The European Circular Bioeconomy Fund is oversubscribed with a total of €300 million

Michael Brandkamp, Head of ECBF at IFIB 2020 in Rome

The European Circular Bioeconomy Fund (ECBF) is oversubscribed with a total of approximately €300 million (targeted initially 250). With the final closing of the subscription, the international team of the ECBF was able to gain the trust of further investors for the implementation of its mission.

In the course of the two previous signings, Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank, Allianz France, Invest NL, GCV, Firmenich, Stellar Impact (a vehicle managed by Telos Impact), Dr. Hans-Riegel Holding, Bellevue Investments joined the group of shareholders amongst others. Companies such as Neste, Nestlé, BÜFA, NRW.BANK, Volkswohl Bund, Corbion, Dr. Hettich Beteiligungen, Koehler Group as well as the Wortmann Family Office, and three other investors have already participated in the previous rounds, thus joining the mission of the ESG fund. In total, the group of investors now includes 25 shareholders.

Co-Founder and Managing Partner of ECBF, Michael Brandkamp, commented: “We are proud and grateful to have received the trust of investors from seven different countries to advance this important growth sector. Exceeding our initial target of €250 million is a big commitment for us: with the necessary expertise, strong dedication of the ECBF team and the right partners, we can make our vision of a bio-based economy a reality. Many European founders have enormous potential to help ride the wave of the Bio Revolution, and we will do our utmost to support them. This is the only way we can significantly support a sustainable economy – and thus a secure future for all”.

Initiated by the European Commission (EC) to build a long-term sustainable economy and drive the transformation from a fossil-based to a bio-based circular economy, the Venture Capital Fund was established in 2020 with a pledge of €100 million from the European Investment Bank (EIB). The EIB investment backed by “InnovFin – EU Finance for Innovators”, an initiative of the Horizon 2020 framework program of the European Union for Research and Technological Development (2014-2020). The commitment mobilized further investors to invest in the Fund.

The ECBF is based in Luxembourg, managed by Hauck & Aufhäuser Funds Services S.A. as an Alternative Investment Fund Manager (AIFM), consulted by the experienced investment team of ECBF Management GmbH. Christian Kettel Thomsen, Vice-President at the European Investment Bank stated “We are very pleased to have been an anchor investor of the European Circular Bioeconomy Fund, which provides crucial financing for innovators in the bioeconomy sector. From water stress management solutions, to insect-based ingredients or the valorisation of orange peels that would otherwise go to waste, the first investments made by the fund show the potential of the bioeconomy sector to help address the environmental challenges of our time and contribute to the European Union’s transition to a carbon-neutral and circular economy.”

Numerous companies have visionary approaches to implementing the European climate goals and its innovations are significantly aligned with the UN-SDGs. However, the focus of European investors is still strongly on growth companies active in digitalization, energy or mobility. Although these sectors play an essential role, a bio-based economy is also becoming increasingly urgent in the face of climate change. By activating and educating private and public investors, coupled with scientific and strategic advice, the ECBF is making a decisive contribution to the successful implementation of the goals for a climate-neutral Europe.

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