Inkef at a glance.

Inkef backs promising early-stage companies with a demonstrable link to the Netherlands. We pride ourselves on being patient, long-term investors with the ability to support companies through several rounds of funding.

Who we are.

Founded in 2010 by ABP/APG, we currently invest out of a EUR 500 million fund. We have a long-term approach and feel privileged to provide our management teams with “patient capital”. We understand what it takes to build a company, and we’ll be there every step of the way. To that end, we reserve significant amounts of capital for select companies so as to support them through several rounds of funding 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 opportunities in two technology sectors: Healthcare-related technologies (Biotechnology, Medical Devices,  Diagnostics and Digital Health) and Technology (Enterprise Software, SaaS, Internet, New Media, FinTech). We consider ourselves as Series A investors, but for exceptional companies we may consider stepping in earlier (seed rounds) or later. In all cases, the prospect of 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.

With industry backgrounds, deep subject matter expertise and the international track-record and network of our team, 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. Therefore, don’t take our word for it but ask any of the entrepreneurs we have backed over the years.

 

 

How we work.

We understand that building a company is a team effort between entrepreneurs and their backers. In addition to financing, we assist companies with strategic planning, recruiting, international growth and follow-on financing and anything else that the company needs to be successful. Where appropriate, we embrace milestone-based funding using transparent metrics and work hard to help our companies meet these milestones. In addition, we strongly believe in the power of local funding. In other words, when one of our partners sets their sights on a new market, we leverage our global network to engage value added co-investors, wherever they might be. 

Our investment criteria.

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When evaluating new investment opportunities, we approach things from 3 angles: the business, the technology and the team. These three elements are crucial to how we assess new investment opportunities, which can be summed in four basic questions:

  • Is the company solving a problem that is relevant in the global marketplace?
  • Is the business addressing a large multi-billion dollar market opportunity?
  • Is the business offering a unique product or service, or leveraging unique technology?
  • Is the team ambitious, passionate, and eager to scale the business globally?