Meet the team

Egbert Ottevanger
Co-founder and director

Egbert Ottevanger studied medicine in Leiden (the Netherlands) and is a specialist in the field of innovation, implementation of new technologies, and management issues. He has more than 25 years of (international) experience in these fields. As an independent consultant, he is associated with various companies and is also a co-founder of WorldStartUp.

His specialisms are intellectual property, new business development, start-ups, technology transfer, entrepreneurship, management, business strategy, subsidy processes, venture capital, strategic advice, and management consultancy.

Diederik de Stoppelaar
Co-founder and managing director

Diederik de Stoppelaar's international career spans more than 35 years in various management positions focused on the international lighting industry, where he started at Philips Lighting. Afterward, he joined Thorn Lighting/ Zumtobel group/, Lutron, and GE lighting where he worked as Global General Manager.

Finally, he spent 3,5 years as Secretary-General of LightingEurope, the official European lighting industry in Brussels and served as a member of the Executive Board of Eucolight.


Since April 2017 Diederik divides his time between different consulting roles ranging from being a member of the Advisory Board of Global Factories to helping scale-ups to overcome the difficult first hurdles with his company Frank & the Backs.

Fokko Kool
Legal and Compliance Officer

Fokko Kool has over 35 years of legal experience in various roles from advisor to director Governance, Risk & Compliance.

He started his career at Price Waterhouse as a tax advisor. Thereafter Fokko worked 6 years as a company lawyer at Sara Lee/Douwe Egberts. Subsequently, Fokko worked 12 years as Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at Unigro/Super de Boer/Laurus and, eventually more towards the technological industry, for Océ, part of the Canon Inc group.


He further broadened his expertise at Royal Imtech NV, where he worked as Director Governance, Risk and Compliance. Finally, he worked almost 2,5 years for the Dutch Railways (NS) as Company Secretary before joining
frank & the backs as their legal and compliance officer.


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