Inkef at a glance.

Inkef backs promising early-stage companies with a demonstrable link to the Netherlands. We have a long-term investment horizon and deep pockets, enabling us to support companies and their entrepreneurs through several follow-on rounds.

Who we are.

Founded in 2010, by ABP/APG, we currently invest out of a EUR 500 million fund. We have a long-term investment horizon and feel privileged to be able to provide “patient capital” to our management teams. In addition to our long-term approach, we reserve significant amounts of capital for select companies to be able to support them through several follow-on rounds as they build global companies that transform industries, make the world a better place and develop products that customers love.

Our focus.

We primarily focus on Series A opportunities in two technology sectors: Healthcare-related technologies (Biotechnology, Medical Devices,  Diagnostics and Digital Health) and Technology (Enterprise Software, SaaS, Internet, New Media, FinTech). For exceptional companies we may consider stepping in either earlier (seed rounds) or in later stage rounds. In all cases, the perspective for further potential subsequent rounds is an important consideration in our initial assessment. For this reason, we feel most attracted to companies that address real-world problems by developing mission-critical propositions and addressing a sizable market opportunity.

What sets us apart.

We pride ourselves by our long-term approach as well as ability to double down substantially in subsequent rounds. With industry backgrounds, subject matter expertise and the international track-record and network of our team, we believe that we are an excellent partner to help companies become category leaders at global scale. However, the best testament to this are the stories from our entrepreneurs, which is why we always encourage new founders and management teams to conduct their own due diligence on us. Because we believe that it is important to be sure that we are right partner for you. So feel free to reach out to our management teams and ask them about their experience in working with Inkef.



How we work.

We understand that building a successful company is a team effort between entrepreneurs and their backers. Therefore, besides financing, the added value we bring to the table involves assistance in the area of strategic and organizational planning, recruitment and HR, preparations for follow-on financing rounds, implementing adequate governance structures and strategizing international growth

In doing our investments, where appropriate, we embrace milestone-based funding using transparent metrics and work hard to help our partners meet these milestones. In addition, we strongly believe in the power of local funding. This means that when one of our partners aspires to be successful outside of our core market the Netherlands, we use our global network to help identify and engage co-investors on a local level, no matter where in the world.

Our investment criteria.

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When judging new investment opportunities, we always explore three sides of the enterprise: its business, its technology and its human capital. These three elements are crucial to how we assess new investment opportunities, which can be summed in three basic questions:

  • Is the business relevant in the global marketplace?
  • Is the proposition unique or distinctive in the global marketplace?
  • Is the business addressing a large multi-billion dollar market opportunity?
  • Is the management team strong, ambitious and realistic on a global scale?