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07.07.2021

emonet brings charging infrastructure for electric cars to residential areas 

  • Expansion of charging points essential for implementation of e-mobility strategy
  • Focus on residential rental areas, business parks and city centres with office space
  • Cooperation between Markus Hörning GmbH and Innovestment GmbH

 

Rodewisch/Berlin, 7 July 2021. Germany is becoming electromobile: in 2020, three times as many passenger cars with purely electric drives were newly registered, at around 194,200. Only the expansion of the charging infrastructure is not keeping up with the rapid development: "2,000 charging points should be created per week, currently there are only 500 per month," said Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz in June 2021. emonet, a brand of Markus Hörning GmbH (MH GmbH), wants to change that and is entering the market with a clear concept for e-charging stations: The focus is on residential areas with a high density of rental properties, business parks and city centres with a lot of office space. Four plots of land have already been acquired, and the first charging stations will go online in the summer. Through crowdinvesting, investors can also participate in the expansion. 

So far, most privately used e-cars are driven by people who live in their own homes. For them, the charging situation is simple: a domestic charging point (wallbox) can be easily installed in the garage, in the carport or on the property. 

The situation is quite different in areas with apartment buildings. After all, 57 percent of Germans live in rented flats. They are dependent on landlords or the public sector. A switch will only take place when they too have a charging offer right on their doorstep.

emonet goes to the areas where the demand is highest

This is where Markus Hörning GmbH (MH GmbH) comes in with its emonet brand. The owner-managed residential construction company from the Vogtland region has already started integrating charging points in front of its own existing properties and is now expanding the concept further. To this end, MH GmbH is acquiring its own plots of land in residential areas in consultation with the local authorities, on which e-charging stations will be erected. The start is at the home location in southern Saxony, where the good connections to municipal decision-makers are being used. With the corresponding construction experience, a nationwide expansion is planned.

emonet project manager Andreas Guba says: "Small towns and municipalities often lack the money for investments of this kind. Energy companies, on the other hand, do not consider the topic their core business. That's why we are tackling the issue together with regional partners and going exactly where the need for charging infrastructure is highest, even in the long term: In residential areas with a high density of rental properties, business parks and city centres with a lot of office space." Four properties in Saxony have already been purchased and others are in the selection process. The first charging columns will be connected to the grid this summer.

Crowdinvesting on innovestment.eu

For financing, MH GmbH is initiating a crowdinvesting via the investment and financing platform Innovestment, Berlin. "The expansion of the charging infrastructure is a topic that concerns everyone," says Christin Friedrich, managing partner of Innovestment. In addition to the aspect of sustainability, they were convinced by the experience and solid positioning and business case of MH GmbH: "We are pleased about the involvement of the crowd, although financing would have been secured even without it. Because with a public offer like this, everyone can become part of the solution in a direct way and benefit financially at the same time." 

The key data of the asset investment at a glance: 

Warning: The acquisition of this investment is associated with considerable risks and can lead to the complete loss of the invested assets.

  • Issuer: Markus Hörning GmbH   
  • Interest p.a: 6 % plus 1 % early subscriber bonus if subscribed by 21.7.21
  • Interest payment: Annually
  • Interest payment start: Immediate interest payment
  • Investment: Subordinated loan
  • Investment amount: from 500 euros up to 25.000 € (private investors) 
  • Term: until 31 July 2024
  • Volume: 500,000 euros (planned)
  • Offer/platform: innovestment.eu

 

About Markus Hörning GmbH

Behind the emonet brand is Markus Hörning GmbH (MH GmbH) from Vogtland. The housing company focuses on innovative, ecological and affordable housing concepts, which also include the expansion of the charging infrastructure. The current portfolio comprises 14 residential properties. All of the existing properties are of the highest energy and technical standard and are fully let at reasonable rents. Owner and managing director Markus Hörning has a broad network of well-coordinated partners, including architects, surveyors, lawyers and tradesmen. https://markus-hoerning.de/ www.emonet.info

