Meet our ambassadors!
Sometimes, we need a little help from our friends, so let's introduce you to our biggest friends and fans. With their unique expertise and different backgrounds they are the ones who are telling our story in their networks. Thereby helping the DSA grow to become the voice of startups and scale-ups in the Netherlands. Get to know our ambassadors below!
Marja Ruigrok is a connector and entrepreneur. She is founder and partner of market research agency Ruigrok NetPanel and former group chairman of the VVD Amsterdam. Furthermore she is a mentor and investor, and previously Quartermaster (2017-2018) of the Dutch Startup Association. "It was about time that startups came together and make their voice heard in het public debate. I am proud that I'm part of this team, and I will surely make myself known as a DSA-ambassador!"
Foto: Jan van Breda
Menno is partner at SOLV lawyers (a nichefirm specialising in technology) and co-founder of IncPlus (a combi of incubator and fund) and co-founder of VraagHugo (a legaltech start-up). He also is commissioner at the Security of Things Fund. "It is great to be involved and hopefully to be of use, in respect of innovations in a young and dynamic scene, which in my view has so much potential"
Mark Vletter is fast growth serial entrepreneur. He started several B2B companies in the internet and telecom sector, a number of which have been among the fastest-growing technology companies in Europe for years. Mark and his team have won many prices, including several FD Gazelles and many Deloitte Fast 50 awards. According to research by the FD, one of the companies even became the fastest-growing company in the Netherlands in 2016. The company was also the fast-growing telecom provider of Europe for three years in a row. Mark was EY Entrepreneurs of the Year finalist in 2015. The organisations founded by Mark jointly serve more than 18,000 companies and have offices in three countries while being active in over 55 countries. "I am looking forward in joining the DSA on this great adventure towards more tech-friendly policies!"
Foto: Marieke Kijk in de Vegte
Don Ginsel is trained as Civil Engineer and former banker at ABN AMRO and Deutsche Bank, also an entrepreneur and investor in early stage start-ups. After leaving banking for Venture Capital, the innovative power of start-ups and especially Leans Start-up drove him to choose the startup side for a while. He has been active as entrepreneur and as mentor and coach through several accelerators and incubators. He founded Holland FinTech in 2014, aiming to use the momentum in the financial industry, to change it for the better. “Startups are like regular companies, so they don’t need to be treated differently. However, when most laws were designed, we didn’t think about companies of this nature, and created several challenges for tech driven, small, fast growing and international companies. Therefore it is great that DSA is spurring the assessment of unnecessary policy growth barriers for startups and creates awareness for the needs of these organisations.
Marco de Jong
Marco worked 10 years in the telecom industry (the predecessors of Ziggo) and 10 years as general manager and owner of webagency theFactor.e. Based in Groningen he is now focussing on investing and accelerating new internet ventures in several industries in several roles. He chairs and founded the NOO a community of more then 50 online companies the 3 Northern Provincies. The NOO initiated another northern community, the Young Entreprenurial Startups (Yes!) in 2018 and is promoting membership and active participation of startups in DSA.
Rogier Klimbie is a public affairs veteran and longtime supporter of the Dutch startup ecosystem. He has worked in the European Parliament and at the largest European consumer organisation Consumentenbond. Recently he led the Public Policy efforts of Google in the Netherlands. Rogier is now owner of his a boutique public affairs consultancy, Klimbie Public Affairs, He is a honorary member of tech hub TQ in Amsterdam and resident of The Hague Tech, the Hague's budding startup community. "Super to be able to support start and scale-ups in this way. Absolutely crucial that startups unite and make their voice heard. It's what is lacking in The Hague right now."
Anne-Wil Lucas is working as director Kennispark Twente as of november 2018. Before that she was Program-director at StartupDelta. From 2010 till 2016 she has been a member of parliament for the liberal party in the Netherlands. In parliament she proposed a startup-bill which led to the founding of StartupDelta. Anne-Wil is passionate about building a sustainable future by paving the way for ambitious entrepreneurs, who can find smarter and cleaner solutions for the grand challenges the world faces. In Twente she aims to create the perfect place for collaboration between the University and business. A place where new companies will be founded every day.
Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten