Dec. 13, 2022

Vaekstfonden - The seeding role of Government Funds in European Climate Tech (ft. Lars Nordal Jensen)

Lars holds a bachelor's degree in Philosophy & Economics and a master's in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen. Additionally, Lars has attended executive courses from Harvard Business School and the London School of Economics. Lars has previous experience from Vækstfonden (2012-2018), Erhvervs- og Byggestyrelsen (2009-2012) og Udenrigsministeriet (2004-2007). Lars was hired at Vækstfonden in August 2012.

We discuss:

- The role of sovereign/government funds in the EU Venture Capital scene

- Analysis of sovereign funds terms and trends

- The LP takes on today's Climate Tech ecosystem



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Lars Nordal Jensen is the Director of early stage and Fund of Funds investments at Vaestfonden, the Danish Growth Fund.

Since 1992, The Danish Growth Fund has financed more than 5,400 Danish companies with a total commitment of more than DKK 15 billion. The Danish Growth Fund invests equity and provides loans and guarantees for small as well as medium-sized enterprises in collaboration with private partners and Danish financial institutions

Lars has been with VF for more than 10 years now, occupying multiple roles.



00:00 - Introduction

02:07- Start

03:30 – How does a government fund function?

04:26 – Is the EU VC Industry high on soft money?

06:18 – What is the situation like in the U.S. and Asia?

06:53 – How does the EU reduce the dependency on government funds?

09:00 – How could government funds compress the time it takes to deploy capital to funds?

11:53 – Is it desirable to stretch the time of funds to create a market barrier?

13:29 – Are national quotas a bad thing and should they be abolished?

16:30 – Is there a fear that sovereign funds might crowd up the market?

19:03 – Should sovereign funds cooperate more across Europe?

20:45 – How could government funds help increase diversity?

23:45 – Is there too much capital investment in green and sustainable innovation?

24:53 – Is it still a good moment to invest in Climate Tech?

25:50 – Does it make sense to invest only in Article 9 funds from now on?

27:11 – What can investors do to avoid “greenwashing”?

29:08 – Value that Article 9 brings

31:01 – Dual carry structure

32:40 – Rapid Fire Round



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Lars Nordal Jensen