"Mission, Vision and Passion is my MVP!"

Patrick Polak
Managing Partner
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"Pride leads to destruction, and arrogance to downfall"

Jaap van Barneveld
Managing Partner
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"Don't feel sorry for the initiatives that didn't work out; regret the ones you missed"

Frank Claassen
Investment Director Partner
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"Success is a choice"

Erik Aeyelts Averink
Venture Partner
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"The only way to win is to learn faster than anyone else"

Mathijs de Wit
Investment Manager
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"Risk comes from not knowing what you are doing"

Geert Zanting
Controller
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"Knowing your weaknesses, is a great strength"

Thomas Hannes
Business Analyst
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"For myself I am an optimist - it does not seem to be much use being anything else"

Anna Tuinenburg
Office Manager
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"Well done is better than well said"

Nienke Scheltens
Office Manager
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Patrick Polak

Patrick Polak

Managing Partner

Patrick is the joint founder of Newion that was set up in December 2000 and he has been active as a venture capitalist since 1997.
After completing his studies in Aerospace Engineering in Delft, he jointly founded an IT company. He sold his interest in this company at the end of 1996.
He started his career as a VC at N.V. NOM in Groningen at the start of 1997 where he was mainly responsible for investments in IT-related businesses. In addition to the IT investments, he has also funded various other types of companies.

Patrick has and had positions on various Non Executive boards. He is on the Board of Collibra, CustomerGauge, iWelcome and Servoy. In addition, he is also actively involved with Tech Tour and Venture Café Rotterdam.

In the past he was among others a Non-Executive Board Member with Oxxio, Mirror 42 and LeanApps.

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