Lucien Burm
Lucien BurmChair
Lucien was CEO and cofounder of Nine Connections, a Dutch Artificial Intelligence company. As a board member of the DSA, he hopes to help improve the Dutch startup ecosystem and make the Netherlands the #1 startup state of Europe.

“Leave it to the entrepreneurs!”

Rinske Brand
Rinske Brand
Rinske Brand founded BRAND The Urban Agency, a boutique agency that focuses on making cities greener, smarter, more innovative and dynamic. She’s not only a marketing strategist and a ‘brand urbanism’ advocate, but also a startup coach.

“The new generation of growth entrepreneurs leads the way in innovation and social impact. The DSA is THE organisation that represents these companies to the fullest!”

Ruben Brave
Ruben BraveTreasurer
Ruben Brave is an internet pioneer, board member of Internet Society Netherlands, media professional and technology, media telecommunications (TMT) entrepreneur. Since 2004 founder of academic business incubator Entelligence b.v. for pre-seed financing, (valorisation) mentoring and coaching at start-ups in the field of Online Media, ICT & automation, Health & Life-Long Learning.

“Start-ups are society’s portal to a brighter future”


Thomas Vles
Thomas VlesManaging Director
Thomas is in charge of the daily operations as director and responsible for partnerships. With a track record as serial entrepreneur, startup investor and advisor, he knows how to run a successful business.

“I want to contribute to a self reliant ecosystem for entrepreneurs by creating a sharing community between startups, promoting a less risk aversive investment culture and by removing governmental barriers. Startups are essential for business innovation and the necessary shift to a more resilient and sustainable economy.”

Sabine de Witte
Sabine de WitteCommunity, Communications & Events Manager
Sabine is the go to person for the DSA member community, organises the DSA events and is in charge of all things communications. She has a background in PR, content and events, is a freelance journalist and always on top of the most promising startups.
After successfully failing her own startup, she started mentoring her experiences at Rockstart and joined The Family in Paris as a pitch expert, worked for various (angel) investors and is a frequent moderator/host/mentor at startup conferences.

Pieter Veldhuizen
Pieter VeldhuizenPublic Affairs
Pieter is owner of VPPA,
an independent PA-consultancy
based in Amsterdam.

“Startups and scale-ups deserve a seat at the table
when it comes to policy making. Their voice
is needed when it comes to shaping tomorrow’s economy.”

Bianca Zwart
Bianca ZwartPublic Relations
Bianca is the owner of Black & White Communications, a PR agency that creates communication strategies for bold startups, world-changing companies and inspiring organisations. Over the years she has worked with many fast-paced startups, such as bunq, BUX and L1NDA.

“Let’s amplify the media presence of the startups that shape tomorrow and spark interesting conversations.”

Demi Karijowiredjo
Demi KarijowiredjoContent Creator
Demi Karijowiredjo is Content Creator, who creates social media content of DSA and aids with marketing communications through maintaining customer relations and social media in general.

“Besides studying Business full-time, I wanted to gain experience in the field of marketing communications. The position of Content Creator at DSA helps me with this, as it provides me the opportunity to combine both my academic knowledge, creativity and the relevant skills needed to produce content.”

Vivi Cavalcanti
Vivi CavalcantiResearch Assistant
Viviane Cavalcanti is Research Assistant, who works on formulating research topics based on DSA’s scope and conducts data analysis. She has a background in project management and engineering and believes that through research, we can understand the market and future trends as well as shape a sustainable and innovative future.

“Startups are the future; therefore researching and understanding this ecosystem is an important key to economic development.”

Nicky Kooij
Nicky KooijProject Manager
Nicky Kooij is Project Manager, responsible for member engagement and growth.

“Recognizing that start-ups play an essential role in a country’s ability to succeed in the global marketplace, I am committed to lending my skillset in service of enhancing the entrepreneurial journey.”

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