Dennis van der Spoel

Utrecht, Netherlands

Entrepreneur / Investor / Speaker / Author
Dennis's Skills
Business Development
Operations
Product Management
Background

Age Group

36-55

About Dennis

Business owner and investor; consultant and leader; trainer and coach; author and speaker. I'm passionate about leadership & consulting in innovative environments with high levels of uncertainty where continuous change key to strategic success. I believe that conscious leadership and an inclusive mindset when balancing the interests of all stakeholders is the only path to sustainable competitive advantage.

My focus areas are:
1. lean startup & exponential organizations;
2. conscious capitalism & singularity (tech start-ups / scale-ups);
3. project, program & portfolio management (unique assignments);
4. strategy & benefits realization;
5. change leadership.

Industry experience:
- Energy & Utilities (a.o. Nuon, Essent, Alliander, TenneT, AT&T)
- Information Technology & Management (a.o. Advisie, Amigon, Assist, IBS Group)
- Innovation (a.o. Philips NatLab, Donero)
- Logistics (a.o. Mammoet, Alpha Group, Havi Logistics)
- Educational Services (a.o. NCOI, PCO Kennis, Eduniek, Hbo-raad, Edux)
- Filmed Entertainment (a.o. PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Universal)
- Financial Services, Pensions & Insurance (a.o. Agis, Achmea, Woonfonds, Allianz)
- Banking, FinTech & Payment Solution Providers (a.o. ABN AMRO, CCV)
- Consulting (a.o. Acumen, Insights International, ADES, Ruysdael, Prodesto)

Quote

The future bears down upon each one of us with all the hazards of the unknown. The only way out is through. - Plutarch

Work Experience

Founder & CEO

Prama Investments

January 2016 - December 2016

Our mission is to create a world of abundance, by leveraging exponential technologies. Abundance is all about creating a world of possibility: a world where everyone’s days are spent dreaming and doing, not scrapping and scraping. This means a world where food, water, shelter, energy, education, communication, information, freedom and health will be a commodity to everyone. These items are not scarce to begin with; they are merely inaccessible because we either lack the technology or the will to meet demand and make them affordable for all. That is why we invest in start-ups and scale-ups in exponential technology sectors, such as web-based platforms, e-learning, infinite computing, sensors and networks, 3-D printing, nanomaterials and nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, robotics, water and sanitation, genetics and synthetic biology.

Co-Founder & COO

Donero

February 2016 - June 2017

Donero builds and supports a global community dedicated to improve the quality of life in local communities.​ We believe in improving the world by encouraging young people to do good deeds and gain meaningful experiences. We achieve this by using gamification to entice them to pay it forward by participating in community projects, for which the community may reward them with points, ratings, badges, awards and credits afterwards. Young people who have completed a social project, may also receive a reward from donors. With these donations young people can fulfill their own desires more quickly. In addition, community work provides an educational experience for young people, helping them to develop into socially responsible adults who can give substance to the concept of 'citizenship' and strengthen their CV. To this end, we connect various stakeholders in communities on our platform. Help us to Boldly Build Happy Communities.

Co-Founder & COO

Prodesto

April 2013 - June 2017

Prodesto is a specialist in change, transition and innovation, realizing challenging and high impact assignments using the 'Conscious Capitalism' philosophy. We are the catalyst and unifying factor when effectively transforming organizations into stakeholder oriented communities. Our specialty is the creation of 'Firms of Endearment'​ (also known as 'Good Karma Companies'). In everything we do we believe in co-creation, the multiplier effect and talent development. Our approach is engaging, opinionated, pragmatic, and inspiring. It is characterized by applying strategic focus on business innovation. My role involves coaching, mentoring, training, consulting and leading in the face of organisational change. Subject matter expert on: strategy definition & realization, change management, project management, program management, portfolio management, benefit realization management, risk management and ... Good Karma.

Co-Founder & COO

Ukukhula

August 2015 - Today

To start and scale a prosperous company is a major challenge. Especially if you have not done this before or reality doesn't stick to the plan. That is when you could use some good advice and a wider network of talent, expertise and investors. Preferably someone who speaks your language and can draw from personal experience. Ukukhula can offer you this. Ukukhula means "growth" in Zulu. The mission of Ukukhula is to grow (starting) entrepreneurs; mentally, spiritually and financially. The coaches of Ukukhula are knowledgeable, passionate and very experienced. And the best part is that we do not send an invoice. We prefer a gainsharing approach through active participation. We focus on start-ups and scale-ups in exponential technology sectors, such as web-based platforms, e-learning, infinite computing, sensors and networks, 3-D printing, nanomaterials and nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, robotics, water and sanitation, genetics and synthetic biology.

CEO & Founder

Dennis van der Spoel BV

August 1997 - Today

We have three divisions: 1. Boardroom Consulting & Interim Management (Strategy, Change, Innovation) @ www.dennisvanderspoel.eu 2. Training & Coaching (Change, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Wealth) @ www.dennisvanderspoel.com 3. Media & Event Productions (Change, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Wealth) @ www.dennisvanderspoel.nl