Build your company with Antler in the Netherlands

Antler backs the world’s most driven founders, from day zero to greatness. In Amsterdam’s vibrant tech hub, we bring together exceptional founders from all backgrounds to build companies that move the world forward.

Who is Antler for?

We are looking for people who want to turn their ambitious ideas into successful businesses. Our founders are domain experts, serial founders, product builders, or business leaders with wavering drive and together we can make progress inevitable. Whether you're an individual with a dream looking for a co-founder or an idea, or an early business looking to accelerate your growth, Antler is the perfect place to make it happen.

Pre-Launch

Individual Founders and Teams

Are you a solo founder or looking to find a co-founder and to validate your idea? Or perhaps you are a co-founder team ready to take the next step. Or maybe you don’t have an idea but are yearning to join forces with one of our exceptional founders to embark on the entrepreneurial journey. That’s what we are here for. During our 9-week residency you’ll meet a community of like-minded founders, focus your vision towards success, and be supported by our truly global community of founders, advisors, and investors. The best teams will continue on the journey with us as a Antler portfolio company raising a €100k pre-seed funding.

Pre-Seed

Startups

Do you already have a team or an incorporated business that you would like to get backed by Antler? In Amsterdam, we accept applications also from founders with existing (incorporated) businesses that might already have a product in the market and a growing customer base. These teams go through the investment process including initial assessment meetings, due diligence, and a final pitch to the investment committee to reach the final investment decision. Antler is determined to support driven founders from day zero to greatness. Applications for this track will be accepted on a rolling intake. All applications are sent in using the same application form. In the application form,  you are able to further specify your situation.

Pre-Launch

Individual Founders and Teams

Are you a solo founder or looking to find a co-founder and to validate your idea? Or perhaps you are a co-founder team ready to take the next step. Or maybe you don’t have an idea but are yearning to join forces with one of our exceptional founders to embark on the entrepreneurial journey. That’s what we are here for. During our 9-week residency you’ll meet a community of like-minded founders, focus your vision towards success, and be supported by our truly global community of founders, advisors, and investors. The best teams will continue on the journey with us as a Antler portfolio company raising a €100k pre-seed funding.

Pre-Seed

Startups

Do you already have a team or an incorporated business that you would like to get backed by Antler? In Amsterdam, we accept applications also from founders with existing (incorporated) businesses that might already have a product in the market and a growing customer base. These teams go through the investment process including initial assessment meetings, due diligence, and a final pitch to the investment committee to reach the final investment decision. Antler is determined to support driven founders from day zero to greatness. Applications for this track will be accepted on a rolling intake. All applications are sent in using the same application form. In the application form,  you are able to further specify your situation.

What to expect when you join

Our next in-person residency starts on January 30, 2023.

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Residency: formation and validation

You join us at the Antler offices in Amsterdam for nine weeks to get to know all the other founders in the program, start validating your ideas, and find your co-founder.

Track out: building and coaching

Tracking out means you have found your co-founder and you are ready to start building. This is when you will be assigned a specific coach who will guide you to be ready for the next step. Weekly pitches, iterating on your product, and sharing and growing with your fellow founders will shape this phase. Track out is always based on your own progress and can happen at a different time for different teams.

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Pitch to Antler's Investment Committee

This is the moment. A successful pitch to the Investment Committee means you’ll raise €100K funding from Antler.

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Application process

The full application process takes about 2-3 weeks to complete. Once you apply, our scouting team will guide you through the full process and will be available to answer all your questions. All interviews are done online.

Apply

Apply at antler.co/apply. In the application you will be asked to share a LinkedIn profile or CV, and answer questions about you.

First meeting

The first meeting is a chat with a member of our scouting team. The goal is to get to know you a bit better, dive into your background and expertise, and determine if we are a good fit for each other.

Partner interview

This second meeting is with one of our partners or directors, and the goal is to better understand how you approach problems and handle challenges. You might also be asked to do a short 5-10 minute business case.

Offer to join Antler

The final step is receiving an official offer (“Founder Agreement”) from Antler to join the cohort. When that’s signed, you are ready to start the onboarding and attend the pre-programs.

