Axivate Capital

Team

Partners

Bas Rasker

Partner & Entrepreneur

Bas assesses the commercial feasibility of new investment opportunities and supports portfolio companies with their long-term on strategy and commerce.

Bas is an experienced entrepreneur who founded and managed several successful companies in the travel industry. Among others, he built tour operator JIBA (formerly TravelTrex) from scratch, which was sold to Sunweb in 2006. In 2004, Bas acquired Vakantiereiswijzer.nl early-stage and transformed it into Zoover; market leader in customer reviews for travel accommodations and destinations. A majority share was sold to Tomorrow Focus in 2012, and Bas is now part-time Chief Commercial Officer of Zoover.

Andreas Ezinga

Partner

Andreas is the chairman of Axivate Capital’s Investment Committee and works closely with portfolio companies on business development and growth initiatives.

Andreas has over fifteen years of experience as a corporate and restructuring advisor for KPMG Transaction Services and Business Creation. Prior to the launch of Axivate Capital, he built a strong track record in executing M&A transactions and hands-on investments during his time as Managing Partner of Plain Vanilla Investments. Andreas is also a hands-on investor specializing in leisure, professional services and consumer products.

 

Industry Experts

Bert Wiggers

Industry Expert

Bert focuses on the sourcing, evaluation, negotiation and due diligence of investment opportunities. He is also a committed mentor to our portfolio companies, supporting them with strategy and business development.

Bert started his career as a journalist when he joined VNU Business Publications (renamed Nielsen Company) in 1986. Bert embraced the rise of the web and he set up the first online Dutch job board Intermediair Online in 1994. From there on, he built a strong track record in identifying and building new digital businesses. Among others, Bert was responsible for the acquisition and management of Startpagina.nl, NU.nl and Kieskeurig. He had similar success in Central and Eastern Europe for Sanoma Magazines International, and led @Leisure Group for two years.

Stefan Verkerk

Industry Expert

Stefan focuses on the sourcing, evaluation, and due diligence of investment opportunities.

Stefan has a passion for revolutionary technologies. He started his career at HotWired in San Francisco, where the banner was invented. After his return to the Netherlands, he founded an online business consultancy and co-wrote the bestseller “The Piranha Economy” in which he anticipated the rise of Software as a Service. He continued his career at T-Mobile and Sanoma Media as Director Online Strategy and M&A; working on acquisitions including KiesKeurig, energieprijzen.nl and Fashionchick. Stefan joined WeTransfer in 2011, where he is responsible for finance and monetization in his role as Chief Ventures Officer.

Gijs Vroom

Industry Expert

Gijs focuses on the sourcing, evaluation, and due diligence of investment opportunities.

Gijs is an experienced publisher; previously launching and managing numerous magazines, websites and events for media companies including Future Publishing, WoltersKluwer and VNU Media. In addition, Gijs was also on the Management Board of Dutch digital media association IPAN. At VNU Media, Gijs conducted multiple projects for VNUs e-business magazine Emerce, which he acquired in 2009 by means of a management buy-out. Under his wings, Emerce became a multi-channel platform for online business, media and marketing.

Stephan Bosman

Industry Expert

Stephan focuses on the sourcing, evaluation, and due diligence of investment opportunities.

Stephan has extensive international experience in the field of online leisure. He was General Manager and co-owner of the European online travel agency Travel Horizon until 2006. Hereafter, Stephan switched to Zoover International as COO and co-investor, where he was appointed CEO in 2009. Stephan was the first to receive the award for “Leading Online Entrepreneur of the Year” (LOEY) in 2010.

Team

Alexander van Leeuwen

Business Analyst

Alexander focuses on the the sourcing, evaluation and due diligence of new investments, and provides portfolio companies financial support, legal support and contributions in the development and execution of their business plans.

Alexander has a background in Commercial Law at the University of Amsterdam. Before Alexander joined Axivate Capital in 2016, Alexander did an M&A internship at an international Law firm.

Thomas Hensel

Associate

Thomas focuses on the sourcing, evaluation and due diligence of investment opportunities, and provides portfolio companies financial support and contributions in the development and execution of their business plans.

Thomas has a background in Financial Economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and joined Axivate in 2012.

Martijn de Blaey

Business Analyst

Martijn focuses on the sourcing, evaluation and due diligence of investment opportunities, and provides portfolio companies financial support and contributions in the development and execution of their business plans.

Martijn has a background in Financial Management at the VU University Amsterdam and joined Axivate in 2014.

Jobs

Internship

Axivate is looking for ambitious students to join our team for an internship.

Our interns have the responsibilities and tasks of a Business Analyst and are exposed to all aspects of private equity; from research and deal-structure, to financial modeling and due diligence. You will be immersed in our day-to-day activities and receive supervision and mentoring from the Axivate team. As a result, you will gain valuable insights, exposure and learnings during a short amount of time. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with with a solid practical learning experience that will help you to propel your career.

An internship at Axivate is a full-time working engagement with a duration of at least four months.

We are looking for students who are currently pursuing a Masters degree in the fields of Finance, Economics or Business. Candidates should be able to work independently, have strong written and verbal communication skills, as well as solid analytic and problem-solving skills. You are required to be fluent in Dutch and proficient in English.

Do you want to apply for an internship? Please mail your cover letter, curriculum vitae and transcript of records to info@axivate.com.

  • Axivate Capital
  • Kauwgomballenfabriek Lab
  • Willem Fenengastraat 4B
  • 1096 BN Amsterdam
  • The Netherlands