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Clever Clover's Expert Network

Clever Clover invests not only capital but also access to a broad network of established industry specialist from all essential disciplines.

This enables Clever Clover’s start-ups to gain an edge by having access to world-class expertise in an easy  and affordable way. In addition to this network of hand-picked advisors, Clever Clover offers start-ups connectivity to its wider peer network.

Each one of our Experts was selected because of their experience, in addition to their dedication to working with small businesses and the ability to translate their knowledge into easily executable tasks – an essential requirement for early stage companies. Access to this Expert Network will be managed by the Clever Clover executive team.

Our management

Director & Founding Partner

Heinrich Prokop

Heinrich Prokop has an outstanding track record in international business and as an investor in start-ups and entrepreneurial businesses. His industry experience is in manufacturing, food production, supply chain management and retail.

Responsibilities:

  • Managing Director NEO Investments BV – the investment fund for Clever Clover
  • Phase II assessor of business proposals
  • Provides support to partners in areas of financial management, manufacturing, production and supply chain
  • managing finance and operations for the direct investment portfolio and fund investment portfolio, with responsibility for financial and operational due diligence for investments of NEO investments BV.
Director & Founding Partner

Marloes Voermans

Marloes Voermans brings a creative and hands-on approach to Clever Clover and its start-ups. She brings a wealth of business management and sales experience and helps start-ups by connecting them and making introductions to the right people.

 “I really enjoy helping our startups establish and develop their company’s personality, perspective, and reason for being, using whatever means are at their disposal to help them achieve both their creative and sales direction.”

Responsibilities:

  • Involved in the early stage development of start-ups, scopes projects; connects them with decision makers and influencer’s across industries
  • Working together with our startups on their sales and sales strategy, growth and analytics, user acquisition and retention
  • Marketing support to build, maintain and extend professional networks in the market
  • Responsible for investor relationship management; maintain and improve client retention and client satisfaction.
  • Represent company at industry events, conferences, and networking groups.
Expert Audits, Accounting, Taxes and M&A

Robert Goemans

Robert started his career at Deloitte Amsterdam and has over a decade experience in Audit, Accounting, Taxes and M&A. At Deloitte he was involved in the audit of listed international companies as well as smaller companies and worked on a number of national and international M&A deals from a financial acquisition and vendor due diligence perspective. During this period Robert graduated for his Post-Master Accountancy. Currently Robert co-owns Bendor, a company in Amsterdam that provides business administration, accounting and fiscal services. Currently Bendor services over 100 clients from a wide variety of industries.

 “Financial reporting is one of the key processes at any company but especially for start-ups. With my experience and working alongside with the Clever Clover team we can help to improve and better understand the “story told by the numbers”. This provides both management and investors very valuable tools to manage and control the start-ups”

Our experts

Expert Legal, M&A, Joint Ventures and Investments

Richard Goemans

Richard is founder and partner at Venture Lawyers, a boutique law firm in Amsterdam specialising in legal advice for startups and investors. Prior to this, he was Partner at the respected Dutch law firm De Breij Evers Boon. Richard brings to Clever Clover a decade of expertise, and importantly a specialised field of interest that our startups can benefit from immediately.

“The startup scene in the Netherlands is booming and Clever Clover fits perfectly in this rapidly-evolving environment. For me, joining Clever Clover as an expert fits with my pragmatic personal attitude, and the desire to see every startup furnished with the vital basic tools they need to truly make a success of their business.”

Expert International Business Development & Pricing Strategies

Joerg Hummer

Joerg has for ten years ben running his own business consultancy in Austria, and before that had 15 years of senior positions, lastly being President and Board Member, at Jungbunzlauer International AG, the leading manufacturer of food ingredients.

His breadth of experience in building international partnerships and business deals is substantial.

“I love to work with young entrepreneurs. It matches perfectly with my capacity to observe, analyse and guide from a distance, as befitting to a professional who has been ‘around the kitchen’ as long as I have.”

Expert Audits, Accounting, Taxes and M&A

Robert Goemans

Robert started his career at Deloitte Amsterdam and has over a decade experience in Audit, Accounting, Taxes and M&A. At Deloitte he was involved in the audit of listed international companies as well as smaller companies and worked on a number of national and international M&A deals from a financial acquisition and vendor due diligence perspective. During this period Robert graduated for his Post-Master Accountancy. Currently Robert co-owns Bendor, a company in Amsterdam that provides business administration, accounting and fiscal services. Currently Bendor services over 100 clients from a wide variety of industries.

 “Financial reporting is one of the key processes at any company but especially for start-ups. With my experience and working alongside with the Clever Clover team we can help to improve and better understand the “story told by the numbers”. This provides both management and investors very valuable tools to manage and control the start-ups”

Expert Marketing and Retail

Vanessa Kendrick

Vanessa joins the team with more than ten years experience in procurement for Nestle, working on innovation projects, with a passion for delivering new products to market across geographies. Graduated with a Retail Management Bsc (grounding in Marketing, supply chain, general business topics) and the Nestle Supply Chain Graduate Programme, she’s a consumer focused, positive pragmatist determined to ‘make things happen’ by getting traction on ideas to deliver tangible results. As a seasoned cross-functional collaborator, she’s available to help Clever Clover’s start-ups to home pitches to buyers, facilitate valuable connections leveraging skills within the Clever Clover network and can be relied on to give a fresh, objective point of view.

