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henQ was founded as an early-stage venture capital fund in 2004. It finances B2B software start-ups and helps them to become big international firms. Since its inception, henQ has made investments in sixteen start-ups and in Seedcamp London. Among its most successful investments are SEOshop, Xite and Mendix. Highly promising investments that were recently added to the portfolio are Studytube, Housing Anywhere and Monolith.
By now, henQ has grown out to be one of the main Dutch venture capital funds. It is unique within the BeNeLux region in how it finances seed rounds (€100.000 - €500.000) as well as A and B rounds (€1.000.000 - €7.000.000).
Herman Hintzen (executive partner) started his first company Arpa Systems in 1996, which became the market leading software developer for the construction industry in the Netherlands. After selling his shares, Herman decided to focus on his passion: helping entrepreneurs making their dreams come true. So in 2004, together with Coen van Duiven, he founded the Great Idea Factory, an organization aimed at helping entrepreneurs bring their ideas to the market. In the same year, Herman and Coen founded henQ – Committed Capital, which focuses on the phase from company to market. Since 2010, Herman is a mentor at early-stage investment fund Seedcamp.
Coen van Duiven (executive partner) started his career at Unilever Investment Group, focussing on global capital and M&A projects. Part of this assignment was leading a start-up and expansion business in Russia. After having been Investment Director of a foods company in Madagascar, Africa, Coen returned to the Netherlands, as partner in a private equity firm. To be able to add even more (direct) value to the companies involved in, Coen decided to found henQ in 2004 with Herman, to experience along the way that working with young, ambitious & passionate entrepreneurs is really the most rewarding form of investing. Coen is also a mentor at Seedcamp.
Floris van Alkemade (executive partner) has been actively involved in startups since 1998. From 1998 to 2008 he was a general partner at NeSBIC CTe Fund, EUR 210M value added venture capital funds having invested in 38 early stage technology companies in Europe and US. In 2000 he managed the NeSBIC CTe Fund offices in Silicon Valley, US. At the end of 2005 he co-founded Solid Ventures which invested in ten Dutch technology companies. Floris has also helped (create) numerous startups as business angel and coach. Before starting in venture capital, Floris worked at Unisource NV, a pan-European telecommunications company, investment bank MeesPierson NV and consulting firm Andersson Elffers Felix BV.
Jan Andriessen (associate partner) joined henQ in February 2015. Before, he studied business administration at the Rotterdam School of Management and the Wharton School. While he initially decided to make a career in investment banking in London, he soon found out that his true passion lies in building companies. Guided by this ambition Jan founded Scord, an organization that helps start-ups that are run by a technical founders team with business development. Scord was a great learning environment to become aware of the issues early-stage start-ups face and the success factors that help them grow; a perfect bridge towards becoming a venture capitalist at henQ.
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