Financing Energy-Saving Measures
Citizens, members or customers finance your energy saving measure by means of crowdinvesting. In return, you share the resulting cost savings with them and present yourself as a sustainable and future-oriented company.
Cost reductions that finance themselves
The energy efficiency measure finances itself by the cost savings it achieves.
A portion of the costs saved by the measure benefit you immediately, while the other portion is used to repay your financiers, in other words, the employees, customers and other citizens that make up the crowd. The latter receive an annuity in the form of a partial repayment plus interest. The repayments will, of course, be coordinated by bettervest.
Through a reduction in your fixed costs, you improve your cashflow, directly reduce your energy costs as well as your vulnerability against rising energy prices in the future. Improve your competitiveness now!
Credit lines are kept open
We finance up to 100% of all costs (implementation, independent appraiser, financial costs, bettervest fee)
Given the nature of a subordinate loan, the loans received via bettervest will be noted in your balance sheet as subordinate liabilities. This enables you to concentrate your financial capacities on your core business, since your bank credit lines are left untouched. Additionally, by investing in optimising your energy usage your fixed assets are strengthened.
Since we are dealing with subordinate loans, there is also no need to provide any guarantees or collateral.
Lastly, the bettervest loan can be combined with a bank credit in order to finance your equity capital.
Customer acquisition and sustainable branding
Societal interest in sustainability is on the rise. By tackling the energy transition through crowdinvesting, your project can gain a great deal of awareness.
Crowdinvesting is aninnovative marketing, PR and corporate social responsibility tool while simultaneously being a means of financing your energy efficiency measure. You can bolster customer loyalty, acquire new customers and engage employees by giving them the opportunity to invest in sensible, transparent and ecological projects.
By optimising your energy efficiency you present yourself a an environmentally-friendly company. Such a positive company image is crucial in a world where employees, customers and business partners place emphasis on environmental and social responsibility.
The average invested sum on our platform is 800€. Thus, a bettervest project with a funding limit of 80.000€ can be achieved by 100 investors. This means that at least 100 people have become aware about your company and have engaged directly with you.
bettervest ensures your positive contribution is publicised as well as any other previous CSR-measures you have undertaken, on which no light has been shed. We communicate your engagement to:
our > 6.000 registered users
our > 19.000 Facebook fans
and target audiences of your choice: new customers/employees (depending on marketing package chosen)
Awareness is raised through:
Video content, project photos and company profile listed on the platform
Sharing your project on social media channels
PR (Newspaper, Radio, TV) through local and specialised press, tailored campaign planning (depending on project size). As well as being interested in the energy transtition, the press is especially intrigued by things that are out of the ordinary. Being able to leverage local engagement in order to tackle the energy transition from the ground up definitely generates interest, proven by the fact that our projects have been covered by several major German media channels.
bettervest as experienced partner for energy project crowdfunding
At the same time bettervest offers you a network of partners as well as a thorough financial and technical assessment of your projects, to ensure its success.
bettervest provides access to:
Expert energy consultants
Neutral and independent information and consultations regarding technological solutions and innovations
Your project is subjected to critical technical and financial assessments by:
The bettervest team
The crowd (after online publication)
Brand yourself as a socially and environmentally responsible employer
89% of German citizens classify the energy transition as either important or very important (source: Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft 2014). 40% of German citizens claim that they would be willing to spend more money towards CSR-oriented companies (source: Nielsen Global Survey on Corporate Social Responsibility 2014). When searching for a job 50% of people under the age of 40 claim their choice is influenced by the sustainability strategy of the employer (source: Bain & Company, The big green talent machine 2013). Several companies, municipalities and counties are setting ecological and social criteria according to which business partners are selected.
Use this opportunity to engage your employees and customers and strengthen their relationship to your company.
We offer you:
A citizen engagement tool that requires little effort on your part
The ability to strengthen ties with employees and customers through active participation
Positive ecological impact
Every measure helps protect natural resources or saves energy. As such, CO2 emissions are reduced
bettervest and its network will support you in achieving maximum CO2 emissions reductions
So far, we have been able to realise approx. 50 projects and prevent many tons of CO2from being emitted into the atmosphere. The exact figures are listed on our homepage.
What previous project owners think:
Checklist for project proposals
- The project reduces CO2 emissions or the usage of natural resources.
- The project generates revenue, reduces costs or falls in the category of project development.
- The company seeking funds is based in Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Singapore or Nigeria or willing to establish a subsidiary (SPV) in one of these countries.
- The company exists for 3 years and has at least 1 year experience in the field with references to show for it.
- The technology is commercially viable and has successfully completed the pilot stage.
- The company has at least 3 employees (including shareholding unpaid employees).
- The funding volume exceeds 100,000 € but is no higher than 2,500,000 €.
- The project owner commits a minimum of 10,000 € as equity in order to set a minimum funding threshold.
Non-binding consultation with bettervest
bettervest hereby commits itself to using any confidential information solely for the purpose of assessing the project. Only with your consent will information be made accessible to third parties.