The past few years, I’ve dedicated most of my time trying to connect the ecosystem of Groningen and put the Groningen startup ecosystem on the map. The ecosystem is now better connected and often mentioned as the second best ecosystem of the Netherlands (after Amsterdam). Groningen has achieved this by working together with so many different partners. To me, it proves Groningen is small enough to build strong relationships and is large enough to think big.
I started Founded in Groningen (with fellow founders like Rutger van Zuidam and Mark Vletter) and I’ve been a part of the StartupDelta team representing Groningen since the very beginning. Even though I’ve done all of this with great pleasure, it’s time for something new. I have absolutely no idea what that new thing is going to be, but on January 1, I’ll be leaving Founded in Groningen and StartupDelta. It’s time for a new adventure!
I have absolute confidence in what I leave behind with Founded in Groningen: a fantastic team with great plans in a thriving ecosystem. My successor will have all the freedom to create new connections and plans, as well as continuing other initiatives like Startup in Residence, Founder Factory and Founder Talks.
Thanks to everyone for this great time and I’m looking forward to the next collaboration.