of unconventional

We are an eclectic bunch of individuals
and team members that are adventurous
and persistent. Curiosity unites us.

We are always on the lookout for talent
with passion and nonlinear journeys.

If you think you fit the description, we would like to hear from you:

The Team

We fight for
our founders

We are an eclectic bunch of individuals and team members that are adventurous and persistent. Curiosity unites us.

We are always on the look our for founders with a wide range of nationalities, professional experiences, and backgrounds.

If you think you fit the description we would get in touch:

Barend Van den Brande

Barend is the founder of Hummingbird Ventures (2010) with 15+ years of venture capital experience.

He is involved with Showpad, Deliveroo, Elder and Automata.

Barend was a director on the board of Shutl (acquired by Ebay), DataCenterTechnologies (acquired by Symantec), Dedigate (acquired by Terremark Inc.) and Clear2Pay (acquired by FIS, Inc.)

Previously, he started his career in the US as a financial analyst for SG Cowen in Boston, Massachusetts, focusing on internet and data-networking companies.

Barend holds a Master of Science degree in Economics from the University of Louvain, Belgium.

Firat Ileri

Firat is a Partner at Hummingbird Ventures. His current portfolio includes Armut, Aspire, Billiontoone, Ciceksepeti, Frontier Car Group, Gram Games, Instacarro, Merlin and Modacruz. He is interested in marketplaces, frontier tech, fintech and gaming.

Previously, he worked at J.P. Morgan at the Emerging Markets Structuring and Solutions group. He received B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Management Science and a Master of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

Idris Sami

Idris is a Senior Associate at Hummingbird Ventures.

Before joining Hummingbird, Idris was an Investment Professional at Anthos Capital, an LA-based growth equity investment firm.

Prior to that, he founded multiple startups, including MesTextos (at the age of 10), Pleazik (acquired by Webinfluence in 2010) and Kiestar (acquired in 2016).

London-based, Idris is a fan of old-school rap music.

Lola Wajskop

Lola is an Associate at Hummingbird Ventures.

Lola was previously co-founder of Yes She Can, social impact initiative to attract more female candidates to engineering studies.

Lola has a Masters in Management from London Business School and an MSc in Electronics & IT Engineering Magna Cum Laude from ULB.

Yousif Al Dujaili

Yousif is an Associate at Hummingbird Ventures & is excited about the future of play, consumer behaviour & the development of infrastructure in emerging markets. 

Prior to joining Hummingbird, Yousif ran growth for Dribble, the largest fantasy sports betting community in Europe & invested in 14+ early stage startups through Mustard, a micro-fund. 

Yousif holds an LLB degree in Law from the University of Leeds. On the weekends you can find him reading J.R.R. Tolkien, watching Paul Thomas Anderson or playing Fortnite.

Sigrid Myncke

Executive Assistant

Lukas Decoster

Lukas joined Hummingbird Ventures in 2016 to oversee the management of the Fund, investor relations and finance/legal support of portfolio companies.

Previously, he worked as an attorney-at-law at Cresco, a Belgian based business law firm focused on the venture capital industry, where he gained first line experience with all aspects of venture financing. During his time at Cresco, he provided all-around assistance in structuring, setup and governance of several VC funds, with a particular focus on financial transactional work for numerous early and growth startups.

Lukas obtained a B.S. and M.S. (JD) degree in International Business Law from Ghent University, and an additional M.S. degree in Business Administration from Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business, NY.

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