ARE YOU AN ENTREPRENEUR
WITH GLOBAL AMBITION?

If you have an online or digital business in the early growth or growth stage that would appeal to a global marketplace, Walvis would like to know about it. Your proposition may be our next investment.
Contact us today by sending a mail to pitchdeck@walvis.com.

WALVIS ONLY INVESTS IN EARLY GROWTH AND GROWTH INTERNET TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES

Seed

Your idea is on paper and you’re preparing to launch

Early stage

You’re in the air, but still testing

Early growth

You’re aiming for the moon with a validated proposition

growth

You’re becoming an Enterprise and are moving at warp speed

Do you have what it takes?

You’re an entrepreneur with the right stuff. You’re willing to go the extra mile. You have integrity, accountability and flexibility as core values

You have a longterm advantage over your competition, whether it is your unique experience or a new technology

Your proposition has a straightforward business model and you are building significant assets

Your IP is scalable and sustainable

This is our strategy

About Walvis

John Fentener van Vlissingen founded Walvis in 2012. Walvis is a Dutch venture capitalist that invested in seed and early stage Dutch Internet technology startups with global ambitions. After the first fund, which still has 5 participations, Walvis launched a second fund in 2014 to capitalize on a rich deal flow in the early stage phase. Walvis Fund III is now focusing on financing Dutch Internet technology companies in their (early) growth phase. By now, Walvis has 9 investments and has more than EUR 60 million total assets under management.

Walvis focuses on five sectors:

  • eCommerce, mCommerce and market places (Commerce);
  • Enterprise software and cloud-services (Enterprise);
  • Financial technology (FinTech);
  • Digital health (Health); and
  • Internet of Things.

Walvis mainly invests in companies with a B2B business model. Our investment strategy is based on funding companies with long-term value creation that have clear and challenging targets and where Walvis will work closely together with the entrepreneurs. Walvis is interested to invest in your company if your annual revenue is above EUR 1 million or your MRR is above EUR 80k. Walvis Fund III invests EUR 1,5-5 million in (early) growth Internet technology companies.

COMPANIES THAT WE ALREADY INVESTED IN

This is our team

Joop Drechsel

CEO/ Chairman of Investment committee

Vincent Gravesteyn

Managing Director

Mathijs Koster

Investment Manager

Järvin van Veen

Investment Associate

Britt Geerdink

Investment Associate

Berend Kloppenborg

Trainee

Mirna Pool – van Ede

Executive Assistant

We are hiring

Venture capital internship Walvis Participaties

Joop Drechsel

CEO/ Chairman of Investment committee

Joop is CEO of Walvis Group. He began his international career at Shell. After 15 years he left Shell to join the executive board of directors of KPN. On January 1st, 2002 he joined BCD Group where he was appointed CEO in May 2003. From 2008 until 2014 he was also the CEO of BCD’s travel company BCD Travel, one of the three biggest business travel organizations in the world. In addition, he is a member of the supervisory boards of Gemalto, Koninklijke Wagenborg, Parkmobile International, Park ’N Fly and Travix International.

Contact
E-mail Joop Drechsel

Vincent Gravesteyn

Managing Director

Walvis Management’s day-to-day operations are managed by Vincent. He has more than 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur in the Internet industry, among which was the founding partner of The Valley, a full service Internet agency. Vincent has founded multiple companies, acquired several and invested in some. In 2009 he received the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Sustainable Grower Award. From 2005 until 2009 he was a board member of the trade organization IPAN (Interactive Professionals Association Netherlands), and in 2010 and 2011 served as Chairman of the jury of the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Rising Star. Vincent has switched from entrepreneur to investor when he joined Walvis in January 2014 to help entrepreneurs ‘outside in’ with his vast wealth of experience in the areas of marketing and technology. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He also loves to play chess, preferably while drinking a good glass of wine.

