Meet our trainers

Green tech entrepreneurship ninjas, that’s what we like to call them. Each thoroughly vetted and seasoned by their own ventures and work in the field. You can find them all over the globe, leading our infamous Boot Camps. They shape the backbone of our success - and that of our participants and alumni.

All of our ninjas:

Frans Nauta

"Winning our competition is overrated. Learning how to find a paying customer, that’s the real prize"

Bio
Hm… what can we say about Frans? Accurately he describes himself as ‘a European working in Silicon Valley and a Valleyean working in Europe on innovation & entrepreneurship, with a focus on climate change’. He founded ClimateLaunchpad in 2014, teaches at UC Berkeley, is passionate about yoga and chocolate, writes books and loves to rock the boat. The list goes on, but luckily space here is limited. Frans holds an MA in Political Sciences.

Pratap Raju

"Building a successful business and making a meaningful impact. Could it get any better?"

Bio
Pratap has been an entrepreneur in India for nearly 20 years, from IT to Bollywood to Solar. Since 2015, he has been helping building up the climate and cleantech startup ecosystem in India and South Asia and aims to help support the entrepreneurs in the SubContinent who are looking to solve our many environmental problems with innovative ideas, hard work, and risk-taking. Pratap has a AB in Math from Harvard University and an MSc in Economics for Development from Oxford University.

Michael Goodfellow

"I love contributing to a massive positive difference in this world"

Bio
Michael initiated 11 start-ups, he’s an expert in sales techniques, changing the deal/value proposition, sustainability and climate change. He holds a BA in Geography, a Msc. in Land Resource Management and is a PHD Researcher on Sustainable Cities Value Capture modelling. We just know him as one of the most inspirational trainers with an edge for personal mentoring. Need we say more?

Paris Thomas

"I always strive to identify and tackle the elephant in the room"

Bio
As a serial entrepreneur Paris co-founded Open Box Communication, ENERMAP and Chrysalis LEAP. In a former life he was a government lobbyist, general manager and marketer. He was, is and will always be a communications aficionado and has this knack for finding ways to bridge the gap between receiver and transmitter. Paris holds a BA in Communications and an MBA in Strategic Management & Marketing. Together with his sunny character it makes him the perfect ClimateLaunchpad trainer. Did we mention his specialties in start-up methodologies, entrepreneurship, strategic thinking and storytelling?

Lawrence Thiga

"Entrepreneurship changes lives."

Bio
Lawrence’s main goal is to empower people within start-ups and small & growing enterprises. He helps business grow and expand their impact. For the past 8 years he pursued various entrepreneurship training certifications and he is a certified business mentor in Kenya. Since 2017 he has been involved with Climate Innovation Center (KCIC) at Strathmore Business School and a Germany based organization (SEED) for Africa. Lawrence holds a B.A in Psychology and he is the founder of Novell Arch Enterprise, a training and consultancy firm for micro, small and medium sized enterprises. He joined ClimateLaunchpad in 2019. His approach to training does not only guarantee a steep learning curve, you should also brace yourself for a lot of fun during his Boot Camps.

Chretien Herben

Bio
For over a decade now Chrétien has been sharing his own entrepreneurial know-how as a business coach and trainer for cleantech and life sciences start-ups. He is the founder of lifesciences@work, a start-up programme for life sciences researchers with entrepreneurial aspirations. Chrétien holds a PhD in OptoElectronics from Delft University.

Elena Messiou

"Follow the path through highs and lows. Success is navigating life’s journey"

Bio
Elena is on a mission to get to know the world…literally! She’s lived in Europe, North-America and is now based in Hong Kong where she co-founded an import and distribution food business. She rocks all things related to sales, marketing and business development and gets her creative kicks from putting together Cyprus fusion recipes for Chinese Chefs! She has impressive cross-cultural communication skills and is passionate about learning new languages as a way to immerse herself in different cultures. Elena holds an MA in Public Policy and a double major BA in Economics and Communications.

Hans Westerhof

"ClimateLaunchpad helps you understand your business in a very fast and a very precise way"

Bio
Hans joined ClimateLaunchpad in 2014 as Project Lead and Trainer. He is fond of working with startups and helping entrepreneurs get their business off the ground. He loves sharing his experience, success stories and disasters included. He’s the kind of guy that simply gets things done.

Ron Bloemers

"Helping cleantech start-ups accelerate to global success, that’s what I love to do"

Bio
For over 20 years, Ron more than earned his tracks in the global cleantech industry. He trains other coaches, early stage start-ups & scale-ups, and works with large international corporations and government. He founded and manages Start-U-up, a boutique cleantech accelerator. Ron holds a Msc. in Business Economics and a Bsc. in Physical Education. For Ron, it’s now time to transfer his extensive, global, and hands-on cleantech experience to the younger generation. Ron loves to actively take part in the startup problem solving process and, like Mike, to contribute to initiatives that have big positive impact. He sees the ClimateLaunchpad as the ideal platform to do just that. Look for his more in-depth profile on LinkedIn.

Israel Griol Barres

"Life is a rollercoaster. Fight for your dreams when you are in a valley."

Bio
Israel is the start-up ecosystem manager of the Universitat Politècnica de València in Spain and an experienced lecturer, trainer and mentor. His specialities are innovation, business models, business strategy and entrepreneurship. Israel is a Telecommunication and Electronics Engineer. He joined ClimateLaunchpad as a trainer in 2015.

