Blessing your inbox – the latest ETF Partners newsletter is out now!
We have several exciting portfolio updates (including DeepSea Technologies latest funding round!) and highlights on where we’ve been active across media and events!
The July newsletter features updates from Tomorrow, TravelTime, Zeelo, Intigriti, Vulog, Phenix, and URBANTZ!
Check it out HERE for your monthly dose of sustainability and innovation news (and sign up if you already haven’t!)
Fantastic announcement from the DeepSea Technologies team today! The team has raised another $6 million, and we’re thrilled to have Nabtesco Technology Ventures and The Signal Group join us as investors!
This is an important milestone for the company as they continue their product development journey and international expansion across Asian markets.
As Rob Genieser, Managing Partner at ETF Partners, stated: “We continue to be excited about Deepsea’s development, as their AI-enabled software platform empowers ship owners and charterers around the world to dramatically reduce their CO2 footprint. In collecting real-time information on a vessel and comparing that across fleets, DeepSea can both optimise ship performance and reduce the maritime industry’s impact on the environment.”
Congratulations to Roberto Coustas, Konstantinos Kyriakopoulos and the entire the DeepSea Technologies team!
Read full press release HERE.
It’s here – our latest Medium blog featuring Jonathan Weber, CEO, and Co-Founder of URBANTZ, the leading last-mile delivery management platform delivering sustainability at scale.
In this issue, Jonathan shares insights into his experiences as a founder and details the company’s mission – to help the biggest brands and logistics companies deliver more sustainably at scale.
As Jonathan articulates in this piece, “Even though the last mile is the shortest leg of the journey, it accounts for as much as half of all supply chain costs because it’s so complex and hard to predict. It’s also a major source of CO2 emissions and is the area where we’ve always felt that Urbantz can have the biggest positive impact. More than 100 retail, grocery, eCommerce, and logistics brands – including Asda, PostNord, Westwing, Auchan Retail and Al-Futtaim use URBANTZ every day to manage mission-critical deliveries across EMEA and beyond.”
You can read the full Q&A HERE!
ICYMI – we’re proud to share that Patrick Sheehan will be speaking at the upcoming 3rd Annual Climate Risk Europe Event hosted by The Economist.
Patrick will be joining a panel discussion on “Building a climate strategy for the hard-to-abate sectors.”
Patrick will join luminaries in this space, Magali Anderson, Daria Grigoreva, and Alice Hill — Resilience for a lively discussion on ‘how are hard-to-abate sectors thinking about decarbonisation? In particular, the conversation will feature insights on ‘how are they assessing the probabilities of transformational technological change, and where the opportunities are for investors to be part of the solution?’
You can find out more at the link HERE.
27 July 2021: The History of Parliament Trust, one of the premier authoritative research projects in British history, is delighted to introduce a new publication entitled 300 Years of Leadership and Innovation at Westminster Abbey on Wednesday, 22 September 2021. Patrick Sheehan, Founder and Managing Partner with ETF Partners, Europe’s leading sustainability venture capital firm, helped as an editorial partner in this defining and commemorative publication.
As one of the UK’s foremost leaders in venture capital and sustainable innovation, Patrick was asked by the team at St. James’s House and the History of Parliament Trust to share insights on the foundation and future of Europe’s sustainable innovation revolution.
In his feature piece, Patrick articulated, “The world has accepted there is a climate emergency, and businesses have realised they must become sustainable, or they will disappear.” Sheehan continued, “venture capital can and must be used to address the real-world problems around climate change, by investing in innovation. As a pioneer in the sustainable investment space, we continue to lead the conversation and action related to Sustainability Through Innovation.”
The publication and overarching campaign, launching in September, strive to highlight and thus celebrate instances of the latest leadership, innovation, and best practices across the political, cultural, societal, and commercial spheres.
Produced in partnership with leading publisher St James’s House and written by an editorial team of renowned, academics and award-winning authors, this visually appealing, fully illustrated, 600+ page hardback publication becomes available to the public to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the appointment of Britain’s first prime minister, Robert Walpole, in 1721, and the year of Her Majesty The Queen’s 95th birthday.
Honouring the best of British leadership, 300 Years of Leadership and Innovation showcases expertly written articles on historical figures responsible for shaping British society, past and present; from Walpole to Cromwell, Churchill to Blair, The Queen, and Prince Charles captains of industry.
Note to editors:
For further information, contact
Courtney Glymph, Head of Communications, ETF Partners
About ETF Partners: ETF Partners supports talented entrepreneurs and management teams with investment capital and experience. Our funds come from institutional investors, global corporations, and family offices. We create value by investing in and supporting great European companies that deliver Sustainability Through Innovation.
