SHIFT is managed by New Balance Impact Investors (NBI). NBI manages early stage venture capital funds with a purpose. We work with a diverse and experienced team committed to accelerate innovation by supporting the creation of great companies. Next to SHIFT Invest NBI manages the Mainport Innovation Fund.

SHIFT is a venture capital fund that exclusively invests in innovative enterprises with a significant positive environmental impact potential. We believe innovation and entrepreneurship are necessary to help restore the balance between nature and society. As an impact investor, we take financial and impact risks that conventional investors are not able or prepared to take. In doing so, we contribute to the sustainability transition. We invest in promising environmental start-ups, providing them with access to growth capital, our network and 12 years of impact investment experience.


Multi-stage fund
From pre-seed all the way to commercial success

Impact focused
Profound environmental impact expertise

Valuable partner network
Strong network with involved partners

Long-term support
Relatively long-term investor with pockets for follow-on investments

Strong track record
+ 12 years track record of hands-on investments in > 45 startups 


SHIFT has a fund-level impact mission to bring back the balance between nature and society by fighting climate change, loss of biodiversity and depletion of the resources of the planet. We do so by supporting and investing in innovative start and scale ups contributing to this mission in the themes: smart food & agriculture, green industries, energy transition and sustainable mobility and logistics. 

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We actively support our portfolio companies in making sure impact remains a top priority. We help formally integrate impact in policy and decision making and select follow-on investors that share the same commitment. To ensure our investment and incentives schemes are aligned with our impact mission, part of our team’s success fee is dependent on the funds environmental impact performance. We perform an annual in-depth impact monitoring process together with our portfolio companies and share impact results in our Impact Report. The impact results are also discussed with our Investment Advisory and Impact Committees to check-in on progress and flag potential areas for improvement and impact maximalization.

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