about founded in friesland

For startups and scale-ups

We’re here for entrepreneurial talent, startups and scale-ups. Together, we’re building a sustainable Frisian startup ecosystem. We offer support from start to growth. With high quality startup programs, we offer knowledge, inspiration and connections with the right partners.

Our approach

Friesland needs talent and startups that see opportunities and go out and seize them. The ones who dare to innovate, collaborate and look past borders. A startup ecosystem that focuses on access to technology, talent, capital and market is essential for startups and scale-ups to succeed.

Together with our partners, we help realize an integrated approach that starts before companies are even born. A program based on inspiration and education, in support of exponential growth for startups and scale-ups.

Our pillars

1. Talent

We stimulate entrepreneurial talent with inspiration and knowledge and connect them with the right network to start doing business. We provide startups and innovative entrepreneurs with knowledge, tools and networks to recruit and retain talent they need in order to grow.

2. Market

Together with our partners, we’re building a strong regional network with public and private launching customers and an (inter)national network to scale up. 

3. Capital

Together with our partners, we make sure that Friesland based startups and innovative entrepreneurs gain access to the best regional and (inter)national investors, funds, subsidies, incentives and (alternative) financing. For all phases of innovative entrepreneurship.

4. Technology

Together with Frisian technology clusters, we help accelerate the valorisation process of new technologies and innovations, so that talent and innovative entrepreneurs are able to faster introduce these ideas to the market.

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the Team

The team of Founded in Friesland

Bertwin Kampman
Bertwin Kampman
Bertwin KampmanPublic lead
Erwin Damberg
Erwin Damberg
Erwin DambergPrivate lead
Jornt de Boer
Jornt de Boer
Jornt de Boerproject manager talent
Leonie van Ark
Leonie van Ark
Leonie van Arkcommunication professional
Floris Visser
Floris Visser
Floris VisserCommunity manager
Arjen Schol
Arjen Schol
Arjen ScholProgram manager capital
Lucas van der Meulen
Lucas van der Meulen
Lucas van der Meulenin-house Facilitator/trainer
Paula Bijvoets
Paula Bijvoets
Paula Bijvoetsprogram manager mentoring programme
Janneke Stuive - Stelpstra
Janneke Stuive - Stelpstra
Janneke Stuive-Stelpstraprogram manager dorp
Ecosystem partners

The foundation of our ecosystem

One of the reasons that we as WaterCampus can be so successful, is the intensive collaboration within the Frisian innovation ecosystem."
Ronald WielingaManager Entrepreneurship WaterCampus
The Frisian ecosystem is closely connected. People know each other and want to support sustainable startups. Not tomorrow, but today. The many test labs in Friesland offer the acceleration you need. Friesland accelerates your impact in practice.