About us

Governments, universities and corporate partners came together in their ambition to boost the energy transition. They support Energy Venture Lab because we need new ideas and economics to drive innovations in our markets and in society.

Our Team

Aniek Ouendag

Coordinator VentureLab North

After finishing the MSc Business Administration Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Aniek joined the University of Groningen Centre of Entrepreneurship in 2015 and took on the coordinating role in VentureLab North in spring 2016. As coordinator she facilitates participation in VentureLab in all aspects, from arranging the year long programme, to putting participants in touch with experts,and thinking along about future steps. If you have any questions about VentureLab Aniek will be happy to answer them.

Wisse Hummel

ENGIE – EVL Board Member

Wisse Hummel is Innovation Officer at ENGIE Ventures & Integrated Solutions Nederland – this devision clusters all ENGIE operations in the field of energy, innovation and digitalization. Following his education in Energy Technology Wisse served in various positions ranging from operations to consultancy and development, all in the field of energy transition. Armed with his personal motto ‘thinking in opportunities and solving problems’ Wisse focuses on working together with clients, educational organisations and startups on cutting edge and innovative solutions that will serve the energy transition.

Tjerk Jansma

Hanze UAS/EnTranCe

Started as an engineer and researcher in the field of mechatronics in the mid 80’s. Later on moved to managerial roles. Has worked for major companies, SME’s, startups, now for universities and EAE! Tjerk’s passion is developing and creating innovative products together with others. Tjerk operates as a connector and coach within the EVL-programme.

Gerard Martinus

GasTerra – EVL Board Member

After joining GasTerra in 2007, Gerard has first worked as a business analyst in the Department for Strategy and Optimization, focusing on the demand, supply, and value of flexibility in natural gas delivery. As of April 2012, he works as project leader Energy Transition, supervising and supporting various projects targeted at furthering the knowledge on the development of a more sustainable energy system. He has previously worked as a researcher in the Policy Studies unit of the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands for almost five years, and at Statistics Netherlands. In 1998, he obtained a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Groningen.

Aard Groen

University of Groningen/Venturelab North – EVL Board Member

Aard Groen is double professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Groningen and Twente. He is dean entrepreneurship at the University of Groningen and leads the centre of entrepreneurship (UGCE). He developed and leads Venturelab International, accelerator program which forms the basis for Energy Venture Lab.

Maurits Alberda

Energy Academy Europe – EVL Board Member

Manager Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Energy Academy Europe. Maurits is responsible for the valorization of knowledge and the stimulation of entrepreneurship. The focus of this effort is on startups and SMEs. They are vital to the radical innovation that is needed for the energy transition. Within the EVL-programme he is the project manager and the go-to person for any questions you may have.

Luuk Feenstra

Drs. L.J. Feenstra RC, Managing Director, BBL Company (Gasunie),EVL Board Member

Luuk Feenstra studied economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam. In various positions, a.o.with Philips, Heineken, Akzo Nobel and Gasunie he acquired a broad experience in financial and strategic questions. His knowledge of energy related subjects he acquired in his position as head of economics at NV Nederlandse Gasuni. Feenstra is currently working as Managing Director of BBL Company, a service company for the logistics of gas between The Netherlands and The UK. Within Energy Venture Lab he is the go-to person for information from gas infrastructure/Gasunie perspective.

Frans Donders

Hanze UAS/Value050/Cube050 – EVL Board Member

Frans M. Donders is director Groningen Center of Entrepreneurship Value050 and Incubator Cube050, the incubator of Hanze University of Applied Sciences and Groningen University, director of Hanze Invent: innovation, valorization and entrepreneurship development and Hanze UAS Professor of Knowledge Based Entrepreneurship and Startups at the Marian van Os Center for Entrepreneurship.

What became of them?

Today, (former) participants of our programme are very busy developing their great ideas in the energy transition, check out what became of them.

Envitron

Het idee voor Envitron is ontstaan omdat de destijds nog studerende oprichters wilden weten hoeveel zon of wind er precies nodig is voor bijvoorbeeld het zetten van een kop koffie en of er overdag genoeg duurzame energie geproduceerd wordt om ’s avonds te koken. Door dit soort vraagstukken te meten, wilden de jonge ondernemers laten zien hoeveel er mogelijk is met je eigen duurzame energie.

Clean Tech Aviation

Deelnemer in ons programma Clean Tech Aviation opende onlangs een testlaboratorium op het terrein van de energieproeftuin EnTranCe op de Zernike Campus in Groningen. Het bedrijf is de drijvende kracht achter een consortium dat vliegtuigmotoren geschikt wil maken voor de verbranding van gas.

Energy Company

Energy Company levert producten, diensten en concepten die bijdragen aan een duurzame samenleving. In deze visie speelt waterstof een belangrijke rol omdat het efficiënt en schoon geproduceerd kan worden zonder schadelijke afvalstoffen. De Bluegen brandstofcel vormt een belangrijke bouwsteen van de activiteiten. Ze leveren deze als zelfstandige elektriciteitscentrale voor uw woning of kantoor maar ook als onderdeel van totale energieconcepten. Door creatieve oplossingen bouwen zij aan een schonere wereld.

SustainableBuildings

SustainableBuildings realiseert een innovatief ‘smart energy system’ voor monitoring en geautomatiseerde controle van het energieverbruik van gebouwen. Het systeem richt zich in eerste instantie op kantoren en openbare gebouwen. De cloud-gebaseerde software biedt organisaties de mogelijkheid om de kosten van hun energieverbruik fors terug te dringen.

SeaCurrent

SeaCurrent develops a completely new approach for harvesting kinetic energy from tidal streams. Our technological breakthrough makes it possible to generate clean electricity from low velocity water streams with an efficiency rate that has not been seen before.

Gridcorn

Gridcorn ontwikkelt een nieuwe bouwsteen voor onder andere de woningbouw, gemaakt van gerecycled glas met een speciale bio-binder. In vergelijking met de standaard baksteen heeft deze bouwsteen een lage CO2 footprint. Bovendien is het bouwmateriaal lichter, goed isolerend, sterker en aardbevingsbestendiger dan een traditionele bouwsteen.

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