Roland Sars (President)
Roland Sars is CEO of Media Distillery (providing unique AI-technology to understand what’s inside video). Roland is a genuine entrepreneur; born with a truly commercial instinct and vision on business growth. He previously founded BackupAgent and grew the company to a global successful software venture active in 4 continents, until the company was acquired by Acronis. Roland is Founding Board Member of the Dutch Startup Association because of a personal frustration that there was no central body representing startups in the public debate.
Taco Potze (Treasurer)
Taco Potze started as co-Founder his company GoalGorilla in 2008. During the next years they became one of the leading open-source webdevelopment agencies in The Netherlands. In 2015 they crowdfunded capital to build their product Open Social which now runs over 1.000 platforms globally. Currently their latest project involves blockchain and an DAICO called the THX Project. "It's time for politicians and legislators to start talking with startups. Together we can accelerate innovations in countless areas improving lives of millions while creating sustainable businesses in The Netherlands!"
Diana is a professional 'Pippi Langkous'; graduated in economics, she started at SMB’s, moved to corporates like Wella, P&G and Monsterboard and then decided to follow her entrepreneurial family roots. She works with and leads technology start- and scaleups like Savision, Soverin, Cafedeco, WELLY. and Buzzerbase. Her drive within the DSA resides from her own experience; The Hague urgently needs help understanding startups. "Stop talking, start listening!"
Lucien is CEO and Co-Founder of Kimengi, a Dutch Artificial Intelligence company, better known for their brand Nine Connections that provides smart services in Employee Advocacy and Social Selling to the top brand and corporations in the Netherlands. Prior to founding Kimengi with partner Christian Vogel in 2008, Lucien worked with many web, new media and cross-media companies after founding an internet consulting business in the mid- 1990s. Lucien has helped setting up the first few accelerator programs in the Netherlands and has been mention many startups ever since. His drive for improving the Dutch startup ecosystem was first shown by him organising the first Amsterdam Startup Week in 2013. Now as a member of the board of the DSA, he hopes to contribute on a national level by helping the Netherlands to become the #1 startup state of Europe!
Isabel is director of Dutchbasecamp, where she helps to scale startups internationally. "Startups and scale-ups drive a very necessary change in today's and tomorrow's world. However all too often we run into unnecessary difficulties created by a system that was not created by us. This needs to change and that is what drove me to join DSA's board. Please join the DSA too and let us know what changes you would like to see. Make your voice heard in the right places, help us help you and the whole startup scene in NL."
Rinske Brand became an entrepreneur in 2007 when she founded BRAND The Urban Agency, a boutique agency focused on making cities greener, smarter, more innovative and dynamic. Her practice helps businesses, startups, brands, NGOs and local governments create and sustain meaningful, lasting impact in cities and urban communities. Working from offices in Rotterdam and Amsterdam, BRAND sees the world as it’s playground. As a marketing strategist and ‘brand urbanism’ advocate, Rinske cultivates lasting urban partnerships between brands, corporates and startups, and cities. She also shares her business experience and insights as a startup coach at Mobility Lab. "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!
Samir Saberi is a startup ecosystem and innovation expert. Previously Saberi was the MD of a fast-growing SME company before deciding to leave the company to focus on promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in the Netherlands and by extension across the globe. As growth partner at Node1 Saberi advised Tier-1 corporate clients on innovation and ecosystem development. He co-founded the premium Dutch startup blog StartupJuncture and was an advisor on Dutch startup ecosystem development to former EU commissioner and Special Envoy for startups Neelie Kroes and StartupDelta director Sigrid Johannise. He also served as jury member of the national SME Innovative Top 100 Competition 2018/2017, TheNextWomen Pitch Competition 2017 and the Computable Startup Award 2017. “I am honoured to contribute as a board member of the DSA to a more fertile breeding ground for startups and scale-ups so they can thrive and grow into global technology companies.”