The Future of AI is Orange ūüß°

At Kickstart AI we believe AI is a powerful tool to build a brighter future. That is why our mission is to accelerate the adoption of AI¬†in the Netherlands. We are a coalition of the doing. ūüí™ We grow and connect the AI community & We tackle real issues with AI solutions. ūüöÄ

What Is Kickstart AI? RTL-Z Interview With CEO Sander Stomph

A Brief History of Kickstart AI

Back in 2019, some of the biggest companies in the Netherlands got together to talk about the future of Dutch AI. They saw AI had the potential to make life better for everyone, but it needed an extra push to really take off. So they began working together under the name Kickstart AI.

That was just the beginning, and things have changed a lot since then. We've grown into a proudly independent organisation, with a dedicated focus on AI and the freedom to move fast. In 2022 Kickstart AI was officially founded as an autonomous non-profit initiative to accelerate AI adoption in the Netherlands.
We maintain close ties with our founding partners Ahold Delhaize, ING, KLM, and NS. But we stand strong on our own merit, developing bold initiatives to empower the Dutch AI ecosystem and make a lasting positive impact on society.

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01. Build our community
We actively grow and connect the NL AI community. Last year alone we organized 35 community events. Both by empowering existing regional data science communities and by organizing our own signature events.
02. Challenge the community
We solve real world challenges through AI. Like reducing food-waste, increasing financial health, and helping Food Banks. We also accelerate adoption through research, like our research on how to use LLMs at scale by tacking the hallucination problem.
03. Productize and promote
Once we have solved a challenge with a specific partner or customer, we share, open-source and scale. We want everyone to benefit from the solutions that we build.
We’re Serious About Our Impact
At the heart of our work is the drive to build AI-powered solutions that solve real-world problems. Our team has already tackled big challenges such as predicting major COVID-19 outbreaks and reducing food waste at a global retailer. And this is just the beginning. With your help, we'll continue to break new ground and pave the way for a better future.
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Meet the Kickstart AI team

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Sander Stomph
Co-Founder & CEO
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Aneela Mujahid
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Joris de Lint
Junior Data Engineer
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Jael Lopez K√ľchlin
VP of Product &
Photo of Paulette van Bossum - Head of community and PR
Paulette van Bossum
Head of Community & PR
Photo of Carmen Adriana Martínez Barbosa - Data Scientist
Carmen Adriana Martínez Barbosa
Data Scientist, PhD
Photo of Shahryar Aboutorabi - Development Lead
Shahryar Aboutorabi
Development Lead & 
Fullstack Developer
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Fleur Prince
Community Manager
Photo of Gonçalo Marques - FullStack developer
Gonçalo Marques
Fullstack Developer
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Lesley-Ann de Wit
Quality Assurance &
Engagement Manager
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Omendra Manhar
AI Specialist Lead
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Cascha van Wanrooij
AI Specialist
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Evangelia Toutou
AI & Web Development
Sophia Zitman - Project lead & Ai specialist
Sophia Zitman
AI Project Lead
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Jordi van den Nouweland
Photo of Tjarda Voorneman - Chief of Staff
Tjarda Voorneman
Chief of Staff
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Kim Veltman
Research Lead & 
AI Specialist
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Evertjan Peer
AI Specialist
Dan Fennessey
Interim Community
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Anoek Eckhardt
Public Relations
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Experts in Residence

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Marina Malaguti
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Erick Webbe
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Natasha Govender-Ropert

Talent Specialists

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Jaimy Rosenau
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Irene van Dullink

Kickstart AI Board

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Nils Beers
Managing Partner Mach49
Independent Chairman
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Erick Webbe
Head of Data Science
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Jeroen Fukken
Director Strategy and Innovation
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Aart Slagt
Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer
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Bahadir Yilmaz
Global Chief Analytics Officer
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