Depletion of natural resources, environmental pollution, climate change and large groups of people who cannot fully participate in society are all major societal challenges facing us today. Sustainable and socially inclusive start-ups play an important role in resolving these challenges. DOEN Participaties is the biggest impact investor in sustainable and socially inclusive start-ups in the Netherlands. We have been investing in pioneers for more than 25 years.

    Typical of our investments are:

    • A focus on impact
    • We start in the early phase and can grow with the start-up
    • We dare to take risks

    DOEN Participaties invests directly in sustainable or socially inclusive start-ups by means of convertible loans or equity investments. Initial investments are between €50,000 and €500,000, but we may also continue to invest. We use an investment fund in the case of foreign investments where DOEN has insufficient knowledge of the local context, or when investing in a very specific sector in the Netherlands.

    Investment criteria:

    • A major intended impact on sustainability or social inclusiveness.
    • The investment is part of or in line with the programmes of the DOEN Foundation
    • Vigorous entrepreneurship
    • Innovation
    • Scalability

    Currently, our portfolio consists of 23 equity investments, 33 convertible loans, and 12 fund investments.

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    Do you want to submit an application? Do you have a question? Send an email to Linda van Beek: or contact us by phone at + 31 (0) 20 57 37 322.

    DOEN Participaties is fully owned and managed by the DOEN Foundation. The DOEN Foundation was established by the Charity Lotteries.


    Linda van Beek
    Linda van Beek

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