My passion lies in startup innovation.
During my university years studying Business in Germany and the Netherlands, I had worked on projects regarding multi-sided platforms in edutech and fintech.
In 2021, at the end of my Master’s at the Maastricht Business School, I started an internship in the product management department of Philips Hue, a pioneer brand in the IoT lighting industry. I grew a lot, but I felt I could have a bigger impact by focusing on my biggest professional passion: startups.
I learned about LUMO Labs’ mission to support impact-driven startups and was fortunate to join the team as an investment analyst.
It was perfect timing.
I believe real transformation comes from the ground level rather than from established corporations. In that sense, startups hold the key to enabling ground-breaking innovation across industries. I am particularly interested in how they reshape the status quo by leveraging new business models and emerging technologies. However, innovations come with a price and a high risk of failure. At LUMO Labs, I follow my passion by helping founders mitigate this risk by providing funding and in-house expertise.
In my opinion, given their innovative power, startups have the means – and the duty – to put impact at the core of their businesses.
Every day, I embrace the LUMO mission with excitement because of two things: the diversity and the ambition of the team. The former is achieved with a mix of different experiences, working styles and cultures which uniquely complement each other. The latter is driven by a strong willingness to achieve great goals, and this ambition is embedded in each team member. This was obvious to me from day one.
I always look forward to working with founders who show strong convictions and willingness to question those convictions if necessary. I am a strong supporter especially of young founders who get into the game despite their limited working experience. Sometimes hunger and hard work pulverize track records.