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, Pristyn Care and Khatabook.

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, Argent, Aspire, Billiontoone, Brigit, Ciceksepeti, Instacarro, Kernal Biologics and Layer.

He previously worked with Frontier Car Group, Gram Games, Peak Games and Merlin prior to their acquisition. 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.

Lola Wajskop

Lola is involved with Automata, Basecamp research, Higia, Soda and Zippi.

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.

Pablo Lubroth

Pablo focuses on biotechnology and healthcare ventures. Previously, Pablo was an Investment Manager at Midven, a UK based early-stage biotech fund, and worked in Corporate Development at the cell and gene editing company Horizon Discovery.  

He holds degrees in Neuropharmacology and Biochemical Engineering from University College London and an MPhil in Bioscience Enterprise from the University of Cambridge.

Tess Van Stekelenburg

Tess joined Hummingbird's investment team in 2020 from Earlybird Venture Capital where she evaluated early-stage lifesciences, health and technology investments across Europe.

Having worked in a synthetic biology venture storing data in DNA to reduce our environmental footprint and a health logistics company increasing access to medication in Kenya, she is looking for founders to tackle global problems with.

Tess is a neuroscientist from the University of Oxford where she did her master's research on how the human brain represents experience in a temporal dimension. She holds a bachelor's in Human and Biological Sciences from the University College of London.

Lukas Decoster

Lukas is the firm’s CFO and General Counsel, overseeing the fund management, portfolio investments and investor relations.

Prior to joining Hummingbird in 2016, Lukas gained experience as a corporate/M&A lawyer working for several venture firms and start-ups, providing all-around assistance in the structuring, setup and governance of VC/PE funds, with a particular focus on financial and transactional work for numerous early and growth stage startups.

Lukas holds a Master’s in Business Administration from New York’s Fordham Gabelli School of Business, as well as a Master of Science in Law (JD) from Ghent University, Belgium.

Kobe Hendrickx

Kobe is the Controller at Hummingbird Ventures.

Prior to joining Hummingbird, Kobe worked at Johnson & Johnson where he held various finance roles across the pharmaceuticals, consumer healthcare and corporate divisions and was based in Belgium, China and UAE.

Kobe is a CFA charterholder and holds a Master in Financial Management from Vlerick Business School as well as a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Leuven.

Sigrid Myncke

Executive Assistant and Office Manager

Nikita Andersson

Nikita joined Hummingbird’s investment team in 2021 from Sandbox & Co. where she evaluated late-stage education, media and gaming investments in Europe and North America.

Nikita holds a M.Ed in Technology, Innovation and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Oxford.

Yavuzhan Yılancıoğlu

Before joining Hummingbird, Yavuzhan worked at Revo Capital where he invested in early-stage companies from the CEE region. Previously, he worked at Oliver Wyman where he advised financial institutions on strategy and risk management.

In his spare time, you can find him running, doing street workout, or playing guitar.

Yavuzhan holds bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and economics from Bogazici University and a master’s degree in finance from London School of Economics.

Akshay Mehra

Akshay partners with founders across India and Southeast Asia. Previously, Akshay worked at Citigroup, where he raised equity capital for large corporations, and at Artivest (acquired), where he helped build and grow a platform that enables retail capital to access alternative investments. During graduate school, Akshay had the opportunity to work with MIT's $19 billion endowment fund, and to invest in founders through General Catalyst's student venture program, Rough Draft Ventures.

In his spare time, Akshay records music and writes about founders in his newsletter, 'Recipes for Growth'.

He holds an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT and a BA in Economics with a minor in Ethnomusicology from Franklin & Marshall College.

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