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NRW.BANK: EUR 150 million for tech start-ups in North Rhine-Westphalia

Photo: Michael Stöl­ting (Photo © NRW.BANK), Member of the Mana­ging Board of NRW.BANK
20. Janu­ary 2023

Düssel­dorf — NRW.BANK has laun­ched the fourth genera­tion of its venture fund, NRW.Venture. The volume amounts to 150 million euros, which is anot­her 50 million euros more than in previous fund genera­ti­ons. Indi­vi­dual invest­ments of up to EUR 15 million are possi­ble, compa­red with 10 previously. NRW.BANK is thus respon­ding to the sustai­ned growth in finan­cing requi­re­ments in the market. The invest­ment focus is on future-orien­­ted topics such as climate tech or the digi­ta­liz­a­tion of indus­try, busi­ness and administration.

Econo­mics Minis­ter Mona Neubaur: “With NRW.BANK’s fourth venture fund, we have an offer that even better meets the finan­cing needs of high-growth start-ups. The previous fund genera­ti­ons have already shown that inno­va­tive and future-orien­­ted start-ups in North Rhine-West­­pha­­lia find the best condi­ti­ons for success­ful deve­lo­p­ment. We are buil­ding on this and signi­fi­cantly incre­a­sing the fund volume avail­able, with a parti­cu­lar focus on future topics such as ClimateTech.”

Michael Stöl­ting (Photo © NRW.BANK), Member of the Mana­ging Board of NRW.BANK: “In the fight against climate change, we need inno­va­tive solu­ti­ons in North Rhine-West­­pha­­lia. Start-ups can play an essen­tial role here. At NRW.BANK, we make sure that promi­sing ideas do not fail due to financing.”

Between 20 and 30 new invest­ments are plan­ned by the end of 2027. In indi­vi­dual cases, the fund then invests up to 15 million euros in a company over several finan­cing rounds — toge­ther with private-sector co-inves­­tors. Howe­ver, the commit­ment of NRW.Venture does not only include capi­tal, but also further support, among others in the areas of company buil­ding and gover­nance development.

Invest­ment focus

The invest­ment focus of the NRW.Venture funds is on indus­tries such as infor­ma­tion and commu­ni­ca­tion tech­no­logy, IT secu­rity, digi­tal economy, Inter­net of Things, life scien­ces, digi­tal health, inno­va­tive cross-sectio­­nal tech­no­lo­gies, new mate­ri­als, clean­tech as well as sustaina­bi­lity tech­no­lo­gies and agri­cul­tu­ral tech­no­lo­gies. In NRW.Venture IV, special atten­tion is also paid to start-ups in the Climate Tech segments as well as those that can support indus­try, busi­ness and admi­nis­tra­tion in the digi­tal transformation.

Prede­ces­sor fund: 68 invest­ments, many success­ful exits
The previous fund genera­ti­ons of NRW.Venture have inves­ted in 68 start-ups, a signi­fi­cant number of which have already led to success­ful exits. Among them most recently, for example, the Bochum-based company phenox, which deve­lops, produ­ces and sells medi­cal tech­no­logy products for the treat­ment of strokes and vascu­lar dise­a­ses. NRW.Venture sold its shares in the company in April 2022 to Wallaby, a stra­te­gic inter­na­tio­nal part­ner of phenox.

The last fund to date, NRW.Venture III, star­ted its invest­ment period in 2018, ending with the end of 2022 and 22 invest­ments. Despite its early phase, this fund has also already recor­ded two success­ful exits.

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