Meet the team
Our goal is to guide researchers to develop their innovative technologies into a business that can truly impact society. We offer not only investment options, but also scientific knowledge, an extensive network and years of experience.
Drs. C.S.W. Prent (Corina)
Corina has an MBA and a technical background. She has extensive experience in running successful and profitable businesses and has hands-on experience in all aspects of bringing disruptive technology-based products to the market. She uses her broad experience in R&D, scale up, quality control, production, logistics, marketing and sales to assist entrepreneurs in creating successful enterprises.
Dr. I. Faustino (Ignacio)
Ignacio has experience in the Life Sciences industry, evaluating clinical trials and market trends using data analysis, first as a business developer in a pharmaceutical startup and later as a venture capital analyst in Life Sciences. He has a thorough understanding of the drug discovery and development innovation process, as well as scouting and evaluating partnering and investment opportunities. He is passionate about helping entrepreneurs develop their ideas, create business plans, and market their products or services.
Dr. D.H. Veeregowda (Deepak)
Deepak H. Veeregowda, Ph.D. is currently the director at Ducom Instruments B.V. He is a trained Mechanical Engineer (MS), Scientist (Ph.D.) & Innovation Specialist (Exec. Program). For over 10 years he has practiced the art of marketing, sales & business development in the high-tech industry. He continues to successfully manage the products and brands that deliver the best customer experience in industry sectors such as transportation, health care & heavy engineering. Being passionate & experienced in innovation, he loves driving the investment road map (early stage & VC) for ideators who are aiming to become entrepreneurs.
H.C. Nguyen (Hoang)
Hoang has a background in Psychology. He has over a decade of experience in coaching and guiding startups and getting them business and investor ready. His expertise lies mainly in translating science into business and connecting different profiles between team members which makes the pipeline processes more efficient.
W. Pals (Wilma)
Wilma followed her education in business administration. She also has an MBA in tax law and can thus combine numbers and taxes. She has ample experience working at accounting firms.
S.W. Blokland (Sem)
Marketing and Communications
Having finished his BSc in Business Administration and his propaedeutic year in the BSc Psychology, Sem is currently studying for his master’s degree in Marketing. Using both knowledge and passion, Sem is able to analyze and help out companies in the field of marketing.
Informal advisory board
Our Board of Commissioners play an important role in our investment strategy, the investments we do and the positioning of RUG Ventures within the startup ecosystem.
Vidya Sagar Gannamani