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Application process

The full application process takes about 2-3 weeks to complete. Once you apply, our scouting team will guide you through the full process and will be available to answer all your questions. All interviews are done online.

Apply

Apply at antler.co/apply. In the application you will be asked to share a LinkedIn profile or CV, and answer questions about you.

First meeting

The first meeting is a chat with a member of our scouting team. The goal is to get to know you a bit better, dive into your background and expertise, and determine if we are a good fit for each other.

Partner interview

This second meeting is with one of our partners or directors, and the goal is to better understand how you approach problems and handle challenges. You might also be asked to do a short 5-10 minute business case.

Offer to join Antler

The final step is receiving an official offer (“Founder Agreement”) from Antler to join the cohort. When that’s signed, you are ready to start the onboarding and attend the pre-programs.

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Application process

The full application process takes about 2-3 weeks to complete. Once you apply, our scouting team will guide you through the full process and will be available to answer all your questions. All interviews are done online.

Apply

Apply at antler.co/apply. In the application you will be asked to share a LinkedIn profile or CV, and answer questions about you.

First meeting

The first meeting is a chat with a member of our scouting team. The goal is to get to know you a bit better, dive into your background and expertise, and determine if we are a good fit for each other.

Partner interview

This second meeting is with one of our partners or directors, and the goal is to better understand how you approach problems and handle challenges. You might also be asked to do a short 5-10 minute business case.

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Founder testimonials

Don't just take it from us. Hear from phenomenal people who joined Antler Netherlands to launch their company.

Israel Omidosu

I chose Antler because of its diverse team of partners, mentors and investors who go above and beyond to ensure you’re able to find the match needed to build a great company.

Vlad Mazur

The best part about Antler has been the network of like-minded individuals. There’s nothing like the energy of people who look to change the world in the future all in one room together. That would be my one piece of advice - be open to other people and their ideas.

Mira Gleisberg

RespiQ

Antler acted as a platform that allowed me to combine the two things I am truly passionate about: Healthcare and business.

Valentin Kassarnig

SpeechifAI

Many decisions are made in uncertainty that define the outcome of your company. Antler gives me the support needed to make those decisions.

Our Team

Meet the Antler Netherland's team

Youri Doeleman
Partner

Youri is leading the charge to help build the next generation of entrepreneurs born out of Antler Amsterdam. An Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company, he spent the last 7 years working on innovation and transformation programs with incumbents and startups in the private, public and social sectors - both across Europe and Latin America. Youri is adept in big-bang cosmology and has held various stints as a musician across Europe, Africa, Japan and Brazil.

Ronald Jan Schuurs
Partner

Ronald Jan is an experienced operator, entrepreneur and investor, with expertise in a.o. e-commerce, fintech and healthtech. He has spent over a decade with various C-level roles in tech startups including Rocket Internet and Delivery Hero. Previously he has been a strategy consultant at Booz & Co and an investment banker at ABN Amro. INSEAD educated.

Saskia van den Ende
Senior Director, EU Founder Scouting

Saskia started her career at BCG in Recruitment, and Egon Zehnder (Executive Search), after which she joined UBER and helped scale their Eats & Rides businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Her most recent role has been with OYO, a Softbank-backed hospitality company, where she helped launch their European business from scratch. At Antler, Saskia has an integral role in scouting founders both for the Amsterdam team but also supporting teams throughout Europe.

Rosa Jung
Program Manager

Rosa is the Program Manager for Antler’s Amsterdam office. She has built up five years’ worth of supply chain and operations experience, within both corporate as well as start up sectors of logistics and F&B. Born in South Korea but since having lived in France, China, UK and currently the Netherlands, she holds a masters degree in management from Imperial College Business School.

Marijn Settels
Investment Manager

Marijn is Investment Manager at the Antler Amsterdam office. Previously, she worked at FMO – the Dutch entrepreneurial development bank, ING / ING Ventures and Deloitte. At Deloitte, she focused on connecting technology startups with investors for early stage funding rounds and acquisitions in emerging ecosystems such as FinTech, CleanTech, HealthTech, and Mobility

Catarina Rocha
Finance Manager

Catarina is our finance expert. Previously she has worked at KPMG and Deloitte.

