Chris Sonnenberg is a partner and co-founder of Innovation Industries. First an industrial engineer, Chris began his VC career as a strategy consultant at Arthur D. Little, where he helped global tech companies develop and implement growth strategies. In 2010 he joined Parcom Capital, a leading private equity investor in The Netherlands with €1.5bn assets under management. In 2017, Chris co-founded Innovation Industries alongside partners Nard Sintenie, Harm de Vries, and Tom Schwarz. Chris is experienced in deal structuring and negotiating, due diligence, financing, corporate carve-outs, portfolio management, and exits. Chris also serves on the board of Cassini, a company that provides personalised, thorough and accurate corneal diagnostic solutions. He holds a Master’s degree (Honours) in Industrial Engineering from the Eindhoven University of Technology.
Harm de Vries is a partner and co-founder of Innovation Industries. Harm started his career as an attorney in Amsterdam and as corporate counsel at the renowned life sciences investment firm, Life Sciences Partners (LSP). He worked with LSP’s co-founder, Tom Schwarz to launch and manage the Erasmus MC Biomedical Fund. Later on, Harm co-founded and managed two other early-stage VC funds: the Life Sciences Fund Amsterdam and the Twente Technology Fund. In 2017, Harm co-founded Innovation Industries alongside partners Nard Sintenie, Chris Sonnenberg and Tom Schwarz.
In 2005, Harm authored the guidebook ‘Venture Capital Term Sheets’ (publ. by Reed Elsevier) to advance the VC sector in Europe and the Netherlands. In 2016, he followed up the piece with the full-length book ‘Venture Capital Deal Terms’ to give a clear understanding of the most frequently used practices, terms and conditions to those with less than extensive experience in venture capital transactions (including start-up companies and founders). He serves on the board of several technology companies. He is a member of the Technology Transfer Board at TNO and of the VC Committee of the Dutch Venture Capital Association. Harm holds a Master’s Degree in Business Law from Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Nard Sintenie is a partner and co-founder of Innovation Industries.
Nard brings to Innovation Industries several decades of business management experience in the international tech sector. He served in multiple executive management positions at tech powerhouses like Philips as Senior Director WLAN Program, Arcadyan as General Manager and NXP Semiconductors as VP Mergers & Acquisitions and other companies across Europe, the United States and Asia. During these years, Nard was frequently involved in major M&A activities, which triggered his interest in venture capital.
Nard has been active in the Dutch high-tech start-up and scale-up scene as an entrepreneur, private investor and interim manager since 2008. In 2010, Nard co-founded the Twente Technology Fund, a regional early-stage high-tech venture capital fund. In 2017, Nard co-founded Innovation Industries alongside partners Tom Schwarz, Chris Sonnenberg, and Harm de Vries.
Nard holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering & Management from the University of Twente.
Sander works to bridge the gap between disruptive technologies and profitable businesses. He has more than six years of strategy consulting experience at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, where he has acquired a deep understanding of technology and successful business practices. He previously held positions at NXP Semiconductors working on global technology scouting efforts led by the CTO. He was also part of the central PMI team for a successful M&A with Freescale and Co-Lead for PMI of the Sales and Marketing Organisations for an intended Qualcomm M&A with Qualcomm. He additionally managed a global business development team focused on IoT Security.
In early 2019, Sander started his position at Innovation Industries, focusing on the high-tech part of the portfolio. He i heavily involved in the early-stage efforts of the fund and holds a supervisory board seat in multiple portfolio companies.
Sander holds a Master’s degree from TU Delft and a PhD in Molecular Biophysics from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Tom is a partner and co-founder of Innovation Industries.
Before joining Innovation Industries, Tom co-founded U-Gene Research, a clinical contract research organisation located on-site at the Utrecht University Medical School. As the company’s CEO, Tom grew the company in 10 years’ time from a university spin-off into one of Europe’s leading Clinical Pharmacology Units. Tom successfully sold the company in 1997 to Kendle (US), which was further listed on the Nasdaq in 2007. Tom then co-founded Life Sciences Partners (LSP), a life sciences venture capital fund with offices in Amsterdam, Munich and Boston. As a general partner at LSP, Tom sourced, financed and led successful exits for several high-performing life sciences companies from Europe, Israel and the United States.
As of 2006, Tom concentrated on financing and setting up early-stage venture capital funds in the Netherlands to strengthen the Dutch tech and start-up sector. He co-founded the Erasmus MC Biomedical Fund in 2007, the Life Sciences Fund Amsterdam in 2009, and the Twente Technology Fund in 2010. In 2017, Tom co-founded Innovation Industries alongside partners Nard Sintenie, Chris Sonnenberg, and Harm de Vries. He holds a degree in Pharmacy from Utrecht University.
Caaj started his career in investment banking in 2011 at ABN AMRO. Before joining Innovation Industries, he held the position of Vice President in the Life Sciences & Healthcare Corporate Finance team of Kempen, a pan-European boutique corporate bank headquartered in Amsterdam. During his tenure he was involved in origination and execution of M&A, capital markets and other financing transactions mainly focused on the life sciences & healthcare, consumer and agriculture sectors. Caaj has a Master degree in Molecular Biology of Utrecht University.
Tom joined Innovation Industries right after the first fund was raised in 2017. Before joining Innovation Industries, Tom worked as a Strategy Consultant at Roland Berger, where he supported companies from a wide variety of industries to realize their strategies. Prior to his consultancy role, he also served as a Mechanical Engineer at Solar Team Twente. With the Solar Team he participated in the World Solar Challenge, a 3,000 km race which takes solar powered cars through the Australian outback. Tom holds a Bachelor’s degree cum laude in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree cum laude in Mechanical Engineering (Applied Mechanics) from the University of Twente.
