Blooming & Booming is an Amsterdam & New York based seed stage venture capital fund. It all started from a small seed that was planted by our own experiences and challenges which we faced when setting up businesses during our student life. This passion for entrepreneurship made us look for a way to combine our professional careers with working with those of young and starting entrepreneurs.

We focus on student entrepreneurs that build innovative companies. We aim to empower these start-ups and transform them into professional and successful businesses. Our goal is to bring your ideas to fruition.


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Our Team
Koen Derks, Partner | +1 (347) 268 2631 

New York based

After graduating his Law degree, Koen joined Rabobank as a Corporate Management Trainee where he gained experience in Private Equity and Business Development. After his traineeship, he started working in Corporate Finance, first within the Leveraged Finance department in Utrecht and since July 2016 in New York. With a strong passion for Food & Agriculture, Koen is currently part of the Rabobank Investment Banking team where he advises Private Equity on their next investment. Additionally he works with food startups looking to raise capital. As a student he gained entrepreneurial experience when he started KlasseStudent Utrecht.


LL.M Civil Law - University of Utrecht

Bas Gieben, Partner | +31 (0)6 1356 1788

New York based

Bas studied Business, Economics and Law. During his studies, he founded/led his own companies and worked on various projects across different countries. After his graduation, he joined Philips where he was part of the Post-Graduate Development Program (Management Traineeship). In this program he held various upstream- and downstream roles and led his own development team (iOS & Android). After the program he started an incubator program at Philips Lighting (Digital Innovation/transformation) and he currently is leading digital growth in APAC for Philips Hue.


MSc. Strategic Management - Erasmus University

MSc. Entrepreneurship & Strategy Economics - Erasmus University

LL.M Financial Law - Erasmus University 

Charles Prickaerts, Partner | +31 (0)6 2420 8507

Berlin based

Charles studied Economics, Law and Art History. In addition, he obtained an MBA from INSEAD Business School in Singapore and France. As a university student, he was Director and Partner at KlasseStudent, an organization that aims to improve the education system through ambitious university students. Besides that, Charles was an active member at his student association, where he fulfilled various positions. He is currently on leave from his job as an associate at McKinsey, and is working at the early stage Venture Capital fund Creandum in Berlin.


MBA - INSEAD Business School

MA Art History - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

MSc. Entrepreneurship & Strategy Economics  - Erasmus University

LL.M Corporate Law - Erasmus University 

Jelle Postma, Partner | +31 (0)6 3484 2575

 Amsterdam based 

Jelle has a strong financial background. He gained a double master degree in the area of corporate finance at the University of Amsterdam. During his study, Jelle developed his organizational and management skills as a board member at his student association and when graduated, he started in Private Equity where he managed large funds (EUR 150 Million AUM) with a focus on software propositions. With a passion for transfering social and environmental issues into sustainable business opportunities, he continued his carreer at the Nederlandse Investeringsinstelling (EUR 1,2 Billion AUA) and currently works as an Associate for UFF (EUR 300 Million AUM in food security in Africa).


MSc. Corporate Finance - University of Amsterdam

MSc. Real Estate Finance - University of Amsterdam