In brief: AP1 and LGT commit to climate impact fund

Norwegian first time fund Sandwater has reached a final close at NKr1.4bn for a venture fund focusing on climate and health tech in Europe.

The first Swedish national pension fund, known as AP1, and private bank LGT have an appetite for early venture risk in pursuit of impact: both are LPs in Norwegian firm Sandwater’s debut fund, which closed at NKr1.4 billion ($130 million; €120 million).

The fund invests in late seed to series B companies in themes including resource efficiency, energy transition, impact enablers and health tech. Sandwater describes the fund as “a thematic Article 8 investor with a strong impact mandate”. Other LPs include the European Investment Fund, Norwegian state-backed investors Nysnø and Investinor, and the Canica and Lærdal family offices.

Sandwater was established in 2021 by managing partners Kristian Melhuus and Tom Even Mortensen, a former adviser to Summa Equity.