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Early stage sustainable growth equity

About us

We are a Network of highly involved entrepreneurial investors with a professional hands-on investment team. Read more

Investmentfocus

We invest in companies with a growth strategy in which IT enables scaling up and contributes to operational and financial excellence, companies that take their societal role seriously and operate in growth markets. Read more

Approach

We have no exclusive sector focus, but seek in opportunities where our contribution is most effective, such as Healthy Living (Sports, leisure, digital health, consumer services) and Saas/cloud based (enterprise) software. Read more

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About us

 

Capital Mills is a financial holding company, venture capitalist and network of investors. We work together because we believe in the power of sharing: of knowledge, experience and network. We offer real added value to the companies in which we invest because our investors, experienced entrepreneurs, are involved in the investment management and are sparring partners for the entrepreneur.
Capital Mills is built on four pillars:

Committed investors

A group of highly involved investors assists the entrepreneur with capital, knowledge and experience. Not like the classic angel investor, but as part of a concept that couples the tailoring of the informal with the power of a professional investment company.


Fund

The Investors and Capital Mills, together with institutional investors, form an investment fund that is used for joint investments. Thus, the strength is increased and the spread of investors’ individual portfolios is promoted.


Capital Mills team

The management of Capital Mills, together with a small team, takes care of the operational management, including the deal flow and reporting. In cooperation with the Investors, the team takes care of the entire investment management.


Cooperation

An exclusive strategic alliance with B-to-V Private Investments AG, a network of investors concentrated in the German-speaking area, very experienced as Venture Capitalists, which provides Capital Mills access to unique propositions that normally remain beyond the reach of informals in the Netherlands.

Investmentfocus

Capital Mills invests in companies in the Benelux and, in cooperation with our strategic partner B-to-V, in companies from the German-speaking area. We can provide development and growth capital in an early stage. We look for cases in which we recognise the following criteria:

Shared Value

We consider sustainable capitalism to be important, and in our opinion this is crucial for society’s acceptance of companies and investors in the long term. The Shared Value concept is central in each investment as a basis for achieving good financial performance associated with good social performance. It has been proven that the best companies possess both skills: being good for society and nature, and achieving superior financial results. We also have this as an ambition in mind with the Capital Mills portfolio.

Keywords: security, health, scarcity, energy, environment.


Market and sector focus

Our expertise is particularly in the fields of IT, tech, healthy living, leisure and education.
By investing in companies that are active in these markets, we can make maximum use of the knowledge and experience of our associates.

Keywords: leisure, healthy ageing, sport, education, SaaS, cloud computing, high-tech.


Company

We invest and assist the entrepreneur. We do not take over the leadership. The entrepreneur and his or her team are decisive factors for a successful strategy. Confidence in your team is therefore an essential precondition. We also feel that it is important that we have something to add ourselves, so that we can work on realising the plans together.

It is important that we recognise the following elements: qualities to manage and grow the company; commitment and enthusiasm; the right timing in a market where there is a demonstrable demand for the product or service; previous funding.


Figures

By organizing mean and lean and using the qualities of the investors, Capital Mills can make smaller investments more cost-effectively than many private equity houses. Capital Mills seeks to make investments in which a substantial interest (20-60%) can be acquired, preferably in conjunction with the management. Investments are made in companies with a clear plan for capital gains within the investment horizon (exit between 5 and 10 years).

We invest in both early stage and later stage companies, with the following key criteria:

  • Preferably Dutch companies, with a Proof of Concept;
  • A turnover of at least € 250.000;
  • A strong management team with a track record of delivering results;
  • Investment needs of up to €5 million until the exit;
  • Positive EBITDA, or a demonstrable plan to arrive at a positive EBITDA within two years of the investment;
  • A clear and feasible plan for growth through technological innovation.


We do not invest in the following:

  • Production companies that sell physical products in large quantities;
  • Companies that do not have an earnings model;
  • Companies that do not offer a scalable product or service;
  • Consultancy companies.

