LOEY announced the six candidates for the most talented entrepreneurs of Holland 2017. Yearly they LOEY foundation makes a selection for the Most Talented Entrepreneur Award.
LOEY candidates most talented entrepreneur 2017
LOEY stands for Leading Entrepreneur of the Year and an expertpanel chooses the candidates and one upcoming talent. This year these are the candidates for the LOEY award:
Rick Goud (Zivver)
Goud is co-founder of Zivver, a company that provides save solutions for corporate e-mail, chat and file transfering. He found out the needs for this while working at healthcare institutions. Zivver already won the Present Your Startup, Sprout Challenger and was one of the finalist in the Dutch version of Get in the Ring. Last spring Zivver raised a three million euro investment from henQ.
Robert den Hollander (Tripaneer)
Den Hollander is founder and CEO of Tripaneer, the marketplace for themed holidays. In 2013 they started with BookYogaRetreats.com and soon they found out there’s a pretty big niche market for this. Now they’ve added surfholidays and safari’s and they operate a 175 people team from 20 different countries. Tripaneer never received funding and was profitable after six months already. Almost a miracle in the startup industry!
Raymond Klompsma (Srprs.me)
Klompsma is co-founder and CEO at Srprs.me, a company that organises surprise holidays. The mission of Klompsma and his co-founders, Stefan Wobben, Marcel Hagedoorn and Tim Beglinger, is to bring the surprise effect back into travel. Over 50.000 travellers tried the surprise experience and nowadays srprs.me operates in Belgium and the UK as well. It is one of the T5 winners, an award by The Next Web for fastest growing tech company in the Netherlands.
Thalita van Ogtrop (The Next Closet)
Van Ogtrop is co-founder and CEO of a circulair high end market place for second hand clothing. Trying to make second hand clothing mainstream, accessible and innovative, she started The Next Closet in 2013 with Lieke Pijpers. Wayne Parker Kent and angel investors invested 1 million euro last year.
Kristian Valk (Hotelchamp)
Valk is a familiar name in the Dutch hotel industry. Kristian (not family though) wants to disrupt the hotel industry from the big players Booking and Expedia. The hyper growth company expanded in no time, won last years Sprout Challenger and received 1.75 million euro investment from private investors.
Danique Wiltink (Nimbles)
Wiltink is driven by education: Nimbles brings parents and tutors together. It’s a spin off from her other business, Didactique. As planned, Nimbles will roll out all over the Netherlands this summer. She already raised 500.000 euro to grow her business together with business partner Adine Tjeenk Willink.
Last year the LOEY Talent Award was issued for the first time to Hans Ober from Ticketswap.
All candidates will meet up with the panelexperts and three of them will make it to the finals. The finale will be held September 11. The LOEYs are initiated by Endeit Capital and Peak Capital.