Sailmon signs €1.5m investment agreement with high tech investment fund Disruptive Technology Ventures
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 13 November 2018 – At the opening day of Mets 2018 Sailmon BV announced that they have raised 1.5 million euro for a series B financing round. This capital will be used to continue the company’s growth, accelerate the product innovations and the development of their social sailing platform. The investment is done by Disruptive Technology Ventures, a Dutch investment fund established by founders of cybersecurity leader Fox-IT (Ronald Prins and Menno van der Marel), and former KPN and TNT CEO Ad Scheepbouwer.
Serial entrepreneur and angel investor Peter Houtzagers will no longer be part of the management team but will remain as a shareholder for this next chapter in Sailmon’s adventure.
Sailmon Founder Kalle Coster & CEO Kim Coster are very excited with the new partner. Kim: “We have started a great new adventure with a very professional fund with high technological expertise”. Kalle: “A dream comes true. While Kim is leading the company, I can focus on sailing innovation while being kept in check by technology gurus Enno Romkema and Ronald Prins.”
DTV founder Ronald Prins: “Sailing is a very conservative sport and technology is still very basic. We believe technologies like high-quality data, social platforms, and gamification can bring the sport into the 21st century and attract a new generation of sailors. Sailmon has exactly the platform, team, and vision to make this a happen.”
About Disruptive Technology Ventures
Disruptive Technology Ventures is a privately held investment firm founded by among others former TNT, KPN CEO Ad Scheepbouwer, and Fox-IT co-founders Ronald Prins and Menno van der Marel. The fund focuses on startups and scale-ups active in the fields of ICT, smart mobility, and advanced manufacturing. DTV’s mission is to bring the most promising, unique and groundbreaking new technologies to the market. The seasoned investment team combines broad experience in management, technology investments, international growth, and entrepreneurship.
Sailmon is a Dutch-based marine industry company, founded by Enno Romkema and Kalle & Kim Coster. Sailmon has a passion for sailing, technology, and water. We want to expand the sailing community by retaining the youth and inspire and challenge every sailor for more interest in our beautiful sport. While making products that look great, work best and are based on the latest technology.
Their team exists out of a combination of sailing and business professionals. coming from the ranks of Unilever, Technolution, entrepreneurs, Olympics, Volvo Ocean Race and America’s Cup.
For more information about Sailmon, please contact:
Kim Coster, CEO Sailmon
+31 6 11 23 04 00