About Goeie Grutten Impact Fonds
Goeie Grutten Impact Fonds stands for sustainable energy transition and worldwide access to healthy, sustainable and balanced diets. Therefore we are specifically building up a portfolio of investments. In this way we are contributing to a better world.
Ilse Bastmeijer and Bernd Voorsluijs both grew up in entrepreneurial families and became entrepreneurs. Driven by personal motivation and expertise they founded Goeie Grutten Impact Fonds in 2015. Their desire to improve the world and to support financially sound and impact-driven businesses, has led to the start of Goeie Grutten.
The Goeie Grutten Impact Fonds team are:
“Food played a major role in the entrepreneurial family I grew up in and it continued to be so when I was working as a marketeer. When I discovered the potential of impact investing I began to realise that I wanted to spend my time and energy in a different manner on food. My passion for food appeared to go very well with the idea of using capital effectively. Together with Bernd Voorsluijs I therefore founded Goeie Grutten Impact Fonds. Since then I have been active as an impact investor. I am very proud we have been able to realise this fund. Furthermore I am extremely motivated to support companies in realising their own impact goals.”
“Although I have been fascinated by technology from an early age, I studied economics. After university I became self-employed and was involved in business economics, marketing and technology. From sheer interest I kept up with the developments regarding energy transition. However, I have found out that many plans and projects are not thought through well enough. A lack of knowledge and too much wishful thinking seems to determine the debate and the direction of the project. With Goeie Grutten Impact Fonds I am now dedicated to energy transition from a system approach. I support and advise companies that offer solutions from a complete energy system."
“After studying econometrics I worked in different roles in venture capital, private equity and corporate finance. Working with and for entrepreneurs is what I like best. It is extremely motivating to be able to give them financial, practical and operational advice and assistance. As a shareholder, advisor, commissioner and coach I have become well-acquainted with the ins and outs of many companies and that is why I want to help these entrepreneurs with the expansion of their business. I am especially interested in those companies that play a socially relevant impact role. I assist them with my knowledge and the expertise I have gained over the years."
“Driven by the ability to solve complex problems, I did a study in econometrics and, subsequently, joined strategy consultancy. For the last years, I devoted my time to help companies to overcome strategic challenges and to help investors with their due diligence activities. Although I was already mostly active in the food sector, the larger ongoing transition in, amongst others, this sector has my full interest. Going forward, I am happy to leverage my strategic and operational experience to help entrepreneurs in achieving their impact and growth ambitions."
What we do
Since its beginning in 2015, Goeie Grutten Impact Fonds has made direct as well as fund of funds investments regarding sustainable, and healthy food with lots of variety and energy transition. We are always looking for the best working relationship with the investee and the ideal blend of capital and management and marketing advice. Furthermore, where needed we assist companies in achieving their intended impact targets.
Below you find a random selection of the direct and the fund of funds investments that Goeie Grutten Impact Fonds has made since its start in 2015.
Heat is one of the biggest energy needs and is currently supplied by gas. Heat that is currently still mostly extracted from gas. However, a lot of unused residual heat is discharged in the industrial sector. Cellcius‘ heat battery makes it possible to store this residual heat and then later use it for heating homes and homes, virtually without loss in this storage process and over time. The innovative thermal battery is the solution for loss-free transport of residual heat and works with two simple and safe ingredients: salt and water.
Ceradis is a spin-off from Wageningen University and develops and sells fungicides based on patented technology that increases the effectiveness of plant protection products. This results in less residues of fungicides on fields and crops. www.ceradis.com
Dens develops and sells power generators that run on formic acid. The system doesnâ€™t emit any harmful emissions, such as fossil-carbon dioxide, sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides or soot. The formic acid can be produced in a sustainable way. Besides, the generators made by Dens are a sustainable and silent alternative for the diesel powered generators that are used f.e. on construction sites, at events or at airports. www.dens.one
Gentle Green developed a new climate, water, and energy system that combines climate and airflow control in a greenhouse with heating and cooling. This allows for closed greenhouses, such that no energy, water or CO2 is lost by opening windows. The risk of death from viruses, bacteria, fungi and pollen is reduced by more than 90%. The overall result is a more sustainable greenhouse with higher profitability and improved yield of healthy food.
GreenPro International plays an important role as a go-to-market partner for both companies and retailers of plant-based products in key European markets. By improving the availability and accessibility of plant-based products for consumers, GreenPro plays an instrumental role in accelerating the transition towards a healthier and more sustainable plant-based diet.
Inspirafarms helps African and South American farmers with their harvest. The company develops modular solutions to the sustainable cooling and processing of crops and it supports farmers with products, the needed funding and technical support. The result is better access to safer and healthier food. This makes food less expensive and results in less foodwaste. www.inspirafarms.com
Kitchen Republic lets out a professionally decorated production kitchen and is the place where you can meet upcoming food producers and caterers. They are building an ecosystem in which innovative companies, through knowledge sharing and networking, help each other to start a business and to make it grow. www.kitchenrepublic.nl
It is the mission of Lazy Vegan to make it really easy to eat vegan; purely plant based. They believe this way of eating is better for your health, animal welfare and our planet.
That is why Lazy Vegan develops and sells purely plant-based ready-meals, which you can find in the freezer of your (online) supermarket. All meals consist of natural ingredients and contain at least 200 grams of vegetables and 26 grams protein. The meals are free from soy since a pea-protein is used. And the very best is: the meals are ready in 8 minutes!
Lyv is developing an advanced energy management system (EMS), with which, for example, batteries, boilers and heat pumps can be controlled. By switching the devices on and off at the right moment, overloading of the power grid can be prevented. A phenomenon that will happen more and more often in the future as more and more electric driving takes place and households move away from the gas grid.
