We are an impact fund that support projects facilitating harmonious relationships between human activity and nature, that seek to tackle global warming through the encouragement of biodiversity. Edaphon, as a term, refers to the animal and plant life present in soils, or, soil life.

Convinced that soil life is crucial to reaching solutions to the carbon crisis, our focus remains on projects that act as natural carbon sinks and that contribute towards the restoration of essential ecosystems.

Our key principles are harmony between human activity and nature, the tackling of global warming through processes that centre biodiversity, and the seeking of climate solutions focused on natural carbon sinks and ecosystem support.

Our story began in 2015, in Europe, when our main sponsors founded an impact-focused fund. The emphasis of this fund quickly turned to decarbonisation and biodiversity through the enhancing of naturally existing processes.

Long-term partnerships have become central to our investment process, as we understand the importance of sustained support in our investments, to allow for each project to reach its full potential and impact.

Our Strategy

The Scope of Our Investments

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    Natural ecosystems are the biggest source of carbon removal from the atmosphere. We look for solutions that support these ecosystems in capturing carbon and decreasing carbon emissions. (For example: regenerative agriculture, forest management and ecosystem restoration.)

    We also believe in investing in technology and education, and in commercial innovations that help mitigate carbon emissions and threats to biodiversity.

What We Look For

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    • Companies that have already commercialised their product in a manner where the impact is inherent to their commercial success
    • Teams that gather the right amount of specialised expertise, with a diversity of profiles and experiences
    • Scalability, as we believe valuable solutions are found in those that can be replicated and scaled to gain systemic impact
    • Science-based projects

Entry Stage

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    Our focus is on entering at an early stage of the investment process (Seed and A Series).

For How Long

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    We acknowledge that the projects we support are ambitious and take time to develop to their full potential, we are therefore long-term investors.

Approach

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    We do not have pre-defined expectations for establishing relationships with the founders or management of our investments.

    Our experience and knowledge mean that our partners often ask for advice, coaching or the presence a board member.

    We may decide to invest in funds that have similar perspectives, in which case we are interested in diversifying and take a more passive role.

Geographic Focus

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    Being based in Brussels, Belgium, naturally the majority of our investments are in Europe. Nevertheless, depending on our involvement within the company, we are open to global investments and already have several investments outside of Europe.

Portfolio of Investment Organisations

Orora Technologies

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    Founded in 2018, and based in Munich, Germany, Orora Technologies are a leading thermal-infrared data intelligence company. They employ satellite technology for early detection of forest fires. This technology aligns with our key principles, as the early detection of fires can mitigate carbon emissions and help preserve valuable ecosystems, which is why we have chosen to invest in Orora Technologies.

Groundwork BioAg

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    Groundwork BioAg have developed efficient mycorrhizal solutions for row crops, by restoring the soil’s mycorrhizal balance which is crucial to a plants ability to absorb precious nutrients. Furthermore, Groundwork BioAg have pioneered methods of production, based on over thirty years of research and development.

    We chose to invest in Groundwork BioAg as the reduced chemical substance uses and enhances soil resilience to climate stress, and is efficient, affordable, and easy to distribute on a global scale.

Klim

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    Klim are a digital platform helping farmers transition towards regenerative agriculture. Klim spreads and shares knowledge throughout the farming community, creating commercial links and thus generating a new income with carbon credits. Klim foster cooperation across the value chain, from farmers to the agro-food industry.

    We chose to invest in Klim as they are a science based, scalable company, that bring IT based networking and solutions to farmers, whilst addressing the entire value-chain from farm to fork.

Gaiago

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    Gaiago develop prebiotics to stimulate the growth of natural occurring fungi in the soil, as well as to improve a plants potential to intake minerals and fertilizers. Gaiago have also developed a program to help farmers obtain carbon certificates.

    We chose to invest in Gaiago because their products greatly increase and accelerate carbon capture in the soil, whilst offering scalable production possibilities.

Kite Insights

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    Kite Insights aid companies to transition towards net zero by facilitating Climate Schools to help multinational companies’ employees become conscious of their potential contribution to climate solutions.

    We chose to invest in Kite Insights because of the importance companies play as role leaders towards a net zero world. Education is one of the main pillars towards reaching these net zero goals yet is typically scarce in the discussion around climate and environmental strategies.

MiiMOSA

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    MiiMOSA is a crowdfunding platform and loan fund made exclusively for agricultural and food sustainability projects. Their aim is to revolutionise access to financing for environmentally high-impact projects.

    We chose to invest in Miimosa because they offer alternative financial solutions for smallholders wishing to transition, who might not have access to bank loans or other means of financing.

Futureproofed

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    Futureproofed have developed SaaS (Software as a Service), which they combine with their expert advice to support municipalities, cities, and businesses to put their climate plans into action, particularly through reducing greenhouse gases and transitioning to a low-carbon world.

    We chose to invest in Futureproofed as towns and municipalities are often poorly resourced in addressing climate challenges, therefore Futureproofed are serving to bridge this gap.

MundoLab

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    Mundolab create sustainable co-working business centres that bring NGO’s, social companies, communities and campaign groups together under one roof where they can share skills and ideas.

    We chose to invest in MundoLab because the ecosystems they facilitate create synergies between the different associations to create a stronger, more networked response towards key climate issues.

EFM

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    EFM is a forest fund that, for over a decade, has been investing and restoring forests through climate-smart approaches focussed on natural and sustainable management for carbon-constrained futures. They then use their expertise in conversation finance to develop mutually beneficial public-private projects that develop compelling investment opportunities.

    We chose to invest in EFM because their developed forestry practices help preserve biodiversity and the rich ecosystems of forests by centring sustainable management and financing.

Soil Capital

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    Soil Capital are a user-friendly digital platform that help farmers enhance revenues through the adoption of regenerative agricultural techniques. The carbon capturing of each user is then evaluated and retributed by the issuing of carbon credits.

    We chose to invest in Soil Capital because of the scalability of the project, as well as the hands-on methodology of the founders and accessibility of the technology, making it highly usable.

Visvires Protein

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    Visvires Protein is the second project funded by Visvres, who deploy venture capital to back teams developing transformative solutions for a more sustainable food and feed system. Through their funding, Visvires have helped grow some of the most iconic start-up companies revolutionising the world of food and agriculture today.

    We chose to invest in Visvires as they have established knowledge of food-related innovative technologies, coupled with a global mind-set. Furthermore, they accompany the management of their investments in their growth trajectory, centring a science-based approach.

EIF

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    The Ecosystem Integrity Fund ‘EIF’ is an early growth stage investor in companies contributing to environmental sustainability. EIF aims to use private capital to accelerate the transition towards sustainability, resulting in a healthier planet, healthier communities, and strong economic growth.

    We chose to invest in EIF because they socially and geographically compliment the vision and mission of Edaphon.

Renasci

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    Renasci aim to contribute to a world where waste is seen as a valuable resource rather than a burden, whilst providing fully integrated and customised waste valorisation solutions, globally.

    Renasci have achieved this by introducing Smart Chain Processing (SCP), an innovative process that combines multiple compatible waste-treatment technologies, enabling maximum material and energy recovery.

    We chose to invest in Renasci because the SCP process can be easily modified to adapt to local contexts and the specific input and output needs of the region, making it both a locally and globally accessible, science-backed resource.

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