Meet team SBIC

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

Daily operations

Martijn Leinweber

Martijn Leinweber

COO / Community Manager

Rianne van der Poel

Rianne van der Poel

Administrative Office Assistant

Lorenz van Gool

Lorenz van Gool

Content 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.