About Innovestment

The Berlin-based FinTech Innovestment is one of the pioneers of the crowdfunding industry and has been on the market since 2011 as a spin-off of RWTH Aachen University. Until 2017, the focus was on early-stage start-ups and growth companies; since then, the platform has increasingly focused on small and medium-sized enterprises as well as project financing with a balanced risk profile with a focus on sustainability, innovation and technology. Innovestment sees itself as a digital investment boutique with its own marketplace. The company is a founding member of the European Crowdfunding Network (ECN) and, together with other platforms like Seedrs, Exporo or Oneplanetcrowd, is driving the European harmonisation of the industry. Christin Friedrich is the managing partner. www.innovestment.eu

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Susanne Stock-Jakobsen

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09.03.2021

Weiden/Berlin, 9 March 2021. The specialist for the recycling and refurbishment of solar modules Rinovasol and the digital investment and financing platform Innovestment are cooperating. Investors can contribute to the funding from 500 euros to 25000 Euros or higher on special arrangement, and benefit from Rinovasol's future-oriented business model that has already refurbished more than 1 million solar panels in over 40 countries. Solar energy makes a significant contribution to the energy generation of the future and supports the fight against climate change.

The fight against climate change is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, challenge of the 21st century. Industry-induced greenhouse gas emissions are the main cause of the significant and rapid rise in temperature. The consequences are already clearly noticeable in all parts of the world - and the trend is rising. Accordingly, serious consequences are to be expected for national economies and societies if global warming cannot be regulated quickly.

One important aspect is the energy transition. “Solar energy makes a significant contribution to the energy generation of the future and supports the fight against climate change. In Germany, for example, the expansion of photovoltaic capacity is to increase from currently about 50 gigawatts to 150 gigawatts by 2030”, says Josef Gmeiner of Rinovasol. The Weiden-based industrial company specialises in refurbishing or recycling used solar and photovoltaic panels. This makes new modules available for further use and significantly extends their life cycles. Rinovasol is the largest solution provider in Europe for the recycling and refurbishment of solar modules. The refurbishment of modules is a cost-effective and ecologically sound alternative to the scrap yard. 96.3 percent of the modules supplied can be refurbished and returned to the market. By today, Rinovasol has been refurbishing or recycling close to 1 million solar modules.

Investors can now participate in this future-oriented concept through the cooperation between the digital investment and financing platform Innovestment, Berlin, and Rinovasol. The subordinated loan is accessible from 500 euros and runs until 31 December 2023. The interest is seven percent per annum and is paid out quarterly. The issue volume is 500,000 euros. The investment is independent of general movements on the capital market and, as an investment in a tangible asset as a private entrepreneurial project, is largely protected against inflation.

The capital raised will be used for the further expansion of Rinovasol. Most recently, the photovoltaic specialist acquired production facilities from the solar industry group Solarworld in order to expand its own lines and capacities, especially in the refurbishing of used solar modules. "We want to continue this strategy and investors can participate in this expansion and receive above-average returns. Our plans include contract refurbishments in photovoltaic parks, in addition to the existing stationary version in Weiden. This work will of course also include the repair of solar modules that have failed due to other technical defects or are otherwise running at reduced output," Josef Gmeiner emphasises.

Christin Friedrich, managing partner of Innovestment, says: "When selecting our projects on innovestment.eu, we focus on entrepreneurship, sustainability and innovation. Rinovasol perfectly balances all these aspects. We are convinced of the sustainable business model in a strong growth market. In addition, with Josef Gmeiner and Toralf Nitsch, we have a management that lives its mission full of passion and expertise."

The key data of the asset investment at a glance:  

Warning: The acquisition of this investment is associated with considerable risks and may lead to the complete loss of the invested assets.

Issuer: Rinovasol Global O and M GmbH
Interest p.a.:  

7% plus early subscriber bonus (2% until 24.3., 1% until 15.4.)

