TU Delft Excellence Fund
Pushing the boundaries of technology. Educating new generations of socially engaged engineers. That is the mission of TU Delft. This active role is necessary for solving the global challenges of today and tomorrow. TU Delft Excellence Fund supports this mission. The TU Delft Excellence Fund supports TU Delft's excellence strategy based on the three pillars of Research, Education and Valorisation, which together form the TU Delft ecosystem. In this way we work on impact for a better society.
Studying at TU Delft has brought us a lot – a university of which we are still very proud. The Excellence Fund is a great way to give something back to TU Delft. The aim of the Fund is clear and ambitious. It nicely brings together the potential of TU Delft and the power of these kinds of private initiatives.― Chris de Ruyter van Steveninck and Marlene Sybrandy
Attract top scientists
The first focus of the Excellence Fund is to attract top international scientists and to help accelerate high potentials. Together they form a driving force in strengthening the TU Delft ecosystem. The TU Delft Excellence Fund focuses on alumni and friends of TU Delft who may consider a donation of €25,000 or more. Donors (Founders) become members of the Delft Leaders Programme. This programme offers events and networking opportunities exclusively for Founders.
Prof. James O'Callaghan
Prof. James O’Callaghan, professor of Architectural Glass, a.o. known as an engineer and designer at Apple. The chair focuses on glass in a broad context. Marking of TU Delft Architecture in the worldwide top 3.
Prof. Gijsje Koenderink
Professor Gijsje Koenderink, professor of Bionanoscience, contributes to the expansion of Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft, a worldwide top institute. Groundbreaking research in the Life Sciences, of great importance for innovation in healthcare in collaboration with Erasmus MC and Leiden UMC.
Prof. Mauro Conti
Mauro Conti, Professor of Cyber Security. Crucial for innovation in the field of Internet of Things, Blockchain Technology and Forensics. Urgent expansion because of the demand for engineers in the labor market. In addition, (inter)national impact through the The Hague Security Delta.
Prof. Stephane Hess
Parttime Professor of Decision Modeling, AI & Mobility Research. Reinforces TU Delft's international reputation in the field of interdisciplinary research in Decision Modeling, Machine Learning and Mobility & Transport, with a focus on travel behavior and self-driving cars.
Prof. Sebastian Geiger
Prominent role in the energy transition. Leading scientist in renewable geo-energy technology. Development of the GEoscience Twin for SubSurface Energy Lab (GETSS Energy lab) as a European center of expertise.
Recently recruited top scientists at TU Delft
Since graduating from TU Delft I have worked on dozens of projects with students and I want to continue to support TU Delft to explore sustainable solutions and innovations that we can only dream of today― Maikel Lobbezoo
Join the Delft Leaders Programme
As a Founder of the TU Delft Excellence Fund, you gain access to the wider Delft community. By obtaining and sharing high-quality knowledge, and connecting with scientists, start-ups, students and other alumni and friends of TU Delft, you become part of our ambitious and decisive community that makes the difference. You will receive the latest scientific insights from leading scientists and you will be introduced to ground-breaking start-ups. Of course, always in a small-scale, personal and exclusive setting that offers plenty of room for your personal interests and input.
Annual Founder Event
Every year the Annual Founder Event of the TU Delft Excellence Fund takes place. During this special event we look at the excellence and impact we make together and there is of course time to catch up.
The last edition of the Annual Founder Event was on 18 April 2023.
The Development Board provides structure to a sustainable TU Delft Excellence Fund. The members of the Development Board are closely involved in the direction and further development of the Excellence Fund.
Development Board Leader | Board member Delft University Fund, non-executive director Action, non-executive director Egeria, Informal Investor, President Supervisory Board SOS Kinderdorpen, previously Managing Partner 3i Private Equity
Gert Jan van der Hoeven
Founder and Managing Partner H2 Equity Partners
Hans van Ierland
Co-Founder en CEO HPE Growth Capital
Member Board of Directors DIH Technologies Co.
President Delft University Fund, previously Chairman Governing Board SkyTeam
The TU Delft Excellence Fund and the Delft Leaders Programme focuses on TU Delft alumni and friends of TU Delft who want to contribute to the excellence strategy of TU Delft and who can consider a substantial donation. The initial focus is on donations of €100,000 (€20k per year for 5 years). However, every variant from € 25,000 (€ 5 k per year for 5 years) is negotiable. Together we support the TU Delft ecosystem based on the three pillars of Research, Education and Valorisation.
Menno Antal | Gert Jan van der Hoeven | Tijo Collot d’Escury | Marc Schuuring | Richard Kraaijeveld van Hemert en Paul Nederlof, VandeGrijp Holding | Hans van Ierland | Folkert Schukken en Koo Siu-Ling | Serge Kremer | Chris de Ruyter van Steveninck en Marlene Sybrandy | Frans Haafkens | Gijs Dullaert en Estelle Loyson | Michiel Westermann en Jomien Westermann-Buitenhuis | Jeroen Hegge | Michiel Kotting | Bas Meeuwissen | Daan van Helsdingen | Mickey Huibregtsen in memory | Kristiaan Nieuwenburg | Godfried van Lanschot | Michael Wisbrun | Gert Jan Hubers | Richard Blickman | Joost Pâques, Paques Technology | Brian Joseph | Sven Smit | Harry Dolman | Maikel Lobbezoo | Hugo van der Goes | Benno van Dongen | Freek de Bruijne | Wieger Wiegersma | Otto Staleman | Joris Heerkens | Bastiaan Soeteman | Peter Spaans | Frederik Nieuwenhuys | Ed van Dijk | Stepan Breedveld en Annika Breedveld-Hofman | Ton Buechner | Joris Deur | Arjan Göbel | Laurens van den Acker en Pieternel Kroes | Arend van de Stadt | Dick Gommer | Frederik Gerner | Paul van Keep | Christian Fung-A-You en Eugénie Meier | Joop Heijenrath | Sjoerd Hora Siccama | Daan van Vliet | Felix Herrmann | Jos van der Hijden | Jeroen Kok | Thijs Jan Huizer | Jurjen van der Wiel | Michiel Staatsen en Daniëlle Klaassen | Karin Sluis | Hans van der Wind | Dirk Schraven | Paul van der Schoot | Arco van Nieuwland | Bart Melis | Jolinde van Dijk | Paul Broersen.
Committee of Recommendation
Jeroen van der Veer | Edward Heerema