• Always deliver

  • More than Expected

  • - Larry Page



Our Cofounders are pivotal to the success of Holland Startup. All of them contribute to the Dutch startup ecosystem by acting as mentors to the next generation of young entrepreneurs.

Nagim Zamarialai

Entrepreneur in Eterne


“Holland Startup is a unique place where energy, passion, talent and creativity blend together into a team of young and determined entrepreneurs. It feels great to work in an environment where people work hard on ideas that have the potential to change the world of tomorrow.”

Nagim holds a MSc Finance degree from the VU University Amsterdam. He completed a semester at the Singapore Management University and obtained a (Honours) Bachelor degree in Economics and Business Economics.

Previous employers: ABN AMRO, All Options International

Jonathan Pothuis Lasso

Entrepreneur in Eterne


"Discovery is the realization of a creative mind. Yet the only way to be creative is to submit oneself to a creative environment. Holland Startup for me is a place where one can find a challenge. I find that the people at Holland Startup have an incredible energy and work ethic that will give fruit to many great ideas."

Jonathan holds an MSc in Finance from the University of Groningen. His BSc in Economics & Business Economics was obtained at the same university.

Previous Employment: Project developer at a start-up of an avocado oil processing facility in Ethiopia. 

Carl van Heijst

Entrepreneur in Residence


"In my view, Holland Startup's strongest asset is the fulltime support of three serial entrepreneurs. Sharing their knowledge, experience and above all gut feeling resulting from the former two makes their input invaluable."

Carl holds an MSc in Supply Chain Management from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. His BSc in International Business Administration was obtained at the same university, with a visiting semester at Peking University, China.

Previous Employers: Academics For Development, Nederlandse Spoorwegen, W/E Adviseurs, HousingAnywhere.com and the RSM EUR. 

Federico Spiezia

Entrepreneur in Residence Bittiq


“I never thought of becoming an entrepreneur: my path was to be a lawyer. Meeting my co-founder and Holland Startup has radically changed my point of view. They have generated a spark. The possibility of translating an intuition into something concrete, challenging myself and pushing my limits is what motivates me the most.”

Federico graduated in Law with a focus on Tax Law. He obtained his first degree in Rome at the University ‘La Sapienza’ and then his second LLM in European Law at the University of Utrecht.

Previous employers: Studio legale Avv. Siciliano, Off The Fence, Dashmote. 

Heiko Packeiser

Co-Founder Decodeon


"Dramatically increasing the speed of development for new medicine, while directly helping patients is the way Sarcoidose.me is going. With the support and guidance of Holland Startup we are now well on track to disrupt a well established market."

Heiko holds an MSc in Science and Business Management from Utrecht University. He was a visiting scholar in Helsinki and Singapore during the time he obtained his BSc in Biology from Bonn University in Germany.

Previous Employers: Royal DSM, A*Star ICES Data Storage Institute

Hidde Koning

Entrepreneur in Residence Bittiq


"I like disruptive business models that create actual value for consumers or businesses. Holland Startup shares this vision and provides the ideal environment to build a startup based on this concept."

Hidde holds an MSc in Science and Business Management from Utrecht University. He completed a semester at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and obtained a BSc in Physics and Mathematics.

Previous Employers: Nuon, TNO, ABN AMRO MeesPierson

Jana Rautenberg

Co-Founder Decodeon


"Building a startup that will disrupt the medical industry is an exciting challenge. Being able to actually make an impact motivates and excites me every day. Holland Startup believes in this passion of young entrepreneurs and provides an inspiring program catered to make this startup a success."

Jana holds an MSc in International and Business Economics with a focus on International Management from Utrecht University. She also holds a BSc in Economics from Utrecht University and completed a visiting semester at LUISS Business School in Italy.

Previous Employers: Holland Startup, Eurail Group GIE, Utrecht University, What the Fiets?

Tiemen Roest

Entrepreneur in Residence


"Holland Startup is a perfect environment to learn how to build a startup the right way and develop yourself as entrepreneur. They bridge the gap most entrepreneurial University students do experience: the gap between the point of being graduated and the start of pursuing your ideas and values in life. For me those ideas and values are centred on IT and Sustainability. Besides internal community motivation, Holland Startup provides the tools and support to pursue those ideas and values."

Tiemen holds an MSc in Business Informatics from Utrecht University. His Bachelors in Information Science was also obtained from Utrecht University.

Previous Employers: To-Increase, Easy Way B.V., Self Employed Solar Engineer