Frank Appeldoorn (1979), has earned his credits as a venture capitalist with an operational finance and IT background, developing and driving financial performance of strategic business plans. He started the Volta Ventures organisation in the Netherlands, including deal sourcing, closing and deal follow-on. Prior to Volta, Frank acted as an advisor to IT startups in their fundraising efforts. Frank holds a master’s degree from Rotterdam School of Management and ESADE in Barcelona, Spain. He also received a Register Controller Degree from Nyenrode University. Frank has lived and worked in The Netherlands, Germany, Spain, and the US. Frank is married and has three kids. When all this leaves him some spare time, Frank loves to play tennis and keep in shape as road cyclist.
Roel Bergsma (1967), has a long experience as entrepreneur, executive professional, startup mentor and angel investor. He co-founded Dutch system integrator and software development company Macaw in 1994 and as COO, CSO and Executive Board Member grew the company to >235 employees. Roel was and is active as board member, selection committees and working with startups as mentor and Entrepreneur in Residence for Rockstart Accelerator’s Web & Mobile and AI programs. Roel holds a degree from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Roel is living in Amsterdam together with his girlfriend for more than 30 years now. When not involved with startups and angel investment, Roel can be found in Lelystad, enjoying his hobby as private pilot and building an aerobatic aircraft.
Eric van der Maten (1966), Eric began his career working in IT consulting before moving on to internet-related projects. Eric co-founded a Dutch IT systems & security management company Mainland Sequoia, currently member of Group Devoteam, a European technology consulting company based in Paris. Eric is an active business angel/seed investor, own and syndicated domains; Cyber security/privacy, GRC, marketplaces, media and ML & AI. Eric acts as an advisor to several national and international business ventures in his portfolio and holds several (non)-executive board roles. Eric’s advisory domains are: business development, partnerships, follow on investment and growth and exit strategies. Eric lives together with his wife and two sons. In his free time, you can find Eric at the football pitch watching his sons or being active on a tennis court.
Leon Brunenberg (1964), trained as a cognitive psychologist, was already pioneering in Artificial Intelligence topics in the eighties of the previous century. Leon started his working career as an academic researcher at the Nyenrode Business University. After having worked for some time in the consultancy area, Leon founded his own consultancy firm Mobilee in the Netherlands in 2004. Two years later it was followed by the founding of friss.com, an innovative SaaS solution in the InsurTech space. Leon is an active investor since 2010. He is still an active investor in some of the Rockstart Accelerator’s portfolio of start-ups. Leon lives together with his girlfriend and three children in the centre of the Netherlands. Leon’s motto is: ‘everything can be improved’.