“I love working with start ups – dynamic challenges and passionate, driven entrepreneurs. I’m interested in differentiation, harnessing your growth potential, and driving consumer focus”.
Expert Marketing & Brand Development

Karin Koefinger

Having worked for more than 30 years in various industries, Karin acts as an independent consultant for more than 10 years. She is specialized in creating and developing brands, not only towards consumers or customers but also by implementing a brand driven spirit throughout a company.

 In this role Karin’s extensive experience with marketing, media, e-commerce, CRM & loyalty as well as market & consumer research can provide a lot of practical know-how to Clever Clover’s start-ups.

Expert Sales, Account Management and Business Growth in Retail Channels

Jens Köster

Having worked in sales and account management for brands like Louis Vuitton, LEGO, Campari and Sara Lee, Jens is a highly experienced channel development expert. Now working as an independent consultant specialising in helping start-ups and SME develop effective sales practices, Jens is a top-flight expert now especially available for Clever Clover start-ups.

 “Clever Clover is the perfect match for establishing new ideas for “old economy” products. The knowledge exchange in a highly experienced network is one of the key success factors for a new company needing to scale rapidly. I am really looking forward to work with the whole team, the network, and our existing and new start-ups!”

Advisory Board Clever Clover

Stefan Märk

Prof. (FH) Mag. Dr. Stefan Märk residentially at the Department of Business Management, SME-Management & Entrepreneurship, located in Salzburg at the University of Applied Science. His main areas of interest are opportunity identification, strategic development, entrepreneurship, life-cycle-theory and SME-management. In addition to his engagement at the university he works as mentor and coach  for transforming processes in the private economy for the last fifteen years. He is an author as well and his newest book deals with family businesses and the connections with their stakeholders. Within Clever Clover he will be the interface between the academic, the start-up as well as the private economy world.

Expert Business Development

Robin Williams

Robin Williams has immersed himself in the start-up business arena. He is founder and managing director of his own start-up, Brighter Foods (voted Wales Start-Up of the Year 2016) and part of Clever Clover which mentors, supports and invests in start-ups across Europe.

 Robin’s company, Brighter Foods, innovates, develops and produces snack bars for its business partners in the healthier added value sectors such as free-from and weight control. They’ve also launched their own bespoke snack bar -Wild Trail – already shortlisted for a Good Choice Quality Food Award. Robin says he met his fair share of challenges when he launched Brighter, including sourcing funding to design and build the company’s own factory in Tywyn, Gwynedd. He credits his success (turnover was over £10m in the first full year of trading and he now employs over 150 people and can make over two hundred million snack bars a year) to a strong team, a sound knowledge of the sector, tenacity, a positive workplace culture, excellent quality and customer service and some creative thinking. Crucially he made sure the funding they finally secured to launch worked hard and delivered the momentum they needed to make a mark in this huge and growing market.

Expert Advertising, Marketing and Business Development

Roland van Kralingen

Former CEO of TBWA Netherlands, Spain, and Japan and Member of International Board of Directors for TBWA Worldwide, Roland brings a wealth of professional experience. Combine this with his experience founding INNOA Consult and Sage Partners in Boston, and his books Superbrands, Make Dust or Eat Dust, Tiijd & Geld, Brand World, Naar 2020, De Transparante Wereld, Emotionele Innovatie and De Groeimotor, you have a leading figure in business, branding and entrepreneurship.

 Joining our already extensive network, Roland is a huge boon and will help provide the real-world businesses that define Clever Clover’s supported start-ups with a real edge!

Expert Marketing & Brand Development

Marion Korherr

Marion has a degree in Business Consultancy with focus on Marketing & Sales. She has been involved in marketing since 2003 and has been working with national and international small and big players ever since. Her fields of expertise are: positioning, brand development & strategy – especially for start ups. Formerly a start-up founder, now mentor, sparrings partner, idea generator and still start-up enthusiast as an independent consultant.

Expert Sales and Marketing

Michael Prünner

Michael is an experienced expert in sales and marketing, working with companies like LVMH – Moët Hennessy, Fever-Tree or as Country Manager for Monster Energy he gained insights in some of the worlds most inspiring and interesting brands. Founded several companies in the past and Co-Founded 9Weine to change the way people buy wine online. Currently teaches at the University of applied science in Eisenstadt as a lecturer for digital marketing.

Expert Audits, Retail and Logistics

Anita Randacher

Anita is an expert in Audits, Retail and food/non food logistics. More than 19 years of experience in the food trade market.


Anita is an important expert for topics around the procurement of goods, the corresponding logistics and
logistics systems in the warehouse, but also vehicle fleet. The entire supply chain in mind.


