5CS

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Our team

Our team is our most valuable asset. The 5CS team brings extensive entrepreneurial experience, investment expertise and a growth-centric approach to our companies and management teams. As business founders and entrepreneurs, we know the ins and outs of growing a business and adding value to your company. As experienced investors, we know how to actively support you in taking the next step. We are a team of driven, high-energy and enthusiastic people with a strong network who are always willing to go the extra mile together with you.

Sebastiaan de Koning

Sebastiaan de Koning

Founding Partner

M +31 (0)650 266070
E dekoning@5cs.pe

Sebastiaan founded 5CS together with Charles in 2018, sharing their passion and dedication to reach the full potential of businesses in the Dutch SME space. Before founding 5CS, he started IT-Ernity aged 17. He experienced the highs of running his own company, as well as the lows worrying about new customer inflow or getting the right people in managerial roles.

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Charles Kotting

Charles Kotting

Founding Partner

M +31 (0)653 171606
E kotting@5cs.pe

Charles has circa 20 years of experience in hands-on investing. After starting working at McKinsey, he learned the investment profession at H2 Equity Partners, where he found his swing in refocusing and re-energizing mid-sized companies in the Netherlands, UK, Sweden and Denmark.

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Pieter van Scherpenzeel

Pieter van Scherpenzeel

Investment Director

M +31 (0)642 268697
E vanscherpenzeel@5cs.pe

Whilst at university, Pieter got involved with both small challenger companies as well as the investing industry. In 2014, Pieter joined Gilde Equity Management (GEM) Benelux. There followed an exciting 5 years of investments in the software, manufacturing, business services and retail sectors.

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Lisa de Heer

Intern

M +31 (0)610 705090
E analist@5cs.pe

Lisa has been interested in entrepreneurship from a young age. During her bachelor studies she found out what it takes to build a start-up business herself. Lisa also experienced the impact of a private investment from the company side when she was working in a scale-up business.

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Frank van der Woude

Frank van der Woude

Operating Partner

Frank is a hands-on CEO with proven track record and over 25 years of leadership experience at international software companies. Frank started his international career at ICL/Fujitsu. Private equity backed, he acquired the largest European reseller of Microsoft Dynamics software, Watermark (formerly Baan Business Systems), active in 12 European countries.

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Mike Gries

Operating Partner

Mike is a sincere, honest, amiable and enthusiastic personality. He is a pragmatic and strategic thinker who is often steps ahead of his discussion partner. He has a clear vision and results oriented approach. With his transparent management style, openness and accessibility, Mike also deserves a lot of respect with his direct reports. His communication is direct, to-the-point, diplomatic if necessary. A powerful personality who has more than 20 years’ experience in the ICT, software and financial market.

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Nordi Malih

Operating Partner

Nordi is a result-driven and analytical team player with a transparent, communicative, and pragmatic approach. He has broad (inter)national leadership, knowledge and experience in dynamic and innovative industries and markets. Nordi has worked in privately held, listed and private equity driven companies such as British Telecom, Schuberg Philis and team.blue.

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Joop van Voorthuijsen

Industry Expert

Joop is a seasoned ICT entrepreneur with more than 35 years’ experience. He started his career at Baan Info Systems, followed by a partner role at Jansen MI Consultants. He co-founded a couple of Microsoft Dynamics VAR- and ISV-companies such as Foqus-ICT (sold to Watermark), To-Increase (sold to Columbus) and Dynamics Anywhere (sold to To-Increase).

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