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Laura Rooseboom jury member AIEG 2022

By Impact financing, News, Press, StartGreen Capital

May 17, 2022

Tomorrow our co-founder Laura Rooseboom will be a jury member for the AtlasInvest Entrepreneurship Grant (AIEG 2022): an incentive grant for students of Wageningen University to put impactful ideas into practice. 

With this grant from the University Fund Wageningen and StartHub, students of Wageningen University can realize their entrepreneurial ambitions. The jury consists of 5 experts in the field of impact investing.

Final round
Tomorrow is the final round, in which the jury determines which team has developed the best service or product in the agri-food or environmental sector, based on WUR research. 3 teams pitch for the Startup Award and 2 for the Impact Award.

This 1 minute video gives a short impression of the AIEG finalists.

Tomorrow you can follow the final live via this livestream: AIEG Finals 2022.

Coenraad de Vries table guest Transition Arena

By Impact financing, News, Oneplanetcrowd., Press, StartGreen Capital

Apr 15, 2022

On April 22, Change Inc.'s first Transition Arena will take place. Place. The subject is the shift in revenue models: from paying for possession to paying for use. Or as it is called in trendy terms: the 'service model'. Co-founder of StartGreen Capital and Oneplanetcrowd. Coenraad de Vries takes a seat to share his vision and experience.

'As an 'alternative financier' we have a very good track record in the field of circularity,' Coenraad explains his seat at the round table. 'Good examples are our financing from Fairphone, Mud Jeans, Seepje and Peerby. I like to tell about our experiences in order to be able to take a step indirectly or in collaboration towards one of our objectives: a circular economy.'

Changing business cases
In addition to Coenraad on behalf of StartGreen Capital, representatives of Vattenfall, Rebel Group, PreZero, Peerby and Dutch Clean Tech Solutions will sit at the table. The central question at this interactive meeting is: 'How does a business case change with the emergence of the circular economy?' The table guests tell about the successes and the lessons learned† In the second part, those present can talk to the diners about their own case or ask for advice about their challenge.

More information and the registration form can be found at: Change Transition Arena: The service model

Biodigester Sustenso in Boekelermeer will supply the Netherlands with sustainable gas

By News, PDENH, Press, StartGreen Capital

Apr 12, 2022

The construction of the Sustenso biodigester in the Boekelermeer in Alkmaar started on Friday 8 April. In a festive way, because the production of sustainable, local gas is more important than ever. Bio-fermentation is one of the options within the energy transition that the province of Noord-Holland is facing, and could therefore be financed from the Participatiefonds Duurzaam Economie Noord-Holland (PDENH), together with Rabobank Noord-Holland Noord.

This first Sustenso project is being built under the supervision of Hans van der Weide and Willem Bas, project management. With financing from PDENH and Rabobank, a digester with a capacity of 100,000 tons of green waste per year is being realized there. The digester is expected to be commissioned in early 2023.

Bart Blokhuis, fund director of PDENH: 'Current, global developments make autonomy over sustainable energy more important than ever. With financing from PDENH, we contribute to the production of green gas and accelerate the local energy transition. In doing so, we are already meeting the call from Frans Timmermans, who is calling on the European Green Deal to produce more biogas, in order to reduce dependence on Russian gas.'

Green gas from agricultural residual flows
The biodigester is good for a gas production of 7 to 8 million cubic meters of green gas per year, with which about 7,000 households can be heated. The green residual flows come from farmers in the area and consist of waste from greenhouse horticulture, cocoa residues, grain residues and roadside grass. The green gas will soon be supplied directly to the regular gas network.

StartGreen Capital and Oneplanetcrowd partners of Event HERE excited 2022

By News, Oneplanetcrowd., Press, StartGreen Capital

March 7, 2022

Wednesday 30 March will be the festive anniversary edition of the Event HERE Generated (EHO): the largest national event about local sustainable energy in the Netherlands. On that day, all parties involved in local energy initiatives can meet. StartGreen and Oneplanetcrowd are sponsors of EHO this year.

EHO takes place for the tenth time, which is reason for an extra festive edition. As usual, the event will take place in the Spant in Bussum, with the theme 'Local, the new normal'. The event celebrates what the local energy movement has achieved together over the years and looks to the future. The program consists of 18 partial sessions, a plenary program and a network roulette. You can also follow the plenary part online.Be sure to visit our stand!

The financier of local projects
Because we can be of great added value to local energy projects, StartGreen and Oneplanetcrowd are partners of EHO this year. We have the experience and expertise to help local projects with financing from A to Z. Not only can we contribute ideas about the best form of financing, but we can also guide cooperatives in their collaboration with municipalities. In some cases, Oneplanetcrowd arranges citizen participation for developers, by raising funding from our crowd of individual investors.

About EHO
The Event HERE is aimed at people from local energy initiatives and their cooperation partners – such as municipalities, heating companies, energy suppliers and service providers. It is an event where visitors gain a good dose of positive energy to continue working on the energy transition.

The EHO program can be found at www.evenementhieropgewekt.nl

You might want to read: Involving citizens in the energy transition is necessary and possible

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.

 

 

StartGreen & Evenpar invest in international energy transition

By Impact financing, News, Press, StartGreen Capital
September 27, 2021

As of September 1, StartGreen Capital and Evenpar are collaborating to finance renewable energy infrastructure projects in emerging markets. This new partnership focuses primarily on the African energy transition.