Our approach

Anyone who contacts us can count on a rapid initial opinion on the match between Capital Mills and the business concerned: the screening phase. 
If we see opportunities, we will share all relevant information and do our research. We know your business but will make sure we will get to know your team and the company even better. After that we will negotiate how to structure the deal and get a conditional approval from our Investment Committee.

When approved we will start the due diligence of your company and work on the 12 month plan that we both need to agree upon. Once we get the final approval from our investment committee we will work towards the participation agreement and start our long-term cooperation with you.

Normally, this process takes place in a time frame of 1 to 3 months. However, we can quickly switch if the need or opportunity arises.

During the process one of our Principal Investors will be assigned to you as our lead investor. The lead investor will bring relevant entrepreneurial experience to you.Together with the investment manager from Capital Mills, the lead investor will maintain very regular contact with the portfolio company.

To speed up your application, please fully familiarise yourself with our criteria as stated in our investment focus. If we have a match, then we ask you to supply us with an investment memorandum or business plan.

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Investors

Committed investors

Capital Mills consists of the investment team and a group of ten highly involved Investors.
Although we intend to keep the group of Investors in its current composition, we do have several spots available for committed investors who would make a genuine contribution to the team. If you are interested, please contact one of the members of our investment team.

Fund investors

For those who do not have ambitions to become an highly involved Investor, or prefer to fulfil a smaller role as an investor in Capital Mills, we offer the opportunity to participate in the Capital Mills 1 fund. This fund will be set up in the course of 2017.
If you would like to know more, please contact us using the form below. We will then send you all the information you will need.

Team

Dennis Bruin

Principal Investor

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Ton van den Hoven

Principal Investor

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Barry de Kock

Investment Analyst

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Michel Kouwenhoven

Principal Investor

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Cees Meeuwis

Principal Investor

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Chang Ng

Principal Investor

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Gerben van der Veen

Principal Investor

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Jan Evert Veer

Principal Investor

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Carola Kuyvenhoven

Business Controller / Office Manager

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Gert Jan Bennen

Principal Investor

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Siegfried Mulder

Principal Investor

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The latest

News

Chicago, January 17, 2017 Investment in PR startup PressPage Public Relations startup PressPage has taken on an investment from Capital Mills, a Dutch venture fund. It will be used to professionalize the organization and accelerate growth. The company offers PR and communications professionals a platform which supports them in their

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Vacature Office manager / management assistent Augustus 2016 Wij zoeken versterking voor ons investeringsteam met een office manager / management assistent. Op dit moment bestaat ons team uit twee investeringsmanagers/partners en een investeringsanalist. Daarnaast zijn 15 investeerders aangesloten bij Capital Mills. Capital Mills is sinds medio 2015 actief als investeringsmaatschappij

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Capital Mills has acquired an interest in Mopinion. Mopinion is an innovative reporting platform for feedback from websites and apps. The company offers a SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) solution for organizations to improve their websites and apps on the basis of feedback they receive from customers. The software enables organizations to gain

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Capital Mills has acquired an interest in DrKinetic. DrKinetic provides physiotherapists, rehabilitation centers and hospitals, a medical system in which the patient is given the opportunity to improve his own physical condition through training software. The training software is developed in collaboration with physiotherapists and scientists and is used in more

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Capital Mills has acquired an interest in Zipjet, a Rocket Internet company. ZipJet provides a premium app-based laundry, ironing and dry cleaning pickup and delivery service: it’s the easy, convenient, time saving and affordable way to take care of all your laundry and dry cleaning

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Tiqets offers travelers mobile tickets to attractions, museums and entertainment. This investment gives Tiqets the resources to go global - adding 14 new cities in time for the summer high season. Details Technology should make our lives simpler, and for Tiqets that is certainly the case. Tiqets is committed to

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Contact

Capital Mills is established in the historic building “De Pastorie” at Haarstraat 25, 4201 JA in Gorinchem, the Netherlands.
You can park your car 200 metres away from our office in the Kweeklust parking garage.
We would like to talk with investors who want to know more about Capital Mills and with entrepreneurs seeking capital, provided the financing requirement fits within our investment focus. You can do this by completing the form below or sending an email to info@capitalmills.nl.

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