We strive to address the gender gap in the investment space for female founders.
Borski Fund works from a network of experienced entrepreneurs. The main partners of the fund are StartGreen Capital and TheNextWomen. Investors in Borski Fund are the major banks of the Netherlands, family offices, and more than 25 experienced entrepreneurs and investors who have founded, led and sold companies in, among others, tech, business services, PE, travel, medical technology, IT, textiles, HR, advertising and food industry.
StartGreen Capital is a specialized Fund Manager with about EUR 300M AUM, and is one of the largest managers of energy transition and impact funds in The Netherlands.
Managing multiple funds and a crowdfunding platform, StartGreen Capital offers flexible financing to help both entrepreneurs and investors realize their sustainable ambitions. With sector and investment expertise as well as a large network, they accelerate the development of innovative companies as well as renewable energy projects. StartGreen Capital is a partner of Borski Fund.
The Next Women Network
TheNextWomen (TNW) Network was set up in 2010 to find a solution to the challenges of female entrepreneurs to grow a business: issues such as limited access to capital and technology, a lack of networks and resources, limited access to information, as well as reconciling business and family concerns.
TNW Network supports female founders with education, training and advice to overcome these hurdles prior to, during and after an investment. With TNW Network, an ecosystem and database is built which identifies experts and role models for female founders, and can be used to find influential mentors willing to sponsor and develop these founders, as well as link them to business partners and investors. TheNextWomen is a partner of Borski Fund.
ABN AMRO Bank
ABN AMRO Bank serves both private and corporate customers in its home market in the Netherlands. Beyond the national borders, the focus is primarily on Northwest Europe and on a number of global specialisations including energy, shipping, and trade financing, as well as clearing. ABN AMRO is active in 20 countries and is represented in the world’s most important ports and trade centres. In line with its main purpose, namely “banking for better”, ABN AMRO works with its customers to accelerate the transition to a sustainable economy. This is done through the Energy Transition Fund, amongst other initiatives, but also through its investment as a “corner stone investor” in Borski Fund.
ING is a globally active financial institution with a strong European base that offers banking services through its operating company ING Bank. The objective of ING Bank is to enable people to stay one step ahead, both privately and for business. The more than 52,000 employees of ING Bank offer private and corporate banking services to customers in more than 40 countries. ING is investing as a “corner stone investor” in Borski Fund.
Rabobank supports its Dutch and global customers with various capital solutions for sustainable growth, supporting the mission: Growing a Better World Together. In the Netherlands, Rabobank’s mission is to facilitate prosperity and sustainability. In line with this mission, Rabo Corporate Investments (Rabobank’s investment branch) invests in fast-growing innovative companies and initiatives that can accelerate transformations. This includes a number of investments in various early-phase Venture Capital funds.
Rabobank is investing as a “corner stone investor” in Borski Fund.
Van Lanschot Kempen
Van Lanschot Kempen is a specialised and independent wealth manager, as well as the oldest financial institution in the Netherlands. Van Lanschot Kempen’s goal is to preserve and build up assets for its clients in a responsible manner, with an eye on the world around us and the society which we are a part of. Van Lanschot Kempen offers its clients a variety of investment solutions that range from responsible investment to impact investing, in which sustainable and impact investment funds are also utilised. Van Lanschot Kempen is investing in Borski Fund.
#Fundright is a joint initiative by supporting VCs and TechLeap.NL, that aims to strengthen the Dutch startup ecosystem by making it more diverse. #FundRight makes all participating VCs commit to having portfolio companies’ management teams to be composed of at least 35% women. To achieve this, #FundRight requires an inclusion clause to be entered in the term sheets of participating VC companies, and publishes an annual report to track statistics with data on diversity in investment committees, diversity in employees working at a VC, and diversity in management teams within portfolio’s.