Amsterdam, 14 October – Land Life Company is on the rise. The Amsterdam-based scaleup has raised 6 million euros with the Achmea Innovation Fund, sustainable investment fund Meewind, DOEN Participates and the Grantham Environmental Trust.
Developing and applying innovative technology across the reforestation value chain, Land Life Company plants trees at scale around the world. The business model focusses on nature restoration projects as a way to compensate for business to reach their climate and sustainability goals. The capital injection will be used for the growth of the company and to increase the speed of technological developments.
As of January 1, 2021 Ernst-Jan Stigter, general manager of Microsoft in the Netherlands, will join Land Life Company as the new CEO.
Land Life Company’s mission is to help restore the world’s two billion hectares of degraded land.
With an array of technologies, from robots, drones and artificial intelligence to monitoring technology, all of the projects produce extensive scientific data and transparency. The results are diverse forests in places where trees were unable to regenerate due to severe land degradation. The company is quickly expanding and continues to increase its large-scale reforestation, with a focus on Spain, the U.S. and Australia. In 2018, over 300,000 trees were planted, and 1 million trees were added the following year. During this 2020/2021 planting season, more than 2 million more trees will go in the ground.
— Jurriaan Ruys, current CEO and co-founder of Land Life Company
DOEN Participates and the Grantham Environmental Trust were already on board as investors of Land Life Company. The Achmea Innovation Fund is taking a significant minority participation in Land Life Company, and it will become the largest external investor of the company. Fund manager Katharina Maass, will join the Supervisory Board of Land Life Company. In addition, several informal investors have also joined this funding round.
— Katharina Maass
Jurriaan Ruys, former McKinsey partner, founded Land Life Company in 2013 together with the founder of Bugaboo International, Eduard Zanen. Under his wings, the company has flourished to a successful scaleup with an international team of dedicated entrepreneurs, ecologists, engineers and operations specialists and a portfolio of successful global reforestation projects. As of January 1, 2021 Ernst- Jan Stigter takes the position. Ruys will be the majority shareholder and will transition to the supervisory board of Land Life Company.
— Ernst-Jan Stigter
About Land Life Company
Land Life Company is a technology-driven nature restoration company that plants trees and restores degraded land at scale. Land Life Company offers corporations and organizations with an ambitious sustainability agenda a holistic and transparent way to take climate action and to compensate for their net carbon emissions through nature restoration. With a mission to help restore the 2 billion hectares of degraded land in the world, Land Life Company applies data and technology, such as drones, artificial intelligence and monitoring applications, to every step of the planting process. Planting trees where it is needed most, Land Life Company’s projects revitalize important ecosystems, improve biodiversity and create social and economic benefits to local communities. It’s impact you can see.