Strategy and funding are two sides of the same coin. Implementing a strategy takes funds, while fundraising will not work without a solid strategic plan. We provide strategy development and fund raising in an integrated proposition.
Funds are raised from a variety of sources: private investors, banks, and public funds such as grants, soft loans, tax incentives. We always aim for the mix with the lowest cost of capital, which is why we usually start with public funds: they are cheap and they do not require dilution.
We do not have a preference for a particular technology area, business sector or company size. Our work is less about providing the right answers than it is about asking the questions that a prospective funding agency, bank or equity investor would ask about the business, the technology and the financials.
We prepare the documents for the deal and assist our clients all the way through until all the funds have been used and the administrative requirements have been met. This allows our clients to do what they do best: build their businesses.
Meet our team
Why do our clients hire us?
We help them sharpen their companies’ strategic plans and develop roadmaps with clear, measurable proof points.
We translate these roadmaps to fundable projects and write winning applications for subsidies and grants for these projects.
We team up with our clients to secure funds from banks and private investors—if and when such funds are needed.
We serve the interests of our clients, not those of any funder.
We invest in our clients
Contrary to what is still customary in the world of consultancy, we choose to work for a result-based fee. This does entail a certain risk but we do not see a good reason why it should be our clients’ to bear. Instead, our approach aligns our interests with those of our clients and nurtures a healthy relationship with them. Our clients are used to being rewarded for the quality of their product or service and expect nothing less of us. After all, we are enterpeneurs too.
Benedict Peax have been incredibly successful at raising grants and credits for us. And their service is not a matter of hit-and-run: they stayed with us to help administer the project and prepare progress reports in accord with the funding agencies’ requirements. But their value has greatly exceeded the money they brought in. They have helped us shape our roadmap and strategy. Without their nagging questions and the insistence with which they asked them, we would not be where we are today.
The people at Benedict Peax have supported our company from its very incorporation. They helped us sharpen our strategy and roadmaps, and they helped us obtain a PoC loan, an Innovation Credit, WBSO tax relief, collaboration grants—and there are still applications pending! They also helped us close a deal with an equity investor. Their profiles and expertise merge into an exceptional combination of subsidy adviser, strategy consultant and corporate finance expert.
Benedict Peax combines top-level technical expertise with a real understanding of the practical problems faced on a daily basis by the entrepreneur. Where bankers may be risk-averse, corporate finance experts aloof (and expensive!), subsidy consultants one-dimensional, the people at Benedict Peax are kind but direct, down-to-earth but experts in their fields. They’re not cheap but any alternative would have cost us much more in terms of loss of opportunity. When the going gets tough, they’re the ones to call.
Working for Benedict Peax
Benedict Peax is looking for two Strategic Funding consultants: one with a focus on raising public funds, the other with a focus on raising private funds. Since a good command of the Dutch language is a prerequisite, both postings are written in Dutch.
Benedict Peax BV
Johan Huizingalaan 400
1066 JS Amsterdam
+31 629 446 159