Here you can find information about exits from the BonVenture portfolio
AETAS Lebens- und Trauerkultur
AETAS provides companionship in the event of a death of a dear one. In addition to the settlement of the bureaucratic and official duties that a burial requires, AETAS considers the provision of comprehensive and personal support of the bereaved throughout the burial process to be a vital part of the service it provides. AETAS is particularly experienced in providing companionship to parents after the death of a child. AETAS' staffs are specially trained to provide companionship in such times of sorrow.
2009 AETAS organised seminars for 800 people working in elderly care, hospices, in grief counselling, schools and parishes (2007 & 2008: 500 people).
Duration of BV involvement: 2004 – 2010.
Ashoka Deutschland gGmbH
Ashoka is the largest support organisation worldwide for social entrepreneurs with an innovative approach to finding effective, sustainable solutions to social problems. Since 1980, Ashoka has contributed to the implementation of new projects in the fields of education, human rights, healthcare and environmental protection in 50 countries. Ashoka offers social entrepreneurs stipends, a platform for the exchange of information, support and contacts as well as involvement in the global network of "Ashoka Fellows". Ashoka is also active in German speaking countries, since the establishment of Ashoka Deutschland GmbH in 2004.
By the end of 2008 the number of German social entrepreneurs selected as Ashoka Fellows had reached 20.
Duration of BV involvement: 2006 – 2008. Ashoka Deutschland gGmbH continues to be a network partner of BonVenture. And the successful cooperation, for example in supporting social entrepreneurs, remains in place.
A former portfolio project of BonVenture gGmbH: BISS e.V.(Citizens in Social Difficulty) is a newspaper project that has been helping citizens experiencing social difficulties to help themselves since 1993. The magazine is distributed almost exclusively by current or previously homeless people. From the sale price of 2.20 EUR the sellers receive 80 cents for every magazine they sell. The distinguishing approach of the BISS project, in comparison to other street newspapers, is to offer the opportunity of employment to its distributors.
Byt the end of 2010 BISS had monthly sales of 37,000 (11 editions per year) and was distributed through 96 salespeople. Many of the sellers have been able to find an apartment and/or work. BISS is working on new projects in addition to the publication of the magazine.
email charity GmbH
email charity GmbH has developed an innovative way of leveraging e-mails to generate donations to charity. It´s easy and costs nothing to implement: all participants do is include a link in their e-mail signature to the charity projects they are supporting. So with every mail sent out, recipients have the option of clicking on the link and making a donation - online if they wish.
By the end of 2009 5,000 supporters had signed up to include a charity banner in their e-mail signatures. Around 3.1 million e-mails had been sent, each of them advertising partner charities supported by email charity.
Duration of BV involvement: 2008-2009. Due to changes in management and an unpredictable agitation of the online advertising market email charity was closed as a company in 2009.
Institut für Vermittlungscoaching / VC-Coaching eG
People have greater success in finding work once they know what they really want. This was the basic idea with which Thomas Heinle set out when he founded the Institut für Vermittlungscoaching, an organisation which encourages an active approach towards job hunting. It is a method that can lead to success, even uncovering job opportunities that are not on the open market. The long-term unemployed in particular benefit.
By the end of 2007 around 700 people had received training through the Institut für Vermittlungscoaching. Centres of competence, set up in cooperation with Lebensunternehmer eG, provide job information, workshops and coaching in several cities in Germany.
Duration of BV involvement: 2004 – 2008.
A portfolio project of BonVenture gGmbH: Kunterbunt e.V., which was founded in 1994, organises leisure and travel activities across Europe for handicapped people. The activities are open to children, adolescents and adults in Germany, regardless of the type and severity of their handicap. Kunterbunt seeks to give all participants the opportunity to experience new challenges away from their everyday environments and to pursue their own interests. The programme also provides a welcome break for the families of these handicapped people. In 2005 almost 600 handicapped people took part in activities put on by Kunterbunt.
Kunterbunt Reisen e.V.
A former portfolio project of BonVenture gGmbH, Kunterbunt e.V., which was founded in 1994, organises leisure and travel activities across Europe for handicapped people. The activities are open to children, adolescents and adults in Germany, regardless of the type and severity of their handicap. Kunterbunt seeks to give all participants the opportunity to experience new challenges away from their everyday environments and to pursue their own interests. The programme also provides a welcome break for the families of these handicapped people.
Since the start of Kunterbunt and through to the end of 2012, around 9,500 people had made use of the travel and leisure activities offered by the organisation.
Duration of BV involvement: 2004 – 2012.
A portfolio project of BonVenture gGmbH: A non-profit-making association set up to inform the public about the power structures and influencing strategies of privileged interest groups. It delivers ideas on how to achieve greater transparency, and promotes democratic control in Germany and the EU. LobbyControl aims to set clear limits for the influence of lobbies in politics and public life.
A former portfolio project of BonVenture I GmbH & Co. KG., Solarlite GmbH has developed an innovative, new mini power station that exploits thermal solar energy. This stand-alone system generates steam for heating/cooling and electrical power in the low-temperature area. Easy to use and cost-effective, the system is a contribution to reducing CO2 emissions and our dependence on fossil fuels. In 2012 Solarlite GmbH was forced to declare insolvency. The cause was the unexpected market shift towards photovoltaics because of the Chinese government´s subsidies policy and the non-fulfilment of contractual obligations and payments by two customers.
Social impact: One of Solarlite´s projects was the construction in Thailand of the world´s first parabolic trough power plant based on direct steam generation (5 MW electrical power).
Duration of BV involvement: 2007 – 2012.
For some, finding the money to fund their further-educational ambitions is simply impossible. studienaktie.org is an organisation that sources loans from the private sector and makes them available to aspiring students. It acts as a mediator between the loan applicants and the private lenders, sponsors or coaches. The loan recipient pledges to pay back the loan from their future salary. studienaktie provides a sample contract and acts as a consultant for both parties.
Social impact: By the start of 2010 studienaktie had acquired 30 investors and facilitated loan contracts for 13 aspiring students. Applications from a further 25 people were being processed, with four contracts about to be signed.
Duration of BV involvement: 2007 – 2010.
Testbiotech e.V. – Institute for Biotechnology Impact Assessment
A a portfolio project of BonVenture gGmbH: Testbiotech investigates the potential ecological, health-related and socio-economic risks and consequences of advances in biotechnology, in particular connected with genetically modified plants and livestock. The institute also seeks to cast light on the structures, content and goals of biotechnology research and genetic engineering in the field of agriculture, opening them up to public scrutiny. It poses critical questions and operates on a transparent and unbiased basis. Testbiotech is a centre of competence and institute for independent research into the risks and impact of biotechnology and genetic engineering, operating at the interface between public information, research and politics. Testbiotech is supported by well known, independent experts who have been engaged in assessing the impact of genetic engineering for many years.