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Unknown Group and VenturesOne Group to merge

3 February 2021

Solutions by founders, adopted by industry leaders

VenturesOne Group and Unknown Group have officially announced the completion of their merger. The newly merged company will be known as Unknown Group, located in The Hague and Singapore.

Unknown is an early-stage venture capital and business development firm, supporting founders and industry leaders to successfully bring innovations to the market: a “Venture Engine®”. Unknown’s experience in global startup scouting and corporate venturing, combined with the investment expertise of VenturesOne, strengthens the ambition to increase the success rate of innovations that address pressing local and global challenges.

VenturesOne has built a diversified portfolio and investment structure and scaled companies from seed investment to IPO. With offices in The Hague and Singapore, their investment portfolio includes programmatic advertising market leader- JustPremium, mechanical exoskeleton pioneer – Skelex, natural skincare and cosmetics manufacturer – Naif, and  leading provider of data analysis from satellite and aerial imagery – Geospatial Insight, amongst other shareholdings in Food, Education and Insurtech.

Established in 2008, Unknown Group has developed a global network in innovation and entrepreneurship. Unknown partnered with more than 200 corporate and governmental organizations to scale open innovation and corporate venturing activities, such as DSM, Fujitsu and NATO. Unknown’s global startup competition, “Get in the Ring”, provides access to startups and talented founders in more than 220 cities, offering a global platform for thousands of founders every year to test, validate and scale their solutions.

Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship and Unknown have a long history going back since the founding of Unknown and have many collaborations in (international) entrepreneurship and innovation programmes. Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship is also the local partner for Get in the Ring in the Netherlands.

Unknown Group’s portfolio includes the Global School for Entrepreneurship – an accredited University of Applied Sciences with a 4 year full-time bachelor program on entrepreneurship, and Cupola XS – a knowledge and innovation centre for SME companies in the renovated prison dome of Haarlem, the Netherlands.

Cover photo: Edward de Jager (left) and Hendrik Halbe (right) during the opening of their new satellite office at Apollo14 in The Hague in 2019 – copyright ImpactCity/Apollo14

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