Interest payment 

Quarterly

Start of interest calculation:     

Interest accrues from day 1

Investment type: Subordinated loan
Investment amount: 

From 500 euros

Term:              

Until 31 December 2023

Volume:500,000 euros (planned)
Offer/platforminnovestment.eu

About Innovestment

Solar energy makes a significant contribution to the energy generation of the future and supports the fight against climate change. Therefore, the market for photovoltaic systems is growing significantly all over the world. But what happens to old or damaged solar panels? If they are simply disposed of, this leads to economic losses and environmental damage and slows down the necessary further development of the solar market. For this reason, the Rinovasol group of companies with its various operating divisions has specialised in refurbishing used solar and photovoltaic panels or recycling them in the best possible way. This makes new modules available for further use and significantly extends their life cycles. With the innovative Rinovasol technology, almost all damage to solar modules can be removed. If modules can no longer be refurbished, the processed materials such as aluminium, plastic, glass or silicon and the precious metals are returned to the recycling cycle. Rinovasol only carries out tested work processes for the recycling and treatment of photovoltaic modules. To date, Rinovasol has already reprocessed or recycled almost one million modules and is currently working with manufacturers of such modules and operators of photovoltaic plants and parks in 40 countries. Rinovasol also offers its services to insurance companies that want to reduce their costs for insurance claims from this area and thus make these areas more profitable again. Further information at www.rinovasol.de  

About Innovestment:

Innovestment GmbH, Berlin, was founded in 2011 as a spin-off of RWTH Aachen University and is thus one of the first crowdfunding platforms to be established in Germany. Until 2017, the focus was on early-stage start-ups and growth companies; since then, the platform has increasingly focused on small and medium-sized enterprises as well as project financing with a balanced risk profile with a focus on sustainability and innovation. Innovestment acts as a digital investment boutique with its own marketplace. The company is a founding member of the European Crowdfunding Network (ECN) and, together with other platforms, is driving the European harmonisation of the industry. Christin Friedrich is the managing partnerhttp://www.innovestment.eu

Press contact:

Toralf Nitsch 
Rinovasol Global O and M GmbH 
T: +49 (0) 1573 2362051 
E: [email protected]

Susanne Stock-Jakobsen 
Innovestment GmbH 
T: +49 (0) 30 577 010 874 
E: [email protected]

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21.12.2020

Berlin, 21 December 2020. As part of the cooperation between the digital investment and financing platform Innovestment, Berlin, and the reconcept Group, the latest bond of the Hamburg-based project provider, RE15 EnergieZins 2025, is also available as a partner offer on innovestment.eu. As with the parallel offering, the RE14 Multi Asset-Anleihe, the minimum investment in the RE15 EnergieZins 2025 bond on innovestment.eu is 1,000 euros instead of the usual 5,000 euros on other platforms. This allows an even broader target group to invest in green investments that improve the performance of a portfolio and switch to future energies instead of conventional, climate-damaging industries.

The RE15 EnergieZins 2025 bond also has another advantage for investors: In addition to the fixed interest rate of 4 per cent, there is a variable component that is based on the inflation rate each year. If this amounts to around 1.5 percent, as in 2019, the interest payment increases accordingly to 5.5 percent in the following year. "What counts in the account is the real interest rate," says Christin Friedrich, managing partner of Innovestment. "The built-in inflation compensation protects the invested capital from its loss in value - a move by reconcept that we think is responsible and all-round sustainable in the interests of investors."

 The capital raised will flow into the expansion of the reconcept Group and into new renewable energy projects in the core markets of Germany, Finland and Canada. These include wind energy, hydropower and solar projects. In Canada, where reconcept has been active for six years, these include floating tidal current plants. "FORCE 1" is considered technologically leading, its successor "FORCE 2" is already in the works. In Finland, too, there is still great potential after seven years on the market: the current project pipeline there includes wind turbines at around ten locations. From these, reconcept will again develop attractive investment products.

The key data of the investment at a glance:

Issuerreconcept 15 EnergieZins 2025 GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg
InvestmentRE15 EnergieZins 2025
Interest p.a.4 percent interest plus variable adjustment to the inflation rate, paid annually (Immediate interest)
Investment

Fixed-interest bond (subordinated registered bond)

Investment amountfrom 1,000 euros
Contract perioduntil 31 December 2024
Bond volume10,000,000 euros (planned)
Offer/platformInnovestment.eu

Warning: The acquisition of this investment is associated with considerable risks and may lead to the complete loss of the invested assets.

