We believe in the power and inventiveness of people.

A-Spark Good Ventures invests in (social) entrepreneurs worldwide, giving an impulse to realize innovative projects and ideas.
We look for, select and invest in ideas that are commercially interesting, innovative and preferably good for our planet, our communities and for future generations.

Take a look at the rest of our website to learn more about us, our investments and our partners.

A-Spark Good Ventures connects people and means to transform good ideas into reality.

Our network, our expertise and, where needed, our financial resources are being made available to get projects started and grow so that they reach an independent, viable level.
We unite a business-like approach and ‘out of the box’ thinking with involvement and passion.

Our interests range from environmentally and socially responsible aquaculture businesses in Indonesia to a start-up that creates a true community marketplace for parking in Baltimore- from an entertainment events company in the Netherlands to creating a Marine Protected Area in Mozambique - from Ecotourism in Mexico to a support system for cycle rickshaw drivers in India.
We embrace many exciting and innovative ideas and don't restrict these by sector or geography.

Do you have a business start up idea that needs capital?
We’d love to hear from you.

A-Spark Good Ventures Investment procedure

Ankita Foods

Murali Dulari Development Trust’s project “Ankita” addresses the problem of hygiene and handling of food by street vendors. The project will create a central kitchen to supply good quality raw food products to be sold in carts, and by designing smarter modular food carts they ensure hygiene & quality is maintained. MDDT seeks to support women by creating opportunities for employment in food production and by selling the carts directly to women vendors.


Aqua-Spark, Invests in sustainable aquaculture

Aqua-Spark is a global investment fund based in Utrecht, the Netherlands that makes investments in sustainable aquaculture businesses that generate investment returns, while creating positive social and environmental impact. The fund invests everywhere (no regional focus) in small to medium enterprises that are working, toward the production of safe, accessible aquatic life, such as fish, shellfish and plants, in a way that does not harm the health of the planet.
www.aqua-spark.nl


Biocore

Biocore is a trading company in organic and biodynamic cereals and frozen vegetables.
We are importing the cereals from all over the world, with a focus on the Eastern part of Europe. Biocore Ukraine BV is part of the Biocore Holding and specialized in the import of organic cereals and by products from the Ukraine.
The organic vegetables are for the majority grown in the Netherlands, we sell our products to various customers in the feed and food industry.The organic market is the future, we are part of that future and want to develop this with all means.
www.biocore.nl


ER Accelerator 2 + 3 + 4

Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator brings together more then 180+ mentors including leading entrepreneurs, operators, functional experts and investors to make start-ups succeed and reach their goals! From testing a product to validating with consumers or jump-starting sales, their mentors have the know-how to help get your startup off the ground.

www.eranyc.com or take a look at the portfolio of Era 2 + 3 + 4.


Fellowship Pacific Region

In September 2011 A-Spark attended the Pacific Oceanscape in Auckland to announce our offer to support to the Pacific Island States to protect the integrity of their Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ’s) from the impact of climate change. Currently it is not clear how rising sea levels will affect the legal status of EEZ’s around submerging low-lying atolls and islands.
A-Spark feels that legal research and legal action to help Pacific Island States in the face of this threat is a cause worth supporting. A-Spark will provide one or two postdoctoral researchers with all means to investigate the status of the EEZ's: an A-Spark Fellowship, the help of an international lawyer and the expertise of a vast and dedicated network.
You can find more info on the Pacific Oceanscape and the Pacific Islands Forum
under these links: Pacific Oceanscape | Pacific Islands Forum


Inclusion Group

Inclusion Group International's mission is to release the power of financial services to all people. The company develops payment infrastructures that facilitate electronic payment transactions for both the banked and unbanked. The company has built a nationwide payment infrastructure in Egypt and is currently expanding to other emerging markets.
Website under construction


Fish 2.0

Fish 2.0 is a business competition that will create connections between fishing and aquaculture businesses and investors who want to support the sustainable seafood industry. The completion will help businesses in the sustainable seafood sector grow and take advantage of new markets, and it will help investors find new investment opportunities and learn about the sector. Participants will compete for cash prizes and opportunities to present their business ideas to new investors.
www.fish20.com


Marck Events

Marck Events is an entertainment company in the Netherlands that is know for its professionalism in this field. Last year they organized Bavaria open Air, a major event that will transform into Brabant Open Air in 2012.
www.brabantopenair.nl


Parking Panda

Parking Panda is a young and rapidly growing startup with a vision for making parking painless and inexpensive. Goal is to create a true community marketplace for parking. The product allows parking space owners to capitalize on their underutilized parking spaces by renting them out to a community of drivers.
www.parkingpanda.com


