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Our founding team

Laurens Groenendijk

Companies founded

Just Eat, Treatwell, Miinto,Hiber, Dutch Founders Fund

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Laurens Groenendijk

You can say that Laurens knows his way around the Dutch startup ecosystem. Having previously founded Just-Eat, Treatwell, Miinto and nano-satellite challenger Hiber, he knows his fair share of building and scaling businesses.

As one of the co-founders and managing partners of the Dutch Founders Fund, Laurens is largely concerned with helping our portfolio companies in what he does best: growing marketplaces, driving sales and advising on e-commerce. He likes founders who dream and do big. Those who can scale with lightning speed and those who are not afraid to fail.

On the weekends, you can find Laurens on the hockey field or playing padel. He holds a degree in Commercial Economics from the Utrecht university of Applied Sciences.

Laurens Groenendijk
Founding Partner

Patrick Kerssemakers

Companies founded

Fonq, Dutch Founders Fund

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Patrick Kerssemakers

Patrick is one of the co-founders and managing partner of the Dutch Founders Fund. Being a pioneer in online retailing as one of the early founders of Fonq, Patrick brings in over 20 years of operational- and practical experience in e-commerce, online marketplaces and strategic partnerships.

Patrick has a strong customer-focus and knows a great deal of growing both teams and businesses. He likes founders with creative business models and those who dare to step out of their comfort zone - much like himself. 

He is the chairman of the LOEY foundation, an organization that stimulates online entrepreneurship in the Netherlands. Patrick holds a Master of Business Administration from the Utrecht University of Applied Science.

Patrick Kerssemakers
Founding Partner

Hidde Hoogcarspel

Companies founded

Spacebuzz, Schoolkassa, Dutch Founders Fund

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Hidde Hoogcarspel

Hidde is one of the founders and managing partners of the Dutch Founders Fund. He is an experienced finance professional with a strong interest in combining data with creativity. 

Before starting the Dutch founders Fund, Hidde was one of the founders of the Spacebuzz Foundation, an organization that introduces outer space to every child on earth. He is also one of the founders of SchoolKassa, a platform that makes parental contributions more transparent.

Hidde likes to transform businesses to make them future proof. What does that mean you ask? Becoming tech-enabled and data-driven. He is passionate about building ecosystems in which people can learn from each other - much like our fund.

How do you define success?

Success is when the whole is greater than the sum of its parts: combining different skill sets to form an unbeatable team or product.     

Hidde Hoogcarspel
Founding Partner

Bas Beerens

Companies founded

WeTransfer

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Bas Beerens

Bas is the founder of WeTransfer, one of the biggest file-transfering services in the world. As Venture Partner, Bas advises our portfolio on a broad range of topics. He blends his creative background with entrepreneurial grit: having scaled his company from ideation to a world-leading file transfer service, Bas knows exactly what questions to ask and on what metrics to measure.

With a customer-centric approach and an entire pallet of creative skills, Bas looks beyond spreadsheets to enable hyper growth.

Bas Beerens
Venture partner

Remco van Zanten

Companies founded

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Remco van Zanten

As our Venture Partner, Remco supports our fund and portfolio companies on a broad range of topics. Bringing in over fifteen years of board-room and strategy experience, Remco advices C-level executives on how to enable hyper growth. With prior roles at BCG, Booking, Zalando and now currently at Vinted, Remco blends corporate diligence with entrepreneurial grit.

His expertise ranges from digital transformation to strategic marketing and from finance to people management. Remco holds a MSc in Corporate Finance from the University of Groningen and a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management in Illinois.

Remco van Zanten
Venture Partner

Our investment team

Karlo Soltic

Companies founded

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Karlo Soltic

Coming all the way from the Fjords of Norway, Karlo is no stranger to the world of venture capital. With previous roles at nFront ventures and tech-hub Technoport, he knows the Nordic ecosystem like the back of his hand. Karlo is our first-in-line deal flow guy, meaning that he is the main point of contact for all incoming decks.

