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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 project managers Hans van der Weide and Willem Bas. With financing from PDENH and Rabobank, a digester can be built with a capacity of 100,000 tons of green waste per year. The digester is expected to be ready for use 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 can produce 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

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

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).

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

Alternative financiers offer a solution with Prognosefinancieren for SMEs who want to move forward

By News, Oneplanetcrowd., Press

April 15, 2021

It looks like the economy will reopen soon. Entrepreneurs who look ahead want to start up and invest again. However, traditional financiers look at 2020 from an old perspective, which often makes financing difficult. The entrepreneur needs a financing partner who looks at the opportunities of 2021. Three SME financing parties, including the Oneplanetcrowd initiated by us, join forces and offer entrepreneurs financing power, personal guidance and speed with Prognose Financing. Read more about it here.

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Alternative financiers offer a solution with Prognosefinancieren for SMEs who want to move forward

April 15, 2021 - Now that an economy is opening up again, entrepreneurs are making reopening plans. How do you finance investments after a difficult year? Traditional financiers are cautious about providing capital in times of crisis. Three parties with extensive experience with SME financing are joining forces: Financing Guild, Geldvoorelkaar.nl and Oneplanetcrowd.. They are introducing Prognosis Finance, with which they help the entrepreneur who is looking ahead on the way to recovery with a personal approach. 

Investment plans have been shelved due to a complicated year. Now that an economy is opening up again, entrepreneurs want to implement their deferred investment plans. Research by the MKB Financiering Foundation shows that 45% of entrepreneurs wants to invest in the short term, which shows a growing optimism among entrepreneurs. The MKB Financiering Foundation also advises entrepreneurs to make reopening plans and to draw up scenarios for liquidity developments and financing needs. Funding for these growth plans is important to get the engine of the economy running again.

Looking ahead is important when it comes to financing after a difficult year
When applying for financing, traditional lenders, such as banks, mainly look at the results of the past period. However, if the past period deviates from the normal results due to corona, there is a greater chance of rejection. Research by the MKB Financiering Foundation shows that SMEs are increasingly opting for other forms of financing outside the bank. 22% of the SMEs has already opted for non-bank financing.

The way to alternative financiers and good credit arrangements is still relatively unknown
Entrepreneurs do not always know their way to non-bank, alternative financiers and often need advice in this regard. Only a third of the companies rejected by the bank have continued to look for other financing and have succeeded. In addition, the government has set up various financial schemes for entrepreneurs, such as a surety credit (BMKB-C), whereby the government guarantees three-quarters of the financing amount. However, little use is made of this, according to figures from the Dutch Banking Association. Only 14 percent of SME bank loans with a government guarantee have been provided. This scheme is also offered by alternative financiers and can also be combined with crowdfunding, so that the funding is given extra strength by the ambassadors involved.

Forecast finance: financing solution for entrepreneurs who want to grow again
Three SME financing parties, Financing Guild, Geldvoorelkaar.nl and Oneplanetcrowd, are joining forces to help entrepreneurs get out of the crisis and introduce Prognosefinancieren. This approach emphasizes the forecast for the coming year when assessing funding demand. Based on the situation of the company and the expected scenarios for the coming months, liquidity is forecast with the corresponding financing requirement. With tailor-made advice, personal guidance and financing power, entrepreneurs are enabled to realize their investments and to grow again and investors get a good picture of the risks and opportunities. Geldvoorelkaar.nl and Oneplanetcrowd have around 15 million euros available for BMKB-C loans and this can be supplemented with crowdfunding.

Andre Hendriksen, owner of the Financing Guild:
“Right now, the forecast for the coming year is crucial to convince lenders to provide financing. We work closely with Geldvoorelkaar and Oneplanetcrowd, because this gives entrepreneurs quick access to financing with or without government guarantees. ” 

Chris Stoffer, Member of the House of Representatives (SGP):
“Alternative forms of financing, such as Prognose Financing, can offer great opportunities for SMEs. Especially now it can be the support they need for entrepreneurs to get out of the crisis. That is why I will continue to work in the House of Representatives to encourage alternative forms of financing. "

Ronald Kleverlaan, Chairman of the SME Financing Foundation:
“Financing is looking ahead. This good initiative helps the entrepreneur to find suitable financing to invest in future growth. ” 

Personal advice and webinar forecasting financing
Entrepreneurs who want to know whether Prognosis Financing suits them, can fill in a forecast quickscan and find more information at https://www.financieringsgilde.nl/prognosefinancieren/. Entrepreneurs can also register here for a webinar about growth and recovery after corona.

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.

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