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 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.'
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.. 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
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