Filterless has been founded by 2 students who were finishing their bioinformatics study at the University of Applied Sciences Leiden and thinking what to do in the near future. During these brainstorm sessions their notes were written down on beer filts in the pub. Between each session they ventured into the Leiden BioScience Park to check with the market if their ideas were viable, and they were. During this time they searched for meaningful courses in the University of Leiden to get an idea on how start a business.
Luckily Science Based Business filled that need, and so they learned some of it. They decided to write a business plan and started the road towards a business. From that moment on they became Filterless.
Sander van Boom
Co-Director | Co-Founder
Sander van Boom comes from a business family and raised in Huizen. Started his study in bioinformatics at the University of Applied sciences in Leiden. During his study, he specialized in text-mining and Java programming. In the final year of his study, after his internship in London, he started taking business courses at Science Based Business. After his study, Sander worked at the University in Leiden, at the molecular genetics department, after which he started conducting market research and developing the company.
Co-Director | Co-Founder
Rick Overkleeft born and raised in Zoetermeer, comes from a working-class family. He started out studying biology, and after graduation moved into bioinformatics at the University of Applied Sciences Leiden. Within bioinformatics he studied primarily on genomics, metagenomics and transcriptomics. He created a series of in-house applications for ProQR Therapeutics and Baseclear. After his internship at ProQR Therapeutics he took a business course at the department Science Based Business. This created the first insights for him into entrepreneurship.
Consultant in various knowledge-intensive organizations, responsible for operational risk and change management questions. Often with complex collaboration and management issues, acting from the vision: “A different look at your workplace.” With this vision he helps to pragmatically deploy Information Technology strategies.
Freedom – Give a person the freedom to operate in a company and he or she will feel more comfortable and can accomplish more.
Challenge – Give a person an interesting and challenging project and he or she will be able to create something amazing.
Reward – Give a person rewards for his or her effort, from big rewards to small rewards they are all essential for everyone (parties included 😉 ).
Harmen Jousma is our first board member. He is director of the educational program Science and Research Based Business and lectures on Technopreneurship at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of Leiden University, the Netherlands. He has worked with a variety of university spin-offs and helped companies acquire their first VC-funding (with success).