Community

Noordwijk is the centre of the space community in The Netherlands.

Meet our coaches, partners, and other companies in the SBIC building!

Space startup coaches

Each of our startups gets matched to a dedicated coach for support. Every semester they change coach, to keep things fresh.

Andrea Bennetti

Andrea Bennetti

Managing Director at Sapienza Consulting

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Andrea is a space, defence and tech business leader and entrepreneur, equally comfortable and experienced in leading commercial and operational organisations of innovative and growth-oriented technology, engineering & service companies.

Charlotte de Windt

Charlotte de Windt

Consultant at NewVenture

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Charlotte has a background in international consulting, universities and conference interpreting. She is experienced in coaching from feasibility studies to launch and profitability – and specialized in helping startups taking their next step.

Erik Laan

Erik Laan

Space Industry Consultant at Eye on Orbit

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Business Development and Space Systems Engineering

Guiseppe Criaco

Guiseppe Criaco

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at RSM

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Guiseppe is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Rotterdam School of Management. His research and teaching mainly focuses on new venture creation.

Hans van 't Woud

Hans van 't Woud

Founder Blackshore

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Hans is solving world problems using the power of the crowd, satellites and serious gaming. Hans can help you with business development and using various satellite imagery sources (ESA, Airbus, Digital Globe etc.)

Jeroen Mes

Jeroen Mes

Partner at TSM Partners

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Jeroen has over the past 25 years been active in end-responsible CEO roles with various internationally operating, small and medium-sized companies in different technological industries: machine building, metalworking, energy, environmental technology, wastewater treatment, AGV’s, media (print), greentech and water management. 
He great affinity with strategic business planning in B2B markets and turning technological innovations into real customer value propositions and profitable business models. Also: hands-on experience in successfully growing technological startup companies. Jeroen has been deeply involved with InTech Dike Security Systems, a successful startup company that has completed the ESA BIC Noordwijk Incubation Program.

Johan Leijtens

Johan Leijtens

Systems Engineer & Founder at Lens R&D

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Johan is an allround systems engineer with experience in space projects. With Lens R&D he is an ESA BIC alumnus.

Linda van Duivenbode

Linda van Duivenbode

Director at The Extremely Useful Company

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Linda is a specialist in EU research, innovation and space policy/programmes.

Laurens Bierens

Laurens Bierens

Managing Director at Smart Farm Sensing

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Laurens has extensive experience as entrepreneur, executive officer and senior manager, with a renowned track record in agritech, remote sensing, internet-of-things (IoT) and sensor instrumentation.

Matthieu Scheffers

Matthieu Scheffers

Strategic Sales & Business Development Manager at Orga BV

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Matthieu is an experienced Sales & Business Development Manager with a background in electronics. He is a strategic, analytical and conceptual thinker – highly customer oriented!

Patrizio Graziano

Patrizio Graziano

Procurement Manager at European Space Agency

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Patrizio is the Procurement Manager at ESA. He has a background in business management and before his current job, he has over 10 years of experience in the space business industry. Next to that, he’s an ESA BIC alumnus.

Paul Straathof

Paul Straathof

Founder HomeWizard

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Paul has founded multiple companies. He has a background in IT and knows his sales and marketing. Experienced with investor relations and selling and buying companies.

Pauls Irbins

Pauls Irbins

President at Latvian Space Industry Association

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Pauls has over 25 years of experience with sales, business models, process 0ptimization and supply chain management.

Rob Postema

Rob Postema

Project Engineer ISS at European Space Agency

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Rob has hands-on experience with the development of downstream applications and services using satellite data and functionality, both in Industry as well as Public Sector.

You

You

Soon to be coach at SBIC Noordwijk

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Do you want to help people move forward with their business? Eager to share your knowledge? And are you passionate about space? Then meet our community manager Martijn

SBIC Noordwijk Partners

Together with these first-class partners, SBIC Noordwijk inspires entrepreneurs to transfer technologies or data from the area of space into successful businesses.

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Space Hub

The Space Business Innovation Centre Noordwijk is a state-of-the-art co-working space for space-related companies in the remarkable SBIC Building. Next to ESA BIC startups and partners, here are the other companies located in this entrepreneurial hub:

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Join the community

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Come work with us

Want a physical work place in our community? We have flexible options to coworking spaces available.