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Patrick Polak
Patrick has been a venture capitalist since 1997. After completing his Aerospace Engineering studies in Delft, he co-founded an IT company and sold his stake in it at the end of 1996. He began his career as a venture capitalist at N.V. NOM in Groningen in early 1997, where he primarily focused on investments in IT-related businesses. In addition to IT companies, Patrick has also funded various other types of businesses. He has held or continues to hold positions on numerous non-executive boards, including those of Collibra, CustomerGauge, iWelcome, Oxynade, Servoy, and RoadMap. Previously, he served as a non-executive board member for different companies with Europe Unlimited being one of them. Furthermore, Patrick is actively involved with Tech Tour.


Rick Salmon
Rick Salmon is an entrepreneur, executive coach and public speaker. In 2009, he was recognized as one of the winners of the renowned EEVC European Venture Contest due to his significant expertise as a serial entrepreneur. He co-founded three successful technology companies over the course of his career: BlueSky Software, which was subsequently renamed eHelp and acquired by Adobe, Scala Inc., the current global leader in digital signage, and RPR Technologies. In 2016, he incorporated The Technologies of Influence AS, Oslo, a startup that utilises artificial intelligence and scientific measurement of human behaviour traits as tools for coaching entrepreneurs and executives, enabling them to have a greater impact and influence while presenting and pitching.