Co-founder, CEO & CIO
Passion for technological solutions for environmental issues. Oil man gone green
As a kid, Lourens was convinced he could fly with self-made wings
Dr. Catarina Esteves
Co-founder & Chief schientist
The brains behind this awesome invention. Author of more than 44 scientific publications
Invented a coating so she doesn’t need to wash her car
Co-founder, CCO & CFO
Gets energy from building early stage companies in diverse industries. With academic background in philosophy and law, Kurt spends hours watching grandmasters play online speed chess
Dr. Alberto Belmonte
Multi-talented ‘inventor’ with extensive experience in radical polymerization, thermo-responsive materials and characterization techniques. Nature inspired game developer and programmer in his free time
Dr. Pieter van der Scheer
Hydrogel and polymer researcher
Physical Chemist with a gung-ho approach to polymer science.
Big fan of American Football but unlucky in betting pools. Go Broncos!
Dr. Gui Sander Malab
Product development engineer
Gui is a Materials engineer with experience in additive manufacturing of metals and polymers, engineering design, materials degradation and chemistry. He is passionate about material properties and how to apply them in the real world.
Production implementation manager
Harro is a highly experienced innovation developer, RPK registered polymer scientist, devoted dad and co-inventor of five patented innovations.
Dr. Jorrit de Jong
Product development & Scale up
Experienced material developer
Likes to see ideas and concepts implemented. Enjoys growing his own plants – and needs Sponsh when on holidays
A greener world with abundant and affordable water for all plants, animals and people.
Regreening the planet with water from air, using smart, nature-inspired solutions.
Our big hairy audacious goal
Provide water from air to 1 billion young trees by 2040
Striving for 100% sustainability, profitability and business ethics
Continuous innovation, improvement and reflection to become and remain a world leader
Work smart, enjoy what we do and laugh enough along the way
Sponsh is also strongly convinced that sustainability should be part of the company DNA and should be reflected in every business aspect. For example:
- All CO2 emissions from travel and office are already offset through Trees For All.
- A Sponsh Foundation has been set up. Part of Sponsh’s future profits will go to this separate, non-profit organization to meet the growing challenge of water scarcity worldwide.
- Sponsh employees promise transparency, fairness and respect for others
- We believe in a healthy work-life balance and employee well-being. All our (future) employees are offered a share plan in the form of Stock Appreciation Rights (SARs).
Sponsh was founded in 2018 and consists of the Sponsh holding BV and the operating company Sponsh Water Systems BV, both incorporated under Dutch law. Sponsh is located at Eindhoven University of Technology (TUe), where it has access to the high tech TUe laboratories.