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PDENH participates in 30MHz: data platform for more sustainable horticulture

By Impact financing, News, PDENH, StartGreen Capital
November 11, 2021

Participation Fund Sustainable Economy Noord-Holland (PDENH) invests in 30MHz: an Amsterdam based scale-up that focuses on making horticulture more sustainable. In a second investment round, the company raised 6.5 million euros.

The 30MHz data platform provides growers, farmers and market gardeners all over the world with insight into the climatic conditions of their crops. It does this by interactively analyzing a wide variety of information from different data sources, such as climate computers, sensors and manual input. This data makes them transparent for farmers, growers, advisors, distributors and researchers. By also connecting these groups with each other via the platform, 30MHz contributes to the more effective, efficient and therefore more sustainable cultivation of vegetables, plants and seeds.

Expand further
In addition to PDENH, Rubio Impact Ventures, the Rabo Food & Agri Innovation Fund, SHIFT Invest II and the Goeie Grutten Impactfonds are participating. 30MHz will use the investment for further growth of the company, to accelerate technological developments and to further expand its role as a connector.

Double impact
Bart Blokhuis, fund director of the North Holland Sustainable Economy Participation Fund: 'PDENH is very pleased with the addition of 30MHz to its portfolio. With strong management and a unique and scalable proposition, 30MHz is ready to make a big commercial impact. At least as important: she makes an impact in the field of sustainability in the agri-food sector by making as much data and insights available to customers as possible.'

About PDENH
PDENH stimulates sustainable activity, employment and innovation and thus contributes to a sustainable economy in the province of North Holland. The fund is specifically intended for companies and projects that give the sustainable economy an extra boost and focus on the energy transition, a circular economy and sustainable mobility. More about PDENH

 

Coenraad Changemaker of the Week

By Impact financing, News, Oneplanetcrowd, StartGreen Capital
October 29, 2021

Coenraad de Vries, co-founder and managing partner of StartGreen and Oneplanetcrowd, has been named Changemaker of the Week by Change Inc in the finance category. 

Coenraad was nominated together with Anne Mieke van der Werf, director of business development at Invest-NL and Cilian Jansen Verplanke, owner of Karmijn Kapitaal. With the most votes, Coenraad is the favorite changemaker of week 43.

Podcast on Pampus
Together with Paul van Liempt, he therefore recorded a podcast on Fort Island Pampus yesterday. In it they go in depth about leadership and impact on the way to a better future economy.

You can listen to the podcast at this link.

 

Choose Coenraad

By Impact financing, News, Oneplanetcrowd, StartGreen Capital
October 22, 2021

Change Inc, the platform for sustainable news about change, has nominated Coenraad as Changemaker of the Week in the finance category. Vote for him as your favorite changemaker. If he wins, you'll hear him soon on the Change Inc podcast!

Until Wednesday Coenraad's profile page central to Change.inc, to inspire people with his personal story. In this interview he tells how he wants to make an impact with StartGreen, about his leadership style and how he wants to change the financial sector sustainably.

Vote for Coenraad
On Wednesday afternoon, October 27, it will be announced which of the three nominees, according to the voters, will make the greatest contribution to a better future. Paul van Liempt is recording a podcast with this Changemaker of the Week.

So all vote! You can do that via this link.

 

StartGreen & Evenpar invest in international energy transition

By Impact financing, News, Press, StartGreen Capital
September 27, 2021
(English version below)

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).

Sep 27th 2021

StartGreen Capital & Evenpar invest in international energy transition

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).

How do you make money as an innovative sustainable entrepreneur?

By Impactful financing, News, Oneplanetcrowd, StartGreen Capital
September 15, 2021
How do you make money as an innovative sustainable entrepreneur? Rianne Lachmeijer from the platform change.inc interviewed our managing partner, among others Laura Rooseboom about this question, the emergence of StartGreen Capital, maintaining a broad focus and the lack in the market for this type of financing. Also the by Oneplanetcrowd gefunde RE:BORN discusses in this article how it remains difficult for innovative parties to get money from the market. Read the entire article via the link below.

 

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