Meet team SBIC

An extremely experienced and energetic team with the right entrepreneurial mindset!

Daily operations

Martijn Leinweber

Martijn Leinweber

COO & Community Manager

About Martijn

Martijn gained wide international experience in community management, business support, marketing and communication. He is able to work in these different fields, uniquely combining them to achieve goals. Martijn’s focus is always on hospitality, service and quality. With his positive and problem-solving attitude he’s always looking for opportunities for clients and partners.

Rianne van der Poel

Rianne van der Poel

Business Development Manager

About Rianne

After working for over 15 years in the travel sector, Rianne joined SBIC in March 2019. Since then she has been a key role in the organisation. In her spare time she likes to do long distance open water swims, goes to festivals/parties, escaping from escape rooms – within time – and she likes to travel several times a year.

Zuzana Tremouilhe

Zuzana Tremouilhe

Event Manager

About Zuzana

Zuzana comes from the Czech Republic, though she studied and lived in France for several years. She joined SBIC for her internship as an event planner while completing her Master’s degree in Cross-cultural Management and International Business. Her thesis examined the strategy of incubators within the ESA Space Solutions network. She enjoys exploring different cultures, learning languages, singing and hiking.

Carmel McNamara

Carmel McNamara

Marketing and Communication Manager

About Carmel

With a background in scientific publishing, Carmel looks after the marketing and communication strategies at SBIC. An accomplished writer and editor, she has wide-ranging experience of content marketing, promoting scientific and technical innovations, and producing materials that engage and inspire. She has roots in the west coast of Ireland and an interest in culture, music and enviro/ sustainability  matters.

Corneel Bogaert

Corneel Bogaert

Content Creator

About Corneel

Corneel started his career with an ESA National Traineeship in Paris. At SBIC, he supports the communication and marketing activities. Corneel likes to combine his drive for space outreach and his passion for sport. He is always keen to learn about game changing space solutions innovating the sport and leisure sector.

Ageeth Imthorn

Ageeth Imthorn

Office Assistant

About Ageeth

Ageeth supports our team in many ways, and she will be the first face you’ll see when entering our building. You can find her in the head office of SBIC Noordwijk or behind the central desk in the atrium. 

Erik van der Heide

Erik van der Heide

Connect & Development Manager

Managing Board

Gerard Hegemans

Gerard Hegemans

CEO

Paul Pearson

Paul Pearson

Chief External Relations & Development

Matthijs den Os

Matthijs den Os

CFO

Martijn Leinweber

Martijn Leinweber

COO / Community Manager

Our vision

A startup hub for explorers

Space exploration is not only a curiosity-driven endeavor. ‘Space’ has also given us many useful applications right here on earth. We can hardly imagine our lives anymore without satellite navigation in our cars, satellite TV in our homes, and location-based apps on our phones. Space is also responsible for innovations such as LED lighting, solar panels and freeze-dried food. And we have learned many valuable lessons by observing our own planet from space, with the help of earth observation satellites.

Down to Earth

Still, we believe that ‘space’ is not being used to its maximum potential – especially by small businesses and startups. There is a need for startup hubs for the space industry. That is why the Space Business Innovation Centre Noordwijk supports entrepreneurs and startups that want to launch or improve a product or service that makes use of space technology. Think of an agriculture app that uses satellite data to inform farmers, or a product developer that uses space-grade technology to store medication. Now that’s #downtoearth!

We want to provide a solid base – a foundation – for these companies. We want to be the innovative hub, containing everything a startup needs. So they can focus on what matters: building an impactful business.

SBIC team members on the stairs in the atrium at SBIC Noordwijk