From a fashion library to furniture made of fished plastic and water heated by servers, say hello to our 2018 Investment Ready Program participants
CoVadem | Winner
CoVadem’s big data tool offers smart river monitoring – such as water depth info – to inland shipping providers. By doing so, it helps these providers optimise their load, boost their revenue and decrease their GHG emissions.
Nerdalize | Winner
Nerdalize offers a new type of cloud. Instead of building large data centres, they distribute their servers over households. The heat that these servers generate can then be used to warm up the residents’ water and home, without the need to install a new infrastructure.
DopHert make delicious and hip vegan food in a restaurant and through a catering service and bakery. By showing that you can eat good food made exclusively from plant-based ingredients, they help people move toward a more plant-based diet.
Hop on a bike anywhere. Flick Bike’s smart key slot and mobile app turns orphaned, stationary bikes into shared bikes. The bikes are easy to find, and you pay per ride. By offering their bikes in strategic locations, they provide a good alternative to cars and reduce CO2 emissions.
Borrow your clothes at LENA. Their collection. Your wardrobe. Always the right outfit! The fashion industry is the second most polluting and human-unfriendly industry. LENA is changing the fashion chain by extending the lifespan of clothing and stimulating consumers to consume more consciously.
Loop.a life makes beautiful and sustainable fundamentals of top notch quality from 100% recycled textiles. Next to stimulating consumers to buy more sustainable clothing, they also help other brands to use their waste to make new fibres, yarns and knitwear.
New Electric develops and certifies drive trains that convert cars, boats and heavy equipment from fuel to electric motors. This enables them to convert vehicles with a negative impact on the environment, like ones for which an electric version is not yet available.
On average, around a third of our food is thrown away. NoFoodWasted tackles food waste through their app, Afgeprijsd, which tells you which products are on sale in the supermarket. Waste less, save more!
Paper on the Rocks has developed notebooks made from the revolutionary Cradle-to-Cradle ‘stone paper’. Which is made of stone! No trees, water or toxic substances and bleaches are used to produce their beautiful Rockbooks.
Plastic Whale is the first professional plastic fishing company in the world. Every year they fish tens of thousands of PET bottles and a few tonnes of other waste out of Amsterdam’s canals, which they use to produce high-quality office furniture.
Finally! Sexy toilet paper with a positive impact. The Good Roll uses only 100% recycled paper for their toilet paper, without any dyes and fragrances. It’s super soft, super strong and just as good for you as it is for your wallet!
What is the Investment Ready Program
The Investment Ready Program, whose main partner is ING Netherlands Fund, is a five-month accelerator for scalable solutions to global sustainability challenges.
It includes 12 training days during which we guide entrepreneurs through a systematic review of their business model, strategy and team. We do this to help them craft validated plans for attracting the right investment – funding that matches their growth ambitions.
What makes the Program so successful
During Investment Ready the entrepreneurs examine their own companies through a potential investor’s lens. Then, they get to pitch their funding proposals to our network of purpose-driven investors and funds at the Demo Day on 25 May 2018. And this works – Investment Ready alumni have collectively raised more than 8,5 million euro!
In addition, the participants crown the program’s winner by ranking each other on more than 20 investment criteria. This peer-reviewing model generates an intensive learning process. And thanks to this insider knowledge, many entrepreneurs have started collaborating with their Investment Ready peers, such as BinBang and MgAubel.
Who supports the Program’s entrepreneurs
The Investment Ready participants are coached by many experts, seasoned entrepreneurs and inspiring mentors. In addition, they benefit from the legal expertise of De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek and the financial knowledge of ING. The Boston Consulting Group helps with strategic development and market analysis. And David Beckett from Pitch Professionals ensures these ambitious entrepreneurs are pitch perfect on Demo Day.