Orthos Ventures is an investment fund for early stage high tech and data science ventures. The fund was founded and is managed by Bas Oberndorff and Jeroen Thijs. We started this fund because of our vision that these technologies will become an (even) stronger and intricate part of our lives in the near and midterm future. And because we are fascinated by technological progress and inspired by forwardthinking academics and entrepreneurs.
We want to be part of that future, co creating ventures and teaming up with venture partners and co investors on a case-by-case basis. And of course with our small-scale advisory-board-to-be, which will consist of subject matter experts, experienced entrepreneurs and freethinkers.
Bas and Jeroen are long time (high school!) friends and partners in business since 2011. The acquisition van ATG Europe (AOES Group at the time) was the kick off of a continuing streak of entrepreneurship. Together they participated in established high tech companies and co-created a venture studio with Robbert Mica to find and grow the most innovative startup companies.
Bas holds a masters degree in engineering physics and postmaster degree in business telecommunications from the Technical University of Delft. Bas enjoyed a rocket fuelled career in the telecom and IT industry. He stood out immediately because of an exceptional talent for commercial strategy in complex technologies at large scale companies such as Worldcom, Alcatel Lucent, and Dell. At Dell Bas was responsible for global accounts and managed an annual turnover of 200 million euros. His entrepreneurship has expanded further since acquiring ATG Europe in 2012. Bas’ technical background is a strong advantage in assessing and collaborating with highly trained technical professionals.
Jeroen studied cognitive science and computer science at the University of Amsterdam. During his studies he started his first business, focused on innovation in multimedia applications. After 7 years Jeroen moved over to the ‘corporate side’, working for organisations such as Michael Page and Devoteam in commercial management roles, excelling at business development. The acquisition of ATG Europe was a more than welcome return to entrepreneurship. Jeroen’s background in computer and cognitive science are a major advantage in evaluating and supporting start-ups in data science.
VanderSat is very proud to have a new doctor on board. On October 18 our colleague Robin van der Schalie successfully defended his PhD thesis at the VU University Amsterdam.
VanderSat came out of stealth with a satellite data analysis service for the agriculture sector in January after receiving €1.34 million ($1.6m) in grant funding from the European Commission late last year.
Orthos Ventures sleept als eerste business angel seed regeling in de wacht. Het ministerie van Economische Zaken en Klimaat (EZK) stelt dit jaar 10 miljoen euro beschikbaar voor private fondsen die geld willen investeren in startups en het innovatieve MKB. Deze zogenoemde business angels kunnen per fonds maximaal 1 miljoen euro lenen van de overheid.