Hans Brouwer is a serial entrepreneur who has built a number of successful high-tech companies. Steven Tan is a seasoned professional with a strong background in venture capital and technology transfer. Hans and Steven are long time business partners and collectively have 50 years of experience in high-tech and startups.
Hans has been working with high-tech companies since receiving his MSc degree (Ir.) in Applied Physics at the Delft University of Technology in 1982. He started his career Philips International (now NXP) and ASM Europe. He then moved European Silicon Structures (ES2), to a European startup (now part of Atmel US).
In 1992 he founded Riverside Investments with the intention to start new companies. The first company was CPS Europe, an electronics project development company that was integrated in 1996 with The Pijnenburg Group. In 2011 Optics11, Omniradar and Pepscope were started, all high-tech startup companies.
Steven has been working with high-tech startup companies since his he received a MSc. from the Delft University of Technology in 1989. Immediately after graduation Steven started his own engineering company. In 1992 Steven was co-founder and CTO of QMaster, a high-tech startup. After completing the MBA Program of the Rotterdam School of Management of Erasmus University Rotterdam, Steven became executive partner at Holland Venture III BV, a venture capital fund focused on early stage technology in North-West Europe and Israel. In 2006 Steven joined the newly established Technology Transfer Office (“TTO”) of Erasmus Medical Center and was responsible for technology commercialization and startup creation. In 2010 Steven became director of TTO of VU University Amsterdam and VU University Medical Centre Amsterdam.
During his career Steven played a leading role in the establishment of 16 new and often successful startups and was responsible for the equity management of 36 startups and the management of a portfolio of 120 licenses.
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