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Sifted: Laura Rooseboom and Simone Brummelhuis – from founders to VC partners

By News, Press, StartGreen Capital

September 18, 2023

Who better to judge whether a start-up has potential than entrepreneurs who have successfully brought a company to fruition themselves? Sifted, the news platform for the European start-up community, posted a list of founders who are currently financing start-ups. At the top of the list are our own Laura Rooseboom and Simone Brummelhuis.

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Energiefonds Overijssel finances a large solar park near Almelo

By Energiefonds Overijssel, News, Press, StartGreen Capital

June 1, 2023

Energiefonds Overijssel, one of the funds under management from startGreen Capital, (jointly)financiert the construction of a large solar park near AlmelO with a loan of twenty million euros. The through the park durable generated power will be next 10 years taken by Allego. This Dutch charging station manager go the green power to use to charge its customers' cars and thus actively contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions in traffic.

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PDENH invests in restoring biodiversity in the North Sea

By News, PDENH, Press, StartGreen Capital

May 2, 2023

Participatiefonds Duurzame Economie Noord-Holland (PDENH) finances – together with Triodos Sustainable Finance Foundation and Nesec Ship Finance – the construction of a Sea Ranger Service sailing vessel. The ship will be used from the beginning of 2024 for research and management of the North Sea. Sea Rangers will also promote the recovery of seagrass from the ship, which retains CO2 and makes a major contribution to biodiversity.

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PDENH participates in a follow-up investment in Dexter Energy of € 10.5 million

By News, PDENH, Press, StartGreen Capital

April 18, 2023

Participatiefonds Duurzame Economie Noord-Holland (PDENH) has made a follow-up investment in Dexter Energy, specialist in AI forecasting for balancing and optimizing sustainable energy. This €10.5 million 'Series B' financing round was led by new investor ETF Partners, followed by current investors Newion and Rockstart .

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Energiefonds Overijssel invests in a sustainable alternative to pasteurization

By Energiefonds Overijssel, News, Press, StartGreen Capital

March 30, 2023

Energiefonds Overijssel makes a €1.5 million follow-on investment in PEF Technologies, together with Oost NL and Icos Capital. This company is developing an innovative technology that can preserve liquids at lower temperatures – and therefore up to 50% less energy – without loss of taste, color and nutritional value. 

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Fairphone raises 49 million from investors, including PDENH

By News, PDENH, Press, StartGreen Capital

February 2, 2023

The Dutch sustainable smartphone company Fairphone has raised 49 million euros in growth capital. In doing so, it can strengthen its brand position and create even more awareness about fairness and sustainability in the electronics industry. The investment comes from an international consortium of impact investors and existing shareholders, including Participatiefonds Duurzaam Economie Noord-Holland (PDENH).

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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)

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