AMSTERDAM, 21 November 2022—Techleap, a non-profit organisation aimed at accelerating the tech ecosystem in the Netherlands, is launching an Investor Advisory Board. The board will lend its expertise and network to help close the funding gaps in the Dutch tech ecosystem, improving access to capital and accelerating the growth journeys of Dutch entrepreneurs. The newly appointed advisory board has over 100 years experience in tech, including 60 years in venture capital, the world over.

The five-member Investor Advisory Board is composed of Pieter Kemps, Principal at Sequoia Capital, Robert Verwaayen, Partner at Keen Venture Partners, Michael Jackson, Partner at Cottonwood Technology Fund, Ilonka Jankovich, Venture Partner at Rubio Impact Ventures, and Michiel Kotting, Partner at Northzone. These experts have VC experience in Europe, the US and Asia, across multiple funding stages, and cover a number of sectors, including deeptech, healthcare, AI, B2B SaaS and marketplaces.

With pressure on the international economy and less favourable valuations for startups and scaleups in many sectors, the new Investor Advisory Board will provide guidance and network, helping Techleap deliver robust support to the Dutch tech-founders scene.

Evelien de Vries, Lead Capital and Investor Relations at, remarks: “We’re extremely happy with the people who have joined this board. Each and every one of them are top investors from well-known and influential funds and most have been founders themselves. And this is critical for Techleap, as their experience and knowledge will not only support founders, but help pave the way for their success outside our programmes.”

Techleap is offering vital support in creating a strong tech and startup community in the Netherlands, which is one of the fastest growing startup ecosystems in Europe.

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