Vincent joined Innovation Industries early 2022 as investment director. He started his career at OC&C Strategy Consultants in 2011, where he carried out over 15 business improvement and commercial due diligence projects, often PE-commissioned. He then moved to the Semiconductor space where he held positions at NXP and ASML. Through his focus on strategic sourcing and M&A he gained substantial insight into the semiconductor supply chain and key enabling technologies. Activities included scouting for new technologies/suppliers and driving Board level make or buy decisions on new complex modules. Furthermore, he managed the carve-out and sale of an optics division (EV>300M) of ASML Germany. Vincent holds a Master’s degree in Applied Physics (cum laude) from the University of Twente.
Richard joined Innovation Industries in 2018 and is an Investment Director. Richard’s main interests are within semiconductors, photonics, IoT, robotics and AI/ML software.
Prior to joining Innovation Industries, Richard worked at Bain & Company and had his own start-up. At Bain & Company, he gained significant investment experience carrying out numerous due diligences for private equity firms. At his start-up, an IT employment company, he learned how to scale commercially. Richard holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Delft University of Technology and an MBA.
Margherita joined Innovation Industries in 2019, focusing on med-tech and agrifood-tech investments of the main Fund, as well as of the Medtech TTT Fund. With her academic expertise in researching life processes at the nanoscale and implementing scientific instruments for biophysical experiments and their commercialization, she brings in depth expertise in the bio- and medical sectors. Prior to joining Innovation Industries, Margherita graduated cum laude in Physics at La Sapienza University in Rome and completed her master thesis at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where she obtained a PhD in Biophysics.
Pleuni brings a wide range of expertise to the team. Prior to joining Innovation Industries, she worked at a genetic testing startup in London and a life science and healthcare consultancy in Utrecht. During this period she competed as professional triathlete. Additionally, she has over 5 years of experience as entrepreneur.
As manager of Innovation Industries’ Early Stars Fund I, Smart Industries and MedTech TTT Funds, Pleuni works on funding newly founded spin-offs and early stage companies, making them ready for follow-on funding. Pleuni graduated cum laude in Medical Natural Sciences and has a PhD in Medical Physiology, both from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Martijn joined Innovation Industries in 2018, and has been involved in sourcing, screening, deal-negotiating and managing a large part of our investments. Preceding joining us, Martijn worked as a graduate intern at VSParticle on production and efficiency of spark discharge generators. During his studies, Martijn fulfilled fulltime board positions at both the Engineering Study Association and Benelux’ largest technical career fair ‘De Delftse Bedrijvendagen’.
Martijn van den Hul holds a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Delft University of Technology.
Prior to joining Innovation Industries, Rogier worked 4 years as a consultant at SparkOptimus in Amsterdam. At SparkOptimus, he worked in a wide variety of industries building ventures, developing new propositions / digital strategies, and transforming organizations. Rogier holds a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Groningen University and specialized in biotechnology, completing his master thesis on proteomics in waste water treatment. During his studies, he interned at AkzoNobel and Teijin Aramid working on process automation and waste valorization.
Before joining Innovation Industries Tobias worked as strategy consultant at Bain & Company in Amsterdam for four years, where he spent most of his time in the Private Equity Group doing diligence work. Apart from that, Tobias primarily focused on large transformations and sustainability projects. He holds a master's degree in Industrial Engineering and Finance (cum laude) and has done internships at ASML and a Kempen & Co investment fund. During his studies, Tobias rowed crew on a national level, was a project manager for 'De Kleine Consultant' and helped set-up a Nepal earthquake relief fund to distribute aid.
Early in her career, Linda served as an Advisor at KPMG Forensic and Integrity, where she provided advisory services to public and private organizations on a range of integrity and compliance issues. Following five years at KPMG, Linda worked as a Customer Due Diligence Analyst at a Dutch commercial real estate institution. She also was a project leader in data privacy at Milieudefensie, a Dutch environmental organization. In addition to her ESG work for Innovation Industries, Linda also provides ESG advisory for Thuja Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm investing in product-focused companies that aim to have a true impact on patients and doctors. She is an active volunteer for Transparency International in the Netherlands. Linda holds an MSc cum laude in Business Administration from Erasmus University and an MSc cum laude in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam.
Bas started his career as a Junior Advisor at Haute Equipe, a management consulting company. In this role, he supported the financial department of the municipality of Heusden and the Municipal Health Service. In 2011, he joined Deloitte and worked in auditing for three years for both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Before joining Innovation Industries, Bas served as a Business Controller for Qirion, an energy networks company, for two years, where he managed all accounting-related activities, including high-level accounting, managerial accounting, and finance activities. Prior to Qirion, he worked for Alliander for three years, where he held positions as a Project Controller and Financial Controller. In addition to his work at Innovation Industries, he also serves as a Controller for MicroSure. Bas holds an MSc in Accountancy and an Executive Master’s degree (EMFC) in Finance and Control from Nyenrode Business University. Bas obtained his Registry Controller (RC) title in 2017.
Aldo Kroon, our certified compliance officer, has been working in compliance and risk management for over 20 years. Aldo has been active as risk and compliance professional, project lead or interim manager for investment funds, private equity funds, pension funds, in banking and other lines of business. During 2000 to 2006, he was Head of Compliance & Risk Management at Robeco, a large asset manager and bank in Rotterdam. Aldo holds a master’s degree in Management Consultancy from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.