Chrysalix SET is an Amsterdam-based venture capitalist firm managing investments in early and growth stage European technology companies with high growth potential that also have an impact on the future of energy in this world. We care about sustainability issues and want to contribute in a meaningful way, while maximizing returns for our investors by creating valuable companies. Typically these companies are active in the markets for sustainable energy generation, smart grid, transmission, storage and energy efficiency. At the same time we embrace a wide variety of innovative business models in areas like software, services, technology licensing, engineering know how, material science and product delivery.
The experienced Chrysalix SET investment team and partners have shown that their value chain investment philosophy and company building capabilities provide more than just financing. We have a long standing venture capital track record in various industries, since 2007 exclusively focused on sustainable energy technologies. The whole team comes from the industry and is geared towards the interests of its limited partners and the portfolio companies it has invested in.
WHY ARE WE DIFFERENT?
Exclusively on European technologies that can have an impact on future energy in the world. This pure-play approach provides us with deep understanding of the business challenges and issues.
We are a founding member of The Chrysalix Global Network (GCN), a premier alliance of independent, top-tier venture capital firms in different geographies. CGN is an unique combination of:
geographically focused and independent venture capital firms with strong local deal flow, local networks and company building capabilities
benefiting from global insights in technology and market developments and access to networks in other regions.
One Global brand recognition improves deal flow. A Global network helps to grow portfolio companies faster across regions by building partnerships.
OUR INVESTMENT PHILOSOPHY
Chrysalix SET employs a value chain investment philosophy when evaluating the potential of in-scope technology companies. It is not just the technology that determines the success of a start-up company, no matter how advanced, novel or low-cost it might be compared to other technologies.
Chrysalix SET believes that only a sophisticated vision on how to solve anticipated bottlenecks in relevant value chains, combined with solid technology and a great management team able to execute this vision can build a successful company, yielding great returns for investors.
Key evaluation criteria are whether a start-up company really seems capable of solving an issue in the value chain of the future, and if the company will can have a sustainable competitive advantage solving that bottleneck at the right time.
We are convinced that Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) aspects of the business are an integral part of the future sustainability of any organization. Therefore we apply ESG principles to our own operations and expect portfolio companies to do the same.
Chrysalix SET is an experienced company builder. Early and growth stage companies often have a combination of promising business models and technologies aswell as enthusiastic founders. However, to grow they will need to develop market traction, add production capabilities and build up and professionalize the organization.
To bring their promise to fruition, the team often needs to be complemented or changed during the growth of the company. Chrysalix SET aims to recognize these needs early on and recruits via their personal network or recruitment agencies.
Furthermore, Chrysalix SET strives to ensure focus on execution of the strategy by means of clear milestone planning, to be agreed upon between investors and management, and supports in building partnerships via its network in and outside Europe.