About Founded in friesland

For startups en scale-ups

We are here for entrepreneurial talent, startups and scaleups. Together we're building a sustainable future. We offer support from start to growth. With high-quality startup programmes, we provide knowledge, inspiration and connections with the right partners. 

Our approach

Friesland needs talent, startups and scaleups who see opportunities and seize them. People who dare to innovate, work together and look beyond borders. An integrated programme is essential for those startups.

We take an integrated approach that starts before companies are born. An inspiring and educational programme to support startups and scaleups in their exponential growth. 

Our pillars

1. Talent

We challenge entrepreneurial talent with inspiration and knowledge and connect them with the right networks to start their business. We provide startups and innovative entrepreneurs with knowledge, tools and networks so that they can recruit and retain talent which will help them grow. 

2. Market

We and our partners are building a strong regional ecosystem with public and private launching customers and an (inter) national network to scale up.

3. Capital

Together with partners, we ensure that Friesland-based startups and innovative entrepreneurs have access to the best regional and (inter) national investors and funds. In every phase of innovative entrepreneurship.


4. Technology

Together with the Frisian technology clusters, we speed up the valorisation process of new techniques and innovations, to allow talent and innovative entrepreneurs to introduce these ideas to the market more quickly. 

Founded meeting
meet the Team

The team of Founded in Friesland

Bertwin Kampman
Bertwin Kampman
Bertwin KampmanPublic lead
Erwin Damberg
Erwin Damberg
Erwin DambergCommunity lead
Jornt de Boer
Jornt de Boer
Jornt de BoerBusiness Developer
Siska WeidenaarProject lead
Femke de Jonge
Femke de Jonge
Femke de Jongeeventmanager
Paula Bijvoets
Paula Bijvoets
Paula Bijvoetsprogram manager entrepreneur mentoring service
Francisca Medinaproject lead startup visa friesland
Arjen Schol
Arjen Schol
Arjen ScholProgram manager capital
Ecosystem partners

The core of our ecosystem

One of the reasons why the Water Campus can be so successful is the intensive cooperation within the Frisian innovation ecosystem."
Ronald WielingaManager Entrepreneurship WaterCampus
The Frisian ecosystem is solid. People know each other and want to help sustainable startups. Not tomorrow, but now. There is room for this in the many test labs that Friesland has to offer. Friesland helps you to accelerate in practice."
Mariken GaanderseProjectdirecteur BeStart
Founded in Friesland creates the best conditions for entrepreneurial talent and helps startups and scale-ups to develop impactfully."