Volta Ventures invests in young, promising internet and software companies in the Benelux. We provide capital and guidance to assist companies to grow from startup to scale up. We make a substantial contribution to our portfolio companies by working with the founders and management in designing go to market strategies, pricing models, identifying new markets & clients, while also assisting with the human capital development, attracting talent, and help raise follow-up financing.

Frank Maene, Managing Partner

Sander Vonk, Managing Partner

The combined Volta team, led by managing partners Frank Maene and Sander Vonk, has over 40 years of experience in Venture Capital, invested in over 100 companies, supported over 30 exits and has hands-on entrepreneurial experience in multiple exited ventures.

Michel Akkermans, serial entrepreneur and Chairman and Venture Partner of Volta Ventures

Koen De Waele, Venture Partner

At the Heart of the Innovation Ecosystem of Antwerp
Volta Ventures is strongly involved in the Benelux innovation ecosystem, with a soft spot for the city of Antwerp. Volta holds an office at the river banks of the Scheldt at the heart of this local ecosystem. Volta has active relationships with the various relevant ecosystem partners such as universities, incubators (The Beacon, KBC Start-it) and accelerators (Birdhouse), where we actively engage through pitching contests, jury memberships, mentoring and other entrepreneurship stimulating activities.

Volta Ventures further brings to the table valuable ecosystem stakeholders through its investor base including Government actors (Flemish, Brussels and Belgian) as well as investors and business angels with entrepreneurial and innovation backgrounds. Michel Akkermans, serial entrepreneur and Chairman and Venture Partner of Volta Ventures plays an active role in this entrepreneurial ecosystem.

A Soft Spot for Logistics
We see great opportunities for further digitization and innovation in logistics and supply chain. The innovative ecosystem of Antwerp combined with the proximity of the Port of Antwerp ensures the City of Antwerp is greatly positioned to lead innovation in the “LogTech” domain. Volta Ventures brings great contribution to this domain through its logistics experience. Venture Partner Koen De Waele, has spent 15+ years in leading roles in Logtech (logistics technology). He held executive roles at Alpega and is the Chairman of Antwerp-based Logtech scale-up SupplyStack. Moreover, among its investor base, Volta counts several entrepreneurs active in logistics and logtech.

At the Service of Entrepreneurs
Volta Ventures aims to support entrepreneurs and let them shine. We enable this through being:
• committed investors: we don’t give up; startups are hard and so is venture capital. We are supportive in good times and bad.
• fast and nimble: we move quickly so the entrepreneurs can focus on running their business.
• networked and experienced: both the team and the angel investors of Volta have vast international experience in internet and software. We actively help entrepreneurs and start-ups to stay ahead, both locally and internationally.
• active: Doing not just saying: We developed programs with industry experts to continually support our portfolio companies.

Several Volta portfolio companies are Antwerp based

Sentiance : Sentiance turns motion data into contextual insights and uses behavioral change techniques to personalize engagement for safer and sustainable mobility and wellbeing experiences.

Sweep Bright: SweepBright empowers real estate agencies to deliver exceptional customer experiences and become significantly more efficient.

Cash Force: Cashforce is a ‘next-generation Cash management solution, helping finance/ treasury departments save time and money by offering accurate cash flow forecasting, flexible reporting & automation.


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