In this podcast interview, Vulog’s CEO Gregory Ducongé, spoke with Automotive News Europe’s Managing Editor, Douglas A. Bolduc, about why shared mobility is set to surge in the post-COVID world.
According to Ducongé, since last autumn, demand for Vulog’s services has accelerated exponentially. With several partnerships launching this year alone, the future is very bright for the company and market.
You can check out the podcast interview HERE.
Climate change and sustainability are private equity’s most influential trends. ESG investments are no longer for the sake of good PR but integral to a fund’s success. However, the challenge investors and funds are facing is how to define ESG impact and outcomes. Over the past 15 years, ETF Partners has specialised in just this. ETF Partners strives to demonstrate that venture capital offers compelling answers to one of the world’s most pressing problems: achieving sustainability. Each year, ETF Partners invests in European companies that have the potential for positive environmental impact. Evaluating the impact of our portfolio companies and their contributions to the planet are vital to keeping to our fund’s values of transparency and authenticity.
Today we are pleased to share our impact reports highlighting the positive environmental impact of our companies during 2020. One of our success stories is London-based Zeelo, which promotes shared transportation through calculated optimised bus routes. Over the pandemic, Zeelo has prevented almost half a million private car trips to reduce petrol costs and CO2 emissions. In France, we invested in Phenix, a revolutionary food waste management software that has helped supermarkets save over 34.5 million meals. And in Germany, we funded the sustainable banking company Tomorrow. Thirty kilotons of CO2 have been saved through @ Tomorrow’s work, equivalent to the annual emissions of a small town.
These are only a few examples of the meaningful and impactful work of our portfolio companies. More promising, however, are their high growth trajectories that indicate how impactful they will be in the foreseeable future. As most of this impact was evaluated through the COVID-19 pandemic, one trend has been clear: the crisis has greatly increased investors’ focus on sustainability and the importance of measuring impact in a meaningful way. This trend will not only boost the importance of our work and our companies’ goals but also gives us great confidence that our environmental impact will only grow from here.
For the full Impact Report please email [email protected]
Remy de Tonnac, Partner at ETF Partners recently delivered the keynote speech at the annual #EBANCongress21 event. Remy’s engaging speech highlighted the need for sustainable innovation.
As Remy thoughtfully emphasised, the venture capital and entrepreneurial community have a responsibility, and opportunity, to come together to address the climate emergency head-on. As we say at ETF Partners, the need is the opportunity.
You can learn more about the conference HERE.
It’s always wonderful to see our team in the news! This week, our Partner, Fabrice Bienfait, has a written a thought leadership piece outlining the cutting-edge companies starting an environmental revolution in Europe.
As Fabrice articulates, “One 2020 report revealed that 94 percent of Europeans say environmental protection is important to them personally, with 33 percent believing that the most effective way of tackling environmental problems is by changing the way we consume. This is helping create a significant market for environmentally sensitive products and services.
It is all contributing to a vibrant ecosystem, where new products are actively sought after. Large corporations alone can’t meet the demand, and this is giving startups a major opportunity to both prosper and make an impact.”
Read more HERE.
Well done to the TravelTime team!
They company recently announced the launch of 12 new countries to their proprietary API platform!
The move helps more users from across the world improve their location analysis and website search with real-time data. Users can now also visualise all reachable locations within a time limit and generate travel time matrices in more countries than ever before. Boom!
Learn more about the new update HERE.
We’re proud to see our very own, Kajsa Johansson, participating in the Energy Tech Summit last month!
The roundtable discussion touched on several critical themes such as ‘why climate tech matters’ and helping founders build, develop, and bring sustainable innovations to market.
As always, we’re thrilled to be part of leading industry events!
You can watch the full roundtable below.
Recently, our Partner, Fabrice Bienfait, shared a thought-provoking observation on the UK financial regulator’s plans to extend climate reporting requirements to most UK listed companies as well as domestic asset managers.
Responding to an article in the Financial Times by Camilla Hodgson, Fabrice articulates that, “Businesses are at the centre of climate action as companies generate more than two thirds of the global carbon emissions.
Finance has an important part to play and investors are increasingly requiring carbon emissions and climate risks disclosures from businesses. It’s also great to see financial regulators across the world pushing for comprehensive climate reporting rules.
In a few months world leaders will meet in Glasgow for COP26 to ensure that climate targets are met. Climate reporting rules are a critical step to ensure that businesses have a credible plan to get to net zero!”
You can read the article HERE.