PPCE (Payroll Processing Company Egypt )

PPCE offers Personnel and Payroll services to companies and other institutions in Egypt.
From using an online state of the art E-Payroll solution until full outsourcing of companies Payroll and Personnel administration. PPCE is a subsidiary of PPCI (Payroll Processing Company International).
www.ppc-egypt.com


SMV Wheels

SMV Wheels aims to provide ownership within 1 year time and post sales services of a better designed, low cost manual rickshaw- push cart along with comprehensive social security (Insurance, legal licenses, photo ID cards, uniform) to the estimated 10 million manual rickshaw pullers and 20 million push cart vendors in India. This concept is in contradiction to the existing practice in which the pullers rent the vehicle, possibly for the lifetime of activity, with no scope for ownership. An initiative to convert "Human Beast of Burden" to "Dignified Humans".
www.smvwheels.com


Student Jobs

Student Jobs is Canada's website for student jobs, internships, part-time and entry level jobs. It's their mission to find study related jobs that will give students valuable work experience for their future careers.
www.student-jobs.ca


Think Beyond Plastic

A-Spark Good Ventures is proud to be a sponsor of Think Beyond Plastic, a contest that will award a $50,000 prize for the best business innovation idea that will help solve plastic pollution. Plastic pollution is a problem that the world has just begun to understand. It is massive and urgent. Recycling is not a adequate solution to the increasing consumption of disposable plastic. We seek solutions that will supoort the call to reduce the planetary plastic footprint. Can you help us spread the word about this awesome opportunity?
www.thinkbeyondplastic.com


Conservation International

People depend on nature for many things. A stable climate. Clean air. Fresh water. Abundant food. Cultural resources. And the incalculable additional benefits the world’s biodiversity provides. Conservation International (CI) works to ensure a healthy and productive planet for us all.


Mission Blue

Mission Blue is a global initiative formed in response to Sylvia Earle's 2009 TED Prize wish. Dr. Earle urged people "to use all means at your disposal -- films, expeditions, the web, new submarines -- to create a campaign to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas; Hope Spots large enough to save and restore the blue heart of the planet."


Acumen Fund

Acumen Fund invests in social enterprises, emerging leaders, and breakthrough ideas. We use patient capital to support and scale businesses that bring critical goods and services like clean water, sustainable energy, quality healthcare, affordable housing, and agricultural inputs to low-income people. To date we have invested $74 million in over 65 companies that have touched over 86 million lives.


Plastic Pollution Coalition

Plastic Pollution Coalition is a global alliance of individuals, organizations and businesses working together to stop plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals and the environment. With its work, Plastic Pollution seeks to put plastic pollution at the forefront of global social, environmental and political discourse.


WorldFish Center

The WorldFish Center, a CGIAR Consortium Research Center, is an international, non-profit research organization dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger by improving fisheries and aquaculture. The CGIAR is a global research partnership for a food secure future. Its science is carried out by the 15 research centers of the CGIAR Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations.


Toniic

Toniic is an international impact investor network promoting a sustainable global economy by investing in entrepreneurs addressing the fundamental needs of people and planet. A-Spark Good Ventures is a member of Toniic.


Global Partnership for Oceans

The Global Partnership for Oceans is a growing alliance of more than 100 government, international organizations, civil society groups and private sector interests committed to addressing the threats to the health, productivity and resilience of the world's oceans. It aims to tackle widely documented problems of overfishing, pollution, and habitat loss. Together these problems are contributing to the depletion of a natural resource bank that provides nutrition, livelihoods and vital ecosystem services.


Manta Consulting Inc.

Manta Consulting Inc. works with philanthropists, investors, businesses, non-profits and social change leaders to bring structure, knowledge and substance to new ideas and initiatives around sustainable resource use. The leaders of Manta are especially passionate about fisheries and renewable energy. They are deeply involved in helping impact investors create strategies to invest their time and money effectively in these fields.


Fish 2.0

Fish 2.0 is a business competition that will create connections between fishing and aquaculture businesses and investors who want to support the sustainable seafood industry. The competition will help businesses in the sustainable seafood sector grow and take advantage of new markets, and it will help investors find new investment opportunities and learn about the sector. Participants will compete for cash prizes and opportunities to present their business ideas to new investors.


A-Spark Good Ventures
Achter Sint Pieter 5
3512HP Utrecht
The Netherlands

+31 30 8200369
info@a-spark.nl
We’d like to learn more about you and the ideas you have. When you think you have a viable business plan and if you’re looking for investors please let us know.

The easiest way to reach us is by email, or have someone connect us. Before you send us your executive summary please check the A-Spark investment-procedure that you find here.