As global markets undergo transformation due to intensive digitization, and as the pace of Moore's Law slows down, the relevance of integrated photonics technology becomes evident in sectors like data management, communication, sensing, medical diagnosis, and quantum computing. In these fields, high-end solutions rely on the advancements of integrated photonics.
At PhotonVentures, our ambition is to develop integrated photonics technology to promote sustainability, inclusivity, and global connectivity. We achieve this by investing in innovative, differentiated companies that use integrated photonics in ways that create economic value and meaningfully impact our world.
We provide our portfolio companies with the capital, industry connectivity, and hands-on support they need to succeed, driving the development and dissemination of integrated photonics technologies and applications across Europe and beyond.
Those who create breakthrough ideas the fastest will generate new markets, exponential financial returns, and a better future for us all. At PhotonVentures, we create economic value with investments in innovative, differentiating deep-tech companies that can rapidly address a large global market, impact society, and maintain a strong, unique, and defensible technology position in integrated photonics.
Deep tech, and more specifically integrated photonics, has the potential to significantly improve our world. We support technologies that we believe will have a long-term impact through their innovation and sustainable technology.
PhotonVentures is a deep-tech venture capital firm, purely focused on the key enabling technology of Integrated Photonics. PhotonVentures historically emerged from PhotonDelta, a pioneering force behind the European Integrated Photonics ecosystem. PhotonVentures is fortuned to be an independent strategic partner of PhotonDelta.
Founded in 2014, PhotonDelta has driven the growth of the Dutch Integrated Photonics industry, making significant investments in companies and R&D over the past five years. In April 2022, PhotonDelta received €1,1B in public funds from the Dutch National Growth Fund to help propel Integrated Photonics into volume markets.
The strategic partnership between PhotonVentures and PhotonDelta lays an even stronger foundation for success.
Before pioneering PhotonVentures, Joachim de Sterke co-founded PhotonDelta, where he played a crucial role in expediting the development of the Dutch and EU integrated photonics markets. His impactful contributions include meticulously constructing a robust ecosystem and investment portfolio, and strategically cultivating individual partnerships and a global network to bolster the industry's growth.
With a rich entrepreneurial history, Joachim brings not only in-depth sector and investment knowledge but also a proven track record of building. He founded two internationally backed SaaS companies and established the Creative Capital Studio fund, reflecting his entrepreneurial and innovative mindset and multifaceted expertise in navigating and nurturing ventures from inception to success.
Joachim’s academic background is rooted in an MSc of Finance from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Pieter Klinkert, with expertise in Law and Economics, has distinguished himself by steering Venture Capital-backed companies towards eminent success, specializing in management and business development.
In 2019, Pieter embraced a key role as a Senior Fund Manager for OostNL before transitioning to PhotonDelta in 2021, where he adeptly applied his expansive experience in devising actionable strategies for several portfolio companies. His professional journey is shaped not only by his roles but also by a profound interest in breakthrough technologies, particularly those emerging from R&D institutes and academic spin-offs.
Pieter embodies a hands-on approach in his involvement with companies, focusing on management, business development, and future funding rounds to ensure not just growth but also sustainable development in the ventures with which he collaborates.
Rijkman Groenink, having an educational background in Law and Business Administration, transitioned from a distinguished banking career—peaking as CEO at ABN AMRO—into various impactful entrepreneurial and investment pursuits. His endeavors include co-founding a Private Equity fund focused on renewable energy projects and initiating a thriving coffee farming and roasting operation in Ethiopia.
With substantial experience managing multifaceted organizations and Private Equity businesses, and a period as the chairman of the equity investment committee, Rijkman has developed proficiency in startup management, directorship, and advisory roles. His understanding of business operations and corporate governance is both deeply rooted and expansive.
Through his principal involvement with PhotonVentures, Rijkman aims to significantly contribute to the success of the company, advocating for the swift adoption of integrated photonics benefits by industries and the global economy alike. His vision extends beyond the immediate success of co-founded ventures, aspiring to tightly weave influential technologies into our economic frameworks.
Before joining the team, Linde Lassche developed thorough investment experience during her ~10 years as an Investment Professional at FMO, the Dutch Development Bank. She worked on early-stage and scale-up companies, structured finance, and PE/VC fund investments, covering many different sectors. Over the past 5 years, Linde was instrumental in shaping the VC Program’s set-up and strategy, managing assets, and spearheading investments primarily in the Cleantech domain. Furthermore, Linde's experience with VC and PE fund investments gives her a holistic perspective on the success drivers of fund management.
Linde’s academic background is rooted in an MSc in Economics. Additionally, Linde has also honed her coaching and leadership skills through a 3-year program from Phoenix Education.
Now at PhotonVentures, Linde's unique combination of global investment expertise, leadership skills, and fund management insights make her a valuable asset in further developing and scaling PhotonVentures.