DSM Venturing

Backing startups that will change the world

DSM Venturing provides funding, coaching, and support for startups that will
transform health, nutrition, and bioscience. Sound like you?

Investing with purpose

Since 2001, we’ve invested in more than 100 startups that are working to tackle the world’s toughest challenges. As the venture capital arm of DSM, a global science-based and purpose-led company, we connect founders to funding, expertise, and technology to help them succeed.

What we are looking for

We are on the ground and especially active in North America and Europe, looking to engage with startups in our three focus areas:

  • Health, Nutrition and Care
  • Animal Nutrition and Health
  • Taste, Texture & Health

This scope includes start-ups with digital and tech models that will help us explore personalization and precision.

How we work

We support inventors and entrepreneurs with everything from ideation to operating a sustainable business. We aim to take an active role in startup activities at the board level, while enabling founders to thrive as independent entrepreneurs.

In addition to supporting startups with the substantial scientific and commercial resources of DSM, our team of investment directors draws on decades of collective experience to power startups’ success. 

Our basic investment principles

We typically invest between €1m to €20m over a venture’s lifetime, with a first investment between €100k to €5m.

We take minority ownership stakes, usually between 5-25%.

We can lead rounds or follow another investor’s lead. We prefer to syndicate deals to ensure there is sufficient working capacity for future rounds.

We play from (pre-) seed funding through IPO, as long as there is a good strategic fit.

We are active partners and usually offer to serve on the Board of the start-ups in our portfolio.

  • Our portfolio

    Our portfolio

    DSM Venturing provides start-up funding, coaching and support for start-up companies that share our purpose of creating brighter lives for all.

  • Meet the team

    Meet the team

    Our highly experienced team is composed of business leaders in innovation, with many years of entrepreneurial and investment experience between us.

  • Get in touch

    Get in touch

    If you are an entrepreneur, scientist, or investor working to create a brighter future for our planet and society, feel free to contact us.