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Financial support

IFPEN’s support for innovation also takes the form of financial participation in specialized investment funds for the eco-industries and eco-energies sectors.

IFPEN provides technical expertise for the selections of companies to be supported.

Demeter Partners

For more than 10 years, IFPEN has contributed to the funds launched by Demeter Partners covering the entire equity chain, from start-up through to infrastructures dedicated to the environment and the energy transition. Within these funds, IFPEN also contributes its expertise in terms of selecting the companies to be supported.  As of 31 December 2016, the Demeter Partners' portfolio comprised 45 companies.



The Demeter expansion capital fund
This is the first European fund to specialize in eco-industries and eco-energies.
Representing a total of €105 million, the fund was created in 2005 on the initiative of IFPEN, the Caisse des dépôts (CDC Entreprises) and Veolia Environnement.

The Demeter 2 expansion capital fund
Launched in 2009 by the founders of Demeter and new subscribers, this fund, worth a total of €203 million, specializes in eco-industries and eco-energies, with a European scope.
The new themes covered by Demeter 2 include regional development, sustainable construction and clean transport, in particular electric vehicles.

The Demeter 3 Amorçage seed money fund
Launched in 2012 and with a final pot of €45 million in 2014, the Demeter 3 Amorçage seed money fund was set up with the support of the French National Start-up Fund (FNA), managed by Bpifrance and the European Investment Fund, associated with IFPEN and several industrial players: Suez Environnement-Blue Orange, Cofely-INEO and Air Liquide, joined by Nexity in 2014.
This fund is dedicated to investment in businesses developing innovative technologies in the eco-industries and eco-energies sectors. The companies supported must have significant technological barriers to overcome and set up collaborative projects with public or private research centers at a pre-marketing stage.

The Demeter 4 Infra fund
Launched at the start of 2015, Demeter 4 Infra supports infrastructure projects in the fields of the environment and the energy transition.
The fund has already made two investments: one in the field of energy efficiency (Efficentre: energy performance contract covering 18 high schools), the other in renewable energy production (Nesle wind farm).

The 3E seed money fund (Emertec-Energy-Environment)
Created in 2003 by IFPEN, the Caisse des dépôts and the CEA, this fund is dedicated to new environment technologies and targets start-up companies.

Rhône-Alpes regional investment fund
This mixed public-private fund, worth €29 million, was launched in June 2011 by the Rhône-Alpes region (now Auvergne -  Rhône-Alpes since the start of 2016) with a view to supporting the growth of companies in the region and promoting industry and associated services.
13 companies in the mechanics, electrical, materials, paper, cardboard and packaging, consumer and industrial goods sectors have already received backing.
IFPEN makes financial contributions to this fund, alongside the support it provides via various initiatives in the Auvergne - Rhône-Alpes region.


Spin-off support

IFPEN provides support to employees wishing to create companies that use innovative technologies and know-how developed or used by IFPEN, whatever their field of application, which neither IFPEN nor its subsidiaries intend to bring to market.

This encouragement system schedules an incubation period of 6 to 18 months, during which time IFPEN supports the employee’s project and shares its business start-up experience:

  • market research,
  • business model,
  • development plan,
  • legal and financial aspects,
  • search for and equipping of premises,
  • etc.

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Key figure

10 years
The age of the first investment fund launched by Demeter Partners.