01.Investments with purpose

01.Investments with purpose

Impact investing
– so how does it work?

Impact investments are investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. Impact investments can be made in both emerging and developed markets, and target a range of returns from below market to market rate, depending on investors' strategic goals.  The growing impact investment market provides capital to address the world’s most pressing challenges in sectors such as sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, conservation, microfinance, and affordable and accessible basic services including housing, healthcare, and education.

End poverty in all its forms everywhere Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all Reduce inequality within and among countries Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

02.My investment criteria

Sharing the same philosophy

Sharing the same philosophy

A team - best described by the three C's - Capable, Credible & Committed to make the world a better place. Believing in the power of business rational to deliver a sustainable solution.

With high impact - today

With high impact - today

Potential to deliver significant impact on supporting SDG’s and attractive financial returns. Starting today with a delivery timeline of 3-5 years.

Build on scalable, technology-based solutions

Build on scalable, technology-based solutions

Based on innovative and highly scalable technology and business solutions to maintain or even improve the standard of living whilst at the same time reducing the impact of human lifestyle on the environment.

A sounding portfolio fit

A sounding portfolio fit

Offers synergies and/or spill-over effects to my existing investments or network.

03.My current portfolio

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  • Solar as a service for commercial and industrial clients in emerging markets.

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    Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
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  • Clean propulsion systems for a sustainable maritime mobility

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    Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
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  • Better consumer packaging with inks to print OLEDs lighting and display applications

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    Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
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  • Smart electric mobility solutions for last mile delivery

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    Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
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04.My services

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For Start-ups
& Founders

  • Coaching & mentoring
  • Challenging the idea, plan and solution
  • Strategy development & business planning
  • Providing pre-seed money, personal expertise, network & management capacity
  • Securing finance beyond pre-seed phase
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For Impact Investors
& Fund Manager

  • Assessment & valuation of start-ups
  • Scouting & matchmaking
  • Co-Investments & syndication

05.News

Blog 07

Alexander Gerst’s letter to his grandchildren

How Alexander Gerst is motivating me to support all those entrepreneurs who are on a mission to leave our great planet in a better shape. This is my 2019 appeal to all of us.

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Will the first Global Impact Unicorn* come from the Nordics?

I had the great privilege to discuss this question with creative and courageous founders, environmental activists and other leaders of the Nordic Impact Ecosystem at last week’s Nordic Tech Week here in Berlin.

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Blog 05

Why food saving is hugely important for the climate

The other week, in my role as a member of the SIRPLUS advisory board, I was invited to the opening of their 2nd food saving store in Berlin. My expectations for the day were inspiring speeches, some drinks and snacks. Not quite...

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Blog 04

25th anniversary of the “Triple Bottom Line” phrase

During my weekly reading, I frequently discover material which truly inspires, entertains or educates me. One of these “gold nuggets” was a recent HRB article by John Elkington: “25 years ago, I coined the phrase “Triple Bottom Line”. Here is why it...

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Blog 03

Electric propulsion for African fishermen

Since 2007 the Siemens Foundation in cooperation with the Global Nature Fund, have been involved in a project to replace kerosene lamps, commonly used for night fishing at Lake Victoria in Africa, with solar powered LED lamps. Today, the Kenyan part of...

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A world’s first in the last mile delivery

Did you know that customer transport to and from IKEA stores adds up to c.14% of IKEA’s total CO2 footprint? Not surprisingly, the Ikea group encourages its businesses to test and introduce highly innovative transport solutions for its customers as part of...

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10 years NOW - Fuel cell - quo vadis?

The German hydrogen and fuel cell organisation (National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology – NOW GmbH) – the organisation tasked by the German Government to promote and support the comprehensive introduction of the fuel cell technology into the market - celebrated...

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06.About

Rainer Portrait

Dr. Rainer Hönig

After spending two decades working in Engineering, Business- and Program Management roles for Multinationals in the Aerospace, Energy and Marine sector I have a pretty good idea what’s truly needed for the transition towards a world of sustainable energy and mobility - and it’s not business as usual. It’s the power of disruptive technologies and innovative business models paired with passionate leadership and social responsibility. I’m happily married and father of two adult kids. My family and I live in Berlin, Germany.

rainer.hoenig@hbi-now.com