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  1. Witness the stability and flexibility of the Elios 3 drone in action

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    We are thrilled to share the latest video showcasing our portfolio company Flyability’s ground-breaking Elios 3 drone. Flyability has truly pushed the boundaries of engineering with this innovative technology.

    🌟 Key Highlights:
    ✅ Sustainability Focus: By facilitating safer, more efficient inspections, the Elios 3 reduces the need for hazardous manual inspections, contributing to sustainability and worker safety.
    ✅ Unmatched Stability: The Elios 3 drone is designed to maintain exceptional stability even in the most challenging environments, ensuring accurate and reliable data collection.
    ✅ Versatile Applications: From industrial inspections to search and rescue operations, the Elios 3’s flexibility makes it an invaluable tool across numerous sectors.
    ✅ Cutting-Edge Technology: Equipped with advanced sensors and AI capabilities, the Elios 3 sets a new standard for drone-based inspections and data analysis.

    🎥 Watch the video HERE: Witness the stability and flexibility of the Elios 3 drone in action. It’s a testament to Flyability’s commitment to innovation and excellence.

  2. Zeelo opens the Tesco “Red Door” to staff transportation

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    Massive congratulations to our portfolio company, Zeelo, on their innovative partnership with Tesco! 🚛 🌳

    This collaboration is an excellent example of how forward-thinking companies can leverage technology and transportation to create a significant impact on the daily lives of employees while also positively impacting our environment.

    Zeelo’s commuter shuttle programme has proven to be a game-changer:

    ⚫ 81% of colleagues said they wouldn’t be able to reach work without it.
    ⚫ 94% believed it improved their mental wellbeing at work.

    This initiative not only facilitates smoother commutes but also enhances overall job satisfaction and mental health for Tesco employees.

    🎥 If you want to know more about Zeelo and what drives their mission every day, read more and watch this insightful video HERE.

    Kudos to the entire Zeelo team for this remarkable achievement. A huge thanks to Tesco for their continued trust and support in growing this impactful partnership.

  3. ESA Selects Open Cosmos To Build Optical Constellation For Greece

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    We are excited to share that our portfolio company, Open Cosmos, a leading provider of space missions and data, has been selected by the European Space Agency – ESA to build a cutting-edge optical satellite constellation for Greece.

    This €60 million project will significantly enhance Earth observation capabilities, providing critical support for environmental monitoring and public services.

    The new satellite constellation will enable high-resolution imaging and advanced data analytics, which are essential for addressing key challenges such as climate change, natural disaster management, and urban planning. By delivering precise and timely information, Open Cosmos is set to empower numerous sectors with insights that drive sustainability and innovation.

    We are incredibly proud to support Open Cosmos as they continue to lead in space technology innovation, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible and making a positive impact on our planet.

    Read more about this huge milestone via the link HERE.

  4. Episode 20: Roundtable with Fairly Made, Dexter Energy & Hellas Direct

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    Welcome to the latest episode of Sustainability Talks, the podcast delivering real talk on the future of sustainability and innovation, brought to you by ETF Partners, Europe’s original sustainability and impact venture capital firm.

    In this episode, our Partner, Zoë VanderWolk hosts a special roundtable discussion with some of the founders of our esteemed portfolio companies including Fairly Made, Dexter Energy & Hellas Direct. This dynamic conversation explores the challenges they faced, the victories they’ve celebrated and how technology has been an indispensable ally in their journey to drive sustainability forward.

    Our guests also share practical advice and insights for other businesses looking to tread the path of sustainability, ensuring that the road to a greener future is one that we could all embark on together.

    Meet Our Guests

    Alexis Pantazis is the Co-Founder of Hellas Direct, a company redefining insurance with a focus on transparency and customer empowerment, proving that even traditional sectors can pivot towards more sustainable practices.

    Laure Betsch is the Co-Founder of Fairly Made, a company transforming the fashion industry by providing unparalleled transparency and promoting ethical manufacturing processes.

    Hubert Penn is the CCO & Co-founder of Dexter Energy, a company at the forefront of utilising AI to optimise energy usage for businesses demonstrating the power of technology in achieving efficiency and sustainability.

    Listen to this special roundtable episode below or on your favourite podcast platform HERE, and find out more about our guests below.

    Alexis Petasis

    Alexis Pantazis is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Hellas Direct. Prior to Hellas Direct, he was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs where he led principal investing and new strategic initiatives for the firm in the European investment management field. A former strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, he also worked for Miramax Films in New York and the Competition Directorate General of the European Commission in Brussels. Alexis is a Fulbright and British Chevening Scholar, a Robert & Diane Levy Fellow and has been honoured with the prestigious EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Cyprus 2022.

