News31 August 2022
There is a myriad of brilliant ideas in the water sector. But the big question is how to turn ideas into promising business models and to attract private financers. That is where the Investor Readiness Programme comes in, with the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) as one of the initiators. The programme aims at connecting start-ups and scale ups with investors. It helps entrepreneurs to define their financing need and learn more about the world of investors and financing structures. And financiers are offered valuable options to fill their investment pipeline.
The Programme is an initiative of the Netherlands Water Partnership, Wetsus, Financing Table Water Technology and the Dutch Top Consortium for Knowledge and Innovation Water Technology.
The Investor Readiness Programme has been designed to accelerate the number of financeable propositions of SMEs in the Dutch water sector, especially technology companies and water tech companies.
The Investor Readiness Programme consists of three core components:
In November 2022 the programme hosts a series of 3 online pitch sessions, the so-called Financing Tables, in which the participating start-ups and scale-ups pitch their proposition to a diverse group of financiers, including banks, impact investors and venture capital funds.
Tuesday 22 November – 15:00-17:00 CET
Theme: Marine technology and energy generation
Wednesday 23 November – 15:00-16:30 CET
Monday 28 November – 15:00-16:30 CET
Theme: (Waste)water treatment and resource recovery
If you are interested to attend one or more of the online Financing Tables, please send an email to Lisanne Evenhuis to register for the event.
During the previous edition of the Investor Readiness Programme, the ten participating entrepreneurs were brought into contact with a group of over 20 financiers during the pitch sessions.
Friday, October 21 - Masterclass day 1
Thursday, November 3 - Masterclass day 2
The one-on-one coaching is given by a financial expert who examines the specific situation of the participating entrepreneur and gives him or her strategic advice on the financial proposition and company pitch.
The Masterclasses and the personal coaching helps the starting entrepreneur to present a successful pitch to a group of financiers.
We want to support companies in the early phase where regular bank financing is not yet feasible. We offer support and are prepared to take risks, provided they have a promising technology, a strong team and a clear plan.
Investment Manager at SHIFT Invest
Start-ups and scale-ups participating in the Investor Readiness Programme need to comply with the following criteria:
The Investor Readiness programme addresses a real market-gap and proves to be highly relevant for both companies like us and investors active in the water sector. The day improved our connections, proving to be way more efficient than cold calls.
Jan Pieter van Tilburg
Business Director at Nature's Principles
If you are interested in investment opportunities but still have questions, or if you would like to become a partner, please reach out to NWP Project Officer for Finance for Water, Lisanne Evenhuis via email. Are you interested in attending one or more of the online Financing Tables? You can register by sending an email to Lisanne Evenhuis.