Contact
E-mail Vincent Gravesteyn

Mathijs Koster

Investment Manager

Before joining Walvis in May 2017, Mathijs was a Portfolio Manager in the Alternative Credit Boutique at NN Investment Partners. At NN he was involved in the set-up and roll-out of a new strategy focused on providing direct loans to European corporates. He started his career in ABN AMRO’s Corporate Finance department working on buy and sell side transactions. He subsequently joined ABN AMRO’s leveraged finance team focusing on private equity backed buy-outs. Mathijs holds a MSc degree in Finance from the University of Groningen. In his spare time he enjoys sports like squash and football, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Contact
E-mail Mathijs Koster

Järvin van Veen

Investment Associate

As of October 2018, Järvin is part of the Walvis team. After studying in both Groningen and Amsterdam, Järvin started his career at PwC. Järvin brings experience within the fields of Financial Due Diligence, Valuations, Deals Strategy and Corporate Finance due to his two-year traineeship. He continued working in the Corporate Finance department, allowing him to work on sell as well as buy-side transactions. Travelling and sports are the two main hobbies Järvin has, when there is wind you will find him on the water as he is passionate about kite surfing.

Contact
E-mail Järvin van Veen

Britt Geerdink

Investment Associate

Britt studied Business Economics – Finance at the University of Amsterdam. She started her career at the Rabobank as a Corporate Management Trainee. In this role she had the opportunity to explore several financial disciplines within the bank including: e-banking, bond origination, acquisition finance and private equity. Thereafter Britt joined Rabobank Private Equity where she worked as investment analyst. She was assigned to the direct investment team with a core focus on Small and Medium sized companies within the Netherlands. Britt is interested in new ideas and is always happy to brainstorm with entrepreneurs. She enjoys creativity and thinking outside the box. In her spare time she loves to paint, visit contemporary art exhibitions and play tennis.

Contact
E-mail Britt Geerdink

Berend Kloppenborg

Trainee

Berend Kloppenborg is Trainee at Walvis Participaties. He is learning how the venture capital world is operating and asees the different facets at his position. As he is working in a small team, he is ensured to gain an adequate amount of experience. Next to his internship at Walvis Participations, Berend is finishing his BSc Business Administration at the Vrije University in Amsterdam. Furthermore, Berend founded several small businesses. Currently, he is working to solve the plastic problem by developing a sustainable alternative for PET bottles. Apart from his career, Berend loves to do sports and to travel around the world.

Contact
E-mail Berend Kloppenborg

Mirna Pool – van Ede

Executive Assistant

Mirna is the right hand of the Managing Director of Walvis. She has more than 10 years experience as a Secretary. She started as a Junior Secretary at the Centrale Branchevereniging Wonen (CBW) now known as INretail. After three-and-a-half years working in various departments she started to work as a Team Secretary in Rabobank’s Special Finances department. Two-and-a-half years later, she decided to start a new challenge at BCD Group as an Office Manager. After almost two years she was offered the opportunity to work for Walvis as Management Assistant, where she has grown to Executive Assistant. In her free time, she loves to travel, dance, read and listen to music.

Contact
E-mail Mirna Pool – van Ede

We are hiring

Venture capital internship Walvis Participaties

Due to (i) our portfolio companies, (ii) our focus on Internet technology and (iii) the world as our playing field, we promise you ”Never A Dull Day At Walvis” and lots of fun!

Walvis Participaties is looking for an ambitious and entrepreneurial intern. Want to learn more about investing in rapidly scaling Internet Technology companies? We offer a challenging 4 to 6-month program to gain practical skills and knowledge in the field of Venture Capital and Private Equity with a focus on Internet Technology. We work in an energetic and dynamic team consisting of 5 people. As an intern, you will be an integral part of this team and have corresponding responsibilities including the opportunity to sit at the table with the entrepreneurs we invest in.

Do you have what it takes? Please click here: for the full job overview.

Contact
E-mail Mirna Pool – van Ede

Contact us

Walvis is always looking for the best entrepreneurs with the ability to transform existing markets with innovative (disruptive) propositions. If you think you fit this profile, please send a clear and brief business plan to pitchdeck@walvis.com. We will contact you within a few weeks with our initial feedback.

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