    Find out more about Hellas Direct on ⁠hellasdirect.gr/en⁠

    Laure Betsch

    Laure Betsch is the co-founder of Fairly Made, a Parisian start-up founded in May 2018 which helps fashion companies become more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Betsch, a graduate of Parisian management school IESEG, teamed up with high-school friend Camille Le Gal to jointly set up Fairly Made, with the goal of “helping labels create collections that are both attractive and sustainable.” Fairly Made is based in Paris in the sustainable fashion incubator La Caserne, and is a green tech company that advocates a more environmentally friendly fashion, with sustainability as its driving principle.

    Find out more about Fairly Made on ⁠fairlymade.com ⁠

    Hubert Penn

    Hubert Penn is the founder and Chief Commercial Officer of Dexter Energy, where he helps build and commercialise the industry’s leading AI-based forecasting and trade optimisation services. He started his career in private equity after which he kickstarted a leisure business. Hubert holds an MSc in Aerospace Engineering from TU Delft and is a Certified Management Accountant.

    Find out more about Dexter Energy on ⁠dexterenergy.ai⁠

  5. What is a theory of change? A guide for fund managers and impact investors

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    We’re thrilled to share that our portfolio company, Net Purpose, has recently been highlighted as a leading innovator and specialist in the field of impact measurement for public equities. This acknowledgment comes from an insightful guide produced by NPC (New Philanthropy Capital), aimed at providing fund managers and impact investors with comprehensive strategies and insights.

    The guide celebrates Net Purpose for their pioneering efforts and expertise in assessing and quantifying the real-world impact of investments, a crucial aspect for anyone involved in sustainable and impact investing. Their work not only sets a high standard but also paves the way for more informed and effective investment decisions that can truly make a difference in achieving a sustainable future.

    Critically, the guide includes a detailed 10-step framework designed to help investors develop a robust theory of change. This framework is invaluable for those looking to deepen their understanding of how their investments can contribute positively to environmental and social goals. It’s an essential read for anyone committed to aligning their investment strategies with their values and aspirations for a better world.

    Check out the full guide HERE and join the conversation on how we can continue to drive sustainability through innovation.

  6. Delivering net-zero emissions: a three-step approach for businesses

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    In today’s rapidly changing business landscape, decarbonisation is not just a moral imperative but also a strategic investment that yields significant returns. Reducing carbon emissions goes hand in hand with enhancing a company’s long-term viability, creating a win-win scenario for both the environment and businesses alike.

    Our portfolio company, Normative.io, recently published an insightful article that elaborates on a pragmatic three-step approach to help businesses transition towards hashtag#NetZero. This approach is designed to empower companies to move from mere commitments to tangible, impactful actions in their decarbonisation journeys. By laying out a clear and actionable pathway, Normative.io aims to bridge the critical gap between aspirational environmental goals and their actual realisation in the corporate world.

    Understanding that the path to net zero is both complex and unique for each organisation, the article provides tailored strategies that businesses can adopt to measure, manage, and ultimately reduce their carbon footprint systematically.

    Whether you’re at the beginning of your sustainability journey or looking to enhance your current efforts, this piece offers valuable insights and practical steps to accelerate your progress towards environmental stewardship.

    Read the insightful article HERE.

  7. ETF Partners Newsletter – Issue #38

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    Our latest newsletter is here 🗞 , packed with highlights from across the European sustainable innovation and investment ecosystem. This month, we’re diving deep into the realms of clean energy, the circular economy, and beyond, bringing you insightful analyses and the latest advancements that are shaping our future. 🌱

    In this edition, not only do we explore the cutting-edge of sustainability, but we also celebrate the remarkable achievements of our team and our portfolio companies:

    Team Highlights:
    ♻️ Welcoming AIPERIA to the ETF Partners family, a trailblazing start-up leveraging AI to dramatically reduce food waste.
    ♻️ Our Managing Partner, Rob Genieser, shines as a keynote speaker at the prestigious Delphi Economic Forum IX Annual Meeting.
    ♻️ Don’t miss the latest episode of ‘Sustainability Talks’ featuring Hollywood’s own Jeff Nachmanoff, the creative genius behind ‘The Day After Tomorrow’, discussing the impact of storytelling on sustainability.

