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Newion Investments

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Erik Aeyelts Averink


Erik Aeyelts Averink works at Newion since April 2011. He joined Gilde IT fund in 1993, where he was as investment manager, director and partner leading 15 investments in Europe, Israel and the US. He was in the Non-Executive Board of several IT companies. In 2004 he joined SDL Tridion, one of the leading global Web Content Management software companies. He was as member of the executive board part of the team that executed the acquisition by the UK company SDL in May of 2007. In 2009 Erik left SDL Tridion and acted as Business Angel and advisor to several early stage and later stage companies, before joining Newion. Erik studied Economics at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam.

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Frank Claassen

Investment Director Partner

Venture Capitalist with a broad experience and network in the ICT Benelux market and a passion for building great software companies. Specialties: Mergers & acquisition, financial structuring, creating value for 'business technology companies'.

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Mathijs de Wit

Investment Manager

As an Investment Manager, Mathijs focuses on new investment opportunities and try to put a lot effort in helping portfolio companies.

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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, Customer Gauge, iWelcome, Mall –Connect 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.

Newion invests in fast growing B2B enterprise software vendors.

Application Development, IT Management, Cloud Computing, Enterprise Software, Customer Experience Management, Customer Insights, Business Intelligence, Security, Risk, Compliance
Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg
€ 500.000 - € 2mm
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