about founded in friesland

For startups and scale-ups

We are here for entrepreneurial talent, startups and scaleups. Together we're building a sustainable future. We offer support from start to growth. With high-quality startup programmes, we provide knowledge, inspiration and connections with the right partners. 

Our approach

Friesland needs talent, startups and scaleups who see opportunities and seize them. Who dares to innovate, work together and look beyond borders. An integral programme is essential for those startups.

Together with our partners, we take an integral approach that starts before companies are born. An inspiring and educational programme to support startups and scaleups in their exponential growth. 

Our pillars

1. Talent

We challenge entrepreneurial talent with inspiration and knowledge and connect them with the right networks to start their business. We provide startups and innovative entrepreneurs with knowledge, tools and networks so that they can recruit and retain talent which will help them grow. 

2. Market

We and our partners are building a strong regional ecosystem with public and private launching customers and an (inter) national network to scale up.

3. Capital

Together with partners, we ensure that Friesland-based startups and innovative entrepreneurs have access to the best regional and (inter) national investors and funds. In every phase of innovative entrepreneurship.

4. Technology

Together with the Frisian technology clusters, we speed up the valorisation process of new techniques and innovations, to allow talent and innovative entrepreneurs to introduce these ideas to the market more quickly. 

Founded meeting
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
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.