About Innovestment

Innovestment GmbH, Berlin, was founded in 2011 as a spin-off of RWTH Aachen University and is thus one of the first crowdfunding platforms to be established in Germany. Until 2017, the focus was on early-stage start-ups and growth companies; since then, the platform has increasingly focused on small and medium-sized enterprises as well as project financing with a balanced risk profile with a focus on sustainability and innovation. Innovestment acts as a digital investment boutique with its own marketplace. The company is a founding member of the European Crowdfunding Network (ECN) and, together with other platforms, is driving the European harmonisation of the industry. Christin Friedrich is the managing partner. www.innovestment.eu

Press contact:

Susanne Stock
Public Relations
Innovestment  GmbH             

phone: +49 (0) 30 577 010 874 | E-Mail: [email protected]

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25.11.2020

Berlin, 25 November 2020. The digital investment and financing platform Innovestment, Berlin, is cooperating with the reconcept Group, Hamburg, and is now including the RE14 Multi Asset-Anleihe as a partner offer on innovestment.eu. The special feature: While the minimum investment amount is usually 5,000 euros, investors can invest in the energy mix of the future on Innovestment from as little as 1,000 euros. 

The demand for sustainable financial investments, especially in renewable energies, is increasing noticeably. "More investment in this important segment automatically means more output - this is important if 65 percent of our electricity mix is to come from renewables in as little as ten years' time," says Christin Friedrich, managing partner of Innovestment. "It is important to us that as many people as possible can actively suppoert this development. With the lower entry sum, we make that easier."

Karsten Reetz, managing partner of the reconcept Group, added: "The trend among consumers to act digitally via online channels is still going and will certainly increase. This also applies to the financial market. Investors increasingly expect not only to be informed online, but also to be able to act independently and subscribe to a financial product online." One more reason to opt for this new cooperation: "Innovestment not only offers a technically reliable platform for this. With Innovestment, we have a partner at our side that stands out for its extensive experience in the financial services industry."

The second tranche of the RE14 Multi Asset-Anleihe was only opened in October 2020. In the first tranche, 4.4 million euros have already been placed; the current level is over 60 per cent. The raised capital of planned 10 million euros will be used for the construction and operation of wind and solar power plants in Europe. So far, a wind power plant in Niederlausitz (Brandenburg, Germany) and a roof-mounted photovoltaic plant near Hanover (Lower Saxony, Germany) have been connected. Both plants generate guaranteed income for 20 years each since commissioning in June 2019 (wind) and January 2020 (photovoltaics). Two further wind energy plants in Germany are in the planning stage. 

The key data of the investment at a glance:

Issuer reconcept 14 Multi Asset-Anleihe GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg
InvestmentRE14 Multi Asset-Anleihe
Interest p.a.4.5 percent, paid annually (Immediate interest)
InvestmentSubordinated registered bond
Investment amountfrom 1,000 euros
Contract perioduntil 31 December 2024
Bond volume10,000,000 euros (planned)
Offer/platformInnovestment.eu

Warning: The acquisition of this investment is associated with considerable risks and may lead to the complete loss of the invested assets.

About Innovestment

Innovestment GmbH, Berlin, was founded in 2011 as a spin-off of RWTH Aachen University and is thus one of the first crowdfunding platforms to be established in Germany. Until 2017, the focus was on early-stage start-ups and growth companies; since then, the platform has increasingly focused on small and medium-sized enterprises as well as project financing with a balanced risk profile with a focus on sustainability and innovation. Innovestment acts as a digital investment boutique with its own marketplace. The company is a founding member of the European Crowdfunding Network (ECN) and, together with other platforms, is driving the European harmonisation of the industry. Christin Friedrich is the managing partner. www.innovestment.eu

Press contact:

Susanne Stock
Public Relations
Innovestment  GmbH             

phone: +49 (0) 30 577 010 874 | E-Mail: [email protected]

You can request the photo material from us or download it from http://www.innovestment.eu/en/press

13.05.2020

Berlin/Hamburg, May 13, 2020 

The impact investor Jäderberg & Cie. and the digital investment and financing platform Innovestment open access to the impact investment "JC Sandalwood" starting  from 500 euros. With this investment, the investor really does achieve sustainability.

