About us

SO WHO’S BEHIND THIS INITIATIVE?

We’re initiated and founded by students. Our co-founders are Wilbert Bekendam and Jasper Driessens, two master students at the University of Amsterdam. They met in late 2016 and thought it was time to make the Amsterdam student life more entrepreneurial. Together with the students in the founding committee, they’re setting up the fund and recruiting the first board.

We’re closely tied to the University of Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit en Hogeschool van Amsterdam. In addition, we’re supported by a wide network of professionals that contribute and help in various ways.

Wilbert Bekendam
Co-Founder

Studied in Delft before, now doing MSc Business Information Systems at the University of Amsterdam. Ex-chairman of the Sustainable Healthcare Challenge. Started ASIF to make the Amsterdam student life more entrepreneurial. Wake me up for anything that’s healthcare and entrepreneurship!

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Jasper Driessens
Co-Founder

Founded the Dutch Student Investment Fund and Hardstart Student Entrepreneurs back at the University of Twente. Want to have a student-run investment fund in every Dutch university city in the future, so started with ASIF when I moved to Amsterdam for the MSc Artificial Intelligence!

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Bas van Klaveren
Founding Committee

Gotta love entrepreneurship and finance! Started out on the Nyenrode New Business School, and proceeded with the MSc Investment Management. Currently on the lookout for the very best students to run ASIF.

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Alexander Kramer
Founding Committee

Just came back from an internship at the Dutch consulate in San Francisco! Loved working with startups there, so I joined ASIF as soon as I heard of it. Pursuing my MSc International Management while I’m at it. Hope to meet you soon!

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Lana Hofland
Founding Committee

Want to experience as many things as possible while studying MSc Investment Management. I’m a board member of my study association, have done an internship at StartupDelta, and work part-time in Het Paardje, Amsterdam’s most gezellige bar. ASIF is just the next thing on my list!

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Nesha Narain
Founding Committee

Starting a company in chemistry and sustainability – those are my future plans! Meanwhile, pursuing my MSc Chemistry at the University of Amsterdam. For me, ASIF is a nice way to get hands-on with entrepreneurship, and of course simply an excuse to work on another awesome project.

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