New investment in sustainable energy storage
LionVolt, a spin-out of the Dutch Technology Centre TNO has developed a revolutionary type of battery based on 3-D technology and solid-state. These batteries are intrinsically safe, lightweight, load super-fast and have a long-life durability. Solid state has as additional benefit, that a battery cannot catch fire or explode. Goeie Grutten co-financed the early phase of the company. First applications can be expected in the wearables segment, where “wet” lithium batteries are still dominant.
Nutrileads, established in 2012, develops innovative natural food ingredients with clinically proven health benefits for application in dietary supplements and functional foods. Its proprietary lead ingredient, XtramuneTM, is a unique carrot-derived fibre supporting immune function and resistance to respiratory infections.
Foundation “Plaatsen Nederland” works with (groups of) farmers, scientists, system players, artists, innovative representatives of knowledge and financial institutions and numerous other citizens on a new perspective for a regenerative food system. We do this by bringing people together, both in physical Places and in (virtual) networks. We strive for accessible, affordable, healthy and good food for everyone that above all contributes to a restored ecosystem. De first Place is located in Boxtel.
The Food Line-up
A unique, pioneering creative catering agency, that’s what The Food Line-up is. It’s their mission to let the consumer discover better food at events. Food with incredible taste, a sustainable DNA and arranged by them from nose to tail. For every event, a suitable line-up is proposed. www.thefoodlineup.nl
XINTC develops and produces innovative modular alkaline electrolysers for the production of hydrogen gas for medium-scale applications, at any desired location. The company’s electrolyser is therefore suitable for converting solar and wind energy directly into hydrogen. As a clean energy carrier, hydrogen is in the international spotlight. Hydrogen makes an important and lasting contribution to reducing our CO2 footprint. The splitting of water into hydrogen and oxygen is an electrochemical process and occurs in an electrolyser. No CO2 is released. For large-scale applications, there is a need for affordable, efficient, sustainable and flexible electrolysis capacity.
Fund to fund investments
Blue Horizon Ventures is a food technology-focused venture capital fund. The fund aims to support the movement towards a more sustainable food system through innovation, technology and entrepreneurship.
The underlying mission of the fund is to support and promote a positive global impact on the environment, human health and animal welfare. Plant based proteins and cellular agriculture (clean meat) are the main focus areas. The Fund operates on a global scale with a certain focus on Europe.
EcoEnterprises Fund is a fund that invests in companies that enhance the quality of life in Latin America. This fund invests, among others, in agrofood, ecotourism and sustainable living. ecoenterprisesfund.com
Pymwymic Healthy Ecosystems Impact Fund (PymHEIF) invests in innovative and disruptive impact companies. These are companies who made business out of conserving and restoring our ecosystem and who nevertheless generate a considerable financial profit. The focus of PymHEIF is on clean water, the food system, the circular economy and restoring the soil. pymwymic.com
Rockstart Energy Fund
The Rockstart Energy Fund is part of Rockstart, an international ecosystem focussing on matching technology start-up companies with market experience. The needed world-wide energy transition is not possible without the innovation from start-ups. The Rockstart Energy program supports energy start-ups in their research en development, the validation of their business model and the selection of the best product-market combinations. Subsequently, the ecosystem helps companies to grow internationally. The Rockstart Energy Fund can provide growth-financing to these companies to help them scale-up.
Unovis Investment Fund partners with entrepreneurs developing innovative plant-based and cultivated replacements to animal products, including meat, seafood, dairy, and eggs. Their goal is to transform the global food system by investing in solutions that facilitate sustained behavioural change and eliminate the consumption of animal protein products.
The fund provides seed to growth funding to entrepreneurs developing plant, fungi, fermented, and cultivated replacements to animal products. The fund helps build lasting companies by supporting founders by sharing experience in food manufacturing and thier global network.
Focus & criteria
Goeie Grutten is an impact investment fund and its main purpose is to have a positive impact on the environment. For the continuity of the companies we invest in, sound financial results are essential. Goeie Grutten Impact Fonds focusses on healthy food, agrifood projects and sustainable energy transition.
Goeie Grutten Impact Fonds invests in the complete food chain. From sustainable alternatives in agriculture to new food ingredients and consumer products.
To qualify for investments by the fund, companies have to meet the following requirements:
The new, innovative product is superior to the product it replaces
The company does not pollute the environment and works on the basis of Fairtrade principles
The company is prepared to accept marketing support from Goeie Grutten
Goeie Grutten Impact Fonds is specifically interested in plant-based alternatives for meat that are rich in protein.
Sustainable energy transition
Goeie Grutten Impact Fonds invests in companies that are working on energy transition 2.0, the next step in energy transition.
Goeie Grutten Impact Fonds is particularly interested in companies that are working on the following methods to solve energy issues:
Sustainable, innovative energy storage
Alternative ways of generating energy, in the right place and at the right time
Innovative technological solutions to improve the storage and the usage of energy
Furthermore, the development stage of the company in question has to be at such a level that a relatively small financial investment will be of added value.
The actual criteria
Every company that Goeie Grutten Impact Fonds invests in must meet the following criteria:
The management is reliable and professional
The company is not a start up and it provides a proven product, a service or a solution
The company has much a strong ambition for growth
The business model is solid and scalable
The company is impact driven and its financial returns are pursued to achieve that impact
The impact of the company and the investments made by Goeie Grutten are assessable
The company welcomes the ideas and qualities that Goeie Grutten stands for
(as we want to make a difference by applying out knowledge and expertise our geographical focus is on the Netherlands and our neighbouring countries)