Our mentors

ACE Venture Lab has an expanding network of mentors that participate in our programs and help our startups grow! Want to become a mentor? Apply here!

 

Amilcar Grot

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Amilcar Grot is a Fund Manager at Blue Sky Group. His core expertise is in strategy and investing. He is also involved in several investment organizations across the globe.  Amilcar holds a MSc degree from the University of Amsterdam and a MBA from the London Business School.

Carsten Gelhard

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Carsten Gelhard is assistant professor of product-market relations for design, production & management at the University of Twente (NL). He holds a PhD & MSc in Business Chemistry. His areas of expertise are marketing & innovation management.

Gert Toes

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Gert has a sales background of 25+ years introducing new solutions from scratch and turning them into multi-million $ deals. His credo is “think-out-of-the-box” & “team effort”. He has built and grown successful sales organizations for startups to mid-stage companies and has an extensive national & international network.

Gigi Wang

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Gigi Wang is a leader in global entrepreneurship & innovation and heads consulting firm MG-Team, LLC. She's also involved in UC Berkeley's Center for Entrepreneurship and Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB).

Gina Dumfries

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Gina Dumfries has almost 20 years of experience in the heavy industry. She has a legal background and specializes in strategy development and implementation, change management and assessments, working with teams focusing on achieving strategic goals.

Hubert Sturm

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Hubert Sturm is an experienced business professional with 30 years experience in business consulting, mainly in technical and construction(supply) sectors. He assists companies in times of expansion,  growth and restructuring.

Jasper Kraaijeveld

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Jasper Kraaijeveld has a background in business economics, marketing, & public policy. He is a policy adviser of market & entrepreneurship at the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects and a private sector secretary to the Dutch Creative Council.

Jeroen Cammeraat

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Jeroen Cammeraat is CEO and co-founder of Cassini, non executive director of Euronext listed IBA (IBAB) and a medtech investor. Jeroen holds a MSc and DDS degree from the University of Groningen and a MBA from INSEAD.

Jorrit Lang

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Jorrit is a marketing research & customer insights specialist with plenty of marketing research experience. He guides startups by helping them getting to know their future costumers' perspectives and behaviors.

Maarten Naaijkens

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Maarten works with corporates & startups alike to help them build innovative consumer services and getting them to the market. He worked for companies like PayPal, Hyves & Douwe Egberts. He's currently involved in startup powerpeers, a solar energy platform for consumers.

Martin Haselhoff

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Martin is an expert in the front-end of the innovation process and has experience in large companies and as an independent innovation consultant. He holds an MSc from TU Delft and an MBA from Ecole des Ponts in Paris.

Mausam Meghani

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Mausam is a startup consultant who specializes in business plan development and financial analysis. She helps startups translate a vision into a road map. She has worked with Merrill Lynch and ING Investment Management as a fund and equity research analyst, and with ING Bank as a risk analyst.

Myrugia Cijntje-Daal

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Myrugia is founder & owner of MAC HRM en Organisatie Advies. She assists entrepreneurs and organizations with shaping & (re)structuring, business development and establishing a (new) business. She's also an experienced HR Manager.

Olivier Wallien

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Olivier has extensive experience in achieving sustainable growth as director within various industries. He is a creative thinker and result driven. As an engineer, he's passionate about building both products and companies.  

Pim van Berkel

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Pim has over 20 years of experience working with startups and corporates. After a short auditing career, he joined an airline MT. Since 2005, he works as an independent consultant. He worked for companies like TNT, Givaudain and Sunweb. Pim is also a lecturer at Nyenrode.

Robert Meijer

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Robert Meijer has a legal and tax background and has been working in the banking business for 20 years where he was responsible for financing small and medium sized companies.

Roderick van den Berg

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Roderick has experience in multiple aspects of entrepreneurship like building a start-up from scratch, scaling up to multi-million turnover and raising capital from investors and banks. Roderick is founder & director of Eco-movement, a data-orientated company for stimulating electric mobility.

Roger Pruppers

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Roger Pruppers is a lecturer in Marketing at the Amsterdam Business School. His core expertise is in brand (re)positioning & brand development. He is also involved in brand consultancy and gives presentations on consumer behavior, branding & marketing.

Rogier van Erkel

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Rogier has a degree in Business Economics at UvA. He has worked for Van Gansewinkel as Logistics & Sales manager and works with Elsevier Science in different global sales roles. His approach is based on Miller Heiman & Franklyn Covey methodologies.

Ron Lameij

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Ron is a partner at the John D. Eisenfelt Principle and works with sales teams, sales representatives and “selling consultants” on improving sales results. He has been helping start-ups launch and acquire customers and he has been working with scale-ups to structure their company and accelerate growth.

Sebastian Kortmann

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Director of the Amsterdam MBA & Associate Professor of strategy and innovation at the University of Amsterdam Business School, visiting professor at ESADE Business School (San Diego). Co-founder of ThinkPals.

Stan Lenglet

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Stan works at the intersection of financial and commercial strategy of international companies. He has broad knowledge of funding options and translating commercial products into fundable strategy. He aims to help start ups find the right commercial strategy and money to grow a company.

Thijs Scheepers

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Thijs co-founded Label305, building, launching and commercializing digital products for various startups and enterprises. He studied Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence and learned all things related to entrepreneurship the hard way.

Tijs Wilbrink

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Tijs Wilbrink has a background at IBM, where he was responsible for a portfolio of inventions and copyrighted materials. Tijs has also worked within the energy and financial industries and is happy to share his network and strategic expertise.  

Tim Beudel

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Digital Media Professional. Tim is one of the founders of 'NostalgieNet' and had a leading role in developing digital activities at Tuvalu Media. He invests in start-ups in online video, a medical app and eSports.

Tobias Kutzewski

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Tobias Kutzewski is an experienced finance professional, auditor & business advisor. Focusing on financial, technological and strategic areas, he worked at Accenture, Deloitte and ING as well as in venture capital investing.

Wietze van der Aa

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Wietze is director of the Amsterdam Centre for Services Innovation and Associate Professor in Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship at Amsterdam Business School. Recent innovation projects include Philips HealthTech, Rabobank and various startups.

Zachary Newmark

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Founder & Editor of the NL Times: Zack is an Emmy Award-winning journalist. He earned an MBA from UvA in 2006. Newmark started 3120 Media, launching the NL Times in '13, to meet a need for timely, accurate news in English for a Dutch audience.