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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

Mart de Haar

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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

Sam Rimmelzwaan

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Sam Rimmelzwaan

Next to managing our portfolio companies, Sam is involved with our investment process. He started his career at NRGValue, a PE-owned fuel retail business, where he was part of the strategy & deal team. Following the in-house led exit of this company three years later, he had a three year stint at his own boutique advisory firm. There he provided strategic and investment support to clients ranging from listed companies to early-stage ventures.

With his broad experience and analytical rigor he is always on the hunt for complex problems to turn into simple solutions. He supports our founders with his strong financial background and knack for operational excellence.

Sam loves Italian language, culture & cuisine and on weekends you’ll often find him on his road bike or sailing on Dutch waters. Sam holds a MSc in Business Economics from the University of Amsterdam.

Sam Rimmelzwaan
Principal

Leonie Timmermans

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Leonie Timmermans

As Communications & Program lead, Leonie focuses on the DFF brand, communications, events, and building an international network through (inter)national events.

Leonie has spent the last 6 years working with tech founders. She's one of the original members of a team called StartupDelta, led by former EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes. She then worked for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an advisor in innovation and entrepreneurship in Lisbon. Next, she worked at tech incubator Yes!Delft while returning to Techleap (formerly known as StartupDelta). Within Techleap, Leonie was responsible for hosting international trade missions to CES, SXSW, WebSummit, Slush, Innovex/Computex, and Hannover Messe.

Leonie's final project has been setting up a comprehensive peer2peer program for NL scaleup founders called Rise. It's her objective to bring the learnings and knowledge of this program to DFF's portfolio companies: emphasising that we're more than just a regular VC.

In her time off, you can find Leonie dancing on her bike at one of the Rocycle venues.


Leonie Timmermans
Communications & Program Lead

Karlo Soltic

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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

Olivier Kesber

Companies founded

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Olivier Kesber

As one of our analysts, Olivier is concerned with screening, analysing and supporting investment opportunities. Prior to joining Dutch Founders Fund, Olivier worked as a technology consultant at VentureIQ, a tech-enabled market research consultant. Besides his study, he was active a the Young Consultant (de Kleine consultant), assisting startups, SMEs and NGOs with strategic advice. After his graduation, Olivier was a participant in the Dutch National Thinktank, applying his sharp mind to the housing problem in the Netherlands.

Olivier holds a masters degree in Experimental Physics from the University of Utrecht and the Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics. When Olivier is not in the office, he is usually found climbing mountains in the Swiss and Italian Alps.

Olivier Kesber
Analyst

Bas Rieter

Companies founded

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Bas Rieter

Bas is in charge of our Operations, meaning that he is concerned with our outbound dealflow, communication, investor relations, PR and positioning of our fund. He also supports our deal team 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

Our interns

Raquel Martens

Companies founded

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Raquel Martens

As one of our interns, Raquel is responsible for sourcing deals, analysing investment opportunities, data management, and performing market research. Previously, she experienced the other side of the table while working at a Fintech startup. Thereafter, she gained deal experience in Private Equity as an intern at Bridgepoint.

In her spare time, she enjoys the finer foods & wines, traveling, cooking, hiking, and reading up on or listening to podcasts on World Economics, Neuroscience, and Psychology.

Raquel holds a BSc in International Business Administration from Rotterdam School of Management, an MSc Digital Business Administration from the University of Amsterdam, and is expected to finish her MSc Finance & Investments from the Rotterdam School of Management at the end of this year.


Raquel Martens
Intern - Analyst

Anika Mishra

Companies founded

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Anika Mishra

Anika is one of our analyst interns, which means that she assists the deal team in any way possible, building upon her low-key passion for excel modelling. Before joining the Dutch Founders Fund, Anika worked as a working student at Adyen, helping the screening and AML department. Armed with a strong entrepreneurial spirit, Anika has also co-founded a the student association CAN Rotterdam.

Born and brought up in India, Anika considers herself a food enthusiast with extreme spice resilience. She loves nature with all her heart, so if not in the office, you will most probably find her hiking. Want to get to know her? Book a squash court in the weekend and she will see you there!

Anika is pursuing a BSc. in Economics & Business Economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.


Anika Mishra
Intern - Analyst

Pars Bruijn

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Pars Bruijn

As the term 'working student' may give away, Pars supports us on our daily operations while earning himself a university degree. He is in his final year of his bachelors study Business Analytics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Although he is mostly concerned with portfolio support and internal management, everyone can run by his desks to ask for an extra pair of hands and eyes.

In his free time, Pars enjoys beating his colleagues on the padel court and practicing his backhand playing tennis.

Pars Bruijn
Working Student
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