A high level of experience in quality management, management systems and audits in the food sector make Anita a
valuable partner for Clever Clover. Always the aim in focus.

Expert Business Development

Jörg Tomantschger

Joerg has significant experience (over a decade) as management consultant and startup founder.

With degrees in Environmental System Sciences and Finance, he is keen on long term narratives and sustainable ideas.

Joerg is an effective communicator in complex settings and enjoys managing multiple projects while keeping the big picture in mind.

He trusts his entrepreneurial instincts and cuts to the chase, based on a sound strategy and solid numbers.

Expert Brand Development & Marketing

Thomas Hauer

Thomas’ strong analytical and creative abilities enable him to gather valuable internal and external knowledge and to derive strong strategies and business models.

He has 10 years of international marketing experience at Red Bull and Paulaner. Today, as a Design Thinking Expert, he advises companies on innovation processes and is the co-founder of keep, a start-up for long-lasting kitchen furniture.

 

„Through the combination of knowledge, experience, intuition, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit I am the catalyst for growth and success of start-ups. I believe that you have to do things you’ve never done before in order to reach places you’ve never been before.


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Expert Strategic Development

Gerrit Venter

Strategic development and operational implementation of strategies

 

Gerrit is a qualified South African Chartered Accountant, CA(SA). After starting his career with KPMG in South Africa, he joined an international manufacturing and retail group in Europe. He has more than 20 years experience in group finance, supply chain, manufacturing and retail, of which in excess of 15 years in senior management positions, including CFO and CEO positions.

 

Gerrit focusses on strategic development, and operational implementation of the agreed strategies. Value creation is a main driver and motivator, with a proven track record of significant stakeholder value being created in the DACH region as well as Eastern Europe. He finds creative solutions in difficult contract negotiations and ensures start-ups can meet on equal footing with big suppliers and customers.

 


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Expert Food Technology

Christina Schwingenschlögel

Christina has a degree in nutritional science with a focus on Public Health Nutrition. After making different trainings and experiences in tourism and sales, for example for Lufthansa and an international travel agency, she started to study at University of Vienna, since she was very interested in nutritional topics ever since. For that reason she loves working in the food sector, there she could make valuable expertise at Nestlé and Vulcano.

„In the past I wanted to make business experiences in many different fields, which made me much more open-minded. I think this was essential for me to be able to think outside the box.“


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Expert Innovation & Strategy

Georg Ferdinand Haschke

Mag. Georg Ferdinand Haschke is a renowned innovation & strategy expert for health supplements and functional foods and the founder and CEO of Dr.Owl NutriHealth®

After graduating in international marketing & innovation management from the WU (Vienna) and the Schulich School of Business (Toronto) he held strategic marketing positions in global FMCG & Pharma companies like Henkel, Nestlé and Roche before moving on to the strategy consulting sector with Simon-Kucher & Partners where he advised global companies as a Director for various market growth projects.

In 2014 he founded the supplement-technology company Dr.Owl NutriHealth, developed an advanced delivery form for supplements (LHP Liquid Health Pods) and gained market leadership in pharma and retail channels with a new supplement for faster regeneration (Regeneraid®).

In 2019 he started his master studies in Clinical and Medical Nutrition at the Danube University Krems completing his profile as an expert in his field with a scientific edge.

He is looking forward in helping you in growing your business with extensive know-how in the following fields:

Marketing: product innovation, positioning, branding, USP development, packaging, pricing.
Sales: sales channel management, e-commerce, sales force steering, retail & pharma partnerships.
Online: e-commerce, social media, performance marketing, website development.
R&D: formulation, ingredients, claims, taste & texture.
Supply Chain: sourcing, production, logistics.
Legal: EU health claims, patents, trademark protection, packaging.


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Expert E-Commerce & Online Marketing

Thomas Gigl

EXPERT E-COMMERCE & ONLINE MARKETING

MMag. Thomas Gigl acquired his skills in e-commerce & online marketing as the founder and CEO of the e-commerce organic herbs & spices start-up ehrenwort. Genussmomente.

 

After graduating in international marketing from the WU Vienna and law from the University of Vienna Thomas joined Coca-Cola Hellenic and later Henkel to gather years of experience across different areas of the FMCG industry.

After that, he deepened his online marketing skills by taking over the online department of the renowned weather data provider UBIMET.

 

In parallel, he founded his herbs & spices start-up ehrenwort. Genussmomente in 2017 which is well established in the Austrian market. In 2019 he founded the digital agency Brandpiloten to share his knowledge and support other start-ups in setting up and scaling their e-commerce business.

Our partners

2 Minuten 2 Millionen

2 Minuten 2 Millionen

FH Salzburg

FH Salzburg

Finnius Advocaten

Finnius Advocaten

Hackabu

Hackabu

Herbst Kinsky

Herbst Kinsky

Investory

Investory

KPMG Wien

KPMG Wien

SVEA Factoring

SVEA Factoring

Venture Lawyers

Venture Lawyers

Growth Ninjas

Growth Ninjas

Schulmeister Consulting

Schulmeister Consulting

Procfit

Procfit