Partner at AccelerAsia
Startupbootcamp FinTech Singapore Mentor
Arnout graduated from Leiden University in The Netherlands with a Masters degree in Political Science. During this period he also completed a Business Case Study Programme at Harvard Business School. He holds an MBA from INSEAD.
In 2006, after having worked for Shell for 8 years and completing his MBA, he founded Conference Bay, an online platform which was meant to make the process of buying tickets for conferences more efficient by allowing customers to name the price they were willing to pay. Conference Bay did not take off as was planned and in 2009 he and his co-founder decided to start a new venture, AccelerAsia. AccelerAsia focuses on startups and mid-sized companies from Europe, the USA and Israel that want to grow in Southeast Asia without having to actually open an office or hire staff locally. AccelerAsia also helps finding investors in the region. The areas that the company focuses on are: SaaS, Gaming, Digital Media, Mobile Apps and Solutions and eCommerce.
Arnout is a mentor at Seedcamp and has worked with dozens of founders of startups to help them make their pitch as well as their product/service better. His main focus is on Strategy and Marketing.
Arnout is originally from The Netherlands and a Permanent Resident of Singapore, having lived there since 2003. He is married and has a daughter and a son. He speaks 6 languages and is an enthusiastic amateur chef in his spare time.