Frans Nauta

"Winning our competition is overrated. Learning how to find a paying customer, that’s the real prize"..

Bio
Hm… what can we say about Frans? Accurately he describes himself as ‘a European working in Silicon Valley and a Valleyean working in Europe on innovation & entrepreneurship, with a focus on climate change’. He founded ClimateLaunchpad in 2014, teaches at UC Berkeley, is passionate about yoga and chocolate, writes books and loves to rock the boat. The list goes on, but luckily space here is limited. Frans holds an MA in Political Sciences.

Pratap Raju

"Building a successful business and making a meaningful impact. Could it get any better?"..

Bio
Pratap has been an entrepreneur in India for nearly 20 years, from IT to Bollywood to Solar. Since 2015, he has been helping building up the climate and cleantech startup ecosystem in India and South Asia and aims to help support the entrepreneurs in the SubContinent who are looking to solve our many environmental problems with innovative ideas, hard work, and risk-taking. Pratap has a AB in Math from Harvard University and an MSc in Economics for Development from Oxford University.

Michael Goodfellow

"I love contributing to a massive positive difference in this world"..

Bio
Michael initiated 11 start-ups, he’s an expert in sales techniques, changing the deal/value proposition, sustainability and climate change. He holds a BA in Geography, a Msc. in Land Resource Management and is a PHD Researcher on Sustainable Cities Value Capture modelling. We just know him as one of the most inspirational trainers with an edge for personal mentoring. Need we say more?

Paris Thomas

"I always strive to identify and tackle the elephant in the room"..

Bio
As a serial entrepreneur Paris co-founded Open Box Communication, ENERMAP and Chrysalis LEAP. In a former life he was a government lobbyist, general manager and marketer. He was, is and will always be a communications aficionado and has this knack for finding ways to bridge the gap between receiver and transmitter. Paris holds a BA in Communications and an MBA in Strategic Management & Marketing. Together with his sunny character it makes him the perfect ClimateLaunchpad trainer. Did we mention his specialties in start-up methodologies, entrepreneurship, strategic thinking and storytelling?

Lawrence Thiga

"Entrepreneurship changes lives."..

Bio
Lawrence’s main goal is to empower people within start-ups and small & growing enterprises. He helps business grow and expand their impact. For the past 8 years he pursued various entrepreneurship training certifications and he is a certified business mentor in Kenya. Since 2017 he has been involved with Climate Innovation Center (KCIC) at Strathmore Business School and a Germany based organization (SEED) for Africa. Lawrence holds a B.A in Psychology and he is the founder of Novell Arch Enterprise, a training and consultancy firm for micro, small and medium sized enterprises. He joined ClimateLaunchpad in 2019. His approach to training does not only guarantee a steep learning curve, you should also brace yourself for a lot of fun during his Boot Camps.

Chretien Herben

Bio
For over a decade now Chrétien has been sharing his own entrepreneurial know-how as a business coach and trainer for cleantech and life sciences start-ups. He is the founder of lifesciences@work, a start-up programme for life sciences researchers with entrepreneurial aspirations. Chrétien holds a PhD in OptoElectronics from Delft University.

Elena Messiou

"Follow the path through highs and lows. Success is navigating life’s journey"..

Bio
Elena is on a mission to get to know the world…literally! She’s lived in Europe, North-America and is now based in Hong Kong where she co-founded an import and distribution food business. She rocks all things related to sales, marketing and business development and gets her creative kicks from putting together Cyprus fusion recipes for Chinese Chefs! She has impressive cross-cultural communication skills and is passionate about learning new languages as a way to immerse herself in different cultures. Elena holds an MA in Public Policy and a double major BA in Economics and Communications.

Hans Westerhof

"ClimateLaunchpad helps you understand your business in a very fast and a very precise way"..

Bio
Hans joined ClimateLaunchpad in 2014 as Project Lead and Trainer. He is fond of working with startups and helping entrepreneurs get their business off the ground. He loves sharing his experience, success stories and disasters included. He’s the kind of guy that simply gets things done.

Ron Bloemers

"Helping cleantech start-ups accelerate to global success, that’s what I love to do"..

Bio
For over 20 years, Ron more than earned his tracks in the global cleantech industry. He trains other coaches, early stage start-ups & scale-ups, and works with large international corporations and government. He founded and manages Start-U-up, a boutique cleantech accelerator. Ron holds a Msc. in Business Economics and a Bsc. in Physical Education. For Ron, it’s now time to transfer his extensive, global, and hands-on cleantech experience to the younger generation. Ron loves to actively take part in the startup problem solving process and, like Mike, to contribute to initiatives that have big positive impact. He sees the ClimateLaunchpad as the ideal platform to do just that. Look for his more in-depth profile on LinkedIn.

Israel Griol Barres

"Life is a rollercoaster. Fight for your dreams when you are in a valley."..

Bio
Israel is the start-up ecosystem manager of the Universitat Politècnica de València in Spain and an experienced lecturer, trainer and mentor. His specialities are innovation, business models, business strategy and entrepreneurship. Israel is a Telecommunication and Electronics Engineer. He joined ClimateLaunchpad as a trainer in 2015.

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