Wouter Kneepkens


Fund manager, Investor, Board member | INSEAD, RSM Erasmus | Fintech, Financial services | Singapore, Amsterdam

Investment professional, combining a background in banking and private equity with entrepreneurial startup experience. Strong interest in alternative assets, impact investment, financial services and Fintech.


Zomia logo

2017-current

Zomia - Partner


Vanderes Foundation logo

2017-current

Vanderes Foundation - Co-founder

  • Raised initial commitment from donor for foundation
  • Identified potential projects for foundation to support
  • Arranged and received ANBI status with Dutch tax authority, allowing for tax free donations

VNTRE logo

2012-current

VNTRE - Fund Manager/Angel Investor

  • Created two portfolios with exposure to c. 25 individual startup, initial portfolio trading above a 5.0x money multiple
  • Invested in notable successes like Instacart (>US$2bn valuation), Coinbase (>US$1bn valuation), Slack (>US$2bn valuation) and Shyp (US$250m)
  • Exited successful investment in Spotify

Caelen Vandersluys logo

2010-current

Caelen / Vandersluys - Director

  • Set up and managed large asset management portfolio, 6.9% annualised return with volatility well below equities
  • Set up and managed one of the earlier global marketplace lending investment funds, 7.7% annualised return with limited volatility
  • Advised various investment funds on their set up and strategy
  • Served as interim CFO for one of Singapore’s premier Fintech startups in situation of financial distress
  • Served as non-executive board member to a large financial institution in the Netherlands, which managed to triple EBITDA in challenging markets
  • Ran a six year fraud investigation project, including various litigations and court cases, resulting in damages awarded to the account of 81% of the lost monies

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2013-2015

SNTMNT - Co-founder

  • Joined team to provide financial markets background, business development & strategy support and funding experience
  • Attained m-o-m profitability through renegotiating contract with largest customer, achieved 3x increase in contract size and extended period to ‘indefinite’

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2012-2015

StartupJuncture - Founding Editor

  • Grew StartupJuncture into being the premier Dutch (English-language) startup blog and respected name in Dutch startup scene, with 10-20 contributing editors
  • Preferred partner of Startup Amsterdam, StartupDelta
  • Wrote 100+ blogposts about Dutch startup scene, reaching ten’s of thousands of views
  • Secured funding to safeguard further growth of the platform
  • Handled all website matters, including writing custom CSS and HTML for the blog

Favourit logo

2011-2013

Favour.it - Co-founder

  • Established three person co-founding team (design, development & business)
  • Raised EUR160k (pre-)seed investment round, through innovative “all saints” funding round, covered in VentureBeat and open-sourced documentation
  • Launched and re-launched various iterations of Favour.it product (Lean Startup methodology)

Share a Bite logo

2011-2012

Share a Bite - Founder

  • Grew Share a Bite into profitable business within 2 months of founding and expanded to other European locations
  • Sold the business successfully to international competitor

Vooxl iWhisper logo

2011-2014

Vooxl / iWhisper - Co-founder

  • Developed geo-localised audio app
  • Merged Vooxl with competitor iWhisper
  • Sold solution to GVB Amsterdam, municipality of Woerden and various museums

INSEAD logo

2010-2011

INSEAD - MBA

  • Completed dual campus (France/Singapore) MBA program
  • Graduated with Distinction and on Dean’s List throughout program

Parcom Capital logo

2007-2010

Parcom Capital - Associate/Analyst

  • Raised EUR1bn European activist equities fund together with Managing Partner, exceeding target by 250% and negotiated fund termsheet
  • Supported Managing Partner in setting up operations from scratch and growing a 2-man operation into 8-man international team
  • Responsible for Netherlands & Belgium – portfolio companies, idea generation, modelling and deal execution, frequent CEO/CFO engagement and interaction
  • Traded over EUR300m in equities over 8 month period, including execution of EUR50m block transaction resulting in EUR0.5m in extra profits through negotiations with banks

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2006-2007

UBS Investment Bank - Analyst

  • Developed financial modelling and presentations for analysis of M&A, Equity and LBO deals and pitches
  • Acted as junior relationship banker to key customers – global client coordinator ING, resulting in multiple engagements
  • Worked on major deals like the ABN-AMRO acquisition, Rodamco acquisition, Schiphol IPO (cancelled)
  • Top-ranked in analyst class

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2005-2006

Barclays Capital - Analyst

  • Developed financial modelling and presentations for analysis of M&A and LBO deals including rating agency analysis of Schiphol Airport
  • Prepared and presented various proposals for credit committee including transactions for Nutreco and Rodamco

Erasmus University Rotterdam logo

2005-2006

Erasmus University Rotterdam - LLM Financial Law

  • Wrote Master Thesis on Dutch/German corporate governance comparison

RSM Erasmus University logo

2004-2006

RSM Erasmus University - MSc. Business Administration

  • Completed two separate Master programs: Finance & Investments and Accounting and Control & Financial Management
  • Wrote Master thesis on the explanatory value of various profit measures on future share prices

Volbereik logo

2003-2006

Promotion Agency Volbereik - Owner

  • Grew business by over 300% in three years time to net profits of c. EUR75k
  • Won national big-ticket clients such as Heineken, Shell, ING and KPMG
  • Managed national network of over 15 students freelance students
  • Sold business successfully

Bloomerce logo

2002-2003

Bloomerce - Assistent Community Manager


RSM Erasmus University logo

2001-2004

RSM Erasmus University - BSc. International Business Administration

  • Wrote Bachelor Thesis on psychology of financial markets