    Portfolio Achievements:
    ♻️ Basemark secures €22M in funding, paving the way for AI-enhanced driving experiences.
    ♻️ Hellas Direct earns a spot on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 list.
    ♻️ Flyability introduces the game-changing capabilities of their Elios 3 UT payload.
    ♻️ Open Cosmos scales up with the launch of cutting-edge facilities in Spain.
    ♻️ GenPhoenix is celebrated by Fast Company as one of the ‘Most Innovative Companies’.
    ♻️ Shippeo and Basemark are among the elite 48 scale-ups chosen for the EIC Scaling Club in Smart Mobility.

    Discover these stories and more by clicking HERE.

  8. ”Why sustainability is key to the future of French luxury brands” – Fairly Made’s efforts featured in the New York Times!

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    We’re thrilled to share an update that truly marks a milestone for our portfolio company, Fairly Made®. Their ground-breaking initiatives in sustainable fashion have not only caught the attention of leading French fashion brands but have also made headlines, quite literally, across Manhattan.

    Recently, the compelling story of Fairly Made’s collaboration with these iconic brands was featured in a piece that landed on the doorsteps of thousands of The New York Times readers throughout the city.

    For those unfamiliar, Fairly Made® is at the forefront of sustainable fashion, offering a SaaS platform designed to create more sustainable supply chains. Their work focuses on empowering brands to make informed decisions that lead to the production of sustainable clothing.

    By prioritising transparency, ethical sourcing, and environmental stewardship, Fairly Made® Made is setting new standards for what it means to be a fashion brand in today’s world—one that places sustainability at the core of its operations.

    The recent feature by the The New York Times underscores the importance of Fairly Made®’s mission and the impact of their work with top-tier French fashion houses. It’s not just about creating eco-friendly clothing; it’s about revolutionising the entire fashion ecosystem to prioritise sustainability from the ground up. This recognition serves as a testament to the hard work, dedication, and innovation that the company brings to the table.

    Discover why Fairly Made® Made’s work is making waves not just in the fashion industry, but among conscious consumers and sustainability advocates worldwide. Follow the link below to read the full story highlighted by the The New York Times and join us in celebrating this remarkable achievement.

    Read the full story HERE.

  9. Open Cosmos announcing the expansion of its operations in Spain

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    We’re thrilled to share some great news coming straight from Spain! Our portfolio company, Open Cosmos, is taking a significant leap forward by expanding its operations within the country. This expansion isn’t just about growing their footprint; it’s a testament to their commitment to pushing the boundaries of space technology and sustainability.

    The team at Open Cosmos has been working tirelessly to set up new, state-of-the-art facilities that are designed to innovate and revolutionise the way we approach satellite manufacturing and space technology. These facilities are not just buildings; they are hubs of innovation where brilliant minds come together to create solutions that aim for a sustainable future through space exploration and technology.

    This expansion is more than just a milestone for Open Cosmos; it represents a step forward in our collective pursuit of sustainability through innovation. By leveraging the power of space technology, we’re not only exploring new frontiers but also paving the way for decarbonisation and cleaner technologies that promise a greener, more sustainable future for our planet.

    Click on the link below to see where groundbreaking work is happening every day. You’ll get an inside look at the cutting-edge technology and processes that make Open Cosmos a leader in the space industry.

    Take the tour HERE.

  10. Rob Genieser taking centre stage in an engaging discussion with Euronews

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    We’re excited to share a captivating moment from the #DelphiEconomicForum IX Annual Meeting, where our Managing Partner, Rob Genieser, took centre stage in an engaging discussion with Euronews amidst the breath-taking backdrop of historic Delphi, Greece.

    In a conversation that spanned the transformative power of good governance and forward-thinking policy, Rob illuminated how these elements have catapulted Greece into the spotlight as a beacon for global investors, particularly those with an eye on the burgeoning tech startup scene. His insights shed light on the country’s journey towards becoming a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship, fostering an environment ripe for cutting-edge ventures.

    Delving deeper, Rob highlighted ETF Partners’ commitment to nurturing the growth of Greek-based companies that are making waves in their respective industries. Among these, DeepSea Technologies stands out for its innovative approach to maritime technology, while our portfolio company, Hellas Direct, is redefining the insurance landscape with its customer-centric solutions. These investments are testaments to our belief in Greece’s potential as a fertile ground for sustainable and innovative businesses.

    Don’t miss the chance to watch this enlightening interview and gain a deeper understanding of Greece’s evolving investment landscape, the promising future of tech startups, and how visionary governance is shaping the country into an attractive destination for venture capital.

    Watch the full interview with Symela Touchtidou here and dive into the insights HERE.