WE FUEL FOUNDERS TO ANSWER THEIR CALLING

Contributing to the world of tomorrow

We believe that founders turn the world’s problems into opportunities by creating solutions beyond known. We help founders to bring these solutions to scale; building beautiful ventures that contribute to the world of tomorrow.

We are purpose driven. We create impact by changing the wellbeing of people and the way we live, work, eat and learn in 2050, while pursuing the net positivity of our entire value chain.

Health
Chemicals
Food
Energy
Education
Manufacturing

We go all-in with founders

Investments

Early stage investments from pre-seed to series A in impact driven ventures to help them scale.

Business

Developing partnerships and (open innovation) programs with industry leaders to make sure founders find traction.

Education

Educating the founders and entrepreneurs of the future with the Global School of Entrepreneurship.

Campuses

Building local community hubs to help founders grow by offering spaces to work, learn and meet.

A dedicated team of explorers

We are a group of explorers with the same ambition: to fuel founders. Our team represents over 20 different cultures, speaking 12 languages with different expertise such as startup scouting, corporate venturing and investment. You can find us at our HQ in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Meet the board

Edward de Jager
Chairman
Hendrik Halbe
CEO
Madelon Bangma
CFO
Hans Peddemors
CIO
Jurgen Nieuwenhuijsen
COO

Global reach, local presence

Europe

South East Asia

United Arab Emirates

Africa

Latin America

North America

Innovation can come from everywhere. That is why we have a global presence to engage with founders and innovators around the world. We have 300+ network partners in 110+ countries.

Our Story

2022

Opening of Titaan campus

Titaan will be developed as a state-of-the-art 13,000 m² campus to house Europe’s most impactful scale-ups that are working on creating the world of tomorrow. A powerhouse of positive impact.

2021

Introduction of the Venture Engine® Investment model

Unknown developed the Venture Engine® methodology; a corporate venturing model that effectively turns venture collaborations into bottom line results.

2021

Merge with VenturesOne

Unknown Group merges with investment firm VenturesOne. With both combined, the ambition is to increase the success rate of innovations that address pressing local and global challenges.

2019

Active in +110 countries

Get in the Ring competition is active in 110 countries worldwide, offering a platform for thousands of founders every year to validate, test and scale their solutions.

2012

Launch of Get in the Ring

Unknown Group launches the Get in the Ring Foundation. The first global start-up competition.