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About Rabo Frontier Ventures

RFV, a strategic investment fund of 60 million, is a 100% subsidiary of Rabobank and is part of the broader innovation agenda, in which we support internal and external Fintech and Food & Agri ventures to scale their business. We will do this by providing capital and/ or non-financial support like access to our customers, knowledge and network.

RFV backs the best and most ambitious entrepreneurs that align with Rabobank’s strategic direction and help them make their ideas real and lasting. Working side- by- side we are able to transform the financial and food & Agri industry and build sustainable and future proof business models in this rapidly changing world.

The main focus of Rabobank is:

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Our Objectives

We are on the lookout for that, that will benefit Rabobank and her customers on the long term. We seek to build a portfolio of winners that can positively impact the Fintech and Food & Agri sector.

Our value proposition:

‘Access to customers, knowledge & network and scaling capabilities’
Distribution
Access to customers

We will help you leverage our footprint in the European Union and in the Food & Agri sector internationally. With over 7 million retail customers and 4 million globally in the Food & Agri sector, we will find ways to use our distribution power to get you the right access.

Network
Knowledge & network

With over 100 years of experience in the banking sector we live and breathe financial services. Not only will we give you access to our knowledge but provide you with world- class industry experts and access to our senior business sponsors.

Scale
Grow

Over the last couple years we have been working closely with startups and building ventures internally , of which some are currently scaling their business as independent label in the market. Working with these ventures extensively has paved the way internally to embrace and commit to disruptive solutions. This makes us an ideal partner for you, to help you build your venture to scale.

Meet the Team

We are a team of corporate entrepreneurs, innovators and M&A experts that have started many ventures and partnerships.

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Harrie Vollaard
Head of Rabo Frontier Ventures & Partnerships

Harrie Vollaard is the head of RFV and has been working for Rabobank since 1997. Harrie has a tremendous background in innovation at Rabobank as he spurred innovation in his role as Innovation Manager in 2002 and served as Head of Innovation from 2010 to 2016. Harrie is since 2014 part of of the development of the Rabobank Groupwide innovation strategy and also was the interim quartermaster of the Fintech & Innovation department until 2016. In his current role as Head of RFV Harrie established several partnerships with startups, manages the Fintech investments for the Rabobank, is involved in Fintech accelerator programs around the globe and created several spinoffs.

Martijn Scholtes
Chief Financial Officer

Martijn Scholtes is one of the managing directors of RFV and has been working for Rabobank since 2001. Martijn has a background in M&A, Corporate Finance, Private Equity and Business Control. In his role as CFO he is involved in the assessment, valuation, transaction structuring, portfolio management and the funding of RFV and its participations.

Jeroen van Doornik
Investment Director

Jeroen van Doornik joined Rabo Frontier Ventures in 2018 as an Investment Director. Jeroen is a venture capitalist with a background in strategy, entrepreneurship and business development. He is an experienced investor on both sides of the table – started a company in 2005 and exited it seven years later. Jeroen has an hands on approach with partners, entrepreneurs and management teams to grow their companies to the next level. In his current role Jeroen is focused on the deal flow, investments and portfolio management. Jeroen is also a member of the NVP education committee, the Dutch association for Private Equity and Venture Capital and a lecturer in Finance and Entrepreneurship at Universities RSM and UvA.

Henk Doorenspleet
Investment Specialist

Henk has been working for Rabobank since 1988 and is now active for RFV as an Investment Specialist. In previous Rabobank roles Henk achieved significant experience in IT as architect and banking to the ICT sectors and helping Rabobank customers with developing cooperative initiatives. Henk is also active in education, acts as non-exec for Divitel, a digital video system integrator and volunteers in several roles, especially in sustainable energy initiatives. 

Raymond Custers
Investment Specialist

After his studies at the Technical University of Delft Raymond spend some years working in the Telecoms Industry where he was involved in some new developments like IP-Telephony. Raymond has been working for Rabobank since 2008 after he joined RaboMobiel, a MVNO started by Rabobank, to explore the mobile channel for banking functionalities. From that time on Raymond was involved in all new developments that paved the way for the “mobile strategy of Rabobank”, like Mobile Payments, Customer Recognition & Engagement and Mobile Commerce. His interest is still in all new developments based on the usage of the mobile device in combination with Financial & Commerce Services. In his current role he is responsible for all activities associated with the management of RFV investment portfolio. In his current role Raymond manages and expands the portfolio of the fund by connecting the most promising start-ups and scale-ups in the world with RFV.

Maurits Lancee
Associate

After graduating at the Erasmus university, Maurits started working at Rabobank in the IT department in various roles. He has experience working with startups in the FinTech eco-system (London and Amsterdam) for multiple years. He is particularly interested in companies that are pursuing opportunities around financial well-being (retail customers), enabling entrepreneurs to grow and cybersecurity. In his current role he is responsible for all activities associated with the management of RFV investment portfolio. Maurits is also responsible for the partnerships that Rabobank has with FinTech accelerators/ incubators like Startupbootcamp and Innovation Lab by Accenture.

Khadija Loukili
Analyst

Khadija joined Rabo Frontier Ventures in July 2017 after multiple internships within Rabobank Group. During these years she worked in the Payments, Marketing and Fintech & Innovation teams. In her current role as an analyst she focuses on the key themes of the fund, performance reporting and the marketing/communication activities.

Portfolio

We eagerly partner with startups who also believe that a great collaboration can lead to not only better businesses but also a better world. Growing a better world together.

Investment Process

The focus of RFV is on new business models/revenue streams, often build on emerging technologies in of all areas in the Fintech and Food & Agri space.

We have divided our focus in to 4 themes:

Investment Criteria

Strategy
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Aligned with the innovation strategy of the Rabobank
Fit in the strategic investment themes
Horizon 3 (new market and new technology) opportunity for the Rabobank
Company profile
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Solving a clear customer pain
Funding needed for robust value proposition with a demonstrable need and product
Strong management team
Scalable and well out thought business model
Targeted sectors
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Fintech
Food & Agri

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