On the weekends, you can find Karlo in the gym or reading up on the latest trends in tech. Karlo holds a Masters degree in Journalism and is expected to finish his MBA at Imperial College London at the end of this year.

Karlo Soltic
Analyst

Luna Watt

Companies founded

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Luna Watt

As one of our analysts, Luna is largely concerned with the process visualisation of our fund. Can you explain ‘compliance’ in one single slide? Big chance you can’t. That’s where Luna comes in. From reporting to Due Diligence and from our ESG policy to investment strategy: Luna makes sure that all of our key processes are mapped out and simplified. 

Luna likes to dive into big ugly processes to make them bite-sized and understandable. Her interests range from ‘anything startup’, to matters related to neuroscience. 

Besides her time at DFF, Luna likes to play football with her friends. She holds an MSc in brain & cognitive sciences from the University of Amsterdam.

Luna Watt
Analyst

Charis van der Pligt

Companies founded

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Charis van der Pligt

Charis is part of our team of Analysts, where she is largely responsible for the visualisation of complex processes. She is keen about exploring and documenting any changes in laws and regulations surrounding venture financing. Charis can translate huge amounts of data into simple slides like no other. 

Besides her role as an analyst, Charis is currently working at TNO, the Dutch organization for applied scientific research, where she is broadening her knowledge in the field of Brain & Cognition sciences.

She is a big fan of photography and yoga, and likes to check out the latest trends in interior design. Charis holds an MSc in brain & cognitive sciences from the University of Amsterdam

Charis van der Pligt
Analyst

Mart de Haar

Companies founded

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Mart de Haar

As our principal, Mart oversees our investment processes. He has over 5 years of investment experience in tech-enabled companies. Prior to joining Dutch founders fund, Mart has been working with many clients, ranging from startups to more mature companies. Previously, he was an associate at private equity firm NPM Capital. 

Mart has a strong quantitative focus and helps our founders scaling their business with strategic & financial support. He likes to be at the forefront of innovation and is constantly looking for opportunities that lie on the intersect between technology and business.

When not working with startups, you may find Mart hiking in nature or training for a triathlon. Mart holds a MSc in Financial Economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam

Mart de Haar
Principal

Bas Rieter

Companies founded

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Bas Rieter

Bas is in charge of our Operations, meaning that he is concerned with the communication, PR and positioning of our fund. He also supports our team of analysts with dealflow and sourcing. Bas likes founders with big ideas and small egos. Equipped with a staggering amount of energy, he is always on the go.

Prior to joining our Team, Bas was one of the directors of ASIF Ventures, the first student-led venture capital fund of the Netherlands. He was also one of the co-founders of Wout, where he supplied offices and households alike with trees for indoors. 

Bas holds a MSc in Business Administration from the University of Amsterdam.

Bas Rieter
Operations

Our industry experts

Anouk de Wolff

Companies founded

Scale Force Talent

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Anouk de Wolff

As our HR Advisor, Anouk supports our fund and our portfolio companies with attracting the best-in-the-biz. From finance to sales and from operations to marketing - Anouk makes sure that the right people end up at the right companies. 

She is the founder of Scale Force Talent, an agency that specialises in talent-recruitment for fast growing start- and scale-ups. 

Anouk de Wolff
Advisor

Tom Koenderman

Companies founded

Cloud Garden

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Tom Koenderman

As one of our advisors, Tom helps our portfolio companies on a broad range of topics. Although he has a background in biology and economics, Tom knows his way around pretty much any business- and development process. 

Tom likes to dive into complex business models and advanced hardware to make them future proof. He is a big fan of companies that challenge unconventional sectors - preferably with high entry barriers.  

Tom is the founder of Cloud Garden and Wall Flore, smart climate solutions that provide vertical gardens and air purifiers.

Tom Koenderman
Advisor
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