The fundraising for the Anders Invest Evergreen Fund, which started in December 2015, is going very well. The management received commitments of 21 investors, mostly entrepreneurs, amounting to 4.5 million euro. The maximum of 7 million for the first capital round will probably be reached soon. Yesterday the crowded opening event took place at Anderstein Estate with former prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende and entrepreneur Jan Aalberts, known from the list company Aalberts Industries.
A public of 75 relations, including 50 potential investors, listened to a speech of Balkenende about ‘decent investing’. He observed a new, powerful movement in the economy which emphasizes that entrepreneurs have a broad responsibility for employees, customers and society. This idea already existed in the Rhenian model and the moral theory of the founding father of economics, Adam Smith, but after the crisis of 2008 it got different dynamics. Balkenende expressed his appreciation for Anders Invest as an exponent of this movement. Jan Aalberts, probably the most succesfull entrepreneur in the Dutch making industry, shared his experiences with acquisitions. He pointed at the risks of each transaction and emphasized the the human component. Therefore Anders Invest focuses on the long term, aims at dividend and participates actively to strengthen autonomous growth.
The Anders Invest Evergreen Fund aims to grow to 30 to 50 million euro in the coming 5 years. At the moment the management discusses several investment oppurtunities with interesting, technical small and medium-sized companies. Currently the fund participates in two succesful companies, Metalura and Stackdoor. It has therefore been opened to external investors. The application deadline of the first capital round, which aims at raising 4 to 7 million euro, is 17 February. Because of the great interest of investors, we expect to reach the maximum.