Impact investing and crowd investing: These are two of the megatopics of investment in the still young 2020s. While impact investing aims to achieve sustainability through direct project investments in a way that is both real and immediately noticeable, crowd investing gives investors the opportunity to participate in attractive companies and projects online with just a few clicks. Private investors with investment sums between 500 Euro and 25,000 Euro profit from regularly above-average returns. Companies may invest up to 200,000 euros. 

A fresh cooperation of the entrepreneurial impact investor Jäderberg & Cie. from Hamburg and the Berlin platform Innovestment now opens the access to the multiple award-winning investment "JC Sandalwood" for investors. The "JC Sandalwood Invest 18" offer is structured as a subordinated loan participation. Harvesting on the plantations will start in 2028, with interest rates in the high single-digit range. In principle, the loan and interest are paid out at the end of the term, 31.12.2029. Then the interest rate is 9.75 percent per year. Anyone who terminates the loan prematurely after five years receives four percent interest per year. After eight years, the annual interest rate is seven percent.

Since 2010, Jäderberg & Cie. has been operating reforested mixed forests with the globally coveted and very precious sandalwood in Northern Australia. It has long been on the Red List of Endangered Species of the World Conservation Union IUCN. The raw materials extracted from sandalwood are used in Asia to produce a wide range of end products for cultural and natural medical use. In the western world, the essential oil of sandalwood is an important ingredient in high-priced perfumes, serious natural cosmetics and, in the future, in human and veterinary medicine. 

"JC Sandalwood is an ideal addition to any asset portfolio due to its unique constellation and also adds the 'impact investing' component. The sustainable, resource-saving cultivation in Australia as afforested mixed forests ensures the survival of this species and its extensive use for many important purposes," says Jäderberg & Cie. founder Peter Jäderberg. Jäderberg & Cie. was recently awarded the German Investment Prize (Deutsche BeteiligungsPreis) in the "TOP Impact Investment" category for its project, and the investment opportunities are described as "Impact Investing par excellence".

"This investment project gives investors access to an asset that is otherwise reserved for an exclusive, small circle of large investors. Other plantation owners besides Jäderberg & Cie. are the Harvard University Endowment Fund, the Church of England and the Abu Dhabi State Fund," says Christin Friedrich, Managing Director of Innovestment. "We are very pleased that Jäderberg & Cie is taking this new path of fundraising together with us. For us, this is an important step towards a democratic, inclusive form of financial service".

"It was very important for us to have found a partner in Innovestment with whom we operate ethically on the same wavelength. Our teams worked together from the start with a lot of fun and energy and implemented the joint project in just a few weeks. Of course, the quality, user-friendliness and transparency of the platform were just as important," emphasizes Peter Jäderberg. 

"For us, the cooperation with Innovestment is the next step on the way to making impact investing accessible to a broad audience. Our two houses share the conviction that sustainability should not be reserved for the wealthy alone. The 'Fridays for Future' movement has already given a huge number of people a decisive impetus, and now the Corona crisis has given an additional boost to the urge to make our common future and our own lives sustainable. And slowly, the awareness is gaining ground that equity funds and ETFs do not usually promote sustainability in the real economy, but only make the capital market economically happy," adds Peter Jäderberg.

"JC Sandalwood, Impact Investing and Crowdfunding are exciting, highly topical issues at the click of a mouse. It is great that we can now offer this on innovestment.eu", says Christin Friedrich happily.

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(040) 3296969-0
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About Jäderberg & Cie.

