SEED & EARLY STAGE
VENTURE CAPITAL FOR
INTERNET & SOFTWARE
COMPANIES IN THE BENELUX
WHAT WE DO
The fund’s team, with active support from some 30 business angels, expects to make a substantial impact on every company it invests in by working with the founders and management to identify new markets and customers, hire senior talent, provide ongoing guidance, arrange further financing rounds and exploring strategic options.
Send your presentation to info [at] voltaventures.eu
WHO WE ARE
Frank Maene has been working with software startups for the past 25 years, both as investor, coach and executive.
Frank currently sits on the board of Awingu, BitSensor, Flavr, VAMP, Sentiance and SweepBright.
Prior to Volta Ventures, he was a managing partner at Hummingbird Ventures and Big Bang Ventures.
Notable transactions include exits to Western Digital (Amplidata), Clarabridge (Engagor), SUN (Qlayer) and Symantec (DCT).
Currently focusing on startups with HQ’s in the Benelux, he has operational experience in Silicon Valley and Turkey.
Frank is a regular keynote speaker, startup competition jury member and an Executive in Residence at the Vlerick Business School.
Frank holds Master's degrees in Applied Economics and Accountancy from the University of Gent / Vlerick, Belgium.
Previously Filip was VP corporate business development and M&A at Barco, playing a key role in the company’s growth strategy, venturing, and structuring and negotiation of its acquisitions, investments and divestments.
Before joining Barco Filip was active in venture capital (at FLV Fund) and strategic consulting, both in Belgium and internationally. Filip started his career at Alcatel, where he held several senior positions, including global strategy, marketing and product management of its 500 million EUR corporate network business.
As an expat, Filip lived and worked in Paris, Tokyo and Singapore. He obtained Master in Electrical Engineering (Leuven, Belgium), Business Administration (Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium) and MBA (Cornell, USA) degrees.
Chairman Shareholder Advisory Board & Venture Partner
Michel is a serial entrepreneur, private investor, advisor and board member, serving on the boards of public and private companies and private equity funds.
He was co-founder, chairman and CEO of Clear2Pay, a finance technology company focused on global payment solutions, before it was acquired by FIS (Nasdaq: FIS) in 2014. Before Clear2Pay, Michel was founder, CEO and chairman of FICS, a fintech company specialized in online banking and compliance reporting. In 1999, FICS merged with Security First Technologies, creating the leader in Internet banking - S1 Corporation (Nasdaq: SONE), with Michel as its chairman. He also was executive chairman of Data4S, a data analytics specialist, focusing on anti-money laundering applications. Norkom acquired the company in 2004. Clear2Pay, FICS and Data4S generated superior returns for its investors and management teams.
Michel holds a M.Sc. in electronic engineering and computer sciences and a degree in economics and finance from the University of Leuven in Belgium. He is multi-lingual and operates worldwide.
Prior to joining Volta, Frank acted as an advisor to IT startups in their fund raising efforts. He was VP Finance at Endemol, responsible for a media production unit of $45m in sales and several joint ventures. At AkzoNobel Frank held the position of European Finance Manager for retail paints.
Frank holds a Master's degree from Rotterdam School of Management and ESADE in Barcelona, Spain. He also received a Register Controller Degree from Nivra-Nyenrode. He has lived and worked in The Netherlands, Germany, Spain, and the US.
Leonard joined Volta Ventures in March 2017 as Associate.
Prior to joining, Leonard was a senior consultant with PwC in the treasury department, where he advised multinationals on financial instruments, trade operations, transformation and deals. Throughout the various assignments he provided lead-financial and strategic advice to both banks and corporates.
Leonard holds a Master degree in Applied Economics from KU Leuven as well as a Master in Financial Management from Vlerick Business School. His mother tongue is Dutch and he is fluent in English and French.
Yves Petit lives in Antwerpen and is a serial entrepreneur, intrapreneur and advisor in the tech space.
He was co-founder of SPYKE Productions, a media brokerage company, creating the first broker platform for music recording contracts in the early days the Internet. More recently he was VP at Commscope, a 10,000 people strong market leader in connectivity for the world’s most advanced networks; General Manager at Technicolor, delivering advanced video services to content creators and distributors; and Business Development Manager at Alcatel.
Over the years, he has been assisting startups in the Internet, software, real-estate and design areas as an advisor.
Yves holds a M.Sc. in commercial engineering and computer sciences from the University of Antwerp in Belgium, complemented with an INSEAD Executive Programme degree.
Sander Vonk is a Dutch national and has been involved with innovation, startups and investing for well over a decade. He ran the European operations for Liberty Global Ventures, overseeing all technology investments in the EMEA region. He is also managing partner for Vonk Capital, a specialized cross border boutique investment bank and is the non-executive chairman of Metrological, a Netherlands based software company.
Sander has an engineering background from the University of Delft and started his career deploying ERP systems throughout Europe moving from European hub to hub over a period of 4 years before settling back in Amsterdam. He also holds an MSc in Economics and an MBA from the University of Amsterdam.
The management team also leverage the expertise of some thirty experienced entrepreneurs and (former) business executives into Volta Ventures, including
Peter Hinssen - co-founder Across Group, thought leader and author of The New Normal
Jonas Dhaenens - founder of Combell
Jurgen Ingels - founder and CFO of Clear2Pay, board Materialise
together with captains of industry, such as
Alain De Taeye - Management Board TomTom
Eric Van Zele - former CEO Barco and Trends Magazine Manager van het Jaar
Martin De Prycker - managing partner Qbic Fund, former CEO Barco and CTO Alcatel-Lucent
What to do to get a meeting?
Send us a presentation or executive summary.
We receive hundreds of emails per year from startups that want to meet with us. We’re definitely interested to hear from you but to get a meeting we first need to get a feel for your project. Include a presentation; executive summary or short business plan.
Concisely describe the problem you are looking to solve; your product; competitive positioning and differentiators; go to market; status (product; customers; KPI’s…); your team and how much money you are looking to raise. Don’t send us a 40-page business plan – we will not read it.
If this matches with our investment criteria then we will invite your for a first meeting.
If not, don’t despair; only one in three contacts results in a meeting … and there are probably other funding sources for your project.
Do we sign NDA’s or Confidentiality Agreements before we meet?
We intend to stay a trusted party in the startup community. From the very start, all email, verbal discussions, and other information we receive from you is treated as confidential. We do not sign NDAs because this would limit our business opportunities and expose us to unnecessary legal issues. We receive so many business plans each year that taking the time and resources to review NDAs simply isn't productive. In the case of a conflict of interest (e.g. you send us a business idea that has some overlap with an existing or imminent investment) we will disclose this to you while respecting confidentiality. If you do not feel secure discussing your project with a possible investor without an NDA, then this will also raise questions if you sufficiently tested your hypotheses with potential customers, partners, employees, …
If and when initial discussions and preliminary investigations result in a Letter of Intent / Interest or Term Sheet then they will include confidentiality clauses. As part of the due diligence process that starts after having signed these documents, we will expect to learn about your “secret sauce” and you should be protected for that.
WHERE TO FIND US
Gebroeders Vandeveldestraat 68
Parking Kouter, Sint-Michiels and Ramen nearby.
New circulation plan in Gent!
Parking Kouter is a 3' walk to our offices and is the easiest to reach with the new circulation plan.
Don't use your car gps but use Waze instead.
NL-1015 AB Amsterdam
Near Central Station - train, tram or bike are recommended.
Parking Central Station nearby.