Julia Ehrnrooth
Senior Marketing Associate

Julia is our marketing and communications expert with special interest in building startup brands. She has a background in events management and design, and has prevously worked as a Marketing Manager at Voima Ventures in Finland. She has a MSc in International Design Business Management from Aalto Univeristy and has also done some studies in programming and psychology. At Antler, she spearheads the local content as well as events strategy and supports our portfolio firms in various marketing related tasks.

Matteo Fortunato Condello
Scouting Manager

Matteo is a former entrepreneur and an experienced professional in consultancy and recruitment. After a BSc in Economics and Management from Bocconi University and an MSc in Finance from VU Amsterdam, Matteo started his career in Huxley as a Recruitment Consultant for tech and financial roles within banking and fintech organizations mostly in the Netherlands and Italy. His passion for startups and innovations led him to create his own AI startup in the hr-tech domain, bynd.ai, and to start working alongside founders to support them on their journey.

Catarina Rocha
Finance Manager

Catarina is our finance expert. Previously she has worked at KPMG and Deloitte.

Stefanie Mulder
Visiting Investment Analyst
Antler Netherlands
Valentin Kassarnig
Co-founder & CTO
Mira Gleisberg
Co-founder & CEO
Vlad Mazur
Founder
Israel Omidosu
Co-founder
Julia Ehrnrooth
Senior Marketing Associate

Julia is our marketing and communications expert with special interest in building startup brands. She has a background in events management and design, and has prevously worked as a Marketing Manager at Voima Ventures in Finland. She has a MSc in International Design Business Management from Aalto Univeristy and has also done some studies in programming and psychology. At Antler, she spearheads the local content as well as events strategy and supports our portfolio firms in various marketing related tasks.

Saskia van den Ende
Senior Director, EU Founder Scouting

Saskia started her career at BCG in Recruitment, and Egon Zehnder (Executive Search), after which she joined UBER and helped scale their Eats & Rides businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Her most recent role has been with OYO, a Softbank-backed hospitality company, where she helped launch their European business from scratch. At Antler, Saskia has an integral role in scouting founders both for the Amsterdam team but also supporting teams throughout Europe.

Rosa Jung
Program Manager

Rosa is the Program Manager for Antler’s Amsterdam office. She has built up five years’ worth of supply chain and operations experience, within both corporate as well as start up sectors of logistics and F&B. Born in South Korea but since having lived in France, China, UK and currently the Netherlands, she holds a masters degree in management from Imperial College Business School.

Ronald Jan Schuurs
Partner

Ronald Jan is an experienced operator, entrepreneur and investor, with expertise in a.o. e-commerce, fintech and healthtech. He has spent over a decade with various C-level roles in tech startups including Rocket Internet and Delivery Hero. Previously he has been a strategy consultant at Booz & Co and an investment banker at ABN Amro. INSEAD educated.

Marijn Settels
Investment Manager

Marijn is Investment Manager at the Antler Amsterdam office. Previously, she worked at FMO – the Dutch entrepreneurial development bank, ING / ING Ventures and Deloitte. At Deloitte, she focused on connecting technology startups with investors for early stage funding rounds and acquisitions in emerging ecosystems such as FinTech, CleanTech, HealthTech, and Mobility

Youri Doeleman
Partner

Youri is leading the charge to help build the next generation of entrepreneurs born out of Antler Amsterdam. An Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company, he spent the last 7 years working on innovation and transformation programs with incumbents and startups in the private, public and social sectors - both across Europe and Latin America. Youri is adept in big-bang cosmology and has held various stints as a musician across Europe, Africa, Japan and Brazil.

Inemarieke Raettig
Marketing Associate
Andra Vanghelie
Content Writer Specialist
Inemarieke Raettig;Yingzhao Zhu
Marketing Analyst;Freelancer
Kim Oreskovic
Senior Advisor
Gita Lalloo
PR & Media Officer
Antti Rantanen
Venture Partner
Mohit Mishra
Co-founder & CEO
Venture Insider
Company
Hayden Young
Head of Marketing

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