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 themselves. Driven by personal motivation and expertise they founded Goeie Grutten Impact Fonds in 2015. Their desire to improve the world and to run a financially sound and impact-driven business that supports other companies, has led to the foundation of Goeie Grutten.
The Goeie Grutten Impact Fonds team are:
“Food played a major role in the family I grew up in and it continued to be so when I was working as a marketeer. A few years ago I discovered impact investing and at the same time I began to realise that I wanted to spend more time and energy 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 working 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 with 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. For Goeie Grutten Impact Fonds I now dedicate myself 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 corporate finance and private equity for a venture capital fund. 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 am more than willing to assist them with my knowledge and the expertise I have gained over the years."
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.
Ceradis is a spin-off of Wageningen University and has developed patent biological formulation technology that increases the effectiveness of plant protection products. This results in less residues of plant protection products on fields and crops. www.ceradis.com
Closing the Loop collects pre-used mobile phones in Africa and recycles them sustainably and responsibly by using their raw materials again. Since its start Closing the Loop has attracted a number of European customers who automatically refund the procedure as soon as they buy new mobiles for their employees. In this way they also contribute to the circular economy. www.closingtheloop.eu
The green banana, the so-called Matoke, when ground, can be used as a base for healthy food products such as pasta and cereals. Gabana Foods is involved in the complete process of the bananas and makes sure that the Ugandan farmers get a good price for their products. www.gabannapasta.com
Inspirafarms is occupied with African and South American farmers. This company develops modular solutions to the sustainable cooling and processing of crops and it supports farmers with products and technical expertise and financially. The result is better access to safer and healthier food which is less expensive and produces less waste. 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 companies, through knowledge and networking, help others to start a business and to make it grow. www.kitchenrepublic.nl
Zeewaar, the first seaweed farm in the Netherlands, is a pioneer in working on the development of this innovative speciality. The production of sustainable seaweed is good for man and for the environment and offers a solution to wild seaweed harvesting. Zeewaar deals in high quality sustainably produced consumable weeds. B2B and B2C. www.zeewaar.nl
Fund to fund investments
The population growth causes an increase in the demand for fish. However, in order to supply that need, oceans and seas are overfished. Aquaspark is specifically geared towards the complete chain of sustainable aquaculture. www.aquaspark.nl
Pymwymic Healthy Ecosystems Impact Fund (PymHEIF) invests in innovative and disruptive impact companies. These are companies which feel very strongly about 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
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 nutrition 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 nor does it work 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 transistion
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 energy generation, in the right place and at the right time
Innovative technological solutions to improve the storage and the consumption of energy
Furthermore, the development 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 tried and tested product, a service or a solution
The company has much growth ambition
The business case is solid and scalable
The company is impact driven and its financial return is the driving force 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 it wants to make a difference by applying knowledge and expertise
(in order to make this an active contribution our geographical focus is on the Netherlands and our neighbouring countries)