Van Herk Groep

Van Herk Groep is the collective name for the businesses and companies belonging to the Van Herk family of Rotterdam. Van Herk Groep was founded by Aat van Herk (1951). Van Herk Groep operates as an independent business in a substantial number of sectors in the Dutch economy: real estate, construction, project development and biotechnology/life sciences.

Van Herk Ventures invests in the lifesciences sector through direct investments in private and listed companies and in venture capital funds. For listed companies we can invest globally and for the private companies and venture capital funds we focus on the Benelux.

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wageningen university and research

Wageningen University

Wageningen University, part of Wageningen UR, is the only university in the Netherlands to focus specifically on the theme ‘healthy food and living environment’. They do so by working closely together with governments and the business community. Their research and education are strongly geared toward application in practice. This is achieved through the close cooperation across different study directions and the combination of the natural and social sciences. This allows them to obtain an integrated approach of actual social themes, such as climate change, unhealthy lifestyles, the continued pressure on natural habitats, and the well-being of animals. The world is their working area. Their researchers are active around the globe and their university hosts students from over 100 countries.

Inherent to the structure of the university is the amount of personal attention available for students and researchers. Their mission is, ‘To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life.’Wageningen University is part of Wageningen UR (University & Research). The university works together with research institutes and Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, also part of Wageningen UR. Wageningen UR has branches all over The Netherlands (and in China and Brazil, by the way). A large number of lecturers, researchers and other employees are based at Wageningen Campus.Our education and research come highly recommended. Student numbers are growing strongly. Students ranked Wageningen as the best university in the Reference Guide for Higher Education for the fifth year in a row. The top quality of research at Wageningen University is crowned with the university’s position within the top 6 of the important citation indexes of its domain.

Rabo Ventures 

Rabo Ventures invests growth capital in early stage innovative companies, from Seed to Series B which are either making a positive contribution to welfare and prosperity in the Netherlands or improving the global sustainability of food and agriculture. Rabo Ventures is a part of Rabo Corporate Investments, Rabobank’s captive investment franchise.

Rabobank is a cooperative bank with a mission. Rabobank has been investing in the food and agriculture industries for over 100 years, and put the  mission “Growing a Better World Together,” into practice through local initiatives, close to home.

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Waterman Ventures

Waterman Ventures invests in ambitious technology companies that combine a positive impact on society with a healthy financial return. Over the last 30 years, they have been a long-term partner to many successful businesses. Waterman Ventures team, based in the Netherlands, shares a passion for technology and a hands-on mindset to supporting growth in their portfolio companies.


Pymwymic is the “Put Your Money Where Your Meaning Is Community”, a community of impact investors, families, philanthropists and entrepreneurs. Pymwymic supports businesses making a positive impact on people and the planet, and shares its learnings through community gatherings and publications about impact investing. Its thematic sub-fund, ‘Pymwymic Healthy Ecosystems Impact Fund’, focuses on disruptive and innovative business models that restore and conserve our ecosystem.


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