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.
Charity Miller (analyst) studied business administration at the University of Amsterdam and Technical University of Eindhoven. During her studies she gained experience in business development working for a growing IT company, where she also developed an interest for software based services. In the year between her bachelor’s and master’s, Charity fulfilled a postion in the board of the second largest study association of Europe. This provided both a rich learning environment in terms of building and coaching successful teams, as well as Charity’s discovery of HR tech. During her masters in business strategy, she realized she wanted to support innovation where it could make the most impact. The only logical thing for Charity to do was to join henQ team in September 2015!