Lourens obtained his MSc-degree in Offshore Engineering cum laude at Delft University of Technology. After an international career in the oil and gas industry, he decided to quit and only dedicate his time to CleanTech. He became Head of Technology and Project Manager of The Ocean Cleanup. He helped grow the company from 8 to 50 people and fundamentally changed the concept to a mobile version. He then worked as Interim CEO at Seabin Project, before founding Sponsh while travelling through Europe with his family. Lourens loves surfing. As a kid, Lourens was convinced he could fly with self-made wings.