In 2010, the Jäderberg & Cie. group was founded as an entrepreneurial investor for the "JC Sandalwood" project. In order to finance this project, more than 1,400 private and professional investors have now participated as co-investors in 17 vehicles, some of which are regulated, to date, which own about half of the JC plantations (the other half belongs to Jäderberg & Cie. Group). Currently, the company owns five plantations in the tropical north of Australia with a total area of 700 hectares and approximately 350,000 sandalwood trees. Harvest revenues of over one billion euros are expected from 2028 onwards. Jäderberg & Cie. sees itself as an impact investor, whose projects thus directly generate additional sustainability in real economic terms. This also applies to its new project since 2019, "JC Ecomet". "JC Sandalwood" was awarded the Deutsche BeteiligungsPreis in 2017 as the best alternative investment and in 2019 as "TOP Impact Investment". Jäderberg & Cie. is a member of the Forum of Sustainable Investments (FNG), the Federal Association of German Foundations, the international Impact Investment Action Alliance TONIIC and, as a Hamburg-based company, is also a sponsor of the Elbe Philharmonic Hall. More information is available at www.jaederberg.de.

About Innovestment

Innovestment GmbH, Berlin, was founded in 2011 as a spin-off of RWTH Aachen University and is thus one of the first crowdfunding platforms to be established in Germany. By the end of 2017, 40 projects had been successfully implemented and a total capital of EUR 8 million brokered. Since the reorientation of the company in 2019, small and medium-sized companies can raise capital on innovestment.eu in an uncomplicated and transparent manner. From this, Innovestment develops broadly diversified investment projects with manageable terms and fixed interest rates for private and institutional investors. Innovestment sees itself as a digital investment boutique with its own marketplace - personal and committed. The managing partner is Christin Friedrich. www.innovestment.eu

27.02.2020

Berlin/Hamburg, 27 February 2020: Using green electricity, saving heating costs, switching to car sharing and e-mobility - many consumers in Germany are already taking responsibility for climate protection themselves. With the current investment project of the Vereinte Energiegenossenschaft eG (VEG), Hamburg, which has now been launched on innovestment.eu, the expansion of renewable energies can also be promoted - with an annual return of 4.15 percent. With a minimum investment of 500 euros, investors can also contribute to the energy turnaround with smaller amounts.
The VEG was founded in Hamburg in 2013 and now has over 450 members. Together they already jointly finance and operate 24 combined heat and power (CHP) plants, three photovoltaic plants, one wind power plant and two LED projects. The focus is on the aspect of decentralisation: energy is generated where it is needed. This relieves the burden on the electricity grids and can contribute to security of supply. VEG also offers its own green electricity tariff. With this, VEG is committed to a sustainable, ecological energy supply, which in future should be able to do without subsidies.

The heat sector in particular plays a major role in the projects of VEG. A large part of the energy in German households is used for heating. Yet only 12% of the more than 20 million heating devices in Germany are efficient and use regenerative energies. The solution: a model similar to car sharing. Marc Banasiak, CEO of VEG, explains the cooperative's business model: "With our CHPs we provide electricity or heat without the client having to purchase a heating system. He only purchases the finished, ecological product."

The key investment data at a glance:

Issuer:                                                          Vereinte Energiegenossenschaft eG (VEG), Hamburg
Name of the investment:subordinated loan VEG I 
Interest p.a.:        4.15 percent paid out annually as of 31 December 
Investment:    subordinated loan
 Investment amount:500 Euro - 25,000 Euro*.
Minimum contract period:   until 31 December 2023 
Offer/platform: innovestment.eu

Warning: The acquisition of this investment involves considerable risks and can lead to the complete loss of the assets invested.

*for private individuals (natural persons), depending on the freely disposable assets and average monthly net income. Companies (legal entities) can invest up to 250,000 euros in this project. 

About Innovestment

Innovestment GmbH, Berlin, was founded in 2011 as a spin-off of RWTH Aachen University and is thus one of the first crowdfunding platforms to be established in Germany. By the end of 2017, 40 projects had been successfully implemented and a total capital of EUR 8 million brokered. Since the reorientation of the company in 2019, small and medium-sized companies can raise capital on innovestment.eu in an uncomplicated and transparent manner. From this, Innovestment develops broadly diversified investment projects with manageable terms and fixed interest rates for private and institutional investors. Innovestment sees itself as a digital investment boutique with its own marketplace - personal and committed. 

