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."
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 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
Closing the loop
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 refund the used phones for any new one sold. In this way they also contribute to the circular economy. www.closingtheloop.eu
Dens develops and sells power generators that run on formic acid. The system doesn’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
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
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 value chain from the bananas till the European consumer, and makes sure that the Ugandan farmers get a good price for their products. www.gabannapasta.com
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
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.
Pablo’s Quinoa Revolucíon
Quinoa is called, the authentic superfood from the Andes. The product is healthy, sustainable and fits perfectly into a plantbased diet. Pablo’s Quinoa is recently (re)launched in the French, US and UK market. A complete range of quinoa ready to eat products. Quinoa gives a steady sustainable energy throughout the day – no dismal dips or short-term sugar rushes. Viva La Revolucíon! www.pablosquinoa.com
Zeewaar, the first seaweed farm in the Netherlands, is a pioneer in working on the development of this innovative field. The production of sustainable seaweed is good for mankind 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 worldwide growth in population causes an increase in the demand for fish. However, in order to meet the needs, oceans and seas are overfished. Aquaspark is geared towards investments in the complete chain of sustainable aquaculture. www.aquaspark.nl
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.
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)