric heating. Sympower's software solution can manage a wide variety of electrical assets and processes such as steel smelting, paper making, electric vehicles and HVAC systems and use them to support the electricity system. Sympower is active in Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands and its customers include grid operators such as Fingrid, Svenska Kraftnät and TenneT. It also partners with the leading European energy company Vattenfall in Sweden.

Read the whole here press release.

PDENH is co-investing in new investment round Dexter Energy

By News, PDENH, Press

March 18, 2021

Breaking! PDENH co-managed by us is investing again in Dexter Energy. Dexter has successfully raised an additional € 2.0 million to continue their mission, helping energy companies make the smooth transition to renewable energy generation. Read all about it in the press release below.

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Newion leads € 2 million investment round in Dexter Energy - for an accelerated energy transition

AMSTERDAM, March 18, 2021 - Dexter Energy, a fast-growing startup helping energy companies in Europe optimize their energy portfolio using AI, has received € 2 million in a Series A round of investment led by Newion, early stage investor in B2B software companies. Existing investors PDENH, Stephen Asplin and Andreas Gelfort also participated in this round.

The electricity market is changing due to the energy transition. Where previously a select number of fossil-powered power plants supplied power on demand, green energy now flows into the grid when the wind blows or the sun shines. To deal with this, companies with extensive energy generation or consumption increasingly have to anticipate erratic weather and market conditions.

Dexter Energy meets the need to reduce the uncertainties resulting from the energy transition. Using AI-driven software, Dexter Energy predicts energy flows and market movements, so that companies can optimize their generation and consumption. Customers also get a grip on increasing imbalance costs as a result of the energy transition. Emission-free electricity sources are therefore stronger in the market, and fossil sources can be scaled down earlier.

Luuk Veeken, CEO and founder of Dexter Energy:
“We are very pleased with this financing, which will be used to further improve the products for our customers. Newion has a strong track record in expanding and scaling software companies. We would like to benefit from their knowledge and experience and hope to roll out our optimization software to all liberalized European energy markets in the coming years. ”

Patrick Polak, Managing Partner of Newion:
“Dexter Energy is accelerating the energy transition, not only in the Benelux, Germany and the UK, but soon also in the rest of the world. We see many opportunities and will be very happy to support the Dexter team in their further growth towards market leadership. ”

Anthony Viellevoije, Investment Director at PDENH:
“We are extremely proud of Dexter's success and are happy to confirm our confidence in the team with a contribution to this Series A round. Dexter Energy's forecasting solutions accurately and automatically predict the load on the energy grid, which is crucial for energy companies. ”

On the photo the management team Dexter Energy, from left to right: Luuk Veeken (CEO), Fons de Leeuw (CTO), Hubert Penn (CCO), Tom Lemmens, (Head of Analytics)

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Battery technology innovator E-magy raises 5 million, PDENH is co-investing

By News, PDENH, Press

February 10, 2021

New EUR 5m investment round for E-magy. E-magy is developing nanotech silicon material for the next generation of Li-ion batteries, which material will provide a 40% higher energy density. A potential game changer, so that eg electric cars will obtain a longer range and faster charging time. PDENH - co-managed by StartGreen Capital - as current shareholder again invests substantially in this round led by Shift.

 

 

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BATTERY TECH INNOVATOR E-MAGY RAISES € 5 MILLION IN FUNDING ROUND LED BY SHIFT INVEST

Funds will be used to scale production of proprietary nano-porous silicon and to accelerate qualification programs with electric vehicle (EV) and battery manufacturers
• The company will expand the team and prepare for the construction of a new facility in the Netherlands with production planned for 2023
• Use of E-magy's specialty silicon in EV battery anodes increases energy density of battery cells by 40%, enabling longer-range EVs and lower-cost compact cars

Dutch battery tech scale-up E-magy has secured an additional € 5 million of funding. SHIFT Invest, an impact venture capital fund that invests in circular technologies, smart food & ag-tech, biobased innovations and smart materials, has led the funding round with participation of existing investors including PDENH. The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy has committed an innovation credit to accelerate the development of E-magy's unique technology.

The fresh capital injection enables E-magy to increase production at its fully operational pilot production line for nano-porous silicon and accelerate qualification programs with automakers and battery manufacturers. The company will also use the funds to expand the team and make preparations for a new facility in the Netherlands which will boost annual capacity to thousands of tons per year. E-magy plans to start production at the new facility in 2023.

Casper Peeters, co-founder and CEO: “The additional funding comes at an exciting time as we are scaling up production capacity of our proprietary nano-porous silicon and are advancing with automakers and battery manufacturers to improve battery cell performance. Nano-porous silicon is the solution to the urgent need for high-energy batteries, enabling affordable and efficient electric vehicles for everybody. E-magy is set to power millions of electric vehicles. ”

Bram Ledeboer, partner at SHIFT Invest: “We are pleased to support the E-magy team to become a leading supplier to the EV battery industry. Innovation plays a crucial role in rebalancing the world we live in and E-magy is well positioned to create significant impact by boosting the performance of batteries at lower costs. ”

The technology
E-magy processes silicon in a unique, cost-effective and scalable way to make 'nano-sponge' particles for high-capacity silicon anodes of lithium-ion batteries. E-magy's nano-porous silicon improves the energy density by 40% and shortens the charge time of batteries allowing for an extended range at lower costs and leading to more compact models than today's high-end vehicles. Silicon is abundantly available and environmentally benign.

The opportunity
As almost all global automakers focus on the production of new series of all-electric and plug-in EVs, the demand for batteries is rising exponentially. E-magy offers a highly scalable, next generation battery material that can provide automakers with a clear competitive edge. Moreover, E-magy's technology platform allows for use in various other devices such as e-bikes and scooters, drones, computers and handheld devices, medical devices and electric energy storage systems for balancing of (renewable) energy supply and demand.

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