Christin Friedrich is the CEO and co-funder of www.innovestment.eu

Press contact: 
Susanne Stock
Public Relations
Innovestment GmbH
phone: +49 (0) 30 577 010 874 | E-Mail: [email protected]

27.02.2020

Berlin, February 27, 2020 - Innovestment GmbH - a pioneer amongst German crowdfunding platforms - is back on track with a mission to democratize capital for real economic progress. Instead of pure equity crowdfunding with a focus on start-ups, the Berlin-based FinTech is now a marketplace of curated projects that enables investors to back real economic progress for a return. Companies can finance on-demand with low transaction fees and time investment, and investors can easily build up their own portfolios online free of charge.

Projects come from the fields of sustainability, innovative growth project financing and entrepreneurship. Initially, only subordinated loans will be offered; with further forms of investment are being planned.

Innovestment was placed on hold at the end of 2017 following changes in the market environment and different orientations in the shareholder group. Christin Friedrich, who has been a managing partner for Innovestment since 2012, has thoroughly revised the business model and completely restructured the company with new shareholders. 

"In the course of observing the market and the European context, we are of the opinion that existing financing models are still too expensive and too complex. In addition, we are convinced that people generally long for more simplicity and agency, especially when it comes to investing their own money," says Friedrich. 

Innovestment focuses on an entrepreneurial approach

With the uncomplicated, comparatively low-cost financing via their platform, Innovestment offers small and medium-sized companies an attractive alternative for raising capital. Thanks to the amendments to the EU Prospectus Regulation and the German Asset Management Act ("VermAnlG") adopted in July 2019, which raises the upper limit for offering certain investments without a prospectus from EUR 2.5 million to EUR 6 million per year, larger financing rounds are also possible. 

This results in attractive investment projects for private and institutional investors who want to invest wisely in times of low interest rates. "Our aim is to empower investors and companies with entrepreneurial thinking by providing a modern form of financial service", adds Christin Friedrich. Depending on their individual financial circumstances, private investors can invest between EUR 500 and 25,000 per project. Companies can also invest beyond that.

Shareholders see synergies

Leading the new Innovestment shareholder, Aktivwert GmbH, from Hamburg as Managing Director Hans-Helmuth Föh, who also heads the independent capital investments brokerage, Anlagenwert Hamburg GmbH, says: "For those of us who come from the classical financial investment sector, the cooperation with Innovestment as a digital investment platform is an ideal complement. We see great potential here for our investors and for new target groups". 

New platform on www.innovestment.eu

The relaunch of Innovestment is punctuated with a move from the .de domain to the new site www.innovestment.eu. With an English version (from March 2020) the new website will be bilingual. In addition, the new Innovestment is thus pursuing a pan-European approach. As Chairwoman of the Board of the European Crowdfunding Network (ECN), a non-profit organisation based in Brussels, Christin Friedrich is driving European harmonisation forward together with other European platform operators and sees great opportunities for the entire industry. 

First project focuses on sustainability

Innovestment starts with a new investment in the Impact Investment category: The Vereinte Energiegenossenschaft eG (VEG) provides sustainable, ecological and decentralized energy generation and distribution and focuses primarily on block-unit heating power plants and photovoltaics. “Investors can now actively shape the energy revolution with their investments” says Christin Friedrich. Further projects will follow shortly. 

About Innovestment

Berlin-based Innovestment GmbH was founded in 2011 as a spin-off of RWTH Aachen University and is thus one of the first crowdfunding platforms to be established in Germany. By the end of 2017, 40 projects had been successfully implemented and a total capital of EUR 8 million brokered. Since the realignment of the company in 2019, small and medium-sized companies can raise capital on innovestment.eu in an uncomplicated and transparent manner. From this Innovestment develops broadly diversified investment projects with fixed terms and interest rates for private and institutional investors. 

Innovestment sees itself as a digital investment boutique with its own marketplace - personal and committed. 

Christin Friedrich is the CEO and co-founder of www.innovestment.eu.

Press contact:
Susanne Stock
Public Relations
Innovestment GmbH
phone: +49 (0) 30 577 010 874 | E-mail: [email protected]

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