Emerging markets that respond to increased energy demand, the circular use of available raw materials and the deployment of EU technology offer attractive potential for impact investments. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)*, the African continent's energy demand will double by 2040. Therefore, the collaboration focuses on investment opportunities that efficiently produce decentralized energy with technologies such as waste recycling, waste-to-energy, biogas and biofuels.

Investment opportunities Africa
Peter Nyeko, CEO Mandulis Energy (a Ugandan renewable energy project developer), emphasizes: “The energy transition will be an essential part of infrastructure growth in Africa, especially in East Africa. It offers investment opportunities for standard technology projects and for investors who want to combine return with impact realization. The market offers room for growth. In addition, many East African industries and cities face similar challenges.”

New Partnership
StartGreen Capital is one of the largest impact fund managers in the Netherlands with over €450 million in assets under management. She believes that the transition to a sustainable economy is initiated by impact entrepreneurs: entrepreneurs with vision, drive and guts.
Evenpar is a specialist in project development with in-depth knowledge of project dynamics, financial structuring, technology and emerging markets.

Solid return
Together they aim to invest in projects that use proven and maintainable technologies, and that rely on long-term supply agreements and creditworthy offtake contracts (with governments or industry). This approach minimizes technology, raw material, supply and off-take risks and results in good operational performance and stable cash flows in the long term. This strategy, combined with a mixed financing structure, leads to a solid financial return.

Pjotr Schade – Managing Partner of Evenpar General Partner:
“This collaboration is a power house for impact investing in emerging markets by combining the best of both worlds. StartGreen Capital is truly the champion of impact fund management, with its impressive track record and entrepreneurial approach to opportunities. This partnership allows Evenpar to focus on what we do best: developing and investing in projects with stable returns and high impact, supported by StartGreen Capital. This provides investors with competitive returns and the assurance of fund stability.”

Impact on sustainable development goals
The partnership invests with the aim of generating financial returns as well as social and environmental impact. With a combination of financial, investment and technical know-how, it finances project development support, technical guidance, technology development and training. In this way it adds value to projects that can efficiently process low-quality available raw materials into high-quality energy output in Africa. All this results in a positive contribution to SDG 7 (affordable and sustainable energy), SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth) and SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities).

StartGreen & Evenpar invest in international energy transition

By Impact financing, News, Press, StartGreen Capital
Sep 27th 2021

Ash of September 1st , StartGreen Capital and Evenpar form a partnership to finance infrastructural renewable energy projects in emerging markets, with an initial focus on the African Energy Transition.

Emerging markets present an attractive potential for impact investments, leveraging on the increased energy demand, optimizing the circular use of available feedstock and utilizing EU technology. According to International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)*, the continent's energy demand is set to double by 2040. Therefore, the partnership focuses on investment opportunities which produce efficient decentralized energy by utilizing primarily waste-recycling, waste-to-energy, biogas and biofuel technologies alongside other technologies.

Investment opportunities in Africa
Peter Nyeko, CEO Mandulis Energy (an Ugandan renewable energy project developer) highlights:
“The energy transition will be a vital part of the infrastructural growth in Africa, especially East Africa. It represents investment opportunities for projects with standard technology and investors who want to combine returns with impact realisation. This market is not over-crowded and many East African industrials and cities struggle with similar challenges.”

New partnership
StartGreen Capital is one of the largest Impact Fund Managers in the Netherlands with over €450 million AuM and believes that the sustainable economy transition is initiated by entrepreneurs with vision, drive and guts.
Evenpar is a project development specialist with in-depth understanding of project dynamics, financial structuring, technology and emerging markets.

Solid financial returns
The targeted projects deploy proven and maintainable technology on the back of long-term supply agreements and creditworthy off-take contracts (industrial or government backed). Accordingly, this approach minimizes technology, feedstock supply and off-take risks, resulting in strong operational performance and creating long term stable cash flows. This strategy combined with blended finance structuring leads to solid financial returns.

Pjotr Schade – Managing Partner Evenpar Investment:
“This partnership is a powerhouse for impact investing in emerging markets since it combines the best of both worlds. StartGreen Capital is really the champion in impact fund management, with its strong track-record and its entrepreneurial approach to opportunities. The partnership allows Evenpar to focus on its core competence, being developing & investing in stable return high impact projects whilst being supported by StartGreen Capital fund management. This provides the investor with competitive returns and the assurance of fund stability.”

Impact on Sustainable Development Goals
The partnership invests with the intention to generate financial returns as well as create social and environmental impact. This is done by combining financial and investment/technical knowledge to finance and provide project development support, technical assistance, technology development and schooling to utilize effective proven technology to efficiently process low value available feedstock input into high value and much needed clean energy production in Africa . All together these results in positive outcomes for SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth) and SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities).

Challenge and support entrepreneurs inside and outside Overijssel with innovative energy plans

By Overijssel Energy Fund, News, Press

June 4, 2021

Innovations are desperately needed to enable the energy transition. That's why it works managed by us Energiefonds 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.

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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.

East NL:  Accelerator Energy Innovations Overijssel | East NL.

Energy Fund Overijssel: VEIO Energy Fund Overijssel

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.
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