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December 1, 2023

Unveiling Dutch Future Fund II: A €200 Million Boost for Dutch Startups

Dutch Future Fund II is on a mission to be the guiding star for 10-12 funds, unlocking the doors to growth financing

In a strategic move to fortify the Dutch startup landscape, Invest-NL and the European Investment Fund (EIF) proudly introduce Dutch Future Fund II (DFF II). Building upon the triumphs of Dutch Future Fund I, this fresh investment initiative injects a minimum of €200 million into Dutch venture capital funds, charting a course for innovation across sectors like energy transition, deep tech, circular economy, and agrifood.

DFF II sets its sights on supporting 10-12 funds, becoming the financial backbone for over a hundred Dutch startups. The ripple effect? An anticipated surge of at least €400 million in investment capital, propelling Dutch ingenuity to new heights.

The legacy of Dutch Future Fund I, launched in October 2020, is nothing short of remarkable. With a joint commitment of €150 million from Invest-NL, the EIF, and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, DFF I has orchestrated investments totaling €848 million in around twenty predominantly Dutch investment funds. The impact? A resounding European multiplier, reaching nearly five times the initial investment by Invest-NL.

DFF I's portfolio includes investments in 73 Dutch ventures, featuring standout names like Crisp, QuantWare, Fourthline, and E-magy. As a testament to its success, Invest-NL joined forces with the European Commission's InvestEU program, further extending its commitment with a guarantee scheme covering up to €350 million for investments in sustainable and innovative ventures.

Rinke Zonneveld, CEO of Invest-NL, expresses enthusiasm about perpetuating the triumphs of the first Dutch Future Fund. "Europe offers abundant opportunities to enhance the financeability of startups and scale-ups. I am delighted that we can continue the success of the first Dutch Future Fund and attract additional private capital for the funds."

Roger Havenith, Deputy Chief Executive of the EIF, underscores the strategic focus of DFF II. "Similar to its predecessor, DFF II will focus on new teams in strategic sectors such as deep tech, sustainability, and the energy transition. This marks our fourth collaboration with Invest-NL, a sign of a very fruitful partnership with clear impacts on the Dutch VC ecosystem."

Neil Hodgson Coyle
Neil Hodgson